The City of West Hollywood and its Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board will host a ceremony of the annual Rainbow Key Awards to recognize people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community.
This year’s Rainbow Key Awards will be held in-person on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, adjacent to West Hollywood Park. Details about registering to attend the event are available by visiting the City’s website at www.weho.org/rainbowkey. The ceremony will also be available for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.
Each year, the West Hollywood City Council selects award recipients following recommendations made through a nomination process overseen by the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB).
This year’s Rainbow Key Awards honorees are: Jazzmun Crayton;
Greg Hernandez; Damian Pelliccione, LaShawn McGhee, Alia Daniels, and Chris Rodriguez; Monica Trasandes; and, Amita Swadhin.
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. Previous honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations, and many others. Contributions, whether by an individual or a group, may be in many forms, including the arts, community action, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential, benefit to the global gay and lesbian community, or in other ways. More than 155 Rainbow Key Awards have been presented since the award’s inception.
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 LGBTQ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ people. More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ and three of the five members of the current West Hollywood City Council are openly gay or lesbian. The City has advocated for nearly four decades for measures to support LGBTQ individuals and has been in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.