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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice LGBT Month Sign Lighting Ceremony Goes from 7:30 pm to …

The Venice Sign that always reflects the event in Venice was lighted with the Rainbow colors to celebrate the start of the LGBT Gay Pride month for Los Angeles, Venice.

Left to right are Jessie Paege, Lori Petty, and Jordan Daww.

The three above were the ones who lighted the Venice sign with rainbow colors this year amid  a gala fest at Windward Ave with Councilman Mike Bonin as head of the ceremony. The block was cordoned off for the vendors and the festivities that  started at 7:30 and lasted until after the sign lighting at 9 pm.

Stacy and Erik Dragaset

The Dragsets talked about transgender children and how they should be nurtured to be who they are.  The Dragasets wrote the  book “ ‘Pink is a Girl Color’ … And Other Silly Things People Say,” after they found out their 9-year-old was transgender.  The book is written for kids 3 to 8. The purpose of the book is to help dispel gender stereotypes that exist and to encourage kids to be who they are and to seek out activities that they like, regardless.”

The activities for the LGBT month celebration continued throughout the night.  Saturday morning was Venice Pride cleaning of the beaches.

Kickoff ceremonies were held 1 June at the Venice Rainbow colored life guard station at Brooks with Venice LGBT President Grant Turck, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and Councilman Mike Bonin. The Venice Beach from Breeze to Park Ave was dedicated as the Bill Rosendahl memorial Beach. Rosendahl was the first openly gay councilmember. Kuehl was the first openly gay person to be elected to the State Legislature.