SILVER LAKE, Calif. -- Concerned citizen by day and drag queen by night, Maebe A. Girl has decided to get involved. Yes, you read right. Maebe A. Girl is her preferred name.

“As someone that lives in this neighborhood, I’ve always had an interest in how the neighborhood works," she said. "Right by where I live, there’s an intersection where every time I cross I feel like I’m going to be hit by a car.”

She found out that there were two open seats in the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Region 5. She’s running against Jeremy Black, David Valdez, and Bob Lisauskas.

“I want to make sure my neighborhood is safe. I want to make sure my people are safe. I want to make sure the people I associate with is safe," she said.

Maebe A. Girl has made Silver Lake her home for more than five years.

She wants to make sure this neighborhood keeps welcoming everyone who wants to live or visit, especially for the LGBTQ+ community. She’s been a show producer in Los Angeles for more than four years. She creates spaces for people to feel safe to express themselves.

“This neighborhood in particular needed a queer presence, especially because it was the site of the first gay demonstrations in history, not just in L.A. but in history," she said.

That was 52 years ago. Last year, the Commission on Human Relations reported that hate crimes in L.A. are on the rise, and 21 percent out of the 508 hate crimes were against the LGBTQ+ community.

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Elections will be held on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church (1523 Golden Gate Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026). There will be free parking available on site.

Atwater Village, Elysian Valley Riverside, Echo Park, Los Feliz, and Rampart Village will also be holding elections on that day.