The only class of people who are not allowed to be in the focus group are straight white men under the age of 55.
From the City of West Hollywood website:
West Hollywood’s Community Safety and Well-Being Strategic Plan
The Community Engagement phase of this project has just begun! The City seeks feedback on the on the Initial CSWB Strategy from residents, businesses, local social services agencies, first responders, and other key civic groups and participants. From October 22nd to November 7th, the City will be conducting a series of engagement activities to gather additional community feedback to inform the final CSWB Strategy.
The City recognizes that an inclusive Community Safety and Well-Being Strategy can help create a welcoming and safer environment for all West Hollywood community members and residents, and is one part of working towards greater equity in the City. To increase engagement and amplify the voices of these groups in West Hollywood, the project team will be hosting focus group sessions in late October (in-person) and early November (virtually). Apply below to join a Focus Group!
To facilitate engagement and amplify the voices of these groups in West Hollywood, the project team will be hosting 7 focus group sessions in-person and virtually in late October – early November 2022 for the following community groups:
- Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
- LGBTQ+ community members
- People with special needs and/or disabilities
- Russian-speaking community members
- Seniors (Ages 55+)
- Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Non-Conforming community members
No professional or specific experience is necessary to participate, and all community members identifying with one of the above groups are welcome to apply. A gift card for participation will be provided.
The only group excluded from the community safety and well being study is straight white men. West Hollywood Prides itself on being ‘inclusive’, but its policies exclude white men under the age of 55 in its community safety and well being strategy.
The focus group is being done by a Canadian company who dials West Hollywood residents and asks a set of questions. If a person is called who does not fit the above criteria they cannot be included in the survey.