Councilmember O’Farrell Leads City Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month Celebration
This year’s ceremony recognized the outstanding work of Christopher Street West, as well as the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 03, 2022) – Led by Los Angeles City Councilmember O’Farrell, the Los Angeles City Council today kicked off its annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month celebration, commonly known as “Pride Month,” in the City of Los Angeles.
Councilmember O’Farrell, one of the City’s three openly gay elected officials, organized this year’s LGBT Heritage Month programming, which celebrates the return of the official LA Pride Parade to Hollywood, in addition to spotlighting the community’s unique role in Los Angeles’ queer history and honoring LGBT advocates who are making a lasting impact on our culture:
Christopher Street West (CSW), the organizer of the annual LA Pride Parade
Sharon-Franklin Brown, CSW, Board President
The Midnight Stroll, an innovative outreach program focusing on Hollywood’s LGBTQ+ unhoused community, launched and coordinated by Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT)
“As we welcome Pride back to Hollywood and the 13th Council District, it’s a privilege to recognize and work with so many LGBTQ+ advocates and organizations who have played – and continue to play – an outsized role in Los Angeles and Hollywood’s queer community,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “Christopher Street West and APAIT represent the very best of the LGBTQ+ community, embodying our resilience, courage and pride. I’m thankful for their work to advance justice and inclusivity in Hollywood, Los Angeles and beyond.”
“On behalf of Christopher Street West, we are honored to be recognized for our work to uplift Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community” said Sharon-Franklin Brown, President of the Board for Christopher Street West. “We are thrilled to welcome Pride back to Los Angeles this year, as well as its historic home in Hollywood, and can’t wait to celebrate with all of you on June 12.”
“This recognition means everything for APAIT and our outreach providers,” said Jazzmun Crayton, Associate Director of APAIT. “Our work to house and move every unhoused individual onto a pathway of wellness will continue and won’t stop until every member is met with love, kindness and acceptance.”
The program also included virtual remarks from Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, a virtual performance from the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as special artwork created by youth artist Nathan Sierra and commissioned by Councilmember O’Farrell to amplify this year’s LGBT Heritage Month theme of “Return to Pride.”
As part of the month-long celebration, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs will also produce its official 2022 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, featuring work by local artists.