"Inspiring volunteer and civic leader with a heart and mind to the most underrepresented and forgotten in our society. Selfless advocate for people with HIV/AIDS, homeless youth, addicts, prisoners and parolees, LGBT and other forgotten people." Nominator Justin Hager, Board Member, Hollywood Remembers
2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee
Pastor Dan Hooper
- Ordained in 1974, served for 14 years in pastoral ministry and worked for full inclusion of LGBT people in the church. In 1984 helped revive the Los Angeles chapter of Lutherans Concerned, the largest organization of Lutherans working for full inclusion of LGBT people in the church.
- In 1985 co-authored A Call for Dialog, Lutherans Concerned's first public theological statement on the full social, spiritual, and civic equality of LGBT people. As a result of his advocacy, forced to resign from his parish and was dropped from the official clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American (ELCA) in 1988.
- In February 2004, travelled with his partner, Carl Hunter, to San Francisco and waited outside City Hall to get married, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in California history to be issued a marriage license.
- In 2004 elected by members of Hollywood Lutheran Church to serves as their pastor, despite threat of ecclesiastical sanctions against the congregation. Hooper and Hunter publicly recognized by Lutherans Concerned/North America in 2004 for their life-long contributions and awarded honorary life-time memberships.
- In collaboration with L.A. Sherriff's Department, has begun working with LGBT inmates and ex-offenders from Men's Central Jail. One of the founders of Hollywood Remembers, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the lives of those lost to AIDS through service to those who live with HIV today.
- Under his leadership, Hollywood Lutheran is home to the Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council as well as organizations that address community challenges including drug and alcohol dependency, homelessness, food scarcity, unemployment, and even a children's community theater.