The 411 on LA PRIDE 2017

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With so many questions swirling around about this year’s LA Pride and the Festival in West Hollywood, here is the latest information from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce:

West Hollywood or LA, Christopher Street West or #ResistMarch, Parade or March, One City One Pride or just Pride, we are all in this together, fighting for Equality and Justice for All.  

WHEN IS LA PRIDE THIS YEAR?

LA Pride will be a week of activities beginning Monday June 5th. The annual LA Pride festival will be Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th. The #ResistMarch will be on Sunday June 11th.

WHO IS ORGANIZING PRIDE?

Christopher Street West (LA Pride), #ResistMarch, The City of West Hollywood and The City of Los Angeles are working in unison on this year’s unprecedented event.

IS THERE A PARADE?

This year, LA Pride is hosting a Civil Rights March instead of a Parade!  The March is called the #ResistMarch and is in unity with sister marches taking place in New York, Austin, Seattle, Washington D.C. and other cities across the nation.

IS THIS A GOOD THING?

This is a GOOD THING all around. With renewed enthusiasm that has galvanized the community, more people will participate in what promises to be a historic event. This is a good thing, not only for the LGBTQ community, but for all people under the Rainbow who resist forces that wish to marginalize and divide us.  West Hollywood is the first City in the nation to have been established with a majority openly gay governing body. This was a landmark development in LGBT rights in the United States as well as globally. Inclusion and civil liberties were among the core values on which our city was founded.  In recognition of this history, this event and we will garner international recognition for our role in the #ResistMarch.

IS THIS AN ANTI-TRUMP MARCH?

NO, this march is in response to the imminent threat against our values, accomplishments and Human Rights.  The aim is to send a message to anyone, politician or otherwise, on Federal, State or Local level, that we are united in our fight against bigotry, discrimination and hate.  It is also meant to create solidarity with all marginalized Americans in ensuring that our Rights are not violated, progress is not rolled back and discriminatory policies are not planned or implemented.

The beautiful display of strength and solidarity at the Women’s March in January was an inspiration to the world.  Building upon their legacy, a National Pride March was proposed to occur in Washington D.C. and it quickly morphed into a national movement!

The LGBTQ+ community includes people of every race, religion, philosophical belief, immigration status, gender and sexual orientation.  Members of our community and our allies are experiencing increased levels of hostility and discrimination and we must stand united to protect one another.  We are calling on everyone to peacefully march with us as a sign of our solidarity and love for one another.  Instead of a Pride Parade meant to celebrate our past progress, we are going to march to ensure all our futures.

In 1970, the first ever permitted Pride Parade was hosted in Los Angeles and it was a civil rights march.

This year, LA Pride returns to its roots!

WHO ARE THE PARTNERS OF #RESISTMARCH?

To date, they are Christopher Street West, West Hollywood City Council, LA City Council, LA County Board of Supervisors, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Equality CA, Project Angel Food, The Los Angeles LGBT Center, Human Rights Campaign, Women Against Gun Violence, National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Attorney, The Trevor Project, Trans Can Work and Family Equality Council.

IS THERE A PRIDE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?

LA Pride Festival is scheduled for Saturday June 10th & Sunday June 11th in West Hollywood.

WHAT ABOUT CELEBRATING OUR PRIDE?

What better way to celebrate Pride than by taking action? We can celebrate how far we’ve come and the bright future head, while safeguarding our hard-won Rights and Freedom. Furthermore, this adjustment does not limit your business from creating Pride Promotions and planning Events that drive traffic through the door.

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL? IS IT SMALLER THIS YEAR?

Due to the 2nd phase of the West Hollywood Park construction, the final footprint of the festival is still under review.  Alternative options are being explored to replace any space lost due to construction.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

All organizers of Pride including the leaders of various organizations are volunteers who devote countless hours year-round to our community.  We may not agree with all their choices but they do their best and need our help and support.

For More info on LA PRIDE
www.wehochamber.com/lapride.html
www.resistmarch.org

 

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Marco Colantonio is a longtime West Hollywood resident and community activist, former West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board member and founder/publisher emeritus of WEHO TIMES.
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