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    Rainbow Key Awards 2024 Ceremony is Available for Viewing on WeHoTV

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    The City of West Hollywood and its LGBTQ+ Commission (formerly the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board) hosted the City’s 2024 Rainbow Key Awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The city recognized people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community. The free event was live streamed from the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

    The ceremony is available for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.

    Every year, the City’s LGBTQ+ Commission selects nominees from a public process. This year’s Rainbow Key Awards honorees, though held in 2024, will honor the 2023 nominees who were selected by the former LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. These honorees are:

    Photo provided courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Some rights reserved. Photo credit: Jonathan Moore
    • Bert Champagne, a volunteer in the community who has worked for AIDS Walk LA for more than 32 years, served as a Board Member of the California Lesbian Project, and has volunteered for more than three decades at Project Angel Food. Bert currently is the Vice President of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s DIVA Foundation and has been part of DIVAS Simply Singing for more than three decades.
    • Nahshon Dion  a multi-talented artist, author, producer, and host of TRANSBRATIONS, a YouTube show.
    • Reverend Stephen Pieters, a gay pastor in West Hollywood who became well-known for his extensive AIDS activism after his own AIDS diagnosis in the early 1980s. His soon-to-be-published memoir, Love is Greater than AIDS: A Memoir of Survival, Healing, and Hope, will chronicle his life story. Sadly, Rev. Pieters passed away in 2023, and this award will be presented to his family posthumously.
    • Steven Reigns, West Hollywood’s inaugural Poet Laureate, whose writings focus on the gay experience and people with HIV. He has taught poetry workshops across the country to LGBTQ youth groups and people living with HIV.
    • Brody Schaffer, a young, 8-year-old dancer who inspires other children to be themselves by fiercely dancing on his social media channels and other dance projects, including TV ads and Nickelodeon programming.

    The City of West Hollywood has, since 1993, presented Rainbow Key Awards to people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ+ community, bestowing more than 170 awards since the event’s inception. Previous honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others. Contributions, whether by an individual or a group, can be in many forms, including the arts, community action, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global LGBTQ+ community, and more.

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