June is National LGBT Pride Month, a special time in Los Angeles and around the nation when folks celebrate the many citizens, organizations, and charities associated with this vibrant community and its friends, relatives and supporters. West Hollywood is the center of attention during this month-long commemoration, feted by the way of a big parade, a fanciful three-day festival, and a lot of special cultural events you don’t want to miss. Following are five special opportunities taking place in honor of the the Los Angeles LGBT community.
Los Angeles Pride Lavender Menace
West Hollywood Park
8235 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Date: June 6, 2017
Party on throughout the first night of West Hollywood’s Pride Weekend by way of all kinds of free activities as part of the LA Pride Lavender Menace Free Friday Celebration of Women. The much heralded Dyke March highlights this event, commemorating gay and lesbian rights with a lot of cheering and some rowdiness, all in the face of good fun. Expect a number of events to happen throughout this unique night, including a massive drum circle; a lot of chanting and plenty of music during this special evening. The event features headliner’s Mary Lambert and Betty Who along with an array of amazing female performers and DJs.
LA Pride Festival
West Hollywood Park
647 N San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Date: June 10-11, 2017
If you’re looking for one of the most creative parades that annually takes place in the City of Angels, look no further. This LA Pride highlight gets an A-plus for pizzazz as nearly half a million citizens attend by either participating in or by watching the madness when all kinds of entertainers pass by. Starting with the Lavender Menace and continuing on through the weekend, this event is billed as “the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California” with half a million participants expected in 2017. Celebrating for the 47th year, LA Pride’s gigantic festival promises stellar musical acts including Chromeo, Aaron Carter, Carmen Jara, Brandy, Erika Jayne, and many others. Single day passes are just $25, or buy a 2 day pass for just $35.
One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
Date: May 20, 2017 – June 30, 2017
One City One Pride features many highlights this year, including a full day of screenings, and a tour originally written by the late Stuart Timmons, co-author of “Gay LA” from 11am-1pm. Also, there will be a series of One City One Pride artist led protest sign making workshops to take part in on June 11th. Then, on June 29th, view the world premier of a new documentary which shows the accomplishments of the activist Jeanne Cordova. There will also be plenty of visual art exhibitions.
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Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party
99 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
Date: June 2, 2017
Whether you want to watch, dance, eat or just celebrate, stop by the famed Venice sign for the 2nd Annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party on Friday, June 2, 2017! This celebratory event is for the LGBTQ+ community is free and open to the public. DJ Victor Rodriguez will be back again this year to help you get your groove on, and towards Windward Circle there will be plenty of food trucks like The Middle Feast Food Truck, Oaxaca on wheels, and Wise Barbecue Company.
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