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West Hollywood in brief- City government in action this week

Dockless Mobility devices and the program survey, Commitment to Being a Pro-Choice City, Homeless Initiative Resumes, & Living Wage Ordinance

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood launched its “Dockless Mobility” pilot program in July 2021 with e-scooters and e-bikes from Bird, Lime, and Wheels. Currently, Lime and Bird operate e-scooters; Wheels operates Class-2 throttle assist e-bikes.

As part of the City’s ongoing efforts for improvement of the Dockless Mobility pilot program, the City of West Hollywood is conducting a survey to better understand the community’s experience with Dockless Mobility devices and the program overall. The community survey is open to the public and is intended to include the perspectives of users and non-users alike. The survey includes questions regarding the public’s general opinion of the program, frequency of use, potential changes in vehicular use or other transportation modes, demographics, and additional feedback or suggestions for the future. 

The survey opened on Sunday, May 1, 2022 and will remain open through Friday, May 20, 2022. All responses are anonymous. Please visit https://populus.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cGCln55YB8qn8Vg

to participate in the survey. The survey results will be compiled and published in an upcoming staff report to update the West Hollywood City Council in the coming months.

City staff continue to manage the day-to-day maintenance and operations of the Dockless Mobility pilot program. The City of West Hollywood’s Long Range Planning Division and Parking Services Division have collaborated to install several designated Dockless Mobility device parking stations throughout the City of West Hollywood. While the City encourages the use of the stations for parking, devices may be parked in any off-street location that does not block pedestrian access to the sidewalk; devices should never be parked in a way that blocks pedestrian activity and access.

The City of West Hollywood also oversees the management of the Dockless Mobility pilot program through a partnership with ABM, which provides industry-leading transportation and parking management services. ABM monitors streets and the public-right-of-way to ensure quality of life concerns are addressed, such as uninterrupted pedestrian activity and access.

Concerns may be submitted to the City using the Service Request function on the City’s website or through the West Hollywood Official City App, which is available as a free download for iPhone users on the App Store and for Android users on Google Play. Concerns and feedback may be submitted by email, as well, at [email protected] or by phone at (213) 247-7720.

The Dockless Mobility pilot program is part of the City of West Hollywood’s efforts to expand its transportation network by supporting a range of environmentally sustainable options to get around the City and to connect to the region-at-large. The City of West Hollywood works regularly with residents, businesses, and the community-at-large to develop innovative solutions to transportation challenges and to balance the needs of people who walk, bike, use transit, and drive in the City of West Hollywood.

West Hollywood has been voted the Most Walkable City in California by Walk Score, a service that helps promote walkable neighborhoods across the country. Dockless Mobility devices add to the mix by assisting community members in addressing the challenge of “first-mile; last-mile” connectivity to existing transit stops and hubs in the transportation network and will help with car-free local neighborhood-oriented trips.

To use e-scooters and e-bikes from Bird, Lime, and Wheels, individuals must create an account with the company of their choice – Bird and Lime for e-scooters and Wheels for Class-2 throttle assist e-bikes:

Users of e-scooters and e-bikes must have a valid driver license or instructional permit and must wear a helmet while riding if the user is 18 years old or younger. Only one person is allowed on a device at a time and e-scooters and e-bikes must be ridden on the road, never on the sidewalk. Users are advised to ride as far to the right side of traffic lane or in designated and marked bike lanes whenever possible and users must always ride in the direction of traffic.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Program, please contact Rachel Dimond, Senior Planner, City of West Hollywood Long Range Planning Division, at (323) 848-6486 or [email protected]; or Coby Wagman, Parking Operations Supervisor, City of West Hollywood Parking Services Division, at (323) 848-6514 or [email protected].

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

City of West Hollywood Affirms its Commitment to Being a Pro-Choice City

The City of West Hollywood is responding to a Supreme Court of the United States draft opinion, which was made public in an online media report on Monday, May 2, 2022.

According to the draft opinion, written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a majority of the court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade’s holding of a federal constitutional right to an abortion. The landmark US Supreme Court decision issued in 1973 legalized abortion in the United States. The draft opinion additionally repudiates the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

In nearly half of US states, lawmakers have prepared bills that would effectively outlaw abortion if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The City of West Hollywood was the first city in the nation, in 1993, to declare itself pro-choice. Almost three decades later, West Hollywood continues its efforts to vigorously defend women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare. The City has continually supported state and federal legislation protecting and advancing women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare.

