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Voter Registration Deadline is May 23, ‘Senior Month’ activities throughout the Month, Resumes Walk-In Public Counter Services at City Hall

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – As part of the City of West Hollywood’s continuous efforts to increase voter participation, the City reminds community members that each vote counts and your voice matters in the upcoming June 2022 Statewide Primary Election. The deadline to register for the Election is Monday, May 23, 2022. The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to check voter registration status at LA County Voter Registration Status (lavote.gov).

Election Day is Tuesday, June 7, 2022. But there are many ways to vote early. Vote by Mail (VBM) and ballot-drop-off voting will begin on Monday, May 9, 2022. All registered and eligible voters during this election can expect to receive VBM ballots beginning Monday, May 9, 2022. Ballot Drop Box locations nearest to the voter’s residence are included on the VBM packet. Voters can also find all Drop Box locations (as well as Vote Centers) on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Locator Tool online at LAvote.gov. On Election Day, all Drop Boxes will be locked at 8 p.m. 

Many LA County Vote Centers will begin operating on Saturday, May 28. 2022.

In California, you are eligible to register and vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen;
  • At least 18-years-old;
  • Registered where you currently reside;
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

The City of West Hollywood encourages every eligible voter to have a vote plan with the following tips:

  • Check your voter registration status or register to vote at lavote.net/vrstatus or call (800) 815-2666;
  • Decide how you would like to vote: Vote by Mail; Drop off a ballot at a Ballot Drop Box or a Vote Center; Vote in-person at a Vote Center;
  • Educate yourself about the issues and then vote as soon as you receive your ballot;
  • Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote or register to vote;
  • Assist those who need help with their Vote by Mail ballot or offer to take a homebound senior to a Vote Center; and
  • Track your ballot. You can sign-up to receive personalized text messages, emails, and/or automated voice messages on your Vote-by-Mail ballot (whether sent by mail or dropped off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center) by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that provides updated information about where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it. Sign up to be notified of the status of your ballot at california.ballottrax.net/voter.

Dropping a Ballot Off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center

The City of West Hollywood has worked with LA County to establish three Ballot Drop Box locations in West Hollywood. These Ballot Drop Boxes are bright yellow and clearly marked. They feature safety and security features, such as 24-hour electronic monitoring. Locations are as follows:

  • West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located behind City Hall, off of N. Sweetzer Avenue)

  • West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located on the west side of the street, in front of the library)

  • Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Plummer Park Community Center)

Voting In-Person at a Vote Center

Traditional neighborhood “polling places” have been replaced in Los Angeles County by Vote Centers, which allow LA County residents (which includes West Hollywood residents) to vote at any Vote Center location. Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, May 28, 2022. All Los Angeles County voters will have 10 consecutive days as well as Election Day, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to vote in-person at a Vote Center.

In the City of West Hollywood, there will be a Vote Center at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This Vote Center will be open from Saturday, May 28, 2022 through Election Day on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. For Vote Center locations, visit https://locator.lavote.gov/locations/vc.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6800, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections. Call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

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

City of West Hollywood Celebrates ‘Senior Month’ with Activities throughout the Month of May

For more than two decades, the City of West Hollywood has organized an annual series of activities to engage its thriving population of older community members during Senior Month, celebrated each May. West Hollywood’s ongoing efforts to support, celebrate, and value older adults is part of the commitment to being an age-friendly city. 

