LGBTQ PRIDE Celebrations Grow in Geographic and Cultural Diversity.
By Ari Gutierrez Arambula
On the 54th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, communities throughout the Southland will commemorate with marches, festivals and celebrations. PRIDE recalls the fierce response by patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay nightclub, to the harassment by local police on June 28, 1969.
During the annual summer PRIDE season of celebrations, members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and their allies, including parents and heterosexual friends, will join in festivals, parties and other special events to celebrate self-identity and support.
In recent years, LGBTQ communities have worked to expand “safe spaces” beyond gay friendly bars and geographically isolated gay welcoming neighborhoods like West Hollywood. LGBTQ people live in communities everywhere, and research shows LGBTQ people of color live in communities of color. A geographically and ethnically diverse LGBTQ community is eager to host PRIDE celebrations and create safe spaces within the communities in which they grew up, live and work. “We want to be free to be who we are, where we are,” declares Eddie Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Equality Alliance, an LGBTQ advocacy organization based in Boyle Heights.
In culturally diverse and geographically expansive Southern California, a remarkable growing number of PRIDE events are being held beyond the events in traditional West Hollywood and Long Beach. PRIDE events are planned in: Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Altadena, Alhambra & Monterey Park, Compton, El Monte, Pasadena, Pomona, San Fernando Valley, Palm Springs, San Diego, and more.
SoCal Pride 2023 List
|DATE||TIME||CITY||EVENT NAME||LOCATION||MORE INFO|
|Thursday, June 1, 2023||5 PM – 9 PM||EL MONTE||PRIDE NIGHT AT FARMER’S MARKET||MAIN ST., EL MONTE BETWEEN LEXINGTON & TYLER||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023 Tickets | Eventbrite|
|Friday, June 2, 2023||5 PM – 11 PM||VENICE (LA)||VENICE PRIDE BLOCK PARTY||99 WINDWARD AVE||VENICEPRIDE.ORG|
|Friday, June 2, 2023||6 PM – 10 PM||SAN MARINO||AN EVENING AMONG THE ROSES (FUNDRAISER)||THE HUNTINGTON – ROSE GARDEN||huntington.org/among-the-roses|
|Sunday, June 4, 2023||12:00 PM||WEST HOLLYWOOD||WeHo PRIDE OUTLOUD FESTIVAL AND PRIDE PARADE||WEST HOLLYWOOD ON SANTA MONICA BLVD FROM CRESCENT HEIGHTS TO SAN VICENTE TO WEST HOLLYWOOD PARK||WEHOPRIDE.COM|
|Saturday, June 3, 2023||4PM – 9M||CULVER CITY||PRIDE RIDE AND RALLY||4PM RIDE: SYD KRONENTHAL PARK, 6 PM RALLY: MAIN ST. CULVER CITY||CULVERCITYPRIDE.ORG|
|Saturday, June 3, 2023||8:30 AM – 12 PM||ALHAMBRA AND MONTEREY PARK||3RD ANNUAL PARADE & FESTIVAL||8:30 AM PARADE: 501 HELLMAN AVE, ALHAMBRA AND 10 AM FESTIVAL: 350 S MCPHERRIN AVE, MONTEREY PARK||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023|
|Sunday, June 4, 2023||11 AM – 3 PM||LA PUENTE & CITY OF INDUSTRY||BRUNCH BY THE BRIDGE & PRIDE RESOURCE FAIR||COURTYARD, LA PUENTE COMMUNITY CENTER, 501 GLENDORA AVE., LA PUENTE||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023|
|Friday, June 9, 2023||3PM – 11 PM||LOS ANGELES||LA PRIDE – MEGAN THEE STALLION||LA STATE HISTORIC PARK, 1245 N SPRING ST., LA CA 90012||LAPRIDE.ORG|
|Friday, June 9, 2023||4 PM – 11 PM||ARCADIA||PRIDE NIGHT CELEBRATION ARCADIA||MT. LOWE BREWING COMPANY, 150 E ST JOSEPH ST., ARCADIA||pride-night-celebration-tickets-617411774237|
|Saturday, June 10, 2023||1 PM – 11 PM||LOS ANGELES||LA PRIDE – MARIAH CAREY||LA STATE HISTORIC PARK, 1245 N SPRING ST., LA CA 90012 (GO METRO TO CHINATOWN)||LAPRIDE.ORG|
|Saturday, June 10, 2023||10 AM – 6 PM||ALTADENA||2ND ANNUAL LGBTQ+ PRIDE WALKABOUT||10 AM OPENING: ALTADENA LIBRARY, 600 E MARIPOSA ST 3PM FESTIVAL: ALTADENA SENIOR CENTER, 560 E MARIPOSA ST||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023 Tickets|
|Sunday, June 11, 2023||11:00 AM||HOLLYWOOD||53RD ANNUAL LA PRIDE PARADE||HIGHLAND TO HOLLYWOOD BLVD TO CAHUENGA BLVD (GO METRO TO HOLLYWOOD/VINE)||LAPRIDE.ORG|
