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LA Blade: 5th anniversary with OUTLOUD Raising Voices VIP event

The Los Angeles Blade celebrates its 5th anniversary during VIP event with OUTLOUD Raising Voices at The Abbey on April 7

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WEST HOLLYWOOD –  The Los Angeles Blade will celebrate its fifth anniversary on April 7, 2022 from 6 to 8 PM with a splashy VIP event produced by JJLA at world famous The Abbey Food & Bar, an event that will also introduce the news outlet as the publisher of the OFFICIAL WEHO PRIDE GUIDE, which will feature the OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival (www.weareoutloud.com) during WeHo Pride weekend (June 3, 4, and 5) and the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (May 22 to June 30) (www.weho.org/pride) in the City of West Hollywood.

“I am deeply honored that as we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we also have the distinction of being named publisher of the OFFICIAL WEHO PRIDE GUIDE,” said the Blade’s publisher Troy Masters. “We made it through the pandemic together and we all grew stronger. Now it’s time to bring the party back.”

The OFFICIAL WEHO PRIDE GUIDE will be a special comprehensive pull out section of the Los Angeles Blade’s May 27 issue and June 3 issue and will be distributed during the weekend of WeHo Pride (June 3, 4 and 5). It will feature a robust calendar of events, content devoted to the history of West Hollywood, notable stories, and the businesses and organizations that make WeHo such a special place to live, in celebration of Pride.

The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival will take place during 40 days from Harvey Milk Day on Sunday, May 22, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022 live at various locations throughout West Hollywood, along with selected online programming. 

WeHo Pride Weekend will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022, Saturday, June 4, 2022, and Sunday, June 5, 2022 in and around West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Details will be announced.

WeHo Pride Weekend will feature the OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival produced by JJLA. Headliners, artist lineup, and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks and information will be posted here, as well as at www.weareoutloud.com.

The WeHo Pride Parade will step off at noon on Sunday, June 5, 2022 and will make its way along Santa Monica Boulevard. Details will be announced.

For decades, the City of West Hollywood has been home to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies from around the world make West Hollywood their regular destination during Pride. This year marks the City’s inaugural “WeHo Pride” celebration of Pride season. Additional information about WeHo Pride will be made available soon and will be posted at www.weho.org/pride.

About the City of West Hollywood – Since its incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ+ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on the national public policy discourse on fairness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ+ people.

Home to the “Rainbow District” along Santa Monica Boulevard, which features a concentration of historic LGBTQ+ clubs, restaurants, and retail shops, the City consistently tops lists of “most LGBTQ+ friendly cities” in the nation.

More than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ+ and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The City has advocated for nearly four decades for measures that support LGBTQ+ individuals and the City is in the vanguard of efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national, and international level.

About the Los Angeles Blade – The Los Angeles Blade, established in 2017 by Masters in partnership with D.C.’s Washington Blade, has grown quickly to become a leading force in Los Angeles’s LGBTQ+ community as well as a national news source. With the Washington Blade, the Los Angeles Blade is the nation’s only LGBTQ+ media outlet that is a member of the White House Press Corps. The Los Angeles Blade also boasts the web’s most visited LGBTQ+ newspaper website, and received distinction when former editor Karen Ocamb was given the LA Press Club’s prestigious journalist of the year award for 2020. 

About JJLA – JJLA is a live event & digital production, management & entertainment firm creating experiences that grow audiences, energize fans, and connect communities. Jeff Consoletti, the renowned visionary behind JJLA, designer of innovative solutions for public concerts, festivals, fan experiences, and corporate brand events says, “The Los Angeles Blade is an outstanding Pride Guide partner, enabling us to reach the community and document what is certain to be one of the most memorable and significant events in the 50 years of Pride celebrations in West Hollywood. The selection of the Los Angeles Blade as publisher of the Official Pride Guide will ensure that our sponsors and the entire community benefit from additional reach from a platform that is deeply respected and rooted in the history of our community,” said Michael Ferrera, JJLA’s Director of Sponsorships.

The Los Angeles Blade is offering special advertising rates to West Hollywood businesses for its fifth anniversary issue and the OFFICIAL WEHO PRIDE GUIDE.

For more information, please contact Troy Masters, publisher of the Blade, at 310-230-5266, his cell at 917-406-1619 or at [email protected]. You can also reach Shana Wong at 323-798-5501 or at [email protected] and Andrew Beaver at [email protected].

The City of West Hollywood’s official WeHo Pride information page can be found at www.weho.org/pride. For up-to-date news from the Los Angeles Blade about WeHo Pride, the OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival and other LGBTQ news and events from around the world, follow the Los Angeles Blade at LosAngelesBlade.com and our social media @LosAngelesBlade, or sign up for our weekly email newsletter.

For marketers seeking additional information about partnerships involving WeHo Pride, OUTLOUD Festival and the Los Angeles Blade, please contact Michael Ferrera at 310-874-8181 or at [email protected].

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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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