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THE G.L.E.H fund-raiser Garden Party in Hancock Park

Monday, October 12, 2009


Sunday, Darion, Loy, Alek and I went to the G.L.E.H. fund-raiser garden party at the A-MA-ZING Hancock Park Estate of Ms. Dayna Devon and Dr. Brent Moelleken.

For those not familiar with the GLEH, it is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable residential communities for GLBT older adults.


This year's event was entitled "Celebrating Equality's Pioneers" celebrating the courage of past generations, honoring their revolutionary leadership and accomplishments which allow us the many liberties that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and elder communities are able to enjoy today.


Above Wayne Blohm aka Rosie, served in the United State Army from 1959-1964. She came out as a transgender in 1967 and began involvement with the imperial court of Los Angeles in 1970. She held titles as Princess, Queen Mother for Life and as XXII Empress of the Imperial Court of Los Angeles from 1992-1993. Rosie Became a resident of Triangle Square in December of 2007 where she curently resides with her partner of 34 years.

Below Nancy Valverde, who became in 1969 the first woman to open her own barber shop in Los Angeles at the age of 21. never one to do as she was told, she was arrested 4 times for the shocking crime of 'masquerading' as a man - for wearing trousers. She lived with the same woman for 25 years and raised four boys.



A big bravo to our buddy James Tuttle (below between Alek and I) for being part of the organization of this event.


The place was packed, which is hopefully a good sign for the fund-raiser. We did get the chance to introduce Darion to the cast of Queer As Folk, not that we know them all personally but we do know Thea Gill who was looking hot as she always does!




Before leaving we had to get a tour of the mansion which was built in 1920, the place is just amazing ... and the owners were even more amazing to host the event.



Hancock Park is a historic and affluent urban neighborhood in Los Angeles. Hancock Park was developed in the 1920s, with profits earned from oil drilling. Architects such as Paul Williams, A. C. Chisholm and John Austin were hired to design homes for many of the city's pioneer families. The list of families who moved into Hancock Park's first homes reads like a "Who's Who" of California.

In sharp contrast to most Los Angeles neighborhoods, houses in Hancock Park are set well back from the street, most power and telephone lines are buried, and fences are strongly discouraged. These characteristics, along with the area's abundance of classic Los Angeles architecture, have made it one of the most desirable areas in all of Southern California ever since its development, and the average household income of its residents consistently ranks among the highest in the United States.


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