The City of West Hollywood Senior Advisory Board meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 2 p.m., where issues of importance to the older adult community will be discussed. Join the Zoom meeting https://zoom.us/j/98868172392; Meeting ID: 988 6817 2392; or join audio only by phone: (669) 900-6833. Tune-in to a livestream of the meeting via the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv

Additionally, the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center will offer the following free virtual programming in May. To register for the following activities with the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center or for more information about these and other classes, please contact Alex Pagan-Mejia at [email protected] or call (213) 248-6595. Highlighted activities include:

  • Aging and Vision Loss — Monday, May 9, 2022 at 1 p.m. Learn about some common vision problems that come with age and steps you can take to prevent them. Presented by Independence at Home.
  • Jewish Wagons West – 3 Part Series Tuesday, May 10, 17, and 24, 2022 at 1 p.m.  Learn about the hazardous journey and experiences of Jewish Americans as they migrated West. Presented by award-winning journalist, Andree Aelion Brooks. 
  • For Your Health – Let’s Talk About Depression; Managing Stress and Anxiety — Tuesday, May 10 and 17, 2022 at 12 p.m. Presented by Dr. Amit Parikh, Internal Medicine, Optum-Mission Hills. 
  • I am Not a Virus: Revisiting the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype in the Time of COVID-19 Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. This is a virtual museum visit, presented by The New York Museum of Chinese Art.
  • Seniors In Action (SIA): Community + Connection + Conversation — Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 1 p.m. — Activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood Community. This is an interactive experience, so be prepared to participate!

Community members ages 50+ are also encouraged to enjoy the many virtual and in-person programs and services offered by Los Angeles LGBT Center Senior Services Department. The Senior Services May newsletter, including the calendar of events, is available on the LA LGBT Center website. This month’s highlighted activity is:

  • National LGBTQ Elders Day – Resilience Documentary Premiere — Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. IN-PERSON, Renberg Theatre 1125 N. McCadden Place. In this documentary, eight seniors isolated by the global pandemic reflect on their LGBTQ identity and community. For more information and to RSVP, email [email protected] or call (323) 860-5830.

Additional Senior Month programming in May includes:

  • NAMI Virtual LA Mental Health Town Hall – Wednesday, May 11th from 5-7 p.m. – Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, this community-based event will focus on advocacy and awareness of the needs of community members and coincides with National Mental Health Awareness Month. For more information, contact the City of West Hollywood’s Community Programs Coordinator Moya Marquez at [email protected] or (323) 848-6574. 
  • Maysky Classical Night – Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 5 p.m. Benefitting refugees from Ukraine, American Russian-speaking musicians will perform classical music. Contact [email protected] or (323) 848-6501 for more information.

Senior Month programming is presented by the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board, the Activities Program of West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center of Jewish Family Service LA, and the LA LGBT Center.

For more information about additional related programming in the month of May and about senior services in the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/services/social-services/senior-services. For additional information about City of West Hollywood’s Aging in Place/Aging in Community Strategic Plan, please visit www.weho.org/aging.

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510.

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

Focus on Efforts to Raise Funds to Support Ukrainian Refugees During Russian Arts and Culture Month in May

The City of West Hollywood annually celebrates the rich traditions brought to the United States by Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Each year, the City recognizes Russian Arts and Culture Month to embrace the diverse identities and cultural history of Russian-speaking community members whose origins span wide-ranging territories with varied religious and social traditions.

This year, as the devastation of war grips Ukraine following unprovoked attack and invasion from Russian military forces, programming for Russian Arts and Culture Month will focus on standing for peace in Ukraine and mobilizing efforts to raise funds to support refugees. Details about fundraising events and the link to donate are available at www.weho.org/fundraiser. All proceeds will go to HIAS, which provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. Originally established in 2001 to assist Jewish migrants emigrating from Ukraine to the United States, HIAS’ presence today is through a partnership with Right to Protection (R2P), an independent Ukrainian NGO based in Kyiv with offices across Ukraine.

Russian Arts and Culture Month in 2022 events are as follows:

  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2 p.m. – Panel Discussion: WWII Veterans Memorial Day/Victory in Europe Day at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
  • Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. WWII Veterans Memorial Day/Victory in Europe Day commemoration at the Plummer Park WWII Veterans Memorial, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6 p.m. – Paris Chanson Benefit Concert for Refugees from Ukraine at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
  • Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. – Maysky Classical Night Fundraiser at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – West Hollywood Fundraiser for Refugees from Ukraine at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The City and its Russian Advisory Board will embrace the opportunity to explore and share the deep historical elements of Russian culture within a broader understanding of empathy and support of Ukraine. Donations will be collected to support organizations assisting Ukrainian refugees. Details about this event and about additional programming during May are available at www.weho.org/fundraiser.