“The City of West Hollywood, the first city to go on record as being pro-choice, is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “We cannot go backwards. It is up to our representatives in Congress, with our support, to make women’s right to choose the law of the land.”

“It’s a dark day in America. The warnings that we all received about the presidency of Donald Trump are cascading down into reality against women – all women,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne. “The effects of overturning Roe v. Wade and Casey would be overwhelmingly negative. In California – especially in West Hollywood – we have the privilege of being able to access safe and legal reproductive health services. But, we are all at risk. We are all in danger. We must, and we will, fight and fight and fight. We won’t stop until our president and our Congress take action to put women and girls and transgender men and reproductive rights first.”

“We need Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer to move our Congress to make abortion and family planning services Federal Law that President Joe Biden will sign to ensure that rights for women and families are available without regard to which party has appointed the Supreme Court judges,” said Councilmember John D’Amico.

“The news about this draft opinion is reflective of a Supreme Court that was appointed to do one thing: overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Councilmember John M. Erickson. “The news underscores what advocates have been saying: that we must act now to be prepared for the end of the right to abortion in this country. West Hollywood is the first city in the country to declare itself pro-choice and we will always rise up and fight back against these oppressive and draconian rulings. This news is terrifying. It is a wake-up call for millions of people who thought the US Supreme Court would protect them from this dangerous direction and, more importantly, from the scarier decisions yet to come for countless people. The time to act is now: stand up, fight back, and vote like your life depends on it, because it just might.”

“The Supreme Court’s impending decision on the future of reproductive freedom is devastating,” said Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath. “That our federal government intends to deny our constitutionally protected rights, which have been enshrined by decades of legal precedent, is the most vicious legal assault in modern history. Now more than ever before, we must take seriously our commitment to being a pro-choice city. In the City of West Hollywood, we have developed a plan to ensure that comprehensive reproductive health services, including safe access to abortion, are available for people in our city, in Los Angeles County, and from all over the country who are threatened by discriminatory laws in their own home states. I will stand strong with our community, and service providers like Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, to fight like hell against life-threatening forced pregnancies and to ensure women’s rights and safety are protected.”

The City of West Hollywood regularly monitors policies and proposals that impact West Hollywood’s residents, including women, LGBTQ residents, people with disabilities, seniors, people of color, and immigrants, among others, and the City will continue to be a champion and defender of health equity and reproductive freedom.

In May 2019, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood, unanimously approved a Resolution to denounce anti-choice legislation in Georgia and other states, such as Alabama. With approval of that Resolution, West Hollywood became the first city in the nation to enact financial sanctions and act against states that have passed extreme anti-choice legislation.

In September 2021, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood unanimously approved a Resolution denouncing the Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy (SB 8), developing additional financial sanctions until such time as the new law is revoked, and declaring the City of West Hollywood a safe harbor for reproductive freedom.

For more information, please contact Andi Lovano, the City of West Hollywood’s Community and Legislative Affairs Manager, at (323) 848-6333 or at [email protected].

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

City’s Homeless Initiative Resumes Innovative Program at West Hollywood Library

The City of West Hollywood Homeless Initiative is resuming its innovative program to provide on-site outreach and services at West Hollywood Library for community members who are experiencing homelessness. 

The program, which began providing outreach and services in October 2016, is a strategic collaboration between the City of West Hollywood, LA County Library, and the City of West Hollywood’s contracted social services provider organizations which include APLA Health, Ascencia, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Step Up on Second, and Tarzana Treatment Centers. The organizations are partnering to provide on-site weekday outreach hours to help people connect to services and support at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. 

 “The library outreach program is an innovative offering that advances the City’s Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness in Our Community and support people’s well-being,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister, who is a member of the West Hollywood City Council Subcommittee on Homelessness. “The on-site teams help connect people experiencing homelessness with resources that accelerate getting back into housing — whether it’s supportive counseling, enrolling in shelter services, signing up for substance abuse treatment, finding jobs, or other needed support. We are so grateful for the collaborative partnership with LA County Library and our contracted service providers, whom our community members rely on for help and support.”

