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Your big gay traffic jam guide for Pride and #ResistMarch

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Most people are predicting a record turn out for LA Pride this year as Christopher Street West forgoes the traditional celebratory parade in favor of #ResistMarch.  While it’s almost certain to be one for the record books, how to navigate your way both to the march and through the traffic might be a good thing to plan in advance.  Sunday is, of course, the big day of concern.

The events will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017 and there are dozens and dozens of high turn out extravaganzas planned.  West Hollywood is especially robust with offering, celebrating the LGBTQ community throughout June with dozens of events.  Learn more about One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival here.

Major events on Friday

DYKE MARCH: The weekend will kick at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial (8447 Santa Monica Boulevard) with Friday’s annual Dyke March. Claudette Sexy DJ starts to spin at 6 PM followed by a rally at  7 PM.  The Dyke March will hit the streets 8 PM and wind its way down Santa Monica Boulevard to San Vicente Boulevard and back.

TRANS PARTY: The 7th Annual Trans Party will kick off at 6 PM, featuring music and DJ performances by DJ EZ, Shea Diamon, Laura & Nikki Lunden, and many others.  Special awards will be given to Justing Tranter, Alexander Grey, Alex Schmider and maria Roman.   Free admission at San Vincente and Melrose.

SOBER PARTY: The sobriety community can enjoy the annual #SIZZLE event, a sober area (substance free) at CSW’s LA Pride Festival from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Festival grounds at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.lapride.org.

Major events on Saturday

AIDS/LIFECYCLE ARRIVAL: On Saturday, June 10, 2017, an estimated 2,500 AIDS/LifeCycle riders will pedal through the City of West Hollywood to celebrate the completion of a 545-mile journey from SF to LA to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard will be reduced to a single lane of traffic from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. between Doheny Drive and Ogden Drive as the cyclists make their way to the finish line and closing ceremony at Fairfax High School. Community members are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they stream through West Hollywood. For more information, please visit www.aidslifecycle.org.

PRIDE FESTIVAL:  On Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., CSW’s LA Pride Festival will take place at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. There will be music and entertainment on three stages. Advance tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, please visit www.lapride.org.

Main event Sunday

#RESISTMARCH:  On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the #ResistMarch will take the place of the annual LA Pride Parade. The #ResistMarch will gather on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8 a.m. at Hollywood and Highland. The march will proceed to the City of West Hollywood at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive. As a reminder, no alcohol, backpacks, or weapons will be allowed; only clear plastic bags will be permitted. For more information, please visitwww.resistmarch.org.

Here’s what you need to know about getting around.

Street Closures

The following facilities and street closures will take place within the City of West Hollywood in the days surrounding Pride celebrations:

  • San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. onThursday, June 8, 2017 through 10 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017.
  • West Hollywood Park will be closed from 6 a.m. onMonday, June 5, 2017 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017;
  • West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 p.m. onThursday, June 8, 2017 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017; and
  • West Hollywood Pool will be closed from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Sunday, June 18, 2017 and will re-open on Monday, June 19, 2017.

The following the #ResistMarch street closures will take place within the City of West Hollywood on Sunday, June 11, 2017:

WeHo (entire weekend unless specified)

  • Santa Monica Boulevard, and all streets one block north and one block south, from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Genesse Avenue will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
  • Fairfax Avenue, from Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hollywood (Sunday only)

  • Hollywood Boulevard, between Highland and La Brea Avenues

The following streets are anticipated to close starting at 9 a.m. until the end of the march, but may close earlier if necessary to support the safety of the marchers:

  • La Brea Avenue, between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards
  • Sunset Boulevard, between La Brea and Fairfax Avenues
  • Fairfax Avenue, between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Santa Monica Boulevard, between Fairfax Avenue and the City of West Hollywood

Other associated closures:

  • Sunset Boulevard, between Highland and La Brea Avenues
  • Westbound Franklin Avenue, between Highland and La Brea Avenues
  • Impacts to Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, east of Highland Avenue

WeHo Parking Rules

The City of West Hollywood has announced it will suspend enforcement of permit parking for Pride weekend from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 to 12 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. All metered parking will be enforced. In Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions will be enforced.

WeHo Parking:

If you are WeHo bound, limited public parking may be available on a first come/first served basis at the Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue; Kings Road Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard; Hancock Parking Structure, located at 901 Hancock Avenue; and Palm Lot, located at 815 Palm Avenue.

Important for Sunday

Getting to #ResistMarch

METRO RED LINE – Exit Hollywood & Highland station. In case of overcrowding, consider exiting at Hollywood & Vine and walking west a few blocks. CLICK HERE.

LOCAL BUS  – Local MTA buses will be operating right up until the start of the march. For West Hollywood residents we recommend taking the 2 or 302 anywhere along Sunset Blvd to Sunset / Highland. It is a 20 minute journey plus 5 minutes of walking. CLICK HERE for the 2/302 timetable.

LONG RANGE BUS – See below regarding our partnership with Bus.com or CLICK HERE to book.

