Saturday, June 4, 2011

Los Angeles kicks off the 1st LGBT Heritage Month

    We are making history up in the city. We now have our first LGBT Heritage Month in L.A.
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off what is intended to be the city's first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month at City Hall today.

    The mayor will present the Spirit, Dream and Hope of Los Angeles awards to three prominent members of the LGBT community, including comedian Wanda Sykes, during a special presentation in the City Council chambers. About 200 young people from the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are expected to attend the presentation.

    "For them the event is important because it shows there has been an LGBT history longer than the last five or 10 years," said Sam Borelli, communications director for the nonprofit LGBT advocacy group Christopher Street West.

    Among the honorees is Rev. Troy Perry, who fought with the city in 1970 to obtain a permit for the first public gay pride event in Los Angeles, Borelli said.

    Perry also founded the gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Churches. Villaraigosa will also honor Chad Griffin, the founder and president of American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is the lead sponsor in the legal case against voter-approved Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California.

    "The celebration is an opportunity to be loud and proud," Borelli said. "And also to remember our history in this 30th anniversary year of HIV/AIDS, which devastated our community."
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