The Guide to LA Pride in Los Angeles

#JustUnite at LA Pride 2019!

LA Pride in WeHo Love is Love

Love is Love | Photo: LA Pride, 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 by Christopher Street West (CSW), an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across Greater Los Angeles. CSW produces the LA Pride Parade and Festival every June in West Hollywood.

Read on for the guide to LA Pride 2019, from official LA Pride community and partnered events in WeHo to celebrations across the city.

SLS has PRIDE



SLS Beverly Hills welcomes the LGBT community during LA Pride with the exclusive SLS has Pride offer. Conveniently located just minutes away from West Hollywood hot spots, the LA Pride Parade route, and endless shopping destinations to get you ready for the day and night ahead, SLS Beverly Hills is a prime location for your LA Pride Month visit. The hotel will provide transportation to The Abbey and VIP Access to get the festivities started, and a gourmet breakfast for two at Tres SLS from Chef José Andrés for the morning after. To book this offer call 866-716-8136 and ask for Promo Code: PRIDE.

For more LA Pride hotel deals, check out the Visit West Hollywood guide.

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center, Facebook

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center, Facebook

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich - Skirball Cultural Center (Through Sept. 1, 2019)



Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922–1985) introduced the topless swimsuit, the thong, unisex clothing, pantsuits for women, and enough inventive clothing to earn him a worldwide reputation. His democratic and dynamic fashions continue to resonate today. Now on view at the Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich explores the visionary and progressive fashion ensembles that trespassed rigid social expectations and liberated those who wore his clothing.

The exhibition spans Gernreich's early career as a dancer for the Lester Horton Dance Theatre to his role as a founding member of The Mattachine Society, a gay rights organization. The exhibition features more than 50 Gernreich ensembles, along with accessories, original sketches, photographs, ephemera, and newly filmed interviews of friends and colleagues.

All mannequins for this exhibition were custom produced with flat feet—a deviation from industry standard. Flat feet were a design feature Gernreich emphasized, dressing his models barefoot or in sensible short-heeled or flat shoes.

Affirming women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community as full participants in the public sphere, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich celebrates how the designer utilized fashion to embrace cultural diversity and social inclusion.

One City One Pride Day of Art

Photo: One City One Pride, Facebook

One City One Pride (May 22 - June 30, 2019)



The City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival celebrates Pride in 2019 with the festival theme “Love is Love,” celebrating the universal bond that unites us, especially during this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots. One City One Pride features art events and exhibits - mostly free! - from May 22 to June 30 (Harvey Milk Day through the end of June Pride month). For a full listing of One City One Pride events, visit https://pride.weho.org.

Still from Jacolby Satterwhite "Blessed Avenue"

Still from Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue (2018) | Video: Morán Morán

Flutter (Opens June 1, 2019)

Opening on June 1, FLUTTER is an innovative, immersive art experience that’s designed for anyone in search of an environment that evokes pure happiness and joy. Inspired by the theme “Where Art and Happiness Meet,” FLUTTER is a ticketed exhibition with installations that will run for six months before the next phase of artists are introduced. Suitable for visitors of all ages, FLUTTER is a sensory journey spanning multiple mediums, including Virtual Reality, projection mapping, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), climbable furniture as well as a giant sphinx, DayGlo lighting and architectural structures.

The inaugural installation includes the work of 15 contemporary artists, including Candy Chang, Cyril Lancelin of Town & Concrete, Elise Peterson, Guillermo Santoma (presented by etage projects), Jacolby Satterwhite, Jillian Mayer, Katie Stout, Leah Guadagnoli, digital media duo Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger (in collaboration with Aniol Saurina Masó), Liz Collins, Saya Woolfalk, as well as Job Piston in collaboration with the award-winning architecture studio, Charlap Hyman & Herrero along with NAR, the NYC-based trans producer, musician and DJ widely known for his work with Rihanna’s Fenty collection. Each artist will take over a space within FLUTTER’s 1920s Art Deco space (217 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles 90036) with one mantra in mind – the play-date.

A percentage of FLUTTER proceeds will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation, founded in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Each participating artist will donate artwork to be auctioned in November 2019 with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization.

"Unknown" from "On the Inside" at Craft Contemporary

Armando M, "Unknown" from On the Inside at Craft Contemporary | Photo: Craft Contemporary, Facebook

On the Inside - Craft Contemporary (June 2 - Sept. 8, 2019)



Opening June 2, Craft Contemporary presents On the Inside, a group of 110 portrait drawings by LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated. In a nation that incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, LGBTQ+ prisoners face a greater risk of physical and sexual victimization. They are more likely to experience assault and abuse by corrections officers as well as other prisoners, and less likely to have support from family and friends on the outside, due to their sexuality or gender identity. Behind bars, their identities are stripped away, and they become just another number in the system.

The art exhibited at On the Inside is made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars - mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ballpoint pen ink tubes (the hard shell is deemed too dangerous), and unlikely innovations such as using an asthma inhaler with Kool-Aid to create an airbrushed painting.