UBER – Click for app.  Drop off points will be determined by UBER.

TAXI – Click for app or see list below. You will not be able to get closer than two blocks away.

DRIVING – We highly discourage driving but if you must drive, we suggest you allow plenty of time to navigate extensive road closures and to find parking.​​ Please CLICK HERE for the Department of Transports planned road closure map.

Best Parking – A free location based app for identifying public parking lots nearby and their rates.

Parking Panda – This mobile app is called the ‘Uber’ of parking. Find nearby private lots and driveways that are renting spots for that day.

Traffic Alerts – CLICK HERE for handy updates on traffic alerts specific to the Hollywood area.​

Public Transportation to Hollywood and Highland

Everyone participating in #ResistMarch is encouraged to take the bus or subway to Hollywood Boulevard near Highland.  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) bus lines that connect to the City of West Hollywood. A complete guide to bus lines and service hours can be found at www.metro.net and Metro will post service advisories regarding route changes for Pride weekend at www.metro.net/service/advisories.

WeHo Special Transit to Hollywood and Highland

During Pride weekend, the City of West Hollywood’s free shuttle to Hollywood and Highland, CityLineX, and West Hollywood’s free weekend ride along Santa Monica Boulevard, The PickUp, will get together and become Pride Ride.

You can get to and from Hollywood and Highland using Pride Ride.  The service will operate on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. (with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at approximately 9 p.m.) and on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at approximately 1 a.m.).

On the day of #ResistMarch, Sunday, June 11, 2017, beginning at 7 a.m., CityLineX vehicles will depart regularly to transport residents to Hollywood and Highland. Following the march, Pride Ride will provide eastbound service. Route details and specifics will be available online prior to the #ResistMarch. For more information, please visit www.wehopickup.com or www.weho.org/cityline.

For additional information, please visit the following websites:

For more information, please contact the City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6400. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Pansexual Visibility Day 2022 is May 24

Days like Pansexuality Visibility Day are perfect for educating people about the various ways people experience sexual & romantic attraction

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NEW YORK – The Trevor Project is honoring Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day on May 24, noting that it is a day to celebrate the pansexual and panromantic community and educate others on the community.

As part of creating awareness for the pansexual community, The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, captured important data related to the experiences of pansexual youth, who made up 20% of the survey sample.

2022 National Survey Data on Pansexual Youth

  • 53% of pansexual youth reported that they seriously considered suicide and 21% reported they attempted suicide in the past year.
  • 66% of pansexual youth reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and 79% reported experiencing symptoms of depression.
  • 36% of pansexual youth reported that they have been physically threatened or harmed due to their sexual orientation.
  • 69% of pansexual youth reported that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

The Project MORE Foundation, a leading nonprofit service and support provider to the Northern California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) and Ally community explains what it means to be Pansexual:

One common misconception that even members of the LGBTQ+ community have is that pansexuality and bisexuality are the same. Bisexuality can loosely be defined as attraction to more than one gender, but many define it with the more narrow definition of attraction to both genders, i.e,: men and women.

Pansexuality differs in that it includes sexual attraction inclusive of ALL gender identities, which means that people can also be drawn to those who are gender fluid or genderqueer. It is similar for people who are panromantic. When a person identifies as panromantic, it means that they can feel romantically towards anyone of any gender identity. 

When people come out as pansexual, headlines often emphasize that it’s different than being bi, and while that’s true, somebody who is bi may also identify as pan and vice versa. The bisexuality umbrella term includes those who feel attracted to two or more gender identities. Pansexuality refers to people who feel sexual attraction to any gender identity, but because their preference includes two or more genders, they could also consider themself bi. Being pan doesn’t mean that a person is going to be attracted towards everyone, but simply that gender identity doesn’t play a role in that attraction. 

There are many people who identify as pansexual or panromantic, such as Jazz Jennings, the famous 20-something LGBTQ+ rights advocate who came out as trans as a child. Authors Dana Mele and Caitlin Ricci identify as panromantic. Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and Brendon Urie are also among famous celebrities who identify as pansexual. 

It is quite common that people who are pansexual go on a journey of self-discovery to figure out their true sexuality. Some, like Bella Thorne, initially identified as bisexual, but then grew to realize that gender plays little to no role in their attraction, so her definition of her sexuality changed to reflect that. 

Miley Cyrus, who came out in 2015 as pansexual, is among one of those who went down the path to self-discovery when it came to her sexuality. In an interview with Variety, she said that an interaction with a non-binary individual helped her understand that she felt attraction towards them regardless of how they expressed their gender. In that moment, she didn’t feel gay, straight, or bi, because she wasn’t.

Because definitions can be held loosely, one of the most important takeaways is that how a person identifies their sexual or romantic attraction can differ from one day to the next, but celebrating and respecting a person for who they are is what matters most. Days like Pansexuality and Panromantic Visibility Day are perfect for educating people about the various ways people experience sexual and romantic attraction.

