The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board will host a virtual roundtable discussion for Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. Let Them Play: A Conversation about Transgender Visibility in Sports will take place virtually on the Zoom virtual platform and will focus on trans women and men in sports, and the plight these athletes face as they compete with cisgender women and men. The event is free and open to the public. To register, please visit www.weho.org/tav.
The virtual roundtable discussion panel will feature American professional boxer Patricio Manuel, retired professional MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and local volleyball player Angela Cristobal. International Transgender Day of Visibility is recognized every year on March 31 in locations around the globe. It is a day to celebrate transgender people throughout the world and honor the courage with which it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness about the discrimination that trans people still face.
In addition, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board and Women’s Advisory Board will host two virtual screenings of The TransVagina Diaries, which will take place the weekend prior to TDOV, on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2 p.m. The TransVagina Diaries is an original contemporary work that premiered in 2020 and features a diverse cast of professional trans/gender non-conforming/intersex performing artists giving voice to and showcasing their personal stories of physical, mental, and spiritual transition. After each screening there will be a Q&A with cast members. Admission is free. For tickets and more information, please visit transvaginadiaries2021.eventbrite.com. Other Women’s History Month events can be found at www.weho.org/calendar.
The City of West Hollywood has been one of the most outspoken cities in the nation in advocating for the legal rights of LGBTQ people. More than 40 percent of residents in the City of West Hollywood identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The City of West Hollywood is one of the first municipalities to form a Transgender Advisory Board, which addresses matters of advocacy on behalf of transgender people in the areas of education, community awareness, and empowerment, and makes recommendations to the West Hollywood City Council. Through its Transgender Advisory Board, the City of West Hollywood regularly co-sponsors programming, which includes a job fair organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project in order to connect transgender women and men with employment resources and opportunities. The City also recognizes Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance each November.
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.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Individuals are advised to stay at home as much as possible and limit close interactions to those in your household. When in public, community members should maintain your space with social (physical) distancing of at least six feet, and cover your face. Public Health officials recommend that everyone, even those who are vaccinated, to continue to follow physical distancing and infection control directives and wear a clean face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in in public.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. Most public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities remain closed. City Hall remains accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.