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Official Guide to WeHo Pride Pride 2022

The Los Angeles Blade is the Official Guide to WeHo Pride- its inaugural celebration of Pride!

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – Pride Month is here and with this year’s celebrations and with the return to in-person events there is more than ever to celebrate.

The Los Angeles Blade is the Official Guide to WeHo Pride- its inaugural celebration of Pride! Be sure to check out Blade articles marked “Pride Special” online for more special features. Happy Pride folks!

June 3

OUTLOUD RAISING VOICES MUSIC FESTIVAL (June 3 through 5)

West Hollywood Park

Entrance at Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente
4:00 PM – 12:00 AM PST
$139 for weekend passes, $59 for Friday or Saturday or Sunday only

Weareoutloud.com.

OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival is a 3-Day, award-winning LGBTQ+ Music Festival, profiling and celebrating Queer artistry as a kick-off concert to PRIDE Month. This high-energy concert features show-stopping performances from the Raising Voices Main Stage, engaging artist interviews in the OUTLOUD Twitch Lounge, and an exciting outdoor Dance Arena. Guests can enjoy tasty food and beverage areas, craft cocktails and beer gardens, photo opps, surprise appearances, and world-class stage production. OUTLOUD Raising Voices is proud to be hosted by the City of West Hollywood as part of the inaugural WEHO PRIDE Celebration. OUTLOUD celebrates the artistry, identity, and inclusivity of up-and-coming and established talent within the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the entire year, including and extending beyond Pride Month.

9TH ANNUAL LGBTQ+ PRIDE NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM

7:10 PM – 10:00 PM PST 

$68 to $206
https://www.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/specials/lgbt-night

The Los Angeles Dodgers are teaming up with L.A. Pride for “Pride Night at the Stadium” as they square off against the New York Mets. A special pre-game ceremony will recognize frontline workers and feature surprise guests. A post-game celebration will include fireworks and music from DJ Bowie J.

Dyke March

Friday, June 3rd, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

PRIDE on Robertson Stage

Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevards

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

wehopride.com/

The Dyke March will feature the presentation of the Melissa Etheridge and Community Activist awards, a poetry reading, sign-making and supplies, speakers, a DJ, and the Dykes on Bikes contingent. The Dyke March will step off and return to the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevards. The Women’s Freedom Festival will take place immediately following the Dyke March at the #WeHoPride Street Fair stage and will feature emerging LGBTQ and BIPOC women and non-binary musicians, comedians, poets, and activists, along with a featured performance from Milck, singing her latest protest song, We Won’t Go Back.

WOMEN’S FREEDOM FESTIVAL

Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevard

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Free
Thelproject.org

After the Dyke March, check out this femme-friendly festival filled with LGBTQ+ and musicians, comedians, poets, and activists, including BOI Band, Native Latina, Vixen Noir. Free Admission. 

June 4

Venice Pride

Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA, 90291

From 12:00 PM Saturday June 4 to 11:00 PM Sunday June 5

$15

venicepride.org/tix

Be who you are at the Venice Pride Festival! LA’s beloved grassroots LGBTQ+ celebration grows to two days and moves to a brand new beachside location: Venice Beach Recreation Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2022. Celebrate PRIDE by the beach with a diverse array of stage performances produced by Queer Moment; Abhorra / Aiden Ramos / Ah-Mer-Au-Su / Audra Isadora / Bears In Space  / Betty Bathhouse / Boy Untitled / C-Love / Charles Galin / Colored Craig  / Dj Kerry  / Fab The Duo / Gess / Glenice / Homer Marrs / Jay Long / Jegasie / Luna Lovebad / Marqui Jordan / Mez / Polartropica / Posse / Salina Estitties / Stacy Christine / Stewart Taylor / Zee Machine / Heidi Lawden  / Lovefingers. Enjoy  DJs, community booths, art installations, LGBTQ+ vendors, food trucks and everyone’s favorite queer dance party, Gaywatch (21+ only).

Rainbow Family Day Picnic

Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Stop by West Hollywood’s Plummer Park with your entire LGBTQ+ family (and even your pets) on Saturday, June 4 between 12-4 p.m. and enjoy a free family-friendly day that will offer music, games, food, vendors, art, and more activities. The afternoon event is a co-presentation between the L-Project, Black Lesbians United, and The City of West Hollywood.

