Long Beach drag queen Jewels will receive a Key to City.
Jewels is the first drag queen to receive the honor, which will take place before the Long Beach City Council meeting Tuesday, December 17, at 5 p.m.
“It fills me with immense pride to be recognized by our community with a Key to the City,” Jewels said in a statement. “As someone who has called Long Beach my home for over 20 years, I have been so happy to bring smiles to so many in the city through comedy, performance and art. I love this city and the unique people in it.”
Jewels will receive her Key to the City from Mayor Robert Garcia, who made a controversial decision when he gave a Key to the City to former Gov. George Deukmejian in 2015.
Jewels’ charity work
Jewels will be recognized for her volunteering and raising money for several local charities, including the AIDS Food Store, the Long Beach LGBTQ Center, the C.A.R.E. Program, and The Long Beach Imperial Court.
Jewels also has received other honors: the International Imperial Court of Long Beach’s Rick Ford Humanitarian Award in 2013 and the Community Icon Award from the Long Beach LGBTQ Center in 2014.
Apart from all of her volunteering and philanthropy, Jewels is recognized from her frequent appearances and hosting at Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach and West Hollywood.