Pride is finally here!
Being proud is a lifelong affair, but this month is cause to paint the town rainbow, celebrate inclusivity, diversity, self-expression and love while recognizing the profound impact of the LGBTQ+ community on our world. June became Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York that took place on June 8, 1969. A year later, Los Angeles held the first permitted Gay Pride Parade in the world. Multiple marches advocating for gay rights happened simultaneously across the nation, but none were legal parades at the time.
What’s now known as LA Pride Parade & Festival grew from 50,000 to over 400,000 proud revelers. While the major festivities may have been called off this year, the season has already commenced and the rest it’s set to be a colorful month of in-person events and dazzling displays. So gather your crew and head to these fabulous happening across the city!
1. Cinespia & LA Pride LGBTQ+ Movie Night (June 26)
The incredibly popular outdoor movie pop-up Cinespia will partner with LA Pride for an LGBTQ+ Pride Movie Night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, June 26. Dress to express, pack a party picnic and catch The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the iconic setting. Find out more here.
2. Pride Publics: Words and Actions Outdoor Exhibition
Pride Publics: Words and Actions is a multi-site outdoor exhibition located on the construction fence at 686 Robertson Boulevard and other sites in Los Angeles. It “examines the intersection between pride and publicness and examines themes central to queer public life while highlighting trailblazers and their visions.” It’s completely free and aims to give LGBTQIA+ life a public platform, highlighting the activism and communities that have contributed to the betterment of LGBTQ+ individuals in society. Find out more here.
3. Rainbow Road Art Walk (June 4 – 30)
From June 4, there will 15 original creations by LGBTQIA+ Artists from Third Street Promenade, through Santa Monica and at the Santa Monica Pier. Find out more here.
4. Santa Monica City Hall Light Up
Santa Monica City Hall will light up in Celebration of Pride Month throughout June. The building will have a beautiful rainbow glow every evening from 7 pm to 11:30 pm.
Kiduck Kim’s glowing Meringue artworks have been installed at the traffic median on Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive as part of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside program. The inviting organic curves of these translucent bulbs are meant to create a sense of movement without actually moving. They will be illuminated in rainbow colors through July.Find out more here.
6. Free Haircuts, Training, Discussions And More At The American Trans Resource Hub (June 26)
ATRH will be hosting a pride event in Santa Monica, CA on June 26 from 11 am-6 pm. There will be free haircuts, speakers, resources, free binders, self-defense kits, clothes. Find out more here.
7. Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Pride Picnic (June 27)
Gather at the Fairbanks Lawn at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary for a fun, socially distanced picnic with tunes by DJ Asha, surprise pop-up drag performances by Amber Crane, Greasy Bouffanti, Lauren Banall and more. The event benefits the Center’s programs and services with spaces for up to 6 people. Find out more here.