SEE: LA City Hall Lit Up in Lavender For LGBT Heritage Month

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicked off Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month with opening ceremonies on the south lawn of Los Angeles city hall at 200 N. Spring St. on Thursday night. The evening marked the start of a month-long lighting of the historic building in lavender in support of LGBT equality, and the third annual LGBT Heritage Month in Los Angeles.

On Friday (May 31), Villaraigosa and the LA City Council will present the Hope, Dream and Spirit of Los Angeles Awards to openly gay recording artist Adam Lambert, community activist Mia Yamamoto and president of Christopher Street West/PRIDE Rodney Scott at 10 a.m. in LA city hall’s council chambers at 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles.

LGBT Heritage Month is a month-long series of events taking place City-wide. A list of scheduled events can be found online.

Thursday’s kick-off celebration included entertainment by Doug Spearman, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Katrina Parker of “The Voice.”

Below, see freelance photographer Jon Viscott’s photos from Thursday’s ceremony.

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Adam Lambert.
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Master of Ceremonies Doug Sperman.
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Rev. Neil G. Thomas of MCCLA Metropolitan Community Church, Los Angeles.
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DJ Asha.
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Katrina Parker, formerly of “The Voice” performs.
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Los Angeles City Hall.
LA City Hall LGBT Heritage Month
Katrina Parker, formerly of “The Voice.”
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Sandy Jo MacArthur, assistant chief at the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
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Rodney Scott, president of Christopher Street West, receives the “Spirit of Los Angeles” award from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
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At right, Rodney Scott.
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Adam Lambert.
LA City Hall LGBT Heritage Month
Adam Lambert receives the “Hope of Los Angeles” award from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Adam Lambert with his mom Leila Lambert.
Adam Lambert with his mom Leila Lambert.
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Mia Yamamoto receives the “Dream of Los Angeles” award.