LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY SAFETY AMID RISING HATE AND VIOLENCE
November 7, 2023
The Board of Supervisors passed two additional measures to uplift and support transgender and nonbinary/gender non-conforming communities.
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion introduced by Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath to create a comprehensive plan to combat LGBTQ+ hate and protect LGBTQ+ programming, spaces, and people from rising hate and violence.
“There is no greater responsibility of our government entrusted to elected officials than to keep our communities safe and to protect them from violence,” said Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath. “The rise of hate from extremists targeting LGBTQ+ people in Los Angeles County must be rooted out of all our communities. I am committed to working with our community partners, including law enforcement and service providers, to ensure that LGBTQ+ people, events, spaces, and programs are safe and available, and that the civil rights of every person are fully protected.”
Following an array of disturbing and violent incidents affecting LGBTQ+ people, including drag artists and performers, Supervisor Horvath introduced a motion to:
- Convene County stakeholders, community stakeholders, and local cities to create a report with the following:
- (1) The number of reported homophobic, transphobic, anti-LGBTQ+ incidents that have occurred over the last five years in LA County;
- (2) Measures LA County has taken in response to the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ incidents; and
- (3) Additional measures the County can take to ensure that safety of LGBTQ+ members in the County, including drag artists and performers.
- Create a Community Sensitive Site Safety Blueprint to include best practices for securing sensitive sites to ensure that LGBTQ+ public programming and/or services are not halted by violence or threats of violence.
The Board of Supervisors passed two additional motions to uplift the LGBTQ+ community: Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week as November 13 – 19 and Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20, a day to honor all transgender people lost to violence. The City of West Hollywood will be holding its Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 at 6PM at the West Hollywood Council Chambers.
“With this motion, we are sending a strong message: there is no place for transphobia and bigotry in Los Angeles County, nor will it be tolerated,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who co-authored the motion. “We are a government that stands in solidarity with our TGI community and joins them in commemorating those who have lost their lives simply for being who they are. I remain committed to continuing to fight against anti-trans violence and advocating for dignity and respect for everyone.”
Additionally, the Board voted to expand interim housing for the transgender and nonbinary/gender non-conforming community through the potential acquisition of 12135 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood, which would create a permanent, supportive housing project for transgender & nonbinary/gender non-conforming individuals, one of the first in the Third District.