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Celebrating LA Pride Month 2020 Virtually

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ+ Pride Month. LA’s first pride march was held on June 28, 1970 – on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which saw the gay community protesting police brutality. Fast forward 50 years and LA Pride has swelled to hundreds of thousands of participants and has expanded from one day to a month’s worth of activities. While unfortunately we won’t be able to get together in West Hollywood this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and we’ve picked a few activities that we’re looking forward to this month.

 

Virtual LA Pride Parade
June 13th 7:30–9pm


LA Pride canceled its in-person parade, but you can still pay tribute to its 50th anniversary with a 90-minute primetime special on ABC on Saturday, June 13th, 7:30 – 9pm. The special will feature in-depth interviews, and spotlight local unsung heroes, community activists, and never-before-seen footage that bring to life all the achievements of LA’s LGBTQ+ community throughout the years. If you miss Saturday’s showing, there is an encore presentation on Sunday, June 14th, at 2pm.

One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
Through June 30th


From today through the end of June, West Hollywood is celebrating Pride with a number of virtual events, including weekly open mic nights (Fridays 6–8pm), a play reading festival (June 20th and 21st at 4pm), a storytelling performance about coming out (June 27th at 7pm) and a panel discussion about Circus of Books (June 30th at 6pm). Check out the full schedule of events here.

ProjectQ Virtual Workshops
June 7th – 20th: Mon–Fri 12pm

ProjectQ is a non-profit organization founded by Madin Lopez to help LGBTQIA+ and homeless youth combat bullying, develop self esteem and find an identity for themselves through hair styling. ProjectQ provides free gender affirming haircuts, self empowering workshops, free food and hygiene boxes and so much more to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. During Pride Month, it has been hosting daily workshops on Instagram at noon that include hair and makeup tutorials and gardening as part of its membership drive.

Virtual Trans Pride Los Angeles
June 19th, 7pm – 10:30pm & June 20th, 12pm – 9:30pm

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is hosting a weekend’s worth of activity to celebrate the Trans/GNC/ENBY community. Virtual Trans Pride kicks off with a conversation between model and When They See Us actor Isis King and actor, teacher and activist Alexandra Billings. The rest of the weekend includes a resource fair, an online art exhibition by cutting-edge trans artists, parents workshops (including one specifically for Latinx parents), culminating in a variety show.

Drag Queen Story Hour World Pride Party
June 27th 10am – 11am

Drag Queen Story Hour will be live streaming its inaugural global pride celebration Drag Queen Story Hour World Pride 2020. Timed to coincide with the observance of LGBTQ Pride in several cities across the globe, this will be the first time that drag queen and drag king storytellers from across North America, Europe, and Asia will join together in a single event to read children’s books, sing songs, and perform kid-friendly drag numbers. Kids and families are also encouraged to dress up in their own fabulous costumes for the event! Lil Miss Hot Mess will be representing L.A.’s local chapter. Tickets start at $15, register for the event here.

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