AIDS Walk LA Raises Over Two Million
Over 10,000 participants helped raise upwards of $2 Million to benefit APLA Health services and other area organizations at this year’s AIDS WALK Los Angeles, which debuted at its new home in Grand Park in Los Angeles. City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Peter Gallagher, Pauley Perrette, Estelle, and other city officials joined a list of celebrities at the opening and closing ceremonies.
For more on the AIDS WALK Los Angeles, visit: la.aidswalk.net.
WeHo Creative Business Awards
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) will host the West Hollywood Creative Business Awards 2016, on Wednesday, November 16, at The W Hotel Hollywood. This gala is the Chamber’s most prestigious and longest-running event. Each year the Chamber celebrates businesses that have shown innovation and creativity in their business model. The nominees are selected by their peers and the winners are voted by the Membership and announced at the event. For a list of nominees, or to purchase tickets, visit wehochamber.com or call (323) 650-2688
Men‘s Health Foundation Meningitis Vaccines
The city of West Hollywood joined Men’s Health Foundation last month to host an event offering free meningitis vaccinations during Sample Saturday held at a booth outside Capital Drugs and Power Zone on Santa Monica Boulevard. The vaccine was free regardless of health insurance status. Los Angeles County public health officials and LGBT advocates are urging gay and bisexual men to get meningitis vaccinations, citing a recent outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease that is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men.
Long Beach High LGBT Friendly Score
The city of Long Beach has been once again recognized by The Human Rights Campaign as one of the best cities for the LGBT community nationwide for their inclusive municipal laws and policies. The HRC gave Long Beach and 59 other cities a perfect score of 100 on its Municipal Equality Index (MEI), however Long Beach received an additional eight bonus points for a welcoming place to work, enforcement mechanism, services to LGBTQ youth, services for people living with HIV/AIDS and openly electing or appointing LGBTQ municipal leaders.
This is the fifth year Long Beach has been recognized by the HRC’s MEI for upholding LGBT rights.
For the complete MEI list, visit: hrc.org/mei.
San Diego Pride Board Controversy
The San Diego Pride Board has been in the midst of controversy over their alleged lack of transparency with the community after their executive director was abruptly fired. San Diego Gay & Lesbian news reports that problems began back in August when the board dismissed Executive Director Stephen Whitburn without reasons, even though San Diego Pride had been the most successful in San Diego’s history during his tenure this year. Committee members have threatened to resign if he was not re-instated. Additionally some committee members disagree with the board’s stance against their main revenue coming from alcohol sales.
For more on San Diego pride, visit: sdpride.org.
Planning Commission Approves Center’s New Campus
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Hollywood last month. The revolutionary new campus will include up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth, new senior and youth centers, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, and a ground floor retail space.
The project now moves on for approval by the full Los Angeles City Council.