WeHo LGBTQ History Tour
Costumed performers! Talented musicians! Fascinating history! Colorful parasols! And you!
A fun-filled, fantastically informative, and FREE experience revealing the sensational, sordid, and surprising LGBTQ History of the City of West Hollywood! Think you know WeHo? Not quite like this!
Written by acclaimed author/historian Stuart Timmons (The Trouble With Harry Hay, GAY L.A.) and directed as a performance art piece by Jason Jenn, the tour dazzled audiences in 2015 and 2016. It returns for one more special invigorating event to celebrate Stuart’s legacy and how his life’s work and research is available for all to enjoy. The tour involves a brief shuttle ride followed by a refreshingly accessible urban hike encountering over a dozen costumed characters for surprising fun along the way. Go West (Hollywood) and join us for the adventure!
WHAT TO DO – WHERE TO GO – & WHAT TO EXPECT
Free parking is available at the West Hollywood Municipal Parking Structure II just south of the West Hollywood Library. The Welcome & Reservation Station is located in the loading zone just north of the Library along San Vicente Blvd. We’ll sign you up for the next available shuttle, have you sign a release form (you are responsible for your own wellbeing), and validate your parking.
While you wait, we’ll treat you to live musical performances!
Shuttles depart approximately every 15 minutes with groups of 15-20. First shuttle departs at 11am. Last shuttle MUST leave by 1:30pm. After a brief ride around the city you’ll be dropped off along Sunset Blvd and proceed on foot encountering performers at various stations along the route to deliver the information. All shuttles are handicap accessible and the walking portion of the tour is a predominantly wheelchair friendly route – mostly even level or slightly downhill.
The walking portion takes between 60-90minutes. You end up right back where you started, in West Hollywood Park near the Library
WHAT TO BRING
Walking shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. You are welcome to dress in your “pride” for fun if you like! Some refreshments will be available, but we strongly encourage guests to bring their own water bottle/beverage to have at hand during the walk.
We will supply colorful parasols for your use to provide some gentle shade from the sun – it also enhances the enchanting atmosphere!
While the tour is absolutely FREE as sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, tips for our large cast of performers are most appreciated and will be accepted both at the beginning and end of the tour.
Blu Donald Richard Blustein
Welcome Station Musicians
Odious Ari & Alan Ishii
Tour Guides (In Order of Appearance)
R. SKY Palkowitz (Shuttle 1)
Jane Cantillon (Shuttle 2)
April Hava Shenkman (Shuttle drop off/Sunset Strip Parking lot)
Robert Patrick Playwright (Sunset & Holloway)
Leopold Nunan and friend (Holloway Drive 1)
Dane Hereford (Holloway Drive 2)
Dolores Deluce (Barney’s Beanery)
Qlint Steinhauser (CVS Pharmacy aka Flippers)
Kristina Wong (Cake & Art / MCC Church)
Miss Barbie Q (Revolver/Mickey’s)
Atasiea (Factory/WeHo Park)
Eugene Salandra (WeHo Park/Library)
Asher Yap & Princess Poodle Poo (AhMen! Fashion Boutique)
‘This event is presented as part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which this year celebrates the theme ‘Go West’. Events take place from Harvey Milk Day (May 22nd) through the end of June Pride month. For more info and to see a full roster of events please visitweho.org/pride or follow on social media @WeHoArts.’