“One of our City’s core values is respect and support for people, and the library outreach program epitomizes the City’s longtime commitment to this value by making lifesaving resources and information available in a safe and dignified community space,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne, who is also a member of the West Hollywood City Council Subcommittee on Homelessness.

Representatives of the City’s contracted social services agencies coordinate outreach. All are nonprofit organizations with expertise in serving people who are experiencing homelessness, including some of the City’s most vulnerable community members such as LGBTQ youth and people who have mental health needs and/or substance use issues. In addition to providing connection to the range of services available within their own organizations, the providers also make referrals to other needed services and programs.

The program offers outreach and services at West Hollywood Library in the second floor meeting room during the following hours, unless otherwise noted:

  • Mondays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Ascencia
  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ascencia & 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tarzana Treatment Center
  • Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Step Up (1st Floor, JVS WeHo Works Office) & Los Angeles LGBT Center (2nd Floor)
  • Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., APLA Health 

West Hollywood Library is owned by the City of West Hollywood and operated by LA County Library, which operates 86 branches. The 32,000-square-foot library showcases the City’s rich intellectual, literary, and cultural communities and provides a landmark facility for the community’s passionate commitment to lifelong learning.

The City of West Hollywood has a commitment to providing social services to community members in-need and to improve quality of life. Since its founding as a city, West Hollywood has provided millions of dollars in grants to fund programs that include services for people who are experiencing homelessness, seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, alcohol and drug use recovery programs, support programs for Russian-speaking immigrants, food programs, and health care services for people who are uninsured. Today, the City’s Social Services Division budgets approximately $5 million per year to support programs that impact thousands of people in West Hollywood. 

The City’s West Hollywood Homeless Initiative seeks to effectively address homelessness with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, collaborative response. If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your concern requires time-sensitive assistance during nights or weekends, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station non-emergency number, (310) 855-8850. Visit www.weho.org/homeless for additional information.

For more information about the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Library Outreach program, please call Jenny Ivanova, the City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Specialist, at (323) 848-6302 or at [email protected].

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

City Approves Updates to the Living Wage Ordinance for Service Contracts

The City Council of the City of West Hollywood, during its regular meetings in April, approved updates to the City’s Living Wage Ordinance for service contracts. On July 1, 2022, the established living wage rate in West Hollywood will increase to $19.35 per hour. The living wage update and phase-in will require the City’s service contractors with contracts of $25,000 or more for terms of three months or longer to pay employees the updated living wage rate in performing City-related work. The living wage applies to employees, temporary employees, and subcontractors. The living wage rate is adjusted each July 1 to reflect changes during the preceding year in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

For services provided to the City and its constituents via social services contracts with nonprofit agencies, the Ordinance provides for a three-month delay, to October 1, 2022, in the implementation of the updated living wage rate. This is a one-time exception for 2022 only, in order to align with the start of the City’s next round of Social Services contracts.

The City of West Hollywood established its Living Wage Ordinance in 1997. A living wage is typically described as the minimum income necessary for a worker to be able to meet basic needs for an extended period. These needs include shelter, nutrition, healthcare, and other incidentals such as clothing. This standard generally means that a person working 40 hours a week, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation. In 2011, the City Council amended the Living Wage Ordinance to require adjustments to the living wage rate each July to reflect increases during the preceding year in the Consumer Price Index (a measure of inflation).

For more information about compensated and uncompensated leave requirements under the Living Wage Ordinance, exemptions, waivers, and a Frequently Asked Questions information page, please visit www.weho.org/business/doing-business-with-the-city/living-wage.

For more information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Business Development Division at (323) 848-6460. 

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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City of West Hollywood’s LGBTQ+ Arts Festival 2022 kicks-off

Festival Kicks Off on Sunday, May 22 with a Harvey Milk Day Virtual Staged Reading of ‘Dear Harvey’ Featuring an All Trans & Non-Binary Cast

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Our Pride, a mural by artist LaToya D. Peoples (Photo credit: Jon Viscott)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, – Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community with its WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (formerly known as the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival).

The festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day on Sunday, May 22, 2022 through Thursday, June 30, 2022, which marks the end of Pride month. This year, some events will be presented in-person and others will be available online.

