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City to Host 2019 Rainbow Key Awards

Post Date:May 20, 2019 5:30 PM

rainbow keyThe City of West Hollywood will host its annual Rainbow Key Awards to recognize people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the gay and lesbian community.

This year’s Rainbow Key Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. There will be a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards program at 7 p.m.

Each year, the West Hollywood City Council selects award recipients following recommendations made through a nomination process overseen by the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB).

 This year’s Rainbow Key Awards honorees are:

  • Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends, a non-profit social and educational organization for gay Asians and friends who share an interest in Asian cultures and experiences;
  • Jeffery Bowman, creator and producer of Legendary Bingo, one of the longest running and most successful events in Los Angeles, raising $6.5 million for charity over the last 20 years;
  • Rabbi Lisa Edwards, rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim since 1994, who has worked for decades to make the Jewish community a more welcoming place for gays, lesbians, and transgender Jews;
  • Jake Mason, founder and president of WeHo Dodgeball, the largest LGBTQ dodgeball team in the country, providing a rotating membership of thousands with fun and competition using soft rubber “no sting” balls;
  • Mecca LA Hosted by Kelly Gilliam, providing free bi-monthly events for the Lesbian, Queer, Non-Binary, and Women who love Women community; and
  • Project Angel Food, which began in response to the AIDS epidemic and expanded its mission to include anyone with a life-threatening disease; now serving 600,000 meals each year, free of charge, to chronically and terminally ill people throughout Los Angeles County. Project Angel Food has served more than 11.5 million meals since their founding in 1989.

Beginning in 1990, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to people and organizations which have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community. Previous honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others. Contributions, whether by an individual or a group, may be in many forms, including the arts, community action, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, or in other ways. More than 155 Rainbow Key Awards have been presented over the last 29 years.

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 LGBT issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBT people. More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBT and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The City has advocated for more than three decades for measures to support LGBT individuals and has been in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.

For additional information about the Rainbow Key Awards, please contact Jeff Book at (323) 848-6471 or jbook@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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