The city of West Hollywood will host its annual Rainbow Key Awards to recognize people and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the gay and lesbian community.
This year’s Rainbow Key Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. There will be a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards program at 7 p.m.
Each year, the West Hollywood City Council selects award recipients following recommendations made through a nomination process overseen by the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board.
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 over the last 29 years.
This year, the Rainbow Key Awards will honor the following six individuals and organizations.
Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends is a nonprofit social and educational organization for gay Asians and friends who share an interest in Asian cultures and experiences.
Jeffery Bowman is the creator and producer of Legendary Bingo, which has raised $6.5 million for charity over the last 20 years.
Rabbi Lisa Edwards, rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim since 1994, has worked for decades to make the Jewish community a more welcoming place for gays, lesbians and transgender Jews.
Jake Mason is the founder and president of WeHo Dodgeball, the largest LGBTQ dodgeball team in the country. WeHo Dodgeball provides a rotating membership of thousands with fun and competition using soft rubber “no sting” balls.
Mecca LA, which is hosted by Kelly Gilliam, provides free bi-monthly events for the lesbian, queer, non-binary and women who love women community.
Project Angel Food, which began in response to the AIDS epidemic and expanded its mission to include anyone with a life-threatening disease, now serves 600,000 meals each year, free of charge, to chronically and terminally ill people throughout Los Angeles County. Project Angel Food has served more than 11.5 million meals since its founding in 1989.
For information, contact Jeff Book at (323)848-6471 or [email protected].