Note that for all all programming details please visit this link: pride.weho.org

The LGBTQ Arts Festival is presented in addition to WeHo Pride Weekend from Friday, June 3, 2022 through Sunday, June 5, 2022 and will include a Street Fair, the Dyke March, the Women’s Freedom Festival, the ticketed OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival, and the WeHo Pride Parade.

For decades, the City of West Hollywood has been home to the largest Pride celebration in Southern California. Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people and allies from around the world make West Hollywood their destination for the Pride season. Home to the “Rainbow District” along Santa Monica Boulevard, which features a concentration of historic LGBTQ clubs, restaurants, and retail shops, the City consistently tops lists of “most LGBTQ friendly cities” in the nation. All #WeHoPride weekend programming details: www.weho.org/pride.

“The City of West Hollywood is thrilled to be producing the LGBTQ Arts Festival and #WeHoPride for our community again this year,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister.

“The City has a long-standing and proud commitment to both the arts and the LGBTQ community, and what better way to meld those commitments than with the #WeHoPride LGBTQ Arts Festival? Join the City online and in-person for art exhibits, thought-provoking panel discussions, entertaining performances, invigorating creative writing, educational self-guided walking tours, and even our very own queer ComicCon, where cosplay is encouraged and celebrated. Pride starts right here in West Hollywood and I’m looking forward to seeing you all in-person and virtually!”

The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival theme for 2022 is “With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion and Progress for All” and this year’s festival poster was designed by Kaija Sydlowski through an open call poster competition which received submissions from around the world. 

This year’s festival poster was designed by Kaija Sydlowsk

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate Harvey Milk Day, kick-off #WeHoPride, and commence the LGBTQ Arts Festival with a virtual staged reading of the play Dear Harvey: Stories of Harvey Milk, by Patricia Loughrey.

Extensively researched and beautifully constructed, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking LGBTQ activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best … the real-world figures whose lives were forever altered by Milk’s too-short career. This spirited play reaffirms his impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, three decades after his assassination. 

This year’s production features an entirely transgender and non-binary cast including: Luckie Alexander, Blossom C. Brown, Abdullah “Abby” Rahsheen Hall, Marval A. Rex, Mallery Jenna Robinson, Sydney Rogers aka Miss Barbie-Q, and Emily Westheimer. This performance is directed by Brittney S. Wheeler and produced by Parnell Damone Marcano and Celebration Theatre, LA’s oldest theatre dedicated to producing LGBTQIA+ work.

The reading will be available for the public to view for free on the City’s WeHo Arts YouTube page (www.youtube.com/wehoarts) for one week, from May 22 through May 29, 2022.

The City has also installed Our Pride, a mural by artist LaToya D. Peoples on the N. Sweetzer Avenue east-facing wall of West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. The mural features four hands, symbolic of LGBTQ equality, activism, and pride: the first is a fist, symbolizing the LGBTQ and BIPOC community’s fight against oppression throughout history; the next is a painter’s hand symbolizing the community’s creativity and openness; the next hand holds a sunflower, a symbol for self-love and the seeking of light; and finally, a hand in a classic peace sign.

Our Pride, a mural by artist LaToya D. Peoples (Photo credit: Jon Viscott)

The background is a gradient bright sky, symbolic of the progress the community has made and has yet to make. Each hand is painted realistically, in color, representing diverse people. Installation is complete and the mural will remain on City Hall through May 2023.

The Meringue public art exhibition by LGBTQ artist Kim Kiduck will be lit up in pink, light blue, and rainbow colors for the duration of Pride Month. The translucency of Meringue lets sunlight in to glow naturally during the daytime, and at night transforms Meringue into a mixing chamber of various light combinations. Meringue is located in the median on Santa Monica Boulevard near N. Doheny Drive. 

