On Wednesday, June 12th, the Los Angeles City Council celebrated LGBT Heritage Month by selecting an honoree from each district who has demonstrated a superb sense of commitment and compassion towards bettering the LGBT community. Council District 12 is proud to have chosen Felix Villarreal as our PRIDE Month Honoree.
Felix is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he majored in the Deaf Studies Interpreter Program. During his time as an undergrad, Felix worked closely with the CSUN PRIDE center and made it his mission to advocate for more access within LGBTQ spaces for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. His work included helping to coordinate Deaf-centered events such as Deaf Queer Fest and Deaf Queer Coffee, with the purpose of giving individuals who may feel isolated an opportunity to find each other and connect.
Although Felix is not deaf or hard of hearing, his hope is to connect and lift up those whose experience is different from his own. He is living proof that the strength of a community is not limited to shared experience alone. Rather, the strength of a community is measured by how it looks out for those who may be different and whose experiences may not align with others.
Thank you Felix Villarreal for your service to our community and congratulations on your recognition as Council District 12’s PRIDE Month Honoree.