PHOTO DROP: LA Pride Takes Over Universal Studios Hollywood

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Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood - Photos by Mike Pingel

Pride Month may be behind us, but Pride celebrations will continue throughout the summer. Here’s a look back at Pride is Universal at Universal Studios Hollywood last week, on Friday June 24.

LA Pride partnered once again with Universal Studios Hollywood to present Pride is Universal 2022 as part of LA Pride celebrations during Pride Month, bringing an exclusive theme park experience for guests of all ages to enjoy with friends and family. LGBTQ+ guests and allies enjoyed access to thrill rides and attractions during the day, with additional after hours elements that include live DJs, Universal character meet and greets, cash bars and photo ops.

Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photos by Mike Pingel
Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photos by Mike Pingel

The evening’s music included DJ Brynn Taylor and drag performances by drag superstars Morgan McMichaels, Mariah Balenciaga, Delta Work, Jasmine Masters and Scarlet Envy.

Pride is Universal 2022 also brought back the VIP – Universal Express ticket option that included earlier access to the park at 2:00pm, Universal Express access to the park’s attractions, premium viewing areas at the main stage and exclusive access to the LA Pride VIP Lounge.

LA Pride also partnered with Cinespia and and took LGBTQs back to the movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 25th. This year featured the classic summer movie screening of “But I’m a Cheerleader,” the campy satirical jab at gay conversion therapy camp, directed by out lesbian, Jamie Babbit. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, and a newcomer named RuPaul Charles.

Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Over 50 years later, CSW hs built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com
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