Councilmember O’Farrell is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and is one of two openly LGBTQ+ members of the Los Angeles City Council.
Mitch is passionate about ensuring the LGBTQ+ community has a full, equitable voice in their government, and that they are treated with dignity and respect. He has worked especially closely with members of Los Angeles’ trans community and has been on the cutting edge of LGBTQ+ progress in the City.
Since taking office, Mitch has led in the following areas important to LGBTQ+ Angelenos:
- Transgender Advisory Council: For years, Mitch and his team have partnered with the Transgender Advisory Council (TAC), which is the City’s official body - made up of Los Angeles residents - that provides advice and guidance on matters related to the transgender community. This work has resulted in many meaningful partnerships and collaborative efforts.
- Transgender & Gender Diverse Inclusivity Training: Working with the TAC, Human Relations Commission, and City departments, Mitch was instrumental in crafting the first citywide Transgender and Gender Diverse inclusivity training for City of Los Angeles employees - making ours the largest municipality to require this training.
- Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund: In partnership with the TAC, Mitch has advocated that the State fund the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which provides health care services for transgender, gender non-confirming, and intersex people in California. In 2021, Governor Newsom signed AB 2218, allocating an unprecedented $13 million for this program.
- Midnight Stroll: Since 2017, Mitch has fought to fund this innovative outreach program that addresses the health and safety needs of unsheltered LGBTQ+ individuals in Hollywood.
- Delegation to Tijuana: In 2019, Mitch worked with community partners - including Councilmember Curren Price, the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), Clinica Romero, El Rescate, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, and Equality California - to lead a humanitarian aid visit to Tijuana, Mexico. The delegation delivered food, clothes, and provided medical screenings to shelters supporting LGBTQ+ communities at the border. The delegation also provided assistance to Central American migrants awaiting asylum and Mexican citizens experiencing homelessness.
- All Black Lives Matter: Working with B.L.A.C. (Black LGBTQ+ Activists for Change), Mitch and his team supported the historic “All Black Lives Matter” march in June 2020, and also worked to secure the permanent street design on Hollywood Boulevard - one of the most famous and recognizable streets in the entire world.
- Honoring LGBTQ+ History: Both before and since taking office, Mitch has worked to honor, commemorate, and uplift the rich LGBTQ+ history throughout the 13th District, including designating the Black Cat, Mattachine Steps, and Tom of Finland House as Historic-Cultural Monuments. Mitch also spearheaded the installation of a marker in Hollywood commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade - the first-ever permitted LGBTQ+ pride parade in the world - and is working with the Department of Cultural Affairs to install a mural near this historic location.