Nadia Sutton


Nadia Sutton saw the AIDS/HIV epidemic was just starting to devastate communities in the United States during the 1980s — especially the LGBT community — many of Nadia Sutton’s gay and lesbian friends were dying.

Sutton saw the heartache and devastation caused by the disease and wanted to help. Toward the end of the 1980s, Sutton saw her friends with AIDS/HIV lose their homes, jobs, friends and pets. In 1989, Sutton founded PAWS/LA, an organization that takes care of pets of residents of Los Angeles County affected by AIDS/HIV. The organization, which offers services and financial support for people and their pets, makes it its mission to ensure that people suffering from AIDS/HIV do not have to worry about their animal companions, according to Sutton.


Since settling in West Hollywood, Sutton has consistently focused on LGBT issues. She has served on the West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board for 12 years. She is a founding board member of The Lavender Effect, a nonprofit that educates people on the history of the LGBT movement, especially in Southern California. Sutton also sits on the Stonewall Democratic Club. Nadia was named West Hollywood’s “2015 Woman of the Year by Congressman Adam B. Schiff.  Nadia currently serves on the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board and Stonewall Democratic Club


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