West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board tonight will recognize Transgender Awareness Month at a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Auto Court of the West Hollywood Library.
The outdoor reception will include speakers from the community, city representatives and various transgender performers, and will conclude with the reading of the names of transgender people who have died due to transgender hate crimes. There will be a candlelight march at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and validated parking will be available at the five-story parking garage at West Hollywood Park.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed across the world on Nov. 20. The day serves to honor and memorialize those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. It also helps to raise public awareness about ongoing hate crimes against the transgender community.
In addition to the Transgender Day of Remembrance reception and march, “Transient,” a curated group show that develops ideas about sharing and recognizing visibility within and outside of the transgender community, will open today at 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica. Los Angeles-based artist Kean O’Brien curates “Transient,” which revolves around ideas of visibility — whether personal visibility for the artist, narrative visibility, or circumstantial visibility. “Transient” is supported in part through a grant from the city of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Admission is free.
The City’s Transgender Advisory Board, created in 2009, is comprised of nine members. The Board addresses matters relating to advocacy on behalf of transgender rights such as education, community awareness and empowerment and makes recommendations to the City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies or ordinances of benefit to the constituency. The board meets at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer, on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.