Additionally, the City has activated its West Hollywood Responds program to help encourage contributions to agencies and organizations that are working to help people in Ukraine. The City has assembled a list of organizations on its website at www.weho.org/wehoresponds and is encouraging community members to take part in donating to organizations that are in urgent need of contributions.

The former Soviet Union encompassed 15 republics — Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia — and Russian culture, itself, has withstood centuries. With more than 100 distinct ethnic groups within the former USSR, Russian culture does not represent any one group. For Russian-speaking people, Russian language unites people and serves to connect and deepen a common culture across regions.

About the Russian-Speaking Community in West Hollywood — The City of West Hollywood is home to a large community of people from regions of the former Soviet Union. According to a 2013 survey of the community in West Hollywood, there are 3,872 people who live in the City who identify a former region of the Soviet Union as their primary ancestry. This represents approximately 11 percent of the City’s total population of 34,399 people.

Many Russian-speaking community members established roots in West Hollywood after fleeing from discrimination and antisemitism. In the early 1970s, the then-USSR experienced a wave of emigration due to the politics of the government. Many people chose to come to Los Angeles to embrace the future opportunities of a free world for themselves and their children. They came here by way of support provided by local programs and nonprofits to assist Jewish immigrants in what would become incorporated as the City of West Hollywood. The City remains a thriving hub for the Russian-speaking community in the region.

Since 2001, the City has recognized Russian Arts and Culture Month to bring to life the cultural and creative traditions of Russian-speaking community members with programming highlighting rich visual arts, performing arts, language, and history.

For additional information about the West Hollywood Fundraiser for Refugees from Ukraine in recognition of Russian Arts and Culture Month, please call the City’s Russian Information Line at (323) 848-6501 or email [email protected].For more information, please contact Tatyana Rodzinek, City of West Hollywood Russian Community Programs Coordinator, at (323) 848-6826 or at [email protected].

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

COVID-19 Update: City of West Hollywood Resumes Walk-In Public Counter Services at City Hall, Effective May 9

The City of West Hollywood is resuming walk-in public counter services at West Hollywood City Hall. Starting Monday, May 9, 2022, City Hall will be open to the public for walk-in counter services. The City’s online appointment system will continue to be available and advance appointments are encouraged by visiting www.weho.org/appointments. West Hollywood City Hall is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. City Hall is located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Beginning in May, many public meetings will transition to in-person meetings. This follows direction in April from the City Council of the City of West Hollywood for public meetings to resume in person, as can reasonably be accommodated; this includes meetings of the City Council and many Advisory Board, Commission, and Task Force meetings. In an effort to provide the safest environment for City staff and officials and community members, meetings will take place at one of two meeting locations: the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, or the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, Rooms 5&6. Specific details for each public meeting will be provided on meeting agendas posted at www.weho.org/agendas and there is a calendar of meeting and events available at www.weho.org/calendar.

City Facility room reservation requests for organizations and members of the public will resume for in-person meetings at City Facilities (such as Plummer Park; the West Hollywood Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room; and the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room). Requests will begin to be made available online starting Monday, May 30, 2022 for in-person meetings beginning Monday, June 13, 2022. West Hollywood Park picnic areas are now available for Saturday and Sunday reservations, as well. All reservation requests will be available through the City’s online Recreation Services portal in the Park & Facility Reservations section at https://apm.activecommunities.com/weho.

For more information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Acting Administrative Services Director, Janet Jimenez, at [email protected] or at (323) 848-6376.

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

The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall will be open beginning Monday, May 9, 2022 for in-person walk-in transactions at public counters or by appointment; to make an appointment, visit www.weho.org/appointments. City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

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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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