This issue of Los Angeles Blade is also the Official Guide to LA Pride and one of the largest issues in the newspaper’s history.
In it you will find an astounding reminder from Los Angeles Blade News Editor Karen Ocamb about the many hurdles our community has face and how by uniting we surmounted them together. In her article, “The subliminal beauty of unity” Karen looks all the way back to 1959″ “the 1959 Cooper Do-nuts Riot and the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria riot, the Feb. 11, 1967 demonstration at the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake protesting violent LAPD harassment on New Year’s Eve, for instance, brought out 200 courageous gays and lesbians who knew what to expect from the armed anti-gay police just months before the hippy Flower Power love fest known as the Summer of Love kicked in.” It’s a tour de-force look at some instrumental players and how they shaped our community’s response to oppression and fought back against a plague we somehow survived.
Samson Amore, a new contributor to the Los Angeles Blade, speaks to Christopher Street West (CSW) President Estevan Montemayor and explores his many successful milestones since taking the reins. In his article, “LA Pride roars to life in 2019” Samson reports that the organization has experienced a renaissance that has led the event into the future with a pioneering breakthrough year of changes and fundraising success. With the addition full-time staff (Executive Director Madonna Cacciatore and new sponsorship consultant Michael Ferrera), CSW is a completely changed organization.
In her article, “LA Pride set to take Santa Monica Boulevard” Susan Hornik speaks to Cacciatore about Pride on the Boulevard and LA Pride Festival. She has worked closely with Jeff Consoletti to add many new elements to LA Pride that will have a profound impact on the event’s inclusiveness and accessibility.
The week ahead of LA Pride will be full of some of the year’s most popular events. The Los Angeles Blade’s article “#JustUnite at these LA Pride events” takes a look at some of the official events around LA Pride.
John Paul King takes a look at the entertainment line up in his article “Meghan Trainor, Years and Years top list of LA Pride Performers” where Paula Abdul will appear free of charge for the kick off concert on Friday June 7.
We meet several new faces, young people who are making a difference in LGBTQ LA and who make it clear that the future of our community is bright, diverse and fully engaged. John Paul King’s article “Meet 3 young Angelenos who are making a difference” introduces our readers to Robert Harrell, Jose Guevara, Michae Pulido.
And Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of OutSports, takes us on a tour of professional sports in LA, highlighting who’s in and who’s out as welcoming team players for LGBTQ fans in his article “Pride Nights blossom in stadiums across Los Angeles.”
There’s much more….
On behalf of the staff of the Los Angeles Blade, our sponsor and our sister paper, the Washington Blade in DC, we want to wish you the best Pride of your life.
Troy Masters, Publisher