September 28, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

WeHo Mayor D’Amico: ‘Create Your Own Traditions’

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, time is going to fly by before we know it. But holidays are all about slowing down, appreciating what you have and loving your close ones. The Pride LA caught up with West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico to see just what he’s up to. Check it out: 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? 

 My favorite part about Thanksgiving is that it is a distinctly American holiday and everyone is invited. 

Does your family have anything fun or silly they like to do each year? 

 Keith and I typically leave the country for Thanksgiving.  To spend time away enjoying each other and the big world out there and it helps give me a perspective about America and what we find important as a country. 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? 

 Laughter 

What is your favorite type of pie? 

(Cherry, no maybe apple, or pumpkin, or chocolate pecan, no, cherry, unless there’s banana cream, yes, cherry.)  Cherry

Can you comment on the trend of “Friendsgiving” (celebrating Thanksgiving with friends or chosen family) in the LGBTQ+ community? 

I’ve been celebrating “Friendsgivings” since I came out in 1981.  My family is terrific but I prefer to spend my holidays with my chosen family soaking up their love and showing my gratitude.

Is West Hollywood doing any specific holiday celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community this year? 

 There are several community based celebrations in the city including

• The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group 2019 Holiday Dinner for LGBT Youth in the Hollywood area. Our flagship event, “The Big Feast”, will feature a Disney theme! This Thanksgiving tradition will service over 200 youth on Sunday night, November 24, 2019 at Hollywood Banquet Hall (5214 Sunset Blvd. LA, CA 90027).  Free for youth.

• The Abbey holds a celebration for $27 per person,  and

•  For even more fun try the Laugh Factory (just outside WH) for a hilarious good time, or

•  If you want a more casual scene, the Sunset Strip Cantina is offering an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. No reservations necessary. Cost is $6.95 per person.

• And for a total time warp, the Rainbow Bar encapsulates the feel of a late-80s rock venue. The neighborhood joint is offering an all-you-can-eat holiday menu. Soak up the tunes and feast on traditional bites for a unqiue Thanksgiving on the Sunset Strip. For reservations, call 323-936-9086. Cost is $19.95 per person.

 Is there anything you want to tell the LGBTQ+ community that might not feel as though they have the power or support they need? 

 Create your own traditions.  It’s more fun, less stressful and you’ll 100% have better stories to tell at the watercooler the Monday after thanksgiving.

Related Posts

WeHo Bar Gold Coast Closing Permanently

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

Gold Coast, one of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, is closing permanently after 39 years.  The Gold Coast...

Helen Albert Farmers’ Market To Reopen

September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020

The City of West Hollywood will reopen the Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market at Plummer Park from 9 a.m. to...

WeHo Cooling Center At Plummer Park

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

With temperatures expected to rise to more than 90 degrees over the next week, the City of West Hollywood will...

Los Angeles CEO Jeffrey Previte Caught Beating Dog

September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

Jeffrey Previte, the CEO of EBI Consulting an environmental consulting firm in Los Angeles, was captured on camera at the...

Rage Nightclub Permanently Closing

September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

After 37 years Rage nightclub located at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente in West Hollywood...

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Fires Executive Director Porter Gilberg

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

The Board of Directors of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach announced that it will not renew the employment contract of...

Gay Felon Ed Buck Requests Release Ahead Of Criminal Trial

September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020

A federal grand jury added four felony charges to the Justice Department’s case against Ed Buck, the one-time political activist...

Date Night In Times Of COVID

August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

As things to do in times of COVID-19 dwindle down to staying in your home and watching a specific streaming...

7 Intimacy Tips To Keep Long-Term Relationships Healthy

August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

LGBTQ+ couples around the world are feeling the financial pressure from the COVID crisis and many couples are feeling the...

Queer Owned Cuties Coffee Shop Closes

August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020

Cuties, Los Angeles’ only queer focused coffee shop, has closed permanently due to the stresses of COVID-19.  The East Hollywood...

Liberation Coffee Shop Opens

August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

Located at the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center’s flagship Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the 1,600-square-foot café and community space is operated...

WeHo Bar Flaming Saddles Closes Permanently

August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

Flaming Saddles, the West Hollywood gay country western bar, has closed permanently.  Owners Jacqui Squatriglia and Chris Barnes, who also...

WeHo Reopens West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park

August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health...

Unicorn Pizza in Santa Monica

August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

DagWoods’, a popular pizza spot in Santa Monica, is home to the “Magical AF” pizza that’s been featured on shows...

WeHo DJ Music Series Continues Through September

August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, people can’t help but feel disheartened, frustrated and melancholy. In an attempt to lift...