LOS ANGELES (Sept. 1, 2022) – On Saturday, September 3, an original mural honoring LA’s LGBT activists and history-makers will be unveiled at its permanent location at Hollywood Blvd & N. McCadden Place. Organized by Councilmember, Mitch O’Farrell’s office, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the City of LA, the afternoon will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony and block party.
Among those depicted in the artwork will be LA Pride Parade 2022 Grand Marshal and living legend, Sir Lady Java. Lady Java fought to perform as an openly transwoman in the 60s and brought down LA’s Rule 9, the ordinance that prohibited entertainers from dressing in opposite gender clothing.
Also honored on the mural will be Rev. Troy Perry, the visionary founder of both CSW / LA Pride, and the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in the 70s. We are so grateful to Rev. Perry for creating what we now know as LA Pride!
The location of the mural will be very familiar to Rev. Perry: The intersection was the step-off point of the first LA Pride Parade in 1970, the event he co-organized with friends, Morris Kight and Bob Humphries. That historic gathering of 2,000 marchers was the first permitted gay parade in the world.
If you’d like to thank Sir Lady Java in person for all she’s done to further trans rights in LA, she will be attending the ribbon cutting ceremony, accompanied by POSE star, Hailie Sahar, who is slated to portray Java in an upcoming biopic feature film.
12PM Speaking Program:
- Trans Chorus
- Jazzmun Crayton, Emcee
- Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember
- Daniel Tarica, Dept. Cultural Affairs
- Hollywood Icons
- Ribbon Cutting & Photos
- Fresa Con Crema, Drag Artist
- Jazzmun Crayton, Singer/Performer
- Shane Nash, DJ
Schedule to attend:
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Sir Lady Java, iconic transgender activist and trailblazer
Jewel Thais-Williams, former owner of Catch One nightclub & activist
Alan Bell, publisher, BLK Magazine
Mia Yamamoto, criminal defense attorney & transgender activist
Tim Dang, former artistic director, East West Players
“Mother” Karina Samala, transgender community advocate
LGBTQ+ community organizations
LGBTQ+ leaders and allies
All are welcome! See you there!