* Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles will kick off its first ever, first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month celebration at a ceremony at City Hall today.

Joining Mayor Villaraigosa is Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, and Christopher Street West/LA PRIDE (CSW).
The City’s first ever LGBT Heritage Month themed “LGBT LA: Paving the Way Toward Equality” will highlight Los Angeles as a driving force in the LGBT equality movement. The event is presented by Toyota and Toyota Financial Services.

At the formal Council presentation, the Mayor will recognize CSW co-founder, the Reverend Troy Perry with the Spirit of Los Angeles Award; media strategist Chad Griffin with the Dream of Los Angeles Award; and actress and comedian Wanda Sykes with the Hope of Los Angeles Award. Vox Femina will lead the Council procession.