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#JustUnite at these LA Pride events

With Pride bursting out all over LA, here are the key official events to consider

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the riots that erupted after a NYPD raid of a small Mafia-owned ‘bottle club’ bar and dance floor that catered to gay, lesbian, and trans folks along with sex workers in New York City’s West Greenwich Village.

In those days it was illegal for LGBTQ people to congregate or associate in public, dance, display public affection, and of course sexual activity was considered a felony in nearly all jurisdictions across the United States including New York.

Although the actual spark which instigated the riots in front of the Stonewall Inn is lost in the mists of time forgotten, those riots significantly raised the visibility and propelled forward the nascent ‘gay rights’ movement, and again marked a turning point placing the movement at a major crossroads.

One year later, on June 28, 1970, gay, lesbian, and trans organizers along with their straight allies staged the Christopher Street Liberation Day and parade. Across the United States in Los Angeles, organizers formed the Christopher Street West Association to stage the West Coast’s rendition. These annual events eventually became known simply as ‘Pride.’

This year in celebration marking Stonewall and for the first time, LA Pride and the City of West Hollywood are teaming up to host the first-ever “Pride on the Boulevard,” a free block party of entertainment, vendors, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, rides and attractions, beer gardens, and more along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood (between Robertson and Hancock). This free-to-the-public event will take place on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 12–7 p.m.

Here are a selection of key LA Pride related events:

MAY 31

LGBT Night at the LA Dodgers is tonight  from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM at Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Avenue).  This special event package includes a ticket to the game plus an exclusive rainbow-themed duffle bag. Come as early as 5:30 PM to attend the LA Pride kickoff pre-game party at the Right Field Plaza Bar (until first pitch gets thrown at 7:10 PM) and be sure to stay until the bottom of the 9th to watch fireworks on the field – courtesy of Denny’s – accompanied by a special music mix created by the one and only DJ Bowie Jane.

JUNE 1

3rd Annual LA Pride Night at Universal Studios Hollywood is tonight from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM at Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal Studios, Universal City, CA). Now in its third year, LA Pride teams up with Universal Studios Hollywood to celebrate LA Pride Week 2019 with an open community invitation to the whole LGBTQIA family. It’s your chance to take over the whole park for one amazing night…PRIDE IS UNIVERSAL!

JUNE 2

2019 Trans Brunch is today from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Flaming Saddles (8811 Santa Monica Boulevard). LA Pride celebrates community and togetherness at the 2nd Annual Trans Brunch. Our trans family comes together for great food and drink to kick off LA Pride Week 2019. This is a very special invitation only event.

FEM(ME): Fueling the Female Force Within is today from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM at Palihouse (8465 Holloway Drive). FEM(ME) is a celebration of the female force within each and every one of us, regardless of gender or how we identify. Everyone is welcome to join in this must-attend event, filled with special guests, live performances and DJ’s, a documentary screening, a comedy show, and so much more. Rosanna Arquette, Naomi Grossman, Joely Fisher, Robin Tran, Mona Shaikh, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Mortasay, Njomza, Tanya Brown, Jen Kober, Mikalah Gordon, Lisa Pittman, Courtney Allen, Lindsay Coryne, Fisher & Thames, Madison Malone. The Alexis Arquette Family Foundation joins with LA Pride in presenting the Women Who Lead Award..

West Hollywood Mayor’s Reception is today from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at SoHo House (9200 Sunset Boulevard). Join Mayor John D’Amico and the entire city of West Hollywood government for a robust soiree in support and celebration of LA Pride. It’s a great chance to mix and mingle with city officials and the board of Christopher Street West and its many sponsors.  

JUNE 7

2019 LA Pride Opening Ceremony in West Hollywood is tonight from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM at West Hollywood Park (San Vicente Blvd.). Want to get LA Pride Weekend in West Hollywood started early? Then head on over to West Hollywood Park for a FREE night of entertainment, programming, and festivities presented by our proud partners at Johnson & Johnson before the LA Pride Festival opens its doors the next day.  Paula Abdul will kick it off just right. And it’s all free of charge.

Raquel and Lesley on Raquel’s bike getting ready for their first time riding in dykes on bikes for Los Angeles pride. June 8th, 2018. (Photo by CiCi Sutter)

Dyke March is tonight from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial (8447 Santa Monica Blvd). A City event featuring speakers, entertainment and a march/rally which marks the start of LA Pride weekend. Pop-ups include a protest sign-making workshop by JP (all supplies included) and the One City One Pride interactive poetry pop-up Everyone Deserves (A) Love (Poem). You are welcome to bring your motorcycle at kickstart Pride. It’s free event.

Youth Dance is tonight from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus (1118 North McCadden Place). LA Pride and the Los Angeles LGBT Center are once again hosting the FREE Youth Pride Dance for folks 24 and younger to kick-off LA Pride Weekend 2019! This circus-themed party will include food, drinks (non-alcoholic), giveaways, and so much more! Please note that this is a 100% substance-free event.

JUNE 8 – 9

2019 Pride on the Boulevard in West Hollywood is all weekend and all over West Hollywood. Throughout LA Pride Weekend 2019 (presented by Verizon), there will be exhibitors, local artist performances, DJ’s, beer gardens, rides and attractions, a health and wellness fair, and so much more dotted along Santa Monica Boulevard (between Robertson and Hancock) in the fabulous City of West Hollywood.

2019 LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood is today from 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM at West Hollywood Park). Enjoy got a diverse group of LGBTQ+ and allied performers taking the stage at the 2019 LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood, presented by Verizon. GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Meghan Trainor and British electronic pop trio Years & Years will headline this year’s festival on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 — joined by GRAMMY® Award winner Ashanti, plus Amara La Negra, Dej Loaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK, Pabllo Vittar, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, and more!  See John Paul King’s overview of the entertainment on page xxx.

JUNE 9

2019 LA Pride Parade is today from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM along Santa Monica Boulevard from Fairfax to Doheny in West Hollywood. The annual LA Pride Parade #JUSTUNITE at one of the largest outdoor events in Los Angeles and one of the greatest Pride celebrations in the world. Join hundreds of contingents and hundreds of thousands of spectators in celebration of our right to love and live. Be sure to arrive early to get a great spot along the parade route, but you might just decide to catch it on the telly. For the first time ever ABC7 Los Angeles is proud to become the broadcast partner for the L.A. Pride Parade, bringing the annual event in West Hollywood to television and the world. Phill Wilson will be the community grand marshal, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will be the organizational grand marshal and Ryan O’Connell of Netflex’s SPECIAL will be the celebrity Grand Marshal.

 

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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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