June 5

THE WEHO PRIDE PARADE

Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Just like old times! Get ready to get festive and roll down Santa Monica Boulevard from Crescent Heights Boulevard into the heart of the Rainbow District for the inaugural WeHo Pride Parade on Sunday, June 5, 2022, starting at noon. Community members, businesses, community partners, LGBTQ groups, and allies of all kinds will get creative as we celebrate WeHo Pride in the City of West Hollywood with a parade! Together as a community, we will bring entertainment, excitement, and a whole lot of fun to WeHo Pride weekend with floats, bands, drill teams, dance teams, march contingents, and more! Spectators and parade participants will be entertained during a unique, fun, colorful, and entertaining day!

CHERRY BOMB WEHO PRIDE TAKEOVER (June 4 and 5)

Hotel Ziggy

8462 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Various events and times

Cherry Bomb, a social group for queer women and gender expansive folks, is colonizing the entire hotel for a weekend of female-friendly dinners, pool parties, comedy performances, and VIP open bars.
 

OFF SUNSET FESTIVAL

Hoover Street and Santa Monica Boulevard

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

$20

offsunsetfestival.com/

Call it Silver Lake Pride for Daddy’s and the men who love them.  Off Sunset Festival is for folks who live, work, and play in Silver Lake and support beautification, art and youth programs with an emphasis on the LGBT community. Not only is this street fair an exciting day of music, culture, art, food and fun, but it also brings a way for us to offer our support for the place and people we love.

June 9

POP TILL YOU DROP

Catch One 4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

9:15 – wee hours

$15

Go underground when Catch One, perhaps L.A.’s most legendary queer club that’s still in existence, will curate a fantastic evening of entertainment that highlights the crossroads between the queer community and the hyperpop movement. Performers include Babelord, PeaNut, and Saem with drag shows by Meta World Piss, Die Anna, and Guide.

MASTERBEAT UNITED IN PRIDE 

Andaz West Hollywood Rooftop, Avalon Hollywood and Academy Hollywood

Various hours

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Masterbeat’s four-day Pride fest will begin with a lively Saturday afternoon pool party on the rooftop of the Andaz Hotel. Among the other highlights are a Saturday night dance party with tunes from DJs Deanne and Tom Stephan at the Avalon nightclub and a Sunday evening Pride tea dance at Academy L.A. June 11 through 14.

Masterbeat.com.

June 11

Glamcocks Present: BeDAZZLED
Catch One 4067 W. Pico Blvd.

10pm- 4am

$55

When it comes to sparkle, SIZE MATTERS! And at 24 karats of glitz and GLAM, Glamcocks will take over ALL of Catch One for their BIGGEST.PARTY.YET. — a dazzling lineup of DJ’s, lustrously luxe interactive installations, pearlescent performances, and sickeningly shiny surprises all night long. Onyx-ly, it’s going to be a spectacular party with three packed floors of our family jewels. Bring out your most glamtastic, authentic selves! Be free, Be daring, and BeDazzled.

June 12

FUTURE LOVERS BLOCK PARTY

1749 Vine Street, between Hollywood Blvd & Yucca

12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

$80

The inaugural LA Pride Hollywood block party will shut down a section of Hollywood and Vine with three stages in the Capitol Records and Avalon parking lot, in addition to performances taking place inside of Avalon. Kiesza will headline the event with additional performances by Felix Da Housecat, and numerous RuPaul’s Drag Race vets.

June 16

TRANS PRIDE (June 16 – 18)

LA LGBT Center Village at Ed Gould Plaza and Anita May Rosenstein Campus

1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Various times

Free

Lalgbtcenter.org/transpride

Returning after two years of taking place virtually, Trans Pride returns to the LALGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza and Anita May Rosenstein Campus with an array of events including an art exhibition,  job fair, and the Trans Pride VarieTy Show. Trans Pride Los Angeles is hosted by the Trans* Lounge program, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s groundbreaking education & empowerment program dedicated to serving Los Angeles’ trans and gender expansive community.

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Boys & Girls Club of Malibu encourages youth embrace diversity for Pride

“Pride is an opportunity to encourage youth to celebrate differences in others & themselves, as our differences- make the world so beautiful”

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Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of Malibu

MALIBU, Ca. – Throughout the year, the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) is focused on programs that highlight the importance of inclusion of all people. But, during the month of June, BGCM Pride activities have encouraged Club youth to embrace diversity.

According to staff it is BGCM’s objective to establish safe spaces and ensure that all are not just invited, but belong. Pride is both a joyful celebration and a serious reminder that all people deserve the same rights, regardless of how one identifies.

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of Malibu

“Our youth have been participating in conversations around the importance of allyship. They are identifying and finding ways to rectify systematic disparities for those part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and encouraging others to have Pride in who they are and empowering themselves to be advocates for others,” said Tyler Hawkins, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director of Boys & Girls Club of Malibu. “Pride is an opportunity to encourage youth to celebrate the differences in others and themselves, as our differences are what make the world so beautiful.”

