Villaraigosa Declares June L.A.’s 1st LGBT Heritage Month

At Los Angeles City Hall this morning the mood was one of pride and celebration. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles would recognize June 2011 as the 1st annual LGBT Heritage Month. Prior to this morning’s city council meeting, officials and guests convened for a special celebration to recognize local gay rights leaders.

“Today’s event carries the message loud and clear, a message that says love doesn’t discriminate,” said Villaraigosa. “Our history has a long one of paving the way toward equality.”

City Council President Eric Garcetti spoke highly of the contributions in public service made by Los Angeles’s LGBT community and highlighted the ongoing battle over the legality of Proposition 8, California’s controversial same-sex marriage ban.

Awards were presented to three prominent LGBT rights advocates: Rev. Troy Perry, who performed the nation’s first public same-sex marriage; Chad Griffin, the lawyer behind the lawsuit to repeal Prop. 8; and comedian Wanda Sykes, an outspoken advocate for gay rights. Sykes said that she is “very optimistic” for the future of the LGBT community in Los Angeles.