The Guide to LA Pride in Los Angeles

#LoveWins during LA Pride 2021!

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LA LGBTQ Center, Anita May Rosenstein Campus. Courtesy Facebook

Los Angeles has a long and rich history in the LGBTQ+ community, from one of the country's earliest Pride demonstrations at the Black Cat bar in Silver Lake in 1967, to the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights that was organized in 1970. Read on for our can't-miss guide to in-person and virtual events for Pride Month. More events can be found here, at the DCA Heritage GuideLos Angeles Pride weekend is June 11-13, 2021. Our picks below.

The Abbey Pride Kick-Off Party, June 10

With LA Pride going virtual this year, get your pride weekend started off right at The Abbey Food & Bar, the world-famous LGBTQ icon located on Robertson. The festivities start at 9PM on Wednesday, June 10 and feature a lineup of guest DJs.

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TikTok's Thrive with Pride Concert (virtual) June 10

Kick off LA Pride 2021 with the free Thrive with Pride Concert, live streamed exclusively on TikTok and featuring headliner Charli XCX! Additional performances by Gia Woods, Love Bailey, Vincint, Benito Skinner (aka Benny Drama), with special appearances by Montana Tucker and Todrick Hall. The concert will be available on TikTok's Discover page. More info here at the LA Pride website.

6th annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium, June 2018
LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium | Photo: @Dodgers, Twitter

Dodger Stadium LGBTQ+ Pride Night, June 11

The Los Angeles Dodgers and LA Pride are once again inviting LGBTQ+ baseball fans to their 8th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, presented by Blue Shield of California. Come cheer the home team as they take on the Texas Rangers at 7:10PM. This year's festivities will include a formal recognition of LGBTQ+ First Responders as well as Friday night fireworks set to a special mix by DJ Bowie Jane. Special sections will be reserved for fully vaccinated fans and for children between the ages of 2 and 15 who can provide proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 (face masks still required).  More information at the website here.

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Tom of Finland Foundation, (virtual ) Sexology 101 through June 11

Online art broker Artsy is hosting "Sexology 101," an auction to benefit the iconic queer artist Tom of Finland Foundation, running through June 11 and curated by Brooke Wise. Browse through 21 works by 18 diverse and notable artists, all alums of Tom’s signature take on NSFW art. The auction's title is a play on a classic Sex Ed course and the 101 refers to both an introductory curriculum as well as the age Tom would have turned this year. Proceeds benefit the Foundation which serves to protect, preserve and promote art and artists in the LGBTQIA+ community. Find the auction at the website here.

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Redline, ReunionLA June 11

SOLD OUT. Straight from the Bay area comes ReunionLA, a day party for black queer and trans folks showcasing old school hip hop, R&B and soul music. This is founder DJ Kidd's first foray to the LA area. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at the Reunion LA event page.

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Akbar, Tutus N Heels Jun 12

Wave your freak flag high while raising funds for a good cause! Like its name suggests, Tutus 'N Heels participants will strut to three Silverlake locations (Akbar, The Eagle, Rough Trade), scantily clad in tutus and their favorite pumps for charity. Produced by Payasos LA and the current Eagle LA Mr. Leather, donations will go to fulfill Camp Brave Trails mission to offer summer camps, meet up groups, and leadership programming to LGBTQ+ youth. Register or donate at Tutus N Heels event website.

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Thrive with Pride Celebration (virtual) June 12

Join ABC7's Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, along with special guest host Raven-Symoné and Pride reporters Karl Schmid and Eric Resendiz in celebrating Pride in LA! This one-hour special will feature personal stories from LA's LGBTQ+ community, with special appearances from "Grey's Anatomy" star Jake Borelli, "Pose" cast members Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, "Everything's Going to be Okay" actor Adam Faison, and the cast of Hulu's "Love, Victor." With a special performances from LGBTQ+ ally and Backstreet Boy AJ McLean and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. More information here on the LA Pride website.


AKBAR Pride Party, June 13

Everyone's favorite gay hipster dive bar has finally reopened just in time for Pride season, with a host of outdoor dance parties to get us sweating again. Sway to your favorite Siouxsie or The Cure tracks at Day Goth Alfresco (June 6 from 5-10PM) or join Mario Diaz at his infamous Full Frontal Disco party (June 12). Akbar is also hosting its own Pride party on Sunday, June 13 as well as a Grindr Party on June 26.

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The Abbey, Proud Together June 17

Join Equality California and premiere presenting sponsor WeedMaps at Proud Together, EQCA's first in-person event in over a year. This limited capacity event, hosted by LA Pride favorite DJ Asha, takes place at The Chapel at The Abbey. $50 tickets include cocktails and appetizers, with 100% of the proceeds going to Equality California. More information here at Equality California's website.

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Trans Pride (virtual) June 17-19

This year, Trans Pride Los Angeles is holding a virtual celebration LA's vibrant TGI/ENBY+ community. Tune in June 17-19 to Trans Pride LA's instagram channel for three days of educational workshops and panels. This includes an advocacy-oriented Big Queer Convo, a community art gallery, special programming in honor of Juneteenth, and their famous VarieTy show! Hosted by the Trans* Lounge program, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s groundbreaking education & empowerment program dedicated to serving Los Angeles’ trans and gender expansive community.

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L Project L.A. Women's Freedom Festival, (virtual) June 19

L Project L.A. celebrates LGBTQI+BIPOC art, music, poetry and fashion at their annual Women's Freedom Festival, taking place Saturday, June 19. A full lineup of featured women/non-binary creators is available in their instagram. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased through their website; livestream will be available on L Project LA's channels starting at 11am.

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Redline, DTLA Proud June 24

This year, the folks at DTLA Proud will be celebrating pride a little differently. The usually raucous party will be cut down to two back-to-back shows at Redline,  at 7:30 and 9:30, hosted by local queen Tony Soto. Rubella Spreads will be behind the turntables and there's a performance by Johnny Sin-Rosa. Tickets start at $50 with 100% of the proceeds going toward DTLA Proud's efforts to create queer safe spaces. Cocktails and small appetizers provided.

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Pride is Universal, June 25

Ready for an after-hours event at Universal Studios Hollywood with rides, fun, and SURPRISES?! Limited number of specially priced tickets to the LGBTQ+ Night are now available! Check the LA Pride website for more information and tickets.

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LGBTQ Center (virtual) Love, Peace, and Soul June 25

On June 25th, join LGBTQ Center Senior Services and virtually shake your groove thing as they celebrate pride with sonic version of Flashback Friday. Expect special performances and raffle prizes! RSVP HERE by June 22 to receive event details. More information at the LA LGBTQ Center's website.

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Pride Picnic at Hollywood Forever June 27

Come enjoy some much needed quality time with your chosen queer family on the historic Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever! Choose a Pride Picnic Spot for up to six people, and enjoy tunes by DJ Asha, surprise pop-up drag performances by Amber Crane, Greasy Bouffanti, Lauren Banall and more! Bring your own blanket, chairs, food and drink. A VIP Pride Picnic Spot for 6 is available for a splurge and includes Tito’s Handmade Vodka bottle service, food truck vouchers, prime placement next to photo-op installation, 2 parking passes, and more. More Information here at the LA LGBTQ Center's Pride Picnic ticketing page.

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Catch One: "ONE" Mega Party, July 3

As part of LA Black Pride weekend, Catch One is hosting their ONE Mega Party in their Underground room. DJ Mike Q, DJ Carisma, West B will be at the turntables, and special guests and surprise celebrity appearances are expected. Tickets can be purchased at the LA Black Pride eventbrite page.