Pride goes back to its roots and makes this year’s parade a protest for equality and justice.
“Fifty years ago Christopher Street West took to the streets of Hollywood Blvd in order to peacefully protest against police brutality and oppression,” said Estevan Montemayor, President of CSW Board of Directors. This year, the L.A. Pride organizers are going back to where it all began by standing in solidarity against police brutality and racial injustices and joining the peaceful protestors on the streets of L.A.
The first Pride began as riot 1970 that was led by people of color who bravely stood up against an oppressive system that stripped them of basic human rights. A year later this was commemorated with Pride parades across the country.
Numerous gay rights groups have begun the month by referencing the roots of the parade in announcements. NCLR tweeted “Today is 6/1, the official start to #PrideMonth. But right now we are reminded that the 1st #Pride wasn’t a party or celebration, it was a RIOT led by Queer POC.”
L.A. Pride has already announced its move to a digital celebration as the usual Pride celebrations were canceled due to the risks of the coronavirus. Now, the peaceful parade is back on and demanding long-term change.
The march is planned for Sunday, June 14 starting at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland boulevards. It will proceed to the usual Pride location of West Hollywood and end at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.
Organizers have advised those that are unwell or at higher risk to remain at home. They also ask that masks are worn at all times and hand sanitizer be used frequently.