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Intersection renamed in honor of local LGBTQ activist

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The intersection of Pico Boulevard and Norton Avenue was dedicated Oct. 5 as Jewel Thais-Williams Square, honoring the LGBTQ and human rights activist. The intersection is in front of the Catch One disco, which Thais-Williams opened in 1973 and owned until 2015. It is the nation’s oldest black-owned disco, according to Los Read More…

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Longtime AIDS activist leads annual L.A. Pride Parade

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Jewel Thais-Williams’ selection as grand marshal of the 46th annual LA Pride Parade, which took place June 12, illustrates the shift in the position away from celebrities to activists in the LGBT community. Marquita Thomas, a board member of Christopher Street West, which organizes the parade, called Thais-Williams “a true symbol of Read More…