The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board will recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022 (TDOV) with a week-long celebration beginning Thursday, March 31, 2022. Recognized each year, the West Hollywood City Council has elected to provide a week-long celebration to offer increased visibility to the transgender community at a time when transgender rights continue to be under attack throughout the country and worldwide.
The city council issued a proclamation to commemorate International Transgender Day of Visibility at its March 21, 2022, regular city council meeting. The City will celebrate the transgender community during the week of March 31 through April 7, 2022 by flying the Transgender flag over City Hall and along the medians of Santa Monica Boulevard, and will light both City Hall and the lanterns over Santa Monica Boulevard on the City’s west side in blue, pink, and white, which are the colors of the transgender flag. In addition, the City will also highlight Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming leaders beginning on March 31 on its website at www.weho.org/lgbtq.
The City’s Arts Division will also be supporting several arts projects featuring transgender artists. The WallSpace Gallery, located at 7701 Santa Monica Boulevard, will hold a Transgender Day of Visibility celebration on March 31, 2022 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring the As We Are, Pillars of Society art exhibit. This art exhibit brings together community artists and allies to artistically depict trans visibility through creative direction, photography, mixed media, and fashion. The programming begins in West Hollywood in honor of TDOV on March 31 and continues through April 15, 2022 at the following locations: WallSpace, located at 7701 Santa Monica Boulevard; Art Angels Gallery, located at 9020 Beverly Boulevard; and bG Gallery, located at 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6 p.m., as part of the City’s WeHo Reads series, there will be a poetry reading featuring four trans poets in a reading and dialogue about the future and the intersections of science fiction and poetry, activism, and language. Curated and hosted by West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, readers include Ryka Aoki, LA-based poet and author of the new sci-fi novel Light from Uncommon Stars, Harry Josephine Giles, Scottish poet and author of Deep Wheel Orcadia, in conversation with young poets, along with organizers Simba the Poet (Nashville) and Ava Dadvand (from Los Angeles, currently writing and studying at Yale). The event, titled WeHo Reads: Trans | Future | Poetics, will take place online and is free to attend. For more information and to RSVP: www.weho.org/wehoreads. The event can be viewed on the City of West Hollywood Arts Division’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehoarts.
As part of its support of the transgender community, the City of West Hollywood has a Transgender Resource Guide available on the City’s website, which provides information about a variety of resources including legal, health, and social services, available in the Greater Los Angeles area to enhance and improve the well-being of transgender people. There is also specific information for transgender service members and veterans with legal questions.