Pride Month Programming at Boys & Girls Club of Malibu includes:

  • “Fireside chats” talking about how to define and discuss what pride is and explain why we celebrate. Children are encouraged to think about who they are as a person and find pride in who they are. The goal is to teach the youth about acceptance and love for all people.
  • Club kids participated in art projects related to Pride, such as creating their own flags which could be in any color or design that resonated with them and they wrote at least one thing on each line that they are proud of themselves about.
  • Club youth also had the opportunity to participate in a reading of “Love Makes the Family” by Sophia Beer. The book talks about how families look different and how we all come from different backgrounds, and we should embrace what makes us unique.
  • Club teens also learned how to advocate for those in the LGBTQIA+ community and researched the different ways that can be done. The students were provided with information about how the LGTBQIA+ community are impacted negatively by limited access to resources, discrimination, stereotypes and more, and then students created posters to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and discussed how they can address issues for that community.
  • Pride Month at BGCM wrapped with a celebration for the kids to feel proud about who they are as individuals. They dressed up in whatever makes them feel good about themselves and listened to music, danced and enjoyed some colorful shaved ice.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu also has a clinician-staffed Wellness Center that has helped many Club youth and their families. Since 2017, the BGCM Wellness Center has served 5,000+ individuals and families, at no cost. The Center provides services such as mental health counseling, trauma-informed case management, social and emotional learning, healthcare assistance, parenting support groups, student workshops and much more. Any member of the Malibu community can access the Wellness Center – from students and teachers to senior citizens and commuters that work in Malibu, but don’t have residency there. The Center’s services are also offered in Spanish, which is crucial considering around 20% of its clients are Spanish speaking.
Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of Malibu

Four members of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu expressed what this type of environment and learning programs meant.

“To me, Pride is celebrating who you are and feeling safe to come out,” said Briana L., 7th grade. A fellow 7th grader, Delilah M. said, “It’s important to uplift people with diverse identities to make them feel safe and included in their community.”

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Club of Malibu

Older students such as Emily P., a high school junior and high school senior Aiza R. noted the impact on their lives and others. “To me, Pride means being happy that you can express who you are. It’s important to uplift people with diverse identities because many have been oppressed for so long, so it’s important to take time to celebrate uniqueness and recognize precious struggles,” said Aiza.

Emily chimed in saying, “Pride means being proud of who you are. Uplifting people from diverse backgrounds is important because it breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for relationships that can help people grow and be who they are.”

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South American LGBTQ+ activists mark Pride Month

The Movement for Homosexual Integration & Liberation & Fundación Iguales in Chile organized a demonstration- 100,000 people participated

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More than 100,000 people attended a Pride protest in Santiago, Chile, on June 25, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Gonzalo Velásquez)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Activists in Chile and across Latin America on June 25 took to the streets to celebrate Pride Month.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) and Fundación Iguales in Chile organized a demonstration in Santiago, the country’s capital, in which more than 100,000 people participated. March organizers demanded the repeal of Article 365 of the Chilean Penal Code that criminalizes same-sex couples.

Movilh member Felipe Castillo explained “Article 365 of the Penal Code stigmatizes and discriminates against young homosexuals, as it sets 18 years as the age of sexual consent, when for heterosexuals it is 14 years.”

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child has asked Chile to repeal Article 365. The country has committed to eliminate the law in an agreement it signed with Movilh in 2016 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Chile’s marriage equality law took effect on March 10, the day before President Gabriel Boric took office. 

New Colombia president a sign of hope for LGBTQ, intersex activists

LGBTQ and intersex activists in Colombia are looking forward to what will be a new political era after former Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro won the second round of the country’s presidential elections on June 19. Petro, along with his running mate, Vice President-elect Francia Márquez, who will be the country’s first vice president of African descent, will be the first leftist executives in Colombian history.

A source in Bogotá, the Colombian capital, told the Washington Blade that Petro during the campaign pledged to fight violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to implement policies “for the reaffirmation of gender identities and sexual orientation without barriers for all non-binary people and transgender people in Colombia.”

Manuel Velandia, a long-time Colombian LGBTQ and intersex activist who organized the country’s first demonstration in support of queer rights 39 years ago, told the Blade that authorities sent a contingent of 100 police officers and “we — 29 gay men, two lesbian women and a transsexual woman — marched.”

“The march could take place because in Colombia it was a crime to be homosexual and we achieved the decriminalization of homosexuality in the Penal Code,” said Velandia.