Some highlights of the 40-day festival include:

  • QUEER DIASPORAS: Lavender City of Dreams presented by Rubén Esparza and Queer Biennial – May 27, 2022 through August 19, 2022. Free. Online exhibition with some in-person events at ONE Gallery. Touching on issues of identity, activism, futurity, and beauty where queerness is the thread that weaves through all these personal – yet universal -perspectives. Realized in imagined (no limits) digital galleries, spaces, and textures as the backdrop, along with up-to-the-minute live performances on May 28, June 3, and June 4, 2022. View the exhibition beginning May 27, 2022 and find in-person event info at www.lavendercity.art 
  • Queer Crossroads – June 1, 2022, 10 a.m. Free. Online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTAimXuIpWYkLkUeRZdxiw An exploration of queer intersectionality through video performance and conversation! What else do we bring to our beautiful queer spaces? Are you queer and Black, differently-abled, neurodivergent, HIV positive, Trans, Muslim, etc.? Let’s meet and share our stories in this workshop where intersectionality is explored and championed.
  • Write Out Proud LGBTQ writing workshops – Wednesdays and Saturdays in June. Free. When we Write Out Proud, we share the love of who we are for the world to see, so the world can become better at loving us back. We write fun and flirty stories of our magical LGBTQ selves influenced by our personal ideas of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation. All are welcome, both new and seasoned writers. This no-cost four session writing workshop will take place virtually on Zoom. There are two workshop groups, each with the same writing prompts and plans. One group meets on Wednesday evenings in June from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the other group meets on Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. culminating on Wednesday evening June 29, 2022 with an online reading of writings for those who care to participate. For more info go to writeoutproud.com. To sign up for this free workshop email [email protected].
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Pledge Allegiance to Your Flag: A Festival of LGBTQ Flags – June 4, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations. Free. The Sisters will delight you as they work their butts off to erase shame and stigma and lovingly help you to claim your LGBTQ identity by choosing from a myriad of their spectacular LGBTQ color guard flags (or bring your own!) and create your personalized made-up mad cap mad lib Pledge of Allegiance. The Sisters will record content for you for your Pride media posts with Sisters, your flags, and your pledge. For details: http://www.writeoutproud.com/pledge.html
  • Church of Trans Love – June 5, 2022 at 2 p.m. Free. The fictitious ‘The Church of Trans Love’ presents a queerdo take on ecclesiastical liturgical practices in the tradition of ‘The Book of Mormon’. The audience plays a ‘full, active, and conscious’ role in the show. The Church of Trans Love performance includes music from David Bowie and features Key Exchange, the show’s gospel choir of professional trans and non-binary singers. More information: https://bit.ly/churchtranslove.
  • WeHo Reads: Pride & Joy in the Matrix – June 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. Free. Online, RSVP: www.weho.org/wehoreads. LGBTQ+ authors are taking a hard look at society IRL and virtually, pinpointing the ways we come up short in connecting with and loving each other.
  • Pride Poets – “Pledge” Poetry Hotline – June 11, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from June 11, 2022 at 11 p.m. to June 12, 2022 at 2 a.m. Free. Call (202) 998-3510. LGBTQ poets are standing by ready to tackle all your poetic needs! Call in and have an original poem created for you or a loved one. This year’s theme is “Pledge: come share your allegiances with us!”
  • Q Con: A One Day Comic Convention Celebrating LGBTQ Comics – June 18, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Free. Find an exciting, diverse selection of LGBTQ comics and graphic novels all in one place! Talk to creators, get autographs! Q Con is family friendly, and admission is free. Cosplay is encouraged. Join in the costume contest for fun and prizes! For the latest updates on Q Con, visit https://www.prismcomics.org/q-con
  • Trans Pride LA 2022: The VarieTy Show – June 18, 2022 at 7 p.m. RSVP required. Free.  For more information and to RSVP: https://transpride.lalgbtcenter.org/. The VarieTy Show serves as the grand finale of the annual Trans Pride LA Festival.

More detailed information and a full list of the City of West Hollywood’s LGBTQ Arts Festival 2022 programming is available at pride.weho.org.  

In addition, archived online programs from 2020 and 2021 are available to view. Among these is a collection of short films which tell the fabulous, fun, and deep LGBTQ history of the City of West Hollywood called the Stuart Timmons West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour. Acclaimed author/historian Stuart Timmons (author The Trouble With Harry Hay, co-author of GAY L.A., former executive director of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives) was in the process of writing his West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour as the final in a trio of walking tours (Downtown Los Angeles and Silverlake are the other two) when he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2008. The tour remained incomplete until the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division funded its completion as part of the City’s 2015 LGBTQ Arts Festival, allowing Timmons and a small team to help finish his research, bringing it to completion as both a self-guided walking tour and a special in-person event featuring performance artists as tour guides. This fun and informative tour returned for two more years, and in 2021, was recorded as a collection of short films that can be viewed on the City’s WeHo Arts YouTube channel.

