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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Pride in LA

After a pandemic hiatus, LA's Pride Month festivities are back and bigger than ever, including a parade, Pride In The Park festival, and more.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

When the non-profit Christopher Street West put on the planet’s first-ever permitted parade advocating for gay rights in June of 1970, it was just a year after the police raid of Greenwich Village gay bar the Stonewall Inn, which led to days of escalating violence, protests, riots, and the beginnings of a widespread and interconnected gay liberation movement. Prior to the Stonewall Uprising, similar demonstrations protesting police brutality towards LGBTQ+ communities occurred at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in 1966 and at Silver Lake’s Black Cat Tavern in 1967.

While times have changed, they still haven’t changed enough. Around the globe-including in many cities and states across America-there are ongoing efforts to deny and strip rights from LGBTQ+ communities, especially trans people. That’s why it’s so important to counteract such measures by making your voice heard and demonstrating your acceptance of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Now extended from a one-day parade into an entire month full of activities, Pride is a reminder to do just that.

This year marks the return of Christopher Street West’s official Pride Parade, the first since 2019, and a slightly delayed celebration of the parade’s 50th anniversary, which was in 2020. As Gerald Garth, board member of Christopher Street West and Vice President of Community Programs and Initiatives at LA Pride, puts it, “The original Pride Parade began in Hollywood, so this is a grand return.”

The main events are the Pride in the Park festival on June 11 and the LA Pride Parade on Sunday, June 12 on Hollywood Boulevard-the site of the original parade 52 years ago.

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride month in LA, so you can expect activities and festivals throughout the city as well-Santa Monica Pride is back this year, as is San Fernando Valley Pride at the end of the month. Then there are the endless events, discounts, and themed products-from wine to special menu items-that businesses are rolling out, with many donating a portion of proceeds to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits. Here’s everything you need to know to get in on the Pride festival and parade.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

Where and when is this year’s official Pride Parade?

The 2022 Pride Parade is June 12, with step-off scheduled for 10:30 am at Hollywood and Cahuenga, then it will proceed West over to Highland, down to Sunset, and back East on Sunset to Cahuenga. Sounds confusing, but it’s basically a sideways U.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

What’s happening at the Parade, and how do I get there?

There will be over 130 floats, marchers, exotic cars, twirlers, performers, and more. Parking in Hollywood is tough to begin with, and that’s before they close all these streets and thousands of revellers descend upon the area. Take public transit! The Hollywood and Highland station is right there.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

What do I do after the Parade?

At the end of the Parade’s yellow brick road there’s¬†Pride Village, a street fair on Hollywood Boulevard between Cahuenga and Vine. There will be a bar and beer garden, community vendors, two stages of DJs and performances, and a whole ass Ferris Wheel. It runs just about all day, from 11 am to 10 pm at night and entrance is free and open to everyone. The goal, according to Garth, is for “All of those community experiences to bring Pride to life in Hollywood.”

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

Is there a festival too?

On June 11, there’s

Pride in the Park, a massive all-day party featuring music, activities, exhibitions, vendors, food, and plenty of drinks. It’s at LA State Historic Park in Chinatown, and you should definitely take public transit to this one too.

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Ben Houdijk/Shutterstock
Ben Houdijk/Shutterstock

Who’s performing?

The lineup for Pride in the Park is insanely good, with two stages of music headlined by Christina Aguilera and Anitta. There are tons of other awesome performers like Syd, Chika, Michaela Jaé, and a collab set with Boy Untitled and Boy Apocalypse. The venue also has a food fair, a beer garden, a sober garden, and an

erotic city.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

Do I need a ticket?

Yes, tickets are available

online. General Admission is $60, and VIP runs either $200 or $300. That extra cash gets you access to a couple of special viewing areas, a VIP entrance, a VIP lounge, premium food vendors, and-best of all-luxury bathrooms.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

Anything else going on?

There’s so much more. West Hollywood, for example, is having¬†its own Pride festival, a street fair with a stage and a parade, this weekend from June 3-5.

Garth is particularly excited about Pride is Universal, a rainbowed-out after-hours party at Universal Studios; Drag me to the Loews, a drag performance hosted by legendary Lady Bunny; and the ongoing charitable initiative Pride Makes a Difference, which kicks off June 5 with an event assembling toiletry kits to be given to those in need.

The most important thing, says Garth, is to remember that “Pride doesn’t look like any one experience, and it doesn’t belong to any one neighborhood.” Everyone is welcome.

LA Pride
LA Pride
LA Pride

How do I follow along online?

The official LA Pride website is full of great resources. There are also Pride social media accounts @lapride on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

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8 LA Fundraisers that Support Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, LA businesses and organizations are stepping up to raise money and support reproductive justice for all.

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Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock

As Beyonc√©’s talented sister Solange once sang, “I got a lot to be mad about.” At the top of that growing list is the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for states to regulate abortion. Since the ruling, abortion is now illegal in states like Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, while others like Utah, Idaho, and Missouri, have signaled plans to ban or create significant barriers to accessing abortion services.

