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WeHo Earns the Top Score in HRC Municipal Equality Index

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a nationwide evaluation of municipal laws affecting the LGBT community.

The City received 17 bonus points in recognition of specific services such as those to LGBT youth, seniors, and homeless people; services to people with HIV/AIDS; and services to transgender people.

The City also received bonus calculations for its single-occupancy all-gender restrooms, for its employee domestic partner benefits, and for its openly LGBT elected municipal leaders.

The Human Rights Campaign launched the MEI in 2012 and rates cities yearly. The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities of various sizes from every state in the country and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people living and working in those cities.

This year’s score once again places the City of West Hollywood at the top of rated municipalities in the nation. HRC rated a total of 506 cities. The City of West Hollywood has received a score of 100 on the MEI for multiple consecutive years.

“Eight consecutive years of receiving a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index is something the City of West Hollywood is incredibly proud of and not something we take for granted,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico.

“As we know, the current administration is attempting to dismantle legislation that protects the equality and dignity of the LGBTQ community. We cannot rest for a moment in protecting our hard-won rights as LGBTQ people. The City of West Hollywood will never stop fighting for our community members here and for LGBTQ people everywhere.”

A city’s MEI score is based on its non-discrimination laws, its recognition of relationships, its fairness and inclusiveness as an employer, its municipal services, its law enforcement, and its relationship with its LGBT community.

Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation in regard to its stance on LGBT issues — no other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBT people.

The City of West Hollywood is a community with a large LGBT population. According to a 2019 Community Study survey, 43 percent of West Hollywood residents identified as part of the LGBT community, with 33 percent identifying as gay male, four percent identifying as lesbian, three percent identifying as bisexual, and three percent identifying as sexually fluid.

The City has advocated for more three-and-a-half decades for measures to support LGBT individuals and has been in the vanguard on efforts to gain equality for all people on a state, national, and international level. The City was also the first city to create a domestic partnership registry as well as to offer benefits to City employees for same-sex couples.

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s commitment to LGBT workplace equality, please contact Hernan Molina, the City of West Hollywood’s Governmental Affairs Liaison at (323) 848-6364 or hmolina@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Thousands Turned Out for Women’s March in Downtown LA

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Thousands Turned Out for Women’s March in Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — Thousands of people, some in costume, turned out for the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday morning.

Diminished in number but not in spirit, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to advocate for reproductive rights, immigration reform, environmental justice and other issues as part of the fourth Women’s March.

The crowd congregated at Pershing Square and then marched to City Hall for a two-hour program featuring speakers that included Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Similar marches and rallies were being held in Washington, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and other cities and towns across the country. By 9:30 a.m., the crowd gathered at Pershing […]

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City Hall ‘Pop-Up’ Community Breakfast Near WeHo Dog Parks Jan 25

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is bringing an abbreviated City Hall to West Hollywood Park. This is the first in a series of pop-ups all over West Hollywood.

Do you have a question about free transportation in the city? Are you looking to secure a special event permit but don’t know where to start? Join City Hall staff and Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station for coffee and a light breakfast and answers to your questions while meeting and mingling with your fellow neighbors (and dog companions!).

For more information, please contact Jasmine Duckworth at (323) 848-6559 or jduckworth@weho.org.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. at West Hollywood Park, near the dog parks, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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New Year’s Day Means Free Parking & WeHo City Hall Closure

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — In observance of New Year’s day, City Hall and the adjacent automated parking garage will be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

However, street parking in West Hollywood will be easier than usual: street cleaning and on-street metered parking are not enforced during New Year’s day unless specifically noted to include holidays.

Residential parking permits are still required and can be obtained for one or more days at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station.

The enforcement of parking regulations will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

For more information about WeHo parking enforcement, click here.

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