Photos by: Jessica Sterling
On Saturday, June 25, 2022, with the support of the Getty House Foundation and Amazon/Glamazon (Amazon’s affinity group/employee resource group for LGBTQ+ employees and allies), the Mayor hosted the 2022 Pride Month Garden Party at the Getty House. Leaders and advocates from the LGBTQIA+ community gathered to celebrate Pride Month and recognize those being honored by the Mayor. The Getty House welcomed more than 250 people to the afternoon event and guests enjoyed light refreshments and drinks, music by DJ Les Ortiz, certificates presented by the Mayor to APAIT, CSW, and Courtney Morgan Greene, and a performance by Isadora Spreads, event emcee. This was the first time the event has been held since 2019 due to COVID-19.
Access to Prevention Advocacy Intervention & Treatment (APAIT) was established in 1987 as a grassroots HIV/AIDS service organization for Asian and Pacific Islanders and has expanded its services to the broader LGBTQIA-2S communities, providing trauma-based behavioral health treatment, housing support, community-based participatory research, and other comprehensive programming. In 2019, APAIT leadership led to the opening of Casa de Zulma, the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the City.
Christopher Street West Association Inc. (CSW)/L.A. Pride was founded in 1970 when it organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. CSW hosts the annual L.A. Pride Parade & Festival and runs “Pride Makes a Difference” initiatives throughout the year that address focus areas such as food and housing insecurity, mental wellness, and career/business support among the City’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Courtney Morgan-Greene, Human Relations Commissioner, has served on the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission since July 1, 2014, and is its immediate past President. She has worked on LGBTQ+, social justice, and racial equity projects with the L.A. Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, L.A. LGBT Center, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and numerous other community-based organizations. In her time on the Commission she has worked on the Transgender Advisory Council, Watts Uprising 50th Commemoration, embRACE L.A., Indigenous People’s Day, Community and Police Trust Building dinner dialogues and report, as well as various social justice and race equity projects with the African American Commissioners association and LGBTQ+, youth, and interfaith projects.