Advocating for the Community

  • Organized the "Arise, Sisters" Rally in West Hollywood (October, 2021) to stand up against the Texas law that was passed to limit a woman's right to choose.
  • Organized the Keep Families Together "Rally for Sane Policies" in West Hollywood (June, 2018). Joined nationwide protests against the Trump family separation policy to send a clear message to DC that discrimination and inhumane policies are not acceptable and must stop now. 
  • As Mayor of the City of West Hollywood (April 2016-May 2017), joined with mayors from across the nation to show support for preserving the Affordable Care Act; advancing the principles of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and protecting LGBTQ+, immigrant, and refugee communities.
  • Organized WeHo Stands With Orlando: On the Monday morning following Sunday's tragic mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I called on a few friends to help organize a vigil for our community members. Thanks to Micky's WeHo and resident Scott Schmidt for stepping up to the plate to make it happen. It was an amazing event to be a part of, sad but definitely healing. With over 700 people attending, it was obvious that our community wanted... needed... to come together in WeHo.
  • Speaker at the first Women's March on Los Angeles (January, 2017) to advocate for women's rights. Watch it here.
  • Initiative to design a rainbow version of the Route 66 sign, to be placed along Santa Monica Boulevard. The installation of rainbow Route 66 marker signs on Santa Monica Boulevard will continue the tradition of recognizing the road’s place in West Hollywood’s history but also, what it represents to the LGBTQ community. In this time when LGBTQ rights are threatened, rainbow Route 66 marker signs will make a powerful statement. 
  • LA Pride Follow-up Community Forums: This item instructs staff to host two community forums to evaluate the 2016 LA Pride events and gather input from the community regarding future LA Pride activities in West Hollywood. The focus of the first forum will be to see what went right and what didn't. The focus of the second forum will be to discuss what the community thinks LA Pride should look like in the future.
  • Safe Haven Pilot Program: Directed staff to develop a “Safe Haven” pilot program that would welcome, support and assist LGBT immigrants fleeing oppression from Russia or other countries.
  • Observing Harvey Milk Day! An item for the City to be the first in the nation to officially observe Harvey Milk Day! Parking meters will be free all day long in the City of West Hollywood.
  • Recognition of Cesar Chavez's Birthday: added Cesar Chavez's birthday to the annual calendar suspending enforcement of parking meter and time limited parking zones.