Many are outraged by this decision, which is certain to disproportionately impact low-income and BIPOC communities. Protests have erupted in cities across the country and legal battles are already underway in attempts to counteract the ruling. Many are calling for the Supreme Court to be reformed, calling into question other recent decisions, including a ruling that limited the federal government’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants.

Those in California are lucky to be protected by a state constitution where abortion is recognized as an individual right, with Governor Newsom recently vowing to continue to safeguard these rights, as well as women who travel west for reproductive care. But just because we don’t currently have to worry about our reproductive rights being stripped doesn’t mean that we can’t step up and provide support for those who are in the thick of these struggles. From donating to on-the-ground activism, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the national fight to protect abortion care and access for all.

LA’s hospitality industry is doing just that, providing plenty of delicious and fun opportunities to stand up for reproductive rights and abortion care, including food pop-ups, bake sales, wine and mezcal tastings, shopping deals, and more.

Satisfy your munchies at a stoner food pop-up

Ongoing
Genever, Historic Filipinotown
One of our favourite bars in LA right now, women-owned Genever is hosting a weekly Friday pop-up with food from Bodega that they describe as Asian Stoner Food. Every pop-up donates 50% of proceeds to a rotating reproductive rights organization.
Cost: Varies

Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles

Order a Westside Cocktail

Ongoing throughout July
Winston House, Venice Beach
Each month, the team at Winston House, a lively supper club off the Venice Boardwalk, donates $1 from every sale of their Westside Cocktail to a different charity. In June, they donated proceeds to The Trevor Project and for July, they’re donating to the National Network of Abortions Funds. The cocktail is made with butterfly pea- and cucumber-infused Future Gin, lime juice, and mint syrup.
Cost: $15

Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre

Sip on women-made mezcals at Madre Restaurant

Ongoing from July 11 for four weeks
West Hollywood, Torrance, and Palms
Get an education in mezcal while supporting women with a special mezcal flight curated by owner Ivan Vasquez, featuring women-owned or produced brands. Dubbed Her Mezcal, the flight includes a one-ounce pour of Real Minero, Agua Del Sol, and Rezpiral, available for $45 beginning Monday, July 11, with 10% of the net sales from each flight going to the National Network of Abortion Funds. And if you buy a bottle of one of the three featured brands, Madre will donate 10% of those sales, too.
Cost: $45

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@vanillabeansanddaydreams
@vanillabeansanddaydreams

Bakers Against Racism: Bake Sale For Reproductive Justice

Saturday, July 17
These Hands Makers Collective, Culver City
Launched during April 2020 as a pop-up, Bakers Against Racism is a social community “connecting bakers and creatives all across the globe to fight against racism in all of its forms.” On Saturday, July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm, they’re firing up their ovens to raise money and awareness for reproductive justice, with all sorts of treats and desserts available for sale, including cookies, pies, cakes, pastries, traditional Southern desserts, gluten-free and vegan options, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Bakers who are interested in joining the sale can reach out to LA lead @winterfatebakes on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere

Taste natural, women-made wines with Vinovore

Saturday, July 23
Virtual tasting
Woman- and LGBTQ-owned Vinovore stocks predominantly small-batch, natural, and woman-produced labels in its Virgil Village and Eagle Rock wine shops. On Saturday, July 23 at 5 pm, they’ll host a WINEsplaining event over Zoom, which includes two bottles of natural, women-made wine that attendees can enjoy as they discuss tasting notes with owner Coly Den Haan. All proceeds will be donated to The National Network of Abortion Funds. Register online and wines will be ready for pick-up, shipping, or delivery the week before the tasting, with the Zoom link sent the day before.
Cost: $75

Join a community bake sale for reproductive rights

Saturday, July 23
The Oinkster, Eagle Rock
Over in East LA, chef Andre Guerrero is opening up the patio to local bakers for a massive community bake sale, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood, Plan C Pills, and Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. And since you’re there, you might as well grab a stacked Frito Pie burger, a house-cured Pastrami Sandwich, or some Chili Fries. For more info and to participate, reach out to chef Kristi Descher on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica

Snag a cute tee from Botanica

Ongoing
Purchase online
Women-owned restaurant and market Botanica is selling their five-year anniversary tee that’s made in collaboration by LA’s Lamero Studio. The shirt features a “vegetables in space” design created by bar manager and artist, Ryan Halie Gossett. All profits from the shirts benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Cost: $45

Photo courtesy of Helen's Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart

Order a summer snack box filled with women-owned treats

Ongoing
Purchase online
Another one of our favourite women-owned natural wine shops in LA, Helen’s Wines teamed up with NYC’s The Goods Mart for a summer snack box featuring female-founded brands, including Azziah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Magic Dates Salted Walnut Brownie, Moonshot Sourdough Crackers, and a bottle of natural ros√© from women producers, chosen by founder Helen Johannesen and her team, and rotating with each box. Even better, 50% of proceeds from the box will be donated to the Women’s Reproductive Right’s Assistance Project, the largest national, independent, nonprofit abortion fund providing urgently-needed financial assistance to individuals seeking abortion services or emergency contraception nationwide.
Cost: $75

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Danielle Dorsey is the West Coast Editor at Thrillist.

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