A guide to West Hollywood
Over three colorful days in West Hollywood, LA Pride attracts upwards of 400,000 revelers. This inclusive festival is a huge party, even by L.A.’s standards, and stands out as one of the biggest pride events in the country. Before you head to West Hollywood Park and stake out a spot for the Pride Parade, check out our suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in WeHo, plus our favorite party spots for divas and drag queens alike.
When is LA Pride 2018?
LA Pride Week 2018 runs from June 4 through the 10. The actual LA Pride Festival takes place June 9 from noon to 1am and June 10 from 11am to 11pm at West Hollywood Park (647 N San Vicente Blvd).
Where can I watch the parade?
The parade begins on Sunday, June 10 at 10am and makes its way from Hollywood to West Hollywood. Look for it along Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard.
Who’s performing at the festival?
So far, on the bill is Kehlani, Tove Lo, Icona Pop, Kim Petras, Eve, Keri Hilson and Natalia Jimenez, with more to be announced.
How much are festival passes?
Single-day tickets for both Saturday and Sunday are $25. Two-day tickets are $35.
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LA Pride 2017
Thousands of Angelenos took to the streets of Hollywood and West Hollywood on Sunday in solidarity with the vibrant LGBTQ+ community of the city. Instead of the usual float-filled parade, though, the LA Pride event aligned with the #ResistMarch. The protest sought to protect the inclusive, human rights progress that has been made these last couple years—and now faces political threats. Several iconic personalities showed up to speak and march with the crowd, including RuPaul and Bamby Salcedo. The theme was love, diversity, and equality as participants exercised their rights to protest peacefully throughout the day. The drinking and partying still went on at the bars afterwards. After all, what better way to show your Pride than by partying it up with your best friends? Here are some of our favorite photos from the event. Gayhearts #ResistMarchLA pic.twitter.com/JkVhSvNLzT — Steve Lekowicz (@lekowicz) June 11, 2017 A post shared by Annie (@themodernjean) on Jun 12, 2017 at 9:03am PDT A post shared by Gabriel Olsen (@gabrielbolsen) on Jun 11, 2017 at 11:32pm PDT Proud to stand up with my LGBTQ friends at #resistmarchla! ❤️ trumps 🔥 pic.twitter.com/qGzSFhDCHZ — Timothy Phan (@timothy_phan) June 11, 2017 A post shared by Elon Schoenholz (@elonschoenholz) on Jun 11, 2017 at 10:48pm PDT A post shared by Baby Gap (@dragbabygap) on Jun 11, 2017 at 9:40pm PDT A post sha
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A conversation between two local LGBTQ activists in anticipation of LA Pride
To mark the 48th annual LA Pride, Steven Martin and Jennicet Gutiérrez sit down at the Black Cat in Silver Lake—the site of the 1967 LGBTQ protests against police mistreatment—to discuss how far the movement has come. Martin is a 28-year-old health-care advocate for the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Health Access California. Gutiérrez, 31, an undocumented immigrant and member of the Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, notably interrupted President Obama to call for an end to the detainment of LGBTQ immigrants. This is Martin and Gutiérrez’s conversation. Jennicet Gutiérrez: It’s important to note where this conversation is taking place. It was where our community was coming together to be themselves. Steven Martin: To celebrate. To kiss each other. JG: To find a safe space. The police were harassing us until the community said, “We have to do something about this abuse.” SM: I just got arrested in Congress. It was the tax fight, which undermines the entire Affordable Care Act. This was the biggest affront to my ability to access health care—and for future generations. They weren’t gonna tell my story, so I was taken away in handcuffs. JG: That echoes back to Pride. Disruption and acts of civil disobedience have been part of the movement. People put their bodies on the line. During the AIDS crisis, storming Congress… SM: Storming the 10 freeway. JG: Acting up, throwing fake blood—disruption and civil disobedience have always been key to progress. I think L.A. and Ca
Pop sensations Tove Lo and Kehlani to headline LA Pride Festival 2018
R&B songstress Kehlani and Swedish pop star Tove Lo will take top billing during LA Pride Festival’s return to West Hollywood Park on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. The first wave of performers announced by Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization that produces the LA Pride Festival and Parade, comes on the heels of this year’s festival theme reveal:#JustBe, a slogan of self-expression and authenticity within the LGBTQ+ community. Kehlani, an openly bisexual rising hip-hop star, is set to perform on the Park Stage on Saturday, June 9. The Grammy-nominated artist is also up for a GLAAD Media Award this year for her 2017 debut album, SweetSexySavage. Multi-platinum artist Tove Lo, who also has spoken about her bisexuality, will own the Park Stage on Sunday, June 10, before headlining at New York City Pride’s Pride Island later that month. Among her chart-topping hits is “Disco Tits,” which earned a spot on Billboard’s Best Gay Anthems of 2017. “Kehlani and Tove Lo are two of the most daring women in music today,” CSW board member Gregory Alexander said in a press release. “We’re excited to see how they’ll lead the raw and authentic voice of this year’s festival. They embody everything we mean when we say #JUSTBE at LA Pride.” The rest of the lineup of artists featured across the festival’s three stages will roll out in the coming weeks. On sale now, early-bird tickets are $20 for one-day or $30 for both Saturday and Sunday.
Dyke Day celebates the diversity of the LGBT community
For 10 years the organizers of Dyke Day have carved a space amid the glitz and excitement of LA Pride weekend for a more DIY—and inclusive—celebration. The annual picnic, held on the Saturday of Pride weekend, was launched as a response to WeHo’s big event. The individuals behind the first Dyke Day felt they weren’t seeing themselves reflected in the larger, more commercial celebration and set out to create something representing the diversity of the LGBT community. “We are very conscious of including trans and queer [people] and queer and trans people of color in our space,” says organizer Vanessa Craig. Dyke Day has grown from a small get-together to an all-day alfresco fete for queer individuals, families and allies. This year, festivities move to a leafy new home at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights. The volunteer-run party, funded entirely by donations and benefit events, has developed an identity as more than just a scrappy alternative to LA Pride. It focuses on building a strong grassroots community from the (park) ground up. Dyke Day LA takes place June 10 at noon at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. Free.
These six people are pouring their talent, energy and heart into L.A.'s LGBT community
L.A. has always been at the forefront of LGBT culture, from the activists who staged some of the country's first gay-rights protests to artists who today imbue their work with the politics of their sexual and gender identities. As far as we've progressed, though, there is still work to be done, and L.A.'s queer community has been putting in the effort. To celebrate their efforts and achievements, we're highlighting six local heroes who work to create a more inclusive future for all of us and, in doing so, are making the whole city proud. Photograph: Rozette Rago Madin Lopez, hairstylist and founder of ProjectQ Madin Lopez began styling hair at age 16 as a way to become self-sufficient after an adolescence in the foster care system. Through the work, Lopez, now 30, found a path to forge an identity—and a way to help others. ProjectQ, Lopez's nonprofit organization serving homeless LGBTQIA youth, provides identity-affirming makeovers, mentorship and a safe space for vulnerable people often at war with the version of themselves they see in the mirror. Lopez works intensely with many trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, particularly people of color, guiding them in finding an outward presentation more in line with how they self-identify, making them feel more comfortable and validated. "At the end of the day, what we do isn't just about haircuts or building worthiness in the youth or people in the streets," explains Lopez. "It's also about trust-building