The City of West Hollywood is gathering nominations for its 2022 Rainbow Key Awards. Nomination forms are due by Monday, March 28, 2022. The awards presentations are scheduled to take place virtually in June 2022, which is known nationally as Pride Month.
The City’s 2022 Rainbow Key Awards will recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the lesbian and gay community. Nominations may be submitted electronically through the City’s website at www.weho.org/rainbowkey.
Under policies adopted by the City Council and the Lesbian Gay Advisory Board (LGAB) in 2013, the Advisory Board makes recommendations to the City Council for Rainbow Key Awards, after seeking nominations from the community. Nomination forms ask about each nominee’s impact on the West Hollywood gay and lesbian community specifically, as well as, if applicable, the global gay and lesbian community.
Since 1993, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to individuals and groups that have gone above and beyond in their service to the LGBTQ community. Contributions have come in many forms, including the arts, community service, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, and more.
Past honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others.
On Thursday, April 8, 2021, during its regularly scheduled meeting, LGAB voted to recommend awards to the following nominees: Nik Kacy; Dr. Adrian Ravarour; Troy Masters; Grace Baldridge; Sophie B. Hawkins; Jeff Consoletti; Dante Alencastre and WEHO TIMES editor and publisher Paulo Murillo.
Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBT issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBT people. More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBT and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The City has advocated for more than three decades for measures to support LGBT individuals and has been in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.