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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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West Hollywood Halloween Events 2021

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has released its annual Halloween events guide available here.

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Project Angel Food’s 2021 Telethon raises $1.1 million

Project Angel Food is thankful to have received support from friends and the community providing the funding needed to sustain their service

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Eric McCormack led a toast, lifting a glass with all the stars in studio to Chef Randy (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Project Angel Food)

HOLLYWOOD – Los Angeles charity Project Angel Food succeeded in raising $1,126,090 far surpassing their fundraising goal of $800,000 in their 2021 Telethon which aired on KTLA 5 Saturday evening. The Telethon, LEAD WITH LOVE 2021 was presented by City National Bank.

Hosted by by Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and KTLA anchor Jessica Holmes along with Loni Love and Alec Mapa as co-hosts, the evening broadcast opened with a surprise greeting from British Rockstar musician Ringo Starr.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and Project Angel Food is thankful to have received so much support from friends and the community and providing the funding needed to sustain the expanded service to those in need, preparing and delivering over one million medically tailored meals to our most vulnerable neighbors.  Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub said, “I am overwhelmed with gratitude and inspiration.  The success of this tells me Los Angeles is with us every step of the way.”

A good deal of celebrity star power helped to boost the donations which were taken in by phone, online, and text. Loni Love, author, and host of The Real, presented her $25,000 winnings from her recent appearance on ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud. Her donation joined that of actor Jamie Lee Curtis who called in live via Skype, made a $10,000 gift from her family foundation.

The Herb Ritts Foundation offered a “match challenge” of $75,000, agreeing to match donations coming in over an hour up to $75,000. The match was reached in just 27 minutes.

Other big donors for the night included: $50,000 each from Susanna Blinkoff & Jordan Corngold, Connie Frank, and Mary Fisher; $30,000 National Rongxiang Xu Foundation & Human Heritage Project; $26,000 from Michael J. Libow; $25,000 from Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation, Block Party WeHo, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, WEN Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean, Whole Foods Market, and Main Street Catering…and our thanks to everyone who donated! 

A special Tribute was paid to Chef Randy Nakamura, who died from COVID this past year, by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Stuart O’Keeffe, and actor Brad Garrett, who met Chef Randy at Project Angel Food.  Eric McCormack then led a toast, lifting a glass with all the stars in studio to Chef Randy, followed by a special performance by LeAnn Rimes, singing Throw My Arms Around the World, beautifully capturing the spirit of the evening.

Highlights and behind-the-scenes of the night can be seen at Project Angel Food’s website…and it’s still possible to donate by texting LOVE20 to 50155.   

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LA Pride breaks silence announces ‘Thrive with Pride’

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LOS ANGELES – After weeks of ‘stay tuned’ on its website and no real engagement with the media or the LGBTQ community, Christopher Street West Association Inc. the nonprofit organization that produces the annual LA Pride celebration announced its planned June programming for LA Pride 2021 on Thursday.

Pride 2021 activations are themed around the daily reminder to Thrive with Pride.

LA Pride weekend will kick-off on Thursday night, June 10th with a concert exclusively presented by and live streamed on TikTok featuring hyper-pop diva Charli XCX and a showcase of up and coming LGBTQ+ performers across genres. In-person concert opportunities are not available at this time. Fans and followers can follow @tiktokforgood and @lapride on TikTok for updates and advanced promotions. 

Further, a televised special titled “Thrive with Pride Celebration” is set for Saturday, June 12th airing 9:00pm-10:00pm PDT on ABC 7 Los Angeles, the most-watched station in Southern California, will feature special guests, performances and LA Pride honorees. 

“To thrive means to flourish and progress despite the circumstances. Pride this year is a moment for you to stop and breathe,” said Sharon-Franklin Brown, CSW board president. “It’s a moment to remember you’re not just surviving one of the hardest years in recent memory, but growing into your truth. This is why we were so intentional in our planning. We want to bring a moment of celebration, a moment to highlight the community, and an opportunity to give back. If we as a community can come together, even for a moment, to realize we’ve broken down some barriers put on us, it’ll strengthen our resolve to continue tearing more down for those to come after us.” 

“After an unprecedented year of challenge and struggle, I am so pleased that this year’s pride festivities embrace the spirit of the first pride parade and our activist roots,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “By bringing together LGBTQ+ communities from every corner of our City, we will uplift all voices and elevate the important work of the icons of the LGBTQ movement who sacrificed everything in their young lives at the time so we can all celebrate together in 2021. With a mix of virtual and potential in-person events, this year’s festivities will keep our community safe and connected while providing every Angeleno an opportunity to embrace giving and volunteerism.” 

In recognition of the incredibly difficult work Los Angeles social justice and non-profit organizations have put into achieving equity, actionable change and stability, LA Pride will launch a 30-day give back campaign to support these efforts. Pride Makes a Difference will highlight opportunities for Angelenos to sign up to either volunteer, or donate goods and/or money to local organizations in Los Angeles County. Pride Makes a Difference is a new program in conjunction with Big Sunday. As part of these new efforts, drop off locations will be set up all throughout Los Angeles. A list of selected local organizations and drop off sites will be available soon to choose from, as well as the sign-up details and commitment.

“Our utmost priority in whatever we’re doing to celebrate Pride this year ensures safety and follows CDC-approved pandemic guidelines,” continued Brown. “That’s why we’re announcing this programming first. Any potential in-person celebratory activations will be announced at a later date in the coming weeks. The more we put safety first, the more likely we’re able to plan big physical events in the future, including Pride 2022, where we can celebrate who we are, where we came from, and where we need to go.”

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