WeHo Transgender Activist Desiree Sol Named 50th District Woman of the Year

Desiree Sol
Desiree Sol
California state Assemblymember Richard Bloom has selected Desiree Jade Sol of West Hollywood as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 50th Assembly District.

Sol, who lives in West Hollywood, is a transgender woman active in civic affairs. She has served on the city’s Transgender Advisory Board and now is a member of the Public Safety Commission. Sol is a third generation Mexican–American who was born and raised in Southern California.

Bloom said he selected Sol because of her commitment to fighting for equality and justice and for teaching all of us that we can make a difference. “Desiree is the perfect embodiment of this year’s Women’s History Month theme,” he said. “Her courage to live her life so openly and honestly and her commitment to helping others in the world is an inspiration to us all.”

Sol credits her late grandmother, Helen Godinez Lamb, for instilling in her the strength and motivation to make a difference. Sol has served as sub-committee chair on the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission’s Transgender Working Group and as private secretary of the Royal Court of West Hollywood. She has graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s LGBT Community Police Academy, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Through Engagement Academy and has been affiliated with Bienestar, Trangeneros Unidas, APLA, Hollywood National Organization of Women, Human Rights Campaign, Cornerstone Theater, Women at Risk and Break the Cycle.

Sol has also performed in “Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical” and has appeared in singer Diana Mera’s “Solemos” music video, “Trans Sister Tales,” “Nip Tuck,” and “Split Endz.”

During the annual Woman of the Year celebration, a woman from each Assembly District is honored in the State Capitol. Each honoree will be introduced on the Assembly Floor and receive a resolution honoring her accomplishments. Sol is the second transgender woman named “Woman of the Year” since the annual Capitol tradition began in 1987 as a way to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.

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Henry (Hank) Scott is the editor and publisher of WEHOville.com. Scott is a journalist and media business executive who has worked at newspapers as varied as the weekly Butner-Creedmoor (N.C.) News, circulation 1,200, and The New York Times. henry@wehoville.com

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Virginia Gillick
Virginia Gillick
6 years ago

I see I am way behind here, but congrats Desiree and I LOVE that picture of you. Thanks for representing us so well at all times.

Myshelle
Myshelle
6 years ago

Great. Congrats from switzerland

jhenehan
6 years ago

Wonderful news; Congratulations on an honor well-deserved, Desiree!

jimmypalmieri
6 years ago

Congratulations Desiree! Your hard work and kindness has been an important part of this city. A well deserved award to a well deserving woman.

Irene
Irene
6 years ago

Congratulations! my mom would be very proud of you and so am I.

Larry Block
Larry Block
6 years ago

Super congrats for making a difference and bringing that honor home to West Hollywood! We all thank you –

Mormon Ghome
Mormon Ghome
6 years ago

We love you desiree!