About the 2022 National Survey

This survey is one of the largest and only surveys of its kind, representing the experiences of nearly 34,000 LGBTQ young people ages 13-24 across the U.S. It’s also one of the most diverse surveys of LGBTQ youth ever conducted – with 45% of respondents being youth of color and 48% being trans or nonbinary.

Lastly, The Trevor Project has a guide, “How to Support Bisexual Youth: Ways to Care for Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer Youth Who are Attracted to More than One Gender” that offers best practices for those looking to support the youth who are attracted to more than one gender in their lives.

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The universe comes out to jazz and violins and you’re invited

LA prides itself as home of the stars. Don’t limit yourself to the mere mortal stars of Hollywood, when the universe is opening its doors

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Past Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome (2018) Photo credit: Irina Logra

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Starlight, starbright: Bathing yourself in the magnificent skies has returned to Los Angeles as the historic Mount Wilson Observatory announces… shall we say it… a heavenly lineup for its 2022 program.

The program offers something for everybody: From the universe-fascinated who want to observe and soak up astronomical knowledge to the bright light and musically discerning who are there just for the mind-blowing beauty alone. 

Since its founding in 1904 by astronomer and visionary George Ellery Hale, Mount Wilson Observatory has played host to some of the most important discoveries in modern astronomy. Located on Mount Wilson, a 5710-foot (1740-meter) peak in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, Mount Wilson Observatory (MWO) features the Snow Solar Telescope (largest in the world from 1905-1908 and the mountain’s first installation), a 60-inch telescope (the world’s largest operational telescope from 1908-1917), and the 100-inch Hooker telescope (which featured the world’s largest aperture from 1917-1949). Mount Wilson Institute has independently operated and maintained the Mount Wilson Observatory since 1989 under a long-term agreement with the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The observatory offers a series of tours throughout the season for the scientific tourist in you. For the mechanically inclined, you can take an engineering tour of the huge telescopes and understand how they have enabled historic discoveries. For the stargazers, there are public and private tours to actually use the telescopes and peep in on our nearest planetary and constellation neighbors. For the gazers who want to keep things even closer to home, take a look right into our own Sun with the Lunt Telescope.

There is no better way to observe the universe than to do it wrapped in gorgeous music. The observatory steps up and takes advantage of the dome’s sensational acoustics by presenting Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome. Top jazz, violinist, brass talents and more will perform in events at 3:00pm and 5:00pm May 22- October 21. The season aesthetics are capped off with [email protected] Observatory in the later summer months which explores sound art in the dome, plein-air painting and sculpting.

It would be a shame to visit the observatory for its visual and auditory sensual offerings alone, however. For those who want to deepen their mind, the season also offers an incredible roster for the astronomy intellect. Lectures from the top experts include discoveries of the deep space mission, women scientists at the observatory, the work of George Ellery Hale, and more.

The gates to Mount Wilson’s acreage opens at 10:00am every day and close at 5:30. Visitors can hike the grounds, gaze at the telescope domes that dot the landscape, and browse through the Historic Museum in the Lecture Hall.  Members from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society will gather around the grounds during each of the events during the season and set up specialty telescopes for a view of various night sky objects while attendees await their turn to look through the grand telescopes in the domes.

Los Angeles prides itself as home of the stars. Don’t limit yourself to the mere mortal stars of Hollywood, when the universe is opening its doors to experience stellar wonders that will really blow your heart and your mind. We hope to see you at the observatory to experience magnificence together.

For more information:  

Concerts: https://www.mtwilson.edu/concerts 

Engineering Tours: www.mtwilson.edu/engineering-tour

Public Ticket Nights:  mtwilson.edu/public-ticket-nights

Private Telescope Reservations: mtwilson.edu/observe

Solar Viewing: mtwilson.edu/solar-observing

Tours: mtwilson.edu/weekend-docent-tours

Mt. Wilson Observatory: https://www.mtwilson.edu 

MWO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilsonObs 

MWO Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mtwilsonobs MWO Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtwilsonobservatory

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Padilla joins women’s march rally in LA to advocate for abortion rights

“We’re coming together this weekend with a powerful message to those who wish to control our bodies & our futures”

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LOS ANGELESU.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will join the Women’s March Foundation along with local and national leaders for a National Day of Action, the ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ Reproductive Rights Rally. Padilla will deliver remarks on the importance of defending access to safe, legal abortion at the federal level.

Senator Padilla joins leaders in Los Angeles for this day of action following a leaked draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and roll back abortion access protections for millions of women across the country.

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif. (Screenshot C-SPAN2)

Earlier this week, Padilla voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), legislation that would codify the right to an abortion into federal law, and spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass the bill. 

The “Bans Off Our Bodies” daylong event is organized by groups including Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, UltraViolet, MoveOn, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Abortion Rights Action League.

“We’re coming together this weekend with a powerful message to those who wish to control our bodies and our futures: Keep your bans off our bodies,” said Planned Parenthood national organizing director Brianna Twofoot.

WHEN:TOMORROW, Saturday, May 14 at 10:00am PT
WHO:Women’s March Foundation
WHERE:Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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