Celebrate LGBT Heritage Month in Los Angeles

This year's theme is “A City Connected Through Pride”
Los Angeles celebrates LGBT Heritage Month every June | Photo courtesy of Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

As home to the second-largest LGBT population in the country, Los Angeles showcases the diversity, vibrancy, and creative spirit of the LGBT community. The first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage Month (LGBT HM) Celebration in L.A. took place in 2011. L.A.’s legacy of championing equality is more important than ever - the theme of this year’s LGBT Heritage Month Celebration is “A City Connected Through Pride.” Read on for highlights of LGBT Heritage Month events taking place in June throughout Los Angeles.

Sachin Bhatt, Will Choi, Jiavani Linayao, Jaime Schwarz and Bobby Foley star in Nathan Ramos’ "As We Babble On," directed by Alison M. De La Cruz | Photo by Michael Lamont, courtesy of East West Players

"As We Babble On" - East West Players (through June 24, 2018)

Now playing at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Little Tokyo, As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and whether the whole adulting thing is ever going to happen. Benji, a first-generation Asian American comic book artist, struggles in New York City when his dreams are pulled from under him and an ex-boyfriend resurfaces. As the unconventional path of his bestie Sheila takes a left turn, and his half-sister Laura unexpectedly finds herself on the fast track to success, each begins to unravel.

Written by Nathan Ramos and directed by Alison M. De La Cruz, As We Babble On is a production of East West Players in collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

LGBT Heritage Month Exhibition Recognizing Olympic Athletes (through June 30)

View an engaging exhibition in the Bridge Gallery at City Hall celebrating LGBT Olympic athletes who have taught us about the resilience of the human spirit and shined a bright spotlight on community pride. Exhibition on view through June 2018 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ONE Archives LGBTQ History Panels at West Hollywood Park | Photo courtesy of DCA

ONE Archives LGBTQ History Panels (through June 30, 2018)

The City of West Hollywood through One City One Pride has sponsored two outdoor exhibitions of LGBTQ History Panels from ONE Archives. These panels will be displayed during the month of June on temporary construction fencing surrounding West Hollywood Park. Check website for times. One City One Pride is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts Program with input from the City’s Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board, Transgender Advisory Board, and other community partners.

Gran Fury, "Kissing Doesn’t Kill," 1989–90. Offset lithograph, 11 ½ x 37 inches. ONE Poster Collection, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism - ONE Gallery (through July 1, 2018)

Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism examines thirty years of inspiring and defiant safer sex and harm reduction activism. Now on view at the ONE Gallery, the exhibition presents safer sex posters, comics, brochures, videos, PSAs, and safer sex and clean needle kits, among other archival items, all from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.

"Adelaide Drive: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy" | Photo courtesy of DCA

Adelaide Drive: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy - West Hollywood Library (through June 30, 2018)

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division presents "Adelaide Drive: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy," a new exhibition featuring photography by Wayne Shimabukuro and original artwork by Don Bachardy. Bachardy and Isherwood, the acclaimed novelist, were a couple for more than 30 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. They lived together in Santa Monica on Adelaide Drive, which provides the name of the exhibit. "Adelaide Drive" is part of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.

Circus of Books in WeHo | Instagram by @kaytebaker

Tiny Tim’s Showcase - Circus of Books (through June 30, 2018)

On March 11, 1944, a swastika was painted across 8230 Santa Monica Blvd, the home of Tiny Tim’s Showcase Theater “devoted to amateur presentations.” At the same address, over 30 years later, a heterosexual Jewish couple opened Circus of Books – which would become a cultural touchstone for WeHo’s LGBTQ community as well as a target for anti-pornography crackdowns and homophobia. Tiny Tim’s Showcase is a window display and performance series that reimagines the history of this corner, from the 1920s to the present.

David Hockney, "Barry Humphries," 26-28 March, 2015. © David Hockney | Photo by Richard Schmidt, courtesy of LACMA

David Hockney, 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life - LACMA (through July 29, 2018)

Now on view at LACMA, "David Hockney, 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life" offers a vibrant and intimate view of people with whom the artist has developed relationships over the past 50 years. The majority of the portraits were painted in Hockney’s Los Angeles studio, all from life and over a period of two or three days, which the artist has described as “a 20-hour exposure.” None of Hockney’s portraits are commissioned; for this series, he invited family, members of his staff, and close friends to sit for him—including several curators, art dealers, and collectors with local and international renown.

