Lift up Long Beach’s LBGTQ leaders with a nomination for Harvey Milk Park’s Memorial Wall

Harvey Milk Promenade Park has served as a place of peace and protest, a place of healing, a place where the community has gathered for myriad celebrations, and most importantly, a place where the community, allies included, have come together to celebrate and honor its LGBTQ community.

You can now offer your recommendation for an LGBTQ leader to be memorialized as a 2020 inductee to the Harvey Milk Park Equality Plaza Memorial Wall, the Harvey Milk Park Equality Plaza Selection Committee announced this month. A selection of nominees will be recognized in May at the annual ceremony during Long Beach Pride.

“The selection committee calls on the public to help it identify local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer leaders who inspire and create change in their own lives and their own communities,” co-chair John Newell said in a statement. “Engagement with the local community is key to fulfilling a shared vision for optimism and hope, and in the spirit of Harvey Milk.”

The first park in the nation to be named after the state’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk Park in Downtown Long Beach boasts a memorial wall filled with the names of LGBTQ leaders who have paved the way toward creating progress for the Long Beach community. Equality Plaza was established in 2012 at the park to recognize these individuals.

Those honored in the past include Ray Lowen, founding member of The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Michael Noll, the first openly gay councilmember for the City of Signal Hill and Ellen Ward, former executive director of the AIDS Walk.

A few things: Potential nominees must identify as LGBTQ, and can be living or deceased. To nominate an individual, you have until Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. to turn in this online form. An incomplete form will not be considered by the committee.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.