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LA County introduces LGBTQ+ certification for small businesses

“LA County is the most diverse county in the nation- this is an important step toward a more inclusive LA County”

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LOS ANGELES – The County of Los Angeles is introducing a new certification status to enhance its Community Business Enterprise (CBE) program. The LGBTQQ+ certification creates a new pathway for businesses owned by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning individuals to engage in County procurement opportunities.

It is essential that County dollars are reinvested in our diverse business community that were most impacted by the pandemic. Through this and similar initiatives we ensure that County procurement becomes a tool to grow and support businesses throughout our recovery and beyond,” Keven Chavez, Public Information Officer for Los Angeles County said in an email.

The LGBTQQ+ certification is the latest addition to the CBE, which helps ensure that businesses owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals are engaged in opportunities to compete for County contracts. The County’s CBE Participation Goal for County Contracts establishes more inclusive practices into contracting and purchasing, setting a 25-percent participation goal for CBE-certified vendors.

To be eligible for LGBTQQ+ certification, a business must be 51 percent owned and controlled by at least one or more LGBTQQ individuals. They must also have an active certification with the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce or through the Supplier Clearinghouse as authorized through the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

“The County wants to improve access to County contracts for LGBTQ-owned businesses. We want to make sure that public resources are fairly allocated as a part of helping to strengthen historically disadvantaged communities,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “LA County stands for inclusion and equity in its contracting, including our vibrant LGBTQ communities.”

“I am committed to ensuring that inclusive and culturally competent practices are integrated into all County contracting and procurement policies,” said Chair Hilda L. Solis. “This is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the impact on LGBTQQ and minority-owned businesses. I hope this initiative will further move the County toward true equity in contracting. It’s long overdue.”

“This is an important and necessary step toward a more inclusive LA County,” said Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “From our procurement process to the direct services we provide, our commitment to acceptance, equity, and doing what’s right must be unwavering. It’s imperative that we have suppliers as diverse as the residents we serve.”

“LA County is the most diverse county in the nation and our small businesses reflect that,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “The CBE makes sure at least a quarter of our County contracts goes to diverse small businesses, including those owned by people of color and women. One group we were previously missing was our LGBTQ+ owned small businesses. That is why our Board of Supervisors recently voted to ensure these businesses would qualify for this important program.”

“Diversity strengthens our business community,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “This initiative reiterates the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to inclusivity and equity for all aspects of County service. LGBTQQ businesses bring creativity and ingenuity to the marketplace. As we revitalize our local economy, these businesses will play an important role in our path forward.”

“Our department is committed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find success through County contracting,” said Rafael Carbajal, Director of the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. “We look forward to serving more LGBTQQ+ owned businesses through the Office of Small Business and helping them get connected to new opportunities in LA County.”

For more details about how to do business with the County and about the eligibility requirements of the LGBTQQ+ certification, contact the Office of Small Business at (323) 881-3964.

Join DCBA and our partner agencies on Monday, October 4 at 10 a.m. for a live virtual forum to learn more about this new certification. Register at bit.ly/LGBTQQCert.

Other certifications within the CBE include Minority Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

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City of West Hollywood to host annual youth Halloween Carnival

Highlights will include games, a pumpkin patch, a trackless train, costume showcases, raffles, and entertainment by community groups

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host its annual free Youth Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Vista Lawn at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Youth Halloween Carnival highlights will include games, a pumpkin patch, a trackless train, costume showcases, raffles, and entertainment by community groups. Children are welcome to show-off their Halloween costumes and participate in raffles. For a fur-raising good time, pets are also invited to display their “Howl-O-Ween” best (but must follow Plummer Park rules to always remain on a leash).

In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, all activities will take place outdoors along with appropriate physical distancing.

The Youth Halloween Carnival will adhere to a series of COVID-19 health and safety measures in compliance with Health Officer Orders and Protocols established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The event will: take place outdoor-only with reduced capacity (approximately 50 percent of maximum occupancy); employ mask-wearing and physical distancing; utilize procedures to reduce crowding; use advanced registration and communications to convey COVID-19 safety plans; and post visible signage that attendees must not enter the premises if sick or symptomatic.

The LA County Department of Public Health recommends that everyone wear a face mask and notes to “incorporate a face mask that covers your nose and mouth snugly into your costume. A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a face mask that protects against COVID-19.”

To register for this event, visit the City of West Hollywood’s West Hollywood Recreation Online portal at www.weho.org/recreation or follow this direct link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/weho/Activity_Search/youth-halloween-carnival-2021-in-person-event/12284

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Youth Halloween Carnival, please contact the City’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6530 or at [email protected]. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Domestic violence & intimate partner violence awareness month

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – In recognition of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month during October, the City of West Hollywood will, throughout the month, focus awareness efforts on highlighting the impact of domestic violence/intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community.

