HONOREES

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Council District 10

2019 LGBT Heritage Month Honoree

JOUNDI WHITE

Joundi White is a longtime resident of Baldwin Village in Council District 10.  

 

Having overcome a lot of adversity, after attending Dorsey High School and graduating from Inglewood High School, early into his adulthood, Joundi spent time in prison after being involved in a life of crime, gangs and violence. While incarcerated, Joundi completed several college courses including business law. Taking his personal development seriously and not wanting to repeat past mistakes, Joundi also completed a course on anger management. It was also during this time while reading occupational handbook that Joundi discovered the position of operating engineer and set his goals on becoming one.

 

If you ask Joundi about it, he’ll say that he’s not proud of his past, but he served his time, and decided when he was released to take advantage of a second chance at life. Believing that he had something greater to offer this world, Joundi set out to better himself and help other people at the same time.

 

Understanding the challenges facing those reentering society from prison, Joundi knew his battle was going to be uphill from the start but would not be dissuaded from his goal of obtaining a heavy equipment operator apprenticeship with a union.

 

In the meantime, he enrolled at classes at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College where he made the Dean’s List.  He also completed his parole without a single violation.

 

So when Joundi was finally accepted into an apprenticeship program with the The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)--he was ready.

Joundi also got involved in WINTER--Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles--and upon graduating in 2010 became a volunteer with the program assisting other women by serving as a mentor.

 

Today at 34-years-old, Joundi is living his truth and supported by his parents and partner.

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Council District 10

2019 LGBT Heritage Month Honoree

Malcolm Harris

Community activist Malcolm Harris is a South Central resident and organizer.  Malcolm has proudly supported the annual Our Pride South L.A. celebration for the last two years. He has been openly involved in organizing Black and Brown same-gender-loving + LGBTQ activities in South L.A. 

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Justice4Gemmel

HUSSAIN TURK

Attorney Hussain Turk has been working with the families of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean to obtain justice after their deaths at the home of Ed Buck.

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Justice4Gemmel

DAVID CUNNINGHAM

Justice4Gemmel + All of Ed Buck's Victims was created to advocate on behalf of the victims of Ed Buck.

 

In addition to the tragic deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, they are working to see that Ed Buck is prosecuted for the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean and that the lives of Black queer men matter in Los Angeles.

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Justice4Gemmel

JEROME KITCHEN

Justice4Gemmel + All of Ed Buck's Victims was created to advocate on behalf of the victims of Ed Buck.

 

In addition to the tragic deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, they are working to see that Ed Buck is prosecuted for the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean and that the lives of Black queer men matter in Los Angeles.

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GHLA

CHONSIE BULLOCK

Chonsie Bullock is the founder of GHLA. GHLA is a Los Angeles based microbusiness that specializes in every aspect of the Cannabis Industry from Cultivation to Retail/Delivery.

 

Chonsie is an entrepreneur in various businesses for over 20 years based in the greater Los Angeles area, and has been a driving force in the cannabis industry since 2011.

 

Through her ownership and direct management of multiple businesses in the inner city of Los Angeles,

Chonsie has provided employment to disenfranchised residents impacted by the war on drugs.

As an entrepreneur, she personally provides mentorship, resources and training not only in the cannabis industry, but in the automotive industry, cosmetology, and overall professional development.

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Entertainment Professional

C.O. Thomas

C.O. Thomas is an Entertainment professional with extensive experience producing and managing branded and themed entertainment, live and touring theater, animated and esports projects. C.O. Thomas now heads Massive Chaos’ Animation Production. Renown for integrating Production Workflow and Business Developments strategies, her work includes projects with The Public Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Disney Animation, Dreamworks Entertainment, 21st Century Fox, and Next Generation Esports among others. C.O.has served as a community mentor to talented first-generation college students and Queer Womyn of color looking to pursue a career in the Entertainment industry.