For National Coming Out Day, West Hollywood to host lesbian event

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Lesbian comediennes, writers, cultural activists, and poets will host a special event Wednesday to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

The event, which will start at 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, is free and open to the public.

Because space is limited, RSVPs required at

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Several actress-writer-comediennes are scheduled to appear:

  • DJ Liza Dye
  • Sabrina Jalees
  • Tara Jepsen
  • Mo Welch
  • Ali Liebegott

Author-poet Michelle Tea and multi-hyphenate Bridget McManus (poet, television host, screenwriter, producer, director and award-winning performer) are also on the lineup.

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Anna Margarita, aka La Choca, an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and cultural activist, and screenwriter Dara Nai curated the event.

The event, part of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series, is a collaboration between The Lesbian Culture Club, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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