Our mission is to document the oral history of West Hollywood as an informative and inspirational tool on how intersectionality leads to empowerment and sustainable, forward-thinking change in communities.


To document the factors and the actions that led to the creation of the City of West Hollywood in 1984, when Jewish seniors, renter activists, and LGBT residents came together to incorporate a new city in a previously unincorporated urban area of Los Angeles County. By finding commonalities, conducting careful research, and organizing across barriers, the coalition of unlikely allies succeeded in the arduous process of creating a new city under California law. To inspire policy makers, social change organizations and individuals by showcasing the types of forward-thinking housing, LGBTQ, environmental and aging-in-place policies that are possible on the local level.