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    West Hollywood to Co-Sponsor Red Dress Party Day in Rainbow District

    At last night’s regular West Hollywood city council meeting on Monday, October 18, 2022, the city council agreed to co-sponsor a Red Dress Party Day event planned for December 4, 2022 at participating businesses within the City’s Rainbow District. This year’s event is being organized by Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in an effort to bring visibility to HIV and AIDS by creating a set day for the community to celebrate life and bring awareness that HIV infections still occur.

    Red Dress Party Day invites participating businesses in the LGBT Rainbow District to plan their own individual festivities at their respective  locations. The event will also help raise funds for local non-profit HIV charities.

    The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are committed to social
    activism, social service and spiritual development. Moreover, the mission of Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is to strengthen its  community through drag activism, by raising much-needed funds for community charities, and by bringing about a better understanding of gay spirituality.

    The Red Dress Party Day event was created by bartenders at West Hollywood’s Gold
    Coast Bar, Mark Ferguson and Yves-Claude. Mark Ferguson and Yves-Claude were both HIV positive and made an agreement with each other that whoever passed away first, the other would go to their funeral wearing a red dress. Tragically, Mark passed away first and Yves-Claude could not attend his memorial because he was out of town. When YvesClaude returned, Bob Hastings, the owner of Gold Coast Bar at the time came up with the idea to create an event and invite everyone to wear a red dress in celebration of Mark’s life.

    The inaugural, Red Dress Party Day event, was held at Gold Coast Bar in 1997, with
    proceeds supporting HIV and AIDS community organizations. The initial event at Gold
    Coast Bar proved to be impactful, as the event was held annually for 23 years. A few years following the inaugural event, Yves-Claude passed away due to complications of AIDS. Yves-Claude was able to see first-hand the impact of the Red Dress Party Day, as it generated community awareness for HIV and AIDS and provided much-needed support and funds for organizations devoted to this cause. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and the closure of Gold Coast Bar), the Red Dress Party Day did not take place in 2020. Trunks Bar and Micky’s WeHo hosted a joint event last year on November 14, 2021.

    As part of the co-sponsorship for this year’s event, Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual
    Indulgence has requested that the City support it with communications. The City will utilize all appropriate communication tools to promote the event, such as the City’s website and social media tools and will authorize use of the City name and logo on invitations, programs, and other collateral materials.

    Since its incorporation, the City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of efforts to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The City of West Hollywood was one of the first government entities to provide social services grants to local AIDS and HIV organizations and, throughout its history, the City has directed millions of dollars to fund HIV/AIDS direct services, education, and public awareness efforts.

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    Jan Michael Foster
    Jan Michael Foster
    1 month ago

    This article is wrong There was a red dress party held the trucks and to get it Micky is the same day I filmed it for the show my way home world which I produce for Joel Quaresimo. You need to fix that and let everybody know there was indeed a red dress party

    Reply to  Jan Michael Foster
    1 month ago

    It’s an easy mistake. Nobody remembers that Red Dress Party. It was confusing and watered down because it happened at two locations. This year will be worst.

    Michael Williams
    Michael Williams
    1 month ago

    I attended the Red Dress Party at Trunks & Mickey’s on November 14, 2021. It was only canceled for 2020. Gert Crawford had another amazing entrance, as always.

    Last edited 1 month ago by Michael Williams
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