May 31, 2018 at 1:58 pm PDT | by Christopher Kane
West Hollywood set to kick off Pride with Rainbow Key Awards

Comedian Kathy Griffin is among the six honorees who were chosen to receive Rainbow Key Awards this year, the City of West Hollywood announced today. For their contributions to the LGBTQ community, awardees will be recognized with an informal reception followed by an awards program on June 5 at the Council Chambers.

Winners are selected by the City of West Hollywood after a nomination process administered by the City’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB). For the Award program’s 25th cycle, in addition to Griffin, the following people will be honored on Tuesday: Openly-transgender U.S. Army servicemember Rudy Akbarian, organizer-philanthropist Brian Pendleton, trans activist Bamby Salcedo, longtime activist Elizabeth Savage, and the late co-founder of Equal Roots, Matt Palazzolo.

In a press release, the City of West Hollywood explained honorees both past and present have represented diverse professional backgrounds and personal identities.

West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran told The Los Angeles Blade: “The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board of West Hollywood has an abundance of potential honorees to consider each year. They have selected some incredible women and men for 2018 for recognition. This is a great way to kick off Our Pride Celebration in Weho!”

The City explained advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community is important in West Hollywood, where 40 percent of residents identify as LGBT and three of the City’s five councilmembers are openly-gay.

The Rainbow Key Awards will honor contributions to causes that are important to the community, which this year range from HIV/AIDS to the incarceration of LGBTQ people in immigrant detention and correctional facilities.

Reception and Award program details: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Informal reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the awards program at 7 p.m.

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