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One City One Pride Kickoff & Harvey Milk Day Celebration: “Dear Harvey” Reading

  • City Council Chambers 625 N San Vicente Blvd West Hollywood 90069 (map)

Join the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division on Wednesday, May 22, for the kick-off of the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival and official City celebration of Harvey Milk Day featuring a free staged reading of Patricia Loughrey's Dear Harvey. The reading is produced and directed by Michael Shepperd of Celebration Theatre, LA's oldest LGBTQ theatre founded in 1982.

Extensively researched, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best, featuring a cast of professional actors, elected/appointed officials and community members. 

The reading will start at 7:30pm, and be preceded by a reception (6:30-7:30pm) with light food and refreshments. During the reception, there will be two poetry pop-ups themed around this year's One City One Pride theme, "Love is Love."

6:30-7:30pm: RECEPTION with:

  • Let Love Flourish, Queer Poetry Pop-Up, featuring performances of poetry by LGBTQ poets by Jason Jenn

  • Everyone Deserves (A) Love (Poem), interactive art installation, where anyone can request a love poem to be written for them or someone they love organized by Brian Sonia-Wallace aka RENT Poet

7:30-9:30pm: DEAR HARVEY featuring:

  • Emmy, GLAAD Media, and APLA Hero Award winner Bruce Vilanch

  • RuPaul's Drag Race star and trans activist Gia Gunn

  • LGBTQ activist Robin Tyler

  • Parnell Damone Marcano

  • Brittney Wheeler

  • West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Charles Flowers

  • Arts & Cultural Affairs Commissioner J. Dallas Dishman

  • Disability Advisory Board member Rick Watts

  • Human Services Commissioner Nate Clark

  • Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board member Jason Frazier

  • Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board member Sepi Shyne

  • Senior Advisory Board member John Allendorfer

  • Transgender Advisory Board member Alexis Sanchez

  • Women’s Advisory Board member Karen Eyres

The City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival takes place from May 22-June 30. For more info and to see a full list of events please visit or follow via social media @WeHoArts.

Free Admission. RSVP requested.

Location: City Council Chambers, 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood

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Earlier Event: June 30
Celebration Theatre “Cabaret”
Later Event: May 24
Where Love is Illegal exhibition