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WeHo Continues Celebration of Transgender Awareness with Awards Tonight

Wed, Nov 08, 2017   By Staff   

West Hollywood City Hall lit in the colors of the transgender flag. (Photo by Joshua Barash, courtesy of the City of West Hollywood)

The City of West Hollywood will continue its celebration of Transgender Awareness Month tonight with an annual awards presentation at the City Council Chambers.

The awards will acknowledge community members and organizations for their work in the transgender community. A dessert reception will follow the meeting. The awards presentation is free and open to the public and can be viewed live on WeHoTV and online at www.weho.org/wehotv. The City Council Chambers is located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica.

The city kicked off Transgender Awareness Month on Wednesday of last week by lighting City Hall in the blue and pink colors of the transgender flag and with members of the city’s Transgender Advisory Board raising the transgender flag. That special lighting will continue through November.

On Thursday, West Hollywood, in conjunction with the L.A. LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project, will host a transgender job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. More than two dozen companies and businesses will participate, and the event will include job training resources and a panel of employment experts featuring transgender entrepreneur Michaela Mendelsohn. Admission is free.

On Nov. 18, West Hollywood will co-sponsor the 2017 Transgender Wellness & Wellbeing Conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at LAC + USC Medical Center, located at 1200 N. State St., in Los Angeles. Workshops will include such topics as physical wellbeing, emotional wellness, prosperity wellbeing and creative wellness. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/2zlkUzH.

On Nov. 20, the city’s Transgender Advisory Board commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance with a ceremony and march. The ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Early Education, located at 563 N. Alfred St. The event will include speakers from the community, city representatives, and transgender performers. The names of transgender people who have died because of hate crimes will be read aloud at the ceremony. A march to raise awareness and honor those who have passed will immediately follow the ceremony. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Flags will be flown at West Hollywood City Hall at half-staff in remembrance.

For additional information about Transgender Awareness Month events in November, contact Bonnie Smith at (323) 848-6371 or at bsmith@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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