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    LGBTQ+ Community Celebrates Removal of Anti-Cruising U-Turn Signs in Silver Lake

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    After nearly three decades, members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community gathered on Monday, June 10, to celebrate the removal of the last two “No U-turn” signs on Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake. These signs, erected in the 1990s, aimed to deter gay men from cruising for sex in the neighborhood.

    The event took place at Griffith Park Boulevard and Fernwood Avenue, at the AT Center, an LGBTQ+ recovery and wellness center. Those in attendance included Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Hugo Soto-Martínez, along with performances by West Hollywood Drag Laureate Pickle and violinist Queen Angelina.

    Donovan Daughtry, a Silver Lake resident who advocated for the signs’ removal after learning about their history from a podcast, expressed his relief. “This is a small effort, but just to have a sign that I would have to walk past with my dog every day be taken down meant a lot,” he said.

    “The last signs related to the ‘No Cruising’ ordinance on Griffith Park Blvd in Silver Lake were torn down today,” wrote Maebe A. Girl, a historic drag queen elected official, on Instagram. “This was an effort years in the making, starting back in 2011 when the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to ask the city to remove the ‘No Cruising’ signs from Griffith Park Blvd. The signs were installed relatively recently in 1997 (although they give 1950s vibes) and the ordinance was used to profile and discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people, specifically gay men thought to be cruising for sex.”

    Maebe reported that the signs came to the attention of Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Hugo Soto-Martínez through a stakeholder named Donovan Daughtry after he listened to a podcast about the signs. “The [Silver Lake Neighborhood Council] Reimagining Public Safety Committee that I co-chair with [Arden Grier Dunlop] drafted a letter that was approved by the SLNC and sent to the councilmembers supporting the removal of these relics of the past earlier this year,” wrote Maebe. “I’m very pleased and grateful that [Councilmember Nithya Raman] and [Hugo Soto-Martínez] were so receptive to the idea of sign removal, and we got it done! Silver Lake and Los Angeles will continue to be havens for LGBTQIA+ people.”

    Maebe added that she is in possession of one of the signs and has reached out to ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California about donating it to them. If ONE Archives rejects the sign, it will be donated to The Eagle LA bar.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Curtis
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    22 hours ago

    Maebe is AWESOME!!!!!

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    Cy Husain
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    Got to hand it to [Councilmember Nithya Raman] and [Hugo Soto-Martínez] for doing a really great job in representing the people and, taking an active role against oppressive policies that hurt the people they are representing. I’m hoping in the near future we can also elect Maebe A. Girl to office for all the wonderful political activism she has done in the past.

    Gay Guy
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    That’s really great! Now they need to remove the Raman lady and the Hugo guy from the city council.

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