"Cabaret" | Photo courtesy of Celebration Theatre

"Cabaret" - Celebration Theatre (through July 15, 2018)

Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. This is the Kit Kat Klub - the seediest, sexiest nightclub in Berlin. In here, life isn’t just beautiful - it’s downright dangerous. If you’re not careful, you could lose your perspective on the world outside. Fight that urge. RESIST. Celebration Theatre presents Cabaret, Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before. Directed by multiple Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews. Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m., Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m.

Premium Side Seating tickets: Sit onstage at the Kit Kat Klub with limited side table seating! These premium seats give audience members an up-close experience and include complimentary table service before the show and during intermission.

Photo courtesy of Hollywood Fringe

Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 7-24, 2018)

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. There are over 2,000 performances at over 375 different venues. Visit the Hollywood Fringe website for venues, times and pricing.

Venice Pride Lifeguard Tower | Photo courtesy of DCA

Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower Dedication to Bill Rosendahl (June 15, 2018)

Located north of the Skate Park at the end of Brooks Avenue, the Venice Pride Lifeguard Tower has become a social media sensation since it was unveiled one year ago. Venice Pride, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and Councilmember Mike Bonin will be unveiling the plaque to officially dedicate the monument and that segment of the beach in the loving memory of Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man elected to the LA City Council.

"New Works: Jerome AB & Spenser Theberge" | Photo courtesy of Queer Biennial

Queer Biennial 2018: What if Utopia (June 2018)

Taking place throughout June at venues across L.A., the Queer Biennial is an international survey focusing on the current moments in LGBTQ art and culture that showcases emerging, mid-career, and established artists.This third installment of the Queer Biennial - titled “What if Utopia” - asks the invited artists/writers/performers to explore their own sensibilities of an ideal, otherworldly landscape and examine ideas of a Queer Utopia. This theme is proposed in broad terms, leaving participants to explore it in the abstract: the carnal, the cerebral, the fantastical, the optical. For the full schedule and venues, visit the Queer Biennial website. https://queerbiennial.org/schedule/

"The Pink Carpet: The Portrayal of LGBT People in Film" | Photo courtesy of GMCLA

The Pink Carpet: The Portrayal of LGBT People in Film (June 23-24, 2018)

Hollywood has perpetuated gay and lesbian stereotypes, pushed the boundaries of social norms, blurred the lines of gender roles, and created groundbreaking queer films. The Pink Carpet, GMCLA’s summer concert event at The Alex Theatre, highlights many of the iconic films that have depicted LGBTQ culture. We’re joined by Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and LGBTQ activist Leslie Jordan for an unforgettable experience. Bring family and friends, and we’ll skip down the Pink Carpet together! Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Hour | Photo courtesy of DCA

Drag Queen Story Hour - West Hollywood Library (June 23, 2018)

Join the library for a fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour to celebrate the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride. From 11am to noon, enjoy the children’s storytelling and art activity event that has been sweeping the nation. For children of all ages. Free admission, no registration necessary.

Photo courtesy of "Alaska is a Drag"

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival (June 23, 2018)

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) spotlights LGBTQ+ cinema and also highlights post production in partnership with the Los Angeles Post Production Group. The night begins with the InFocus: LGBTQ+ shorts program, which features both narrative and nonfiction stories of struggle, triumph and personal relationships. Next up is a shorts program of films that each exemplify strong elements of post production, in celebration of the Los Angeles Post Production Group’s tenth anniversary. From sound and music to editing, VFX and stop-motion animation post-production, the program represents a wide range of skills that make films come alive once shooting wraps.

The evening's feature film, Alaska is a Drag tells the story of a drag performer in small-town Alaska who must survive his surroundings and find a way to follow his dreams. Tickets are only $5 for Single Film Programs and $15 for all films with open bar!

Studio 54: The Documentary

Outfest LA LGBTQ Film Festival (July 12-22, 2018)

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is 11 days of can't-miss world-class films, panels and parties. Taking place July 12-22, Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people. Outfest Los Angeles is the oldest film festival in L.A. and is considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world. Outfest Los Angeles screens at state-of-the-art venues across the city, taking advantage of historic venues and industry exclusive theatres along with the newly remodeled, outdoor Ford Theatre and REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The 2018 festival will open at the Orpheum Theatre with Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary, Studio 54, featuring interviews with many of the legendary nightclub’s famous patrons, as well as those who worked behind the scenes during its heyday. Outfest will close on July 22 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The unapologetically bold take on the topic of conversion therapy stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr., and Forrest Goodluck. For the full festival schedule, visit the Outfest Los Angeles website.