The City of West Hollywood’s #WeHoPride LGBTQ Arts Festival is organized by the City’s Arts Division. The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing accessible arts programming for residents and visitors. The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs including: Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Urban Art Program (permanent public art), Summer Sounds, Winter Sounds, the WeHo Reads literary series, Free Theatre in the Parks, Arts Grants for Nonprofit Arts Organizations, Library Exhibits and Programming, the City Poet Laureate Program, Human Rights Speakers Series and the #WeHoPride LGBTQ Arts Festival.

For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/arts. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator, Mike Che, at (323) 848-6377 or at [email protected] or visit www.weho.org/pride.

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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West Hollywood in brief- City government in action this week

The new mural “Our Pride” by LaToya Peoples at City of West Hollywood City Hall, WeHo Pride 2022 Update, WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood is reminding community members about events surrounding the upcoming #WeHoPride season. The City will provide regularly updated information about WeHo Pride 2022 programming as it becomes available:

  • WeHo Pride Weekend will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022, Saturday, June 4, 2022, and Sunday, June 5, 2022 in and around West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard and will include will include a free WeHo Pride Street Fair representing a diverse array of LGBTQ+ community groups as part of visibility, expression, and celebration.
  • The annual Dyke March and the new Women’s Freedom Festival will take place beginning on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5 p.m. The Dyke March will feature the presentation of the Melissa Etheridge and Community Activist awards, a poetry reading, sign-making and supplies, speakers, a DJ, and the Dykes on Bikes contingent. The Dyke March will step off and return to the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevards. The Women’s Freedom Festival will take place immediately following the Dyke March at the #WeHoPride Street Fair stage and will feature emerging LGBTQ and BIPOC women and non-binary musicians, comedians, poets, and activists, along with a featured performance from Milck, singing her latest protest song, We Won’t Go Back
  • WeHo Pride Weekend will feature OUTLOUD: Raising Voices, the award-winning three-day LGBTQ concert series produced by JJLA at West Hollywood Park. Headliners, artist lineup, and ticket information are available by visiting https://weareoutloud.com
  • The City of West Hollywood’s Pride Parade will step-off at noon at Crescent Heights Boulevard on Sunday, June 5, 2022 and will make its way west along Santa Monica Boulevard to the City’s Rainbow District.
  • WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (formerly known as the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival) will take place during 40 days from Harvey Milk Day on Sunday, May 22, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022 live at various locations throughout the City of West Hollywood, along with selected online programming. The theme for 2022 is With Liberty, Diversity, Inclusion, and Progress For All. The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day through the end of Pride month and is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division with input from the City’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board, Transgender Advisory Board, Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, and community partners. A full calendar of events is available online.

More information and details about WeHo Pride Weekend will be posted as it becomes available at www.weho.org/pride.

Dyke March and Women’s Freedom Festival is scheduled to take place on Friday June 3, 2022

WeHo Pride Weekend will Take Place from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5

OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Three-Day LGBTQ Concert Series Produced by JJLA Take Place from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5

WeHo Pride Parade will Step-Off at Noon on Sunday, June 5 Along Santa Monica Boulevard

WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Will Take Place from Sunday, May 22 to Thursday, June 30

For more than three decades, the City of West Hollywood has been home to the largest Pride celebration in Southern California, as hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people and allies from around the world make West Hollywood their destination for the Pride season. Home to the “Rainbow District” along Santa Monica Boulevard, which features a concentration of historic LGBTQ clubs, restaurants, and retail shops, the City consistently tops lists of “most LGBTQ friendly cities” in the nation.

Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ people. More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The City has advocated for nearly four decades for measures that support LGBTQ individuals and the City is in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.

The City of West Hollywood is one of the first municipalities to form a Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board and a Transgender Advisory Board, which each address matters of advocacy. As part of its support of the transgender community, the City has a Transgender Resource Guide available on the City’s website, which provides information about a variety of resources including legal, health, and social services, available in the Greater Los Angeles area to enhance and improve the well-being of transgender people.

