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Stuart Timmons’ WeHo LGBTQ History Tour 2017

The incredible team behind the 2017 tour

It was another beautiful experience producing & directing the Stuart Timmons’ City of West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour this year during the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. In this day and age of intense political divide and the fight to keep arts funding, I have such a feeling of gratitude for a stellar cast and crew and such great administrative support from Mike Che and the WeHo Arts team.

It was definitely a bittersweet year, as we deeply felt the absence of our beloved tour author and historian, Stuart Timmons, who died earlier this year. We felt his presence in spirit throughout the day and are so glad to bring his words and the history of WeHo to life. It takes a lot of work to organize and plan out the tour – involving two shuttles on rotation departing approximately every 15-20 minutes, a cast of 17 costumed performers spread out and stationed across a mile stretch of the city, and all manner of other logistical details. For the past three years it has worked wonderfully each time, presenting an entertaining and educational experience to the public – and we provide the service for free thanks to the grant from the City of West Hollywood.

Enjoy a selection of photos by Tony Coelho taken during the day. For a full photo album, visit the WeHo Arts Facebook page at this link.

Performers April Hava Shenkman, Jane Cantillon, & Kristina Wong

Our veteran of musical entertainment: Odious Ari

Robert Patrick Playwright delivers information about some of the queer WeHo nightclubs from the 1930’s-50’s

Leopold Nunan and friend deliver a tribute to icon Carmen Miranda

Dolores Deluce and her bullet bra dishes on Barney’s Beanery & Rudi Gernreich

Hunky Qlint gives a rousing tribute to rollerskating hustlers of yesteryear along Santa Monica Blvd

Miss BarbieQ is prideful in her delivery about gay bars unique bird code and trans rights issues

Eugene & Atasiea speak about Judy Garland, some rather awful door policies of bars, and pre-Stonewall activism in WeHo

The tour gets a “fashionable” end with Rich Yap & Princess PoodlePoo helping tourists try on outfits inspired by the history and the legendary AhMen! clothing store

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