Thousands of people took to the streets of Bogotá on June 25 to demand a nationwide LGBTQ and intersex strategy “as a measure to guarantee the rights of this population, combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sexual characteristics (OSIEGCS), and eliminate the barriers that persist for the materialization of the rights acquired by judicial means, according to national and international human rights standards.” 

Velandia explained to the Blade that activists are “writing a document of what we expect from the next government from president’s inauguration and during the first 100 days.”

“We now are focusing on the most priority issues,” said Velandia. “We think that a law that comes out of a ministry is not as important as a national law passed by Congress.”

Additional Pride marches will take place in Bogotá in the coming days.

Peruvian activists hold country’s largest-ever Pride march

The largest Pride march in Peru’s history took place on June 25 in Lima, the country’s capital.

“It has been the largest march in the 20 years of history of this massive activity,” activist Jorge Apolaya told the Blade. “[It was a] joyful rebellion, as we call it.”

Apoyala pointed out activists took to the streets because “it is necessary” for Peru and President Pedro Castillo’s government to act on “the demands of the LGBT population, the gender identity law, the equal marriage law that are pending before respective committees in the Congress of the Republic and generate the necessary discussions so that they can be debated.”

According to the activist, “the country continues to remain at the back door with respect to respect for LGBT human rights in the world, but not even in the world, but at the Latin American level.”

Protests prompt cancellation of many Ecuador Pride events

Protests that have taken place across Ecuador for more than two weeks prompted activists to suspend most activists and demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ and intersex rights that had been scheduled to take place this month.

“There are seven Prides that have already been suspended out of those that were scheduled,” Diane Rodríguez, a prominent Ecuadorian activist, told the Blade.

Rodríguez noted two marches in the cities of Santo Domingo and Loja were able to take place on Saturday.

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Roe ruling outrage marks NYC Pride

Tens of thousands protested Roe ruling on Friday night

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The New York City Pride parade passes down Christopher Street in Manhattan's West Village on June 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Sean Robinson)

NEW YORK — New York City Pride, one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, rang in the weekend with equal parts celebration and protest. 

Although the annual Pride march was on Sunday, the entire weekend was filled with an outpouring of public anger in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Protesters took to the streets of Manhattan on Friday with an estimated 17,000 people gathering to protest the ruling, which made abortion imminently illegal in roughly half of states. At least 25 people were arrested at the Friday night protests, which spread from Washington Square Park through Midtown to Bryant Park. 

In light of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision — which advocates say will harm members of the LGBTQ+ community — NYC Pride announced that Planned Parenthood would kick off Sunday’s Pride march as the first group to walk. In their statement, NYC Pride said that “[The Supreme Court’s] dangerous decision puts millions in harm’s way, gives government control over our individual freedom to choose, and sets a disturbing precedent that puts many other constitutional rights and freedoms in jeopardy.” 

“As millions gather for LGBTQIA+ Pride this weekend in New York City and cities across the country, our voices will be heard — for the LGBTQ people impacted and the millions with whom we stand in solidarity,” read the statement. “Pride was born of protest and will always be a space to fight injustice and discrimination. Join us as we advocate for bodily autonomy at this year’s NYC Pride March.” 

In addition to the march; NYC Pride had a full slate of Pride programming during the week leading up to it, including Pride Island at Governor’s Island, Youth Pride and a human rights conference. Queer clubs and bars throughout the city hosted various Pride-themed events throughout the weekend.

NYC Pride was not the only organization mobilizing this weekend. 

Reclaim Pride NYC hosted a “Queer Liberation March for Trans and BIPOC Freedom, Reproductive Justice, and Bodily Autonomy,” in partnership with pro-choice groups and community organizations. 

“The [Queer Liberation March] is the annual people’s protest march without corporate funding; corporate floats; politicians’ grandstanding; or police control or involvement,” said the Reclaim Pride Coalition. 

Although Pride originated from a moment of violent tension between police and LGBTQ+ people at the Stonewall Inn, officers on Sunday carefully patrolled the entire NYC Pride march route. When the apparent sound of gunshots nearly sparked a stampede in Washington Square Park during the parade, the New York Police Department said there were “no shots fired,” later confirming that the sounds were due to fireworks being set off at the park. 

The Washington Post noted fears of violence against the queer community circulated at Pride celebrations across the country.

Police also responded to reports of a shooting at San Francisco Pride, although no suspects or witnesses were found. In light of the epidemic of gun violence — from last month’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in 2016 that left 49 people dead — a fear of active shooters and widespread public anger at the prospect of less rights characterized Pride’s usually jubilant atmosphere.

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