For more information about WeHo Pride, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Events Services Division at [email protected].

For more information about the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or [email protected].

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

The new mural “Our Pride” by LaToya Peoples at City of West Hollywood City Hall! Commissioned through WeHo Arts is now on display swing by and check it out.

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The City of West Hollywood is debuting a new mural at West Hollywood City Hall on its east-facing exterior wall facing N. Sweetzer Avenue. The mural celebrates LGBTQ Pride and is installed as part of the City’s WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. City Hall is located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. The LGBTQ Arts Festival is part of the City of West Hollywood’s annual Pride celebration.

Our Pride’ by artist LaToya D. Peoples features four hands to symbolize aspects of LGBTQ equality and activism. The first hand is in a rising fist shape, symbolizing the fight against oppression throughout history. Next, a painter’s hand, symbolizing LGBTQ creativity and openness as a community. A hand holding a sunflower comes next, as a symbol for self-love and seeking light. And finally, a hand in a classic peace sign. The background color is a gradient bright blue sky, symbolic of the progress the LGBTQ community has made and will continue to make. Each hand is painted as a realistic representation of the diverse people of our communities.

LaToya D. Peoples is a BIPOC, queer, multidisciplinary artist, educator, and entrepreneur working in the realms of visual art, public/community arts, and design. Her work focuses on figuration, natural elements, color, and pattern, as a way of exploring identity and history. She carries these themes over to her mural and sculptural installation work, creating transformative pieces guided by youth and community engagement. Her commissioned works live in the collections of University Maryland Medical Center, Denver Urban Arts & Venues, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, and Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation.

Peoples has also worked as an educator and coordinator for visual arts programming in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has served youth and adults through teaching partnerships with the Baltimore City Public School System, National Museum of Ceramic Art, Arts Everyday, Jubilee Arts Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the McDonogh School.

Our Pride’ will be on display through Sunday, April 30, 2023 at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival runs over the course of 40 days from May 22 (Harvey Milk Day) through the end of Pride Month (June 30) in-person at various locations throughout West Hollywood, along with selected online programming. For full details about the Festival and for information about #WeHoPride weekend (June 3-5, 2022) events, please visit www.weho.org/pride.

For more information about the Our Pride mural, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6377 or [email protected]. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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City of West Hollywood fundraiser for refugees from Ukraine May 22

The more visitors come, the more awareness, donations, and support organizers can provide to the refugees from Ukraine

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood is organizing a Fundraiser for Refugees from Ukraine on Sunday, May 22, from 11–7 pm in Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The event will include a silent auction, various activities for people of any age, and a gala concert. The proceeds from the event will go
to a non-profit organization that is helping refugees from Ukraine in many parts of the world, including the United States and Los Angeles in particular. In addition to fundraising,
the event’s goal is to show solidarity with Ukraine and connect people to people during
this challenging time.

A free admission event will include a silent auction with items and services from local businesses and communities. As Sundays are usually family days, there will also
be activities for kids. Created by a veteran of Cirque Du Soleil, Dimitri Bogatirev, Aga-Boom theatre of physical comedy and circus arts, and artists Alex Bistrevsky and Dmitrious will amuse little philanthropists with their performances.

In addition, the Los Angeles Puppet Theater on Wheels will show the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Small visitors can even participate in knitting classes led by the Kids Knitwork. The children’s zone will also include a basketball shootout, giant chess and connect games, hi striker, soccer darts, and more. Kids will have fun while allowing their parents to support people in need.

The day-long slate of free events for children includes games, entertainment zones, and masterclasses. The more visitors come, the more awareness, donations, and support organizers can provide to the refugees from Ukraine.

The gala concert in the evening will include performances by Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan and Ukrainian singer Mika Newton. They joined John Legend on the stage at Grammy Awards 2022. The list of artists also consists of singers Svetlana Portnyansky, Boris Yudelevich, Ellina Adel, Karina Doba, Yulia Argo, and musicians Igor Serykh, Jacob Nakhman, and Jacob Konviser.

All artists are donating their time to help raise funds and awareness of the situation with Ukrainian refugees and the ways people can help them. 

In March, KTLA’s Carlos Saucedo reported on a14-year-old Ukrainian refugee who arrived in L.A. after being smuggled out of the war-torn country.

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