The City will, throughout the month, focus awareness efforts through the lens of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) and will share information and resources with the community about intimate partner violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually.  On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive more than 20,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute. 

For Congresswoman Cori Bush (D) from St. Louis, Missouri, herself a victim of domestic violence, creating greater awareness is a pressing priority.

In New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell also pushed for greater awareness:

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, which is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. It occurs in same- and opposite-sex relationships, and among those who are married, in long-term, and short-term relationships. Domestic violence can take many forms; in addition to physical abuse, it can include sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, controlling behaviors, isolating behaviors, and economic abuse.

The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence can occur in LGBTQ relationships at rates equal to or even greater to that of cisgender/heterosexual relationships. Statistics indicate that:

  • 44 percent of lesbians, 61 percent of bisexual women and 35 percent of heterosexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes;
  • 26 percent of gay men, 37 percent of bisexual men and 29 percent of heterosexual men experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; and
  • The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that more than half (54 percent) of transgender and non-binary respondents experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

The following resources are listed on the City’s website at www.weho.org/lgbtq.
If you or someone you care about has been a victim of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual assault or stalking, there are resources to help:

  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at https://ncadv.org offers comprehensive information about warning signs of domestic violence and abuse.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline website at www.thehotline.org offers immediate help 24/7/365 via the “chat now” button on the website or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or texting LOVEIS to 22522, and for people who are Deaf/hard of hearing: 1-855-812-1011 (VP) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
  • Immediate help is also available via the Los Angeles County DV Hotline 24 hours day by contacting 1-800-978-3600. 
  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers domestic violence/partner abuse counseling services geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by contacting (323) 993-7649.  
  • The Jewish Family Service’s Family Violence Program provides confidential 24-hour crisis lines for victims of abuse by contacting (310) 858-9344 (English/Spanish); (818) 464-2864 (Farsi) and (310) 858-9344 (Jewish Orthodox). 
  • Peace Over Violence provides one-on-one intervention in sexual assaults, domestic abuse, youth violence, and child abuse by contacting the 24-hour hotline (310) 392-8381. 
  • Love Is Respect National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline provides 24/7 intimate partner violence help and support to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 by contacting 1-866-331-9474; TTY 1-866-331-8453 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

The SPCA-LA Animal Safety Net provides temporary homes for pets of domestic violence survivors by contacting 1-888-527-7722.

President Joe Biden spoke about the need for greater awareness in a proclamation issued by the White House at the beginning of the month:

During National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we honor the tremendous dedication of advocates and service providers, honor the courage and resilience of survivors, and recommit ourselves to standing with them for safety, dignity, and justice.  There is still much work to do, and it will take all of us to do it.  We must rededicate ourselves to creating a society where domestic violence is not tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all people have an opportunity to thrive without fear of violence or abuse.

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‘Girls with dreams become women with vision’ empowerment conference

The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference is Back in Person with Free Programming Featuring Speakers, Interactive Workshops and more

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Graphic via the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

LOS ANGELES – The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference is Back in Person with Free Programming Featuring Speakers, Interactive Workshops and more. You’re invited to the 7th annual, I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference on October 9, 2021!

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE I MATTER-GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) proudly presents this FREE event, offering girls ages 12-18 the opportunity to attend this year’s exciting event at locations such as Loma Alta Park, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park and the Hacienda Heights Community Center. Participants will hear from powerful women innovators, educators, trailblazers and beyond! Girls will have an opportunity to connect with their peers and speakers to feel connected, inspired, and empowered.

LA County Parks will host workshops, panels, and keynote speakers. Girls are invited to join and participate in all events, including a Girl Power Lunch Party Experience!

Registration is free and required. Space is limited, so register today!

A preview of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Women in Tech: Closing the gender gap to empower women and girls in leading the technology industry
  • Step into your Power: Empowering girls and giving them direct access to opportunities for trainings, technical certifications, scholarships, and employment
  • Girls and Women with Vision: Making Your Career Dreams Come True
  • Pathways to College: A look into College Life and the steps needed to be successful
  • Delete the Divide: Empowering girls and giving them direct access to opportunities for trainings, technical certifications, scholarships, and employment.
  • Sports & Dance Workshops: Get active and participate in our Basketball, Lacrosse, Hip-Hop or Cheer clinics

The I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference will kick off on Saturday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. following an introduction from LA County Parks Director, Norma Edith García-González and special guest Mikaila Ulmer as Morning Keynote Speaker. Mikaila Ulmer is the founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade. She is a 17 year old entrepreneur who started her lemonade business at the age of 9.

Last year, over 1,200 girls joined us for the I Matter-Girls Empowerment Conference. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this year’s exciting event – register today!

REGISTER NOW!


For questions, contact LA County Parks at [email protected] or (626) 588-5364.

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