“Local Hero” Legacy Award
Cleveland native John Heilman graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1982, where he was an editor of the school’s Law Review. He currently teaches law at the University of Southern California Law School and Southwestern Law School. Heilman was active in the incorporation of the City of West Hollywood and was elected to the City’s first City Council in November 1984; he has served continuously on the City Council since that time. Heilman was chosen as the City’s second Mayor in 1985. He also served as Mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2010. He is a past board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Local Government Commission. He is also the past president of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials Group and past co-chair of the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials.
A long time member of Frontrunners, Heilman is an avid runner, having completed every APLA Marathon. He has the distinction of raising more pledged funds than any other individual in the event’s history. John was also a member of International Gay & Lesbian Volleyball Association, the first LGBT governing body for volleyball, and competed in the sport at Gay Games III – Vancouver 1990.