The City of West Hollywood and its newly named LGBTQ+ Advisory Board (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board) hosted the West Hollywood 2022 Rainbow Key Awards at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The in-person ceremony led by co-chairs of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, Jason Fraizer, and Jackie Steele, is now available for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv (or just click below).
The 2022 Rainbow Key Awards recognizes people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community. 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.
For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/rainbowkey.