|Thursday, June 15, 2023||7PM-9PM||EL MONTE||GAYME NIGHT + PRIDE LOTERIA||THE SGV CENTER, 12127 ELLIOTT AVE, EL MONTE||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023|
|Friday, June 16, 2023||5 PM – 6:30 PM||LOS ANGELES||TRANS PRIDE LA – ONLINE: Club Intersex Presents: From Invisible to Inclusion – An Intersectional Discussion on Intersex Experiences & Issues||ONLINE||Trans Pride (lalgbtcenter.org)|
|Saturday, June 17, 2023||10 AM – 12 AM||BOYLE HEIGHTS (LA)||ORGULLO FEST BOYLE HEIGHTS LGBTQ PARADE AND FESTIVAL||PARADE 10 AM – 12 PM 1ST ST AT BOYLE TO CHICAGO, FESTIVAL 2 PM TO 12 AM – 1ST FROM CHICAGO TO SOTO||orgullo-fest-boyle-heights-2023-fundraiser-festival|
|Saturday, June 17, 2023||12 PM – 2PM||SAN PEDRO||SAN PEDRO PRIDE ON THE LA WATERFRONT||DRAG BRUNCH 12 PM SAN PEDRO TOWN SQUARE, 6TH & HARBOR, SAN PEDRO|
|Saturday, June 17, 2023||7 PM – 8:30 PM||LOS ANGELES||TRANS PRIDE LA – IN-PERSON & ONLINE STREAM: Big Queer Convo||ONLINE AND IN PERSON AT LA LGBT CENTER, 1125 N MCCADDEN PL, LOS ANGELES||Trans Pride (lalgbtcenter.org)|
|Thursday, June 22, 2023||6 PM – 10 PM||BOYLE HEIGHTS (LA)||LATINO EQUALITY ALLIANCE – PURPLE LILY AWARDS (FUNDRAISER)||THE EAST ANGEL, 670 S ANDERSON ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90023||somoslea.org/purple_lily_awards|
|Saturday, June 24, 2023||12 PM – 8 PM||COMPTON||COMPTON PRIDE FESTIVAL||COMPTON COLLEGE, 1111 E. ARTESIA, COMPTON, CA 90220||comptonpridefestival.com|
|Saturday, June 24, 2023||6 PM – 9 PM||PASADENA||2ND ANNUAL PRIDE FESTIVAL – LOVE, LOUD & PROUD||PASADENA CITY HAL, 100 GARFIELD AVE, PASADENA||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023 Tickets|
|Thursday, June 29, 2023||5:30PM – 9PM||BALDWIN PARK||PRIDE MIXER, RESOURCE FAIR & CONCERT||MORGAN PARK, 4100 BALDWIN PARK BLVD. BALDWIN PARK||San Gabriel Valley Pride Tour 2023 Tickets|
|Saturday, July 1, 2023||9 AM – 6PM||LOS ANGELES||LA BLACK PRIDE PRESENTS: 2023 BEACH PARTY||WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH, 17000 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, LOS ANGELES, CA 90272 (TOWER #5)||LABLACKPRIDE.ORG|
|Saturday, July 15, 2023||10 AM – 10 PM||SAN DIEGO||SAN DIEGO PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL||IN HILLCREST STARTS AT UNIVERSITY AVE AND NORMAL ST AND PROCEEDS WEST TO BALBOA PARK||SDPRIDE.ORG|
|Saturday, July 15, 2023||11 AM TO 7 PM||SOUTH LA||SOUTH LA PRIDE PICNIC||RANCHO CIENEGA PARK,||SOUTHLAPRIDE.ORG|
|Monday, July 17, 2023||2 PM – 3 PM||SOUTH PASADENA||BOOK TO ART: ADULT BOOK CLUB Read The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite and join us for a celestial painting art project and book discussion!||SOUTH PASADENA COMMUNITY ROOM, 1115 EL CENTRO ST., SOUTH PASADENA, CA 91030||Click link|
|Saturday, July 29, 2023||11 AM – 6 PM||LONG BEACH||TRANS PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL||RECREATION PARK, 4900 E 7TH ST., LONG BEACH, CA 90804||Click link|
|Sunday, August 6, 2023||10:30 AM – 11 PM||LONG BEACH||LONG BEACH PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL||E. OCEAN BLVD BETWEEN LINDERO AVE AND ALAMITOS AVE||LONGBEACHPRIDE.COM|
|AUGUST||TBA||DOWNTOWN LA||DTLA PROUD FESTIVAL||PERSHING SQUARE, 532 S OLIVE ST, LA CA 90013||DTLAPROUD.ORG|
|Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023||10:00 AM||SAN FERNANDO||SFV LGBTQ PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL & HEALTH FAIR||PARADE 10 AM – SAN FERNANDO CITY HALL FOLLOWED BY PRIDE CELEBRATION AT FACEY MEDICAL PLAZA||SFVLGBTQCENTER.ORG/PRIDE-2023|
|Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023||10 AM – 9 PM||PASADENA||SGV PRIDE||CENTRAL PARK, PASADENA, CA||Click Link|
|Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023||10:00 AM||PALM SPRINGS||PALM SPRINGS PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL||UPTOWN DESIGN DISTRICT AT TACHEVAH AND PALM CANYON DR. TO FESTIVAL ENTRANCE AT AMADO||PSPRIDE.ORG|
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