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Friends of Matt Palazzolo plan celebration of life for West Hollywood activist

Friends of Matt Palazzolo, a well-known West Hollywood resident and activist in the LGBTQ community, scheduled a celebration of life for next month at West Hollywood Park. Photo: Facebook.

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Friends of Matt Palazzolo, a well-known West Hollywood resident and activist in the LGBTQ community, scheduled a celebration of life for next month at West Hollywood Park.

The memorial will take place Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Palazzolo, 33, died last week of heat stroke while hiking and getting lost in the Australian Outback.

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Friends have created a Facebook page, “Matthew Palazzolo ‘Celebration of Life,” to help organize the event, and a GoFundMe page to raise money for the event.

The announcement said the celebration of life will include “a number of speakers from various parts of Matt’s life, a moment of silence, a video in memoriam, a photo collage, a short video retrospective of clips of Matt, and ending the Celebration with an actual celebration, possibly some dancing and definitely some drinks at a nearby bar.”

Palazzolo’s friends are invited to submit photos or videos of him for presentation at the ceremony via a DropBox link.

“We want photos and videos that are silly, happy, laughing, crying EVERYTHING,” the announcement said.

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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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