On the Inside is the culmination of a multi-year project conceived by Tatiana von Furstenberg in collaboration with Black and Pink. The project started with a small ad in the Black and Pink newsletter, a monthly publication filled with prisoner-generated content, sharing stories about prison life. Ignited and inspired by this call for art, more than four thousand pieces were submitted. Our forgotten brothers and sisters seized the opportunity to be heard, giving birth to this collective exhibition.

The Abbey Food & Bar Pride Weekend 2019

Pride Weekend | Photo: The Abbey Food & Bar, Facebook

Pride Weekend at The Abbey (June 7-9, 2019)



The Abbey Food & Bar, the world-famous LGBTQ icon located on Robertson, is celebrating all during Pride Weekend, from Friday-Sunday, June 7-9. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $20, tickets are now on sale at The Abbey website. Admission includes entry to The Chapel at The Abbey.

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul | Photo: Studio 10 Australia

LA Pride Opening Ceremony (June 7, 2019)



Kick off LA Pride Weekend at the FREE Opening Ceremony! Head on over to West Hollywood Park for a night of entertainment, programming, and festivities before the LA Pride Festival opens its doors the next day. Taking place from 8-11pm, the event will include an official “Opening Ceremony," non-stop entertainment with the WeHo Vogue Ball & Drag Show, local DJs, live performances, dancing, and special surprise guests; and a special 60-minute concert by the one and only Paula Abdul!

It Gets Better: A Poolside Pride Celebration 2019

Photo: It Gets Better Project, Facebook

It Gets Better, a Poolside Pride Celebration - The Standard, Hollywood (June 8, 2019)



The It Gets Better Project and The Standard, Hollywood invite you to celebrate LA Pride on Saturday, June 8 at the 4th annual It Gets Better: A Poolside Pride Celebration. Help celebrate Pride, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. Together we can show LGBTQ+ youth around the world that it does, indeed, get better. Guests will enjoy activations with sponsors including Showtime and MeUndies, complimentary specialty cocktails hosted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, VIP giveaway bags and more. Stay tuned for more announcements and updates, including celebrity guests hosts and a special DJ set you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite. Proceeds support the mission of the It Gets Better Project — to uplift, empower and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe. Guests must be with the purchaser of the ticket to enter event. 21 and over with valid ID.

Pride on the Boulevard (June 8-9, 2019)

LA Pride and the City of West Hollywood have teamed up to host the first-ever FREE-to-the-public “Pride on the Boulevard”! Throughout LA Pride Weekend 2019 there will be exhibitors, local artist performances, DJs, beer gardens, rides and attractions, a health and wellness fair, and more along Santa Monica Boulevard (between Robertson and Hancock) in West Hollywood. More details about this new event TBA.

LA Pride in WeHo Love is Love

Love is Love | Photo: LA Pride, Facebook

LA Pride Festival (June 8-9, 2019)



On Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, the 2019 LA Pride Festival will get into full swing at West Hollywood Park for two days of non-stop entertainment and fun for the entire family – including amazing food, refreshing drinks, and enough activities to keep attendees busy all day. The diverse group of LGBTQ+ and allied performers taking the stage includes headliners GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Meghan Trainor (June 8) and British electronic pop trio Years & Years (June 9) — along with GRAMMY® winner Ashanti, plus Amara La Negra, Dej Loaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK, Pabllo Vittar, and Ah-Mer-Ah-Su with more to be announced.

Single day and weekend passes are now on sale, as well as a $250 VIP Backstage Experience, which includes exclusive backstage access, two complimentary SKYY Vodka cocktails, VIP Parade Viewing Party and more.

LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood

Photo: LA Pride, Facebook

LA Pride Parade (June 9, 2019)

The annual LA Pride Parade – telling this year’s #JUSTUNITE story – returns to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on Sunday, June 9. This is one of the highlight events of LA Pride Week 2019 and definitely should not be missed. Be sure to arrive early to get a great spot along the parade route. This year's Community Grand Marshal, Phill Wilson is an LA-based activist whose career began after he and his partner were diagnosed with AIDS in the early 1980s. The Organizational Grand Marshal, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has supported the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles since 1969 and today provides services and programs for more LGBTQ people than any other organization in the world. The Celebrity Grand Marshal is Ryan O’Connell, an actor, writer, and producer who can currently be seen starring in the Netflix series SPECIAL, which he wrote and executive produced. 

Come create a memorable #JUSTUNITE moment as thousands from LA’s LGBTQ+ community – including straight allies – come together in the spirit of unity and togetherness. After all, that’s what Pride is all about!

Bibo Ergo Sum Pride Pin

Pride Pin to raise funds for the Los Angeles LGBT Center | Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Bibo Ergo Sum (June 9, 2019)



On Sunday, June 9, Bibo Ergo Sum is partnering with Kyle Krieger to host an event to benefit the local LGBTQ community. Sponsored by Seedlip and Singani, 50% of the proceeds from the featured menu of specialty cocktails will go to the LGBT Center of Los Angeles. Kyle will be hosting the evening with popular drag queen, Ongina to raise funds for the center and celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Additionally, earlier this spring Bibo introduced their Pride pins. The pins, which cost $8 and bear the Bibo logo, can be purchased at the bar at any time – as well as at the June 9 event – and will continue to be available over the course of the entire summer, also to benefit the LGBT Center of Los Angeles.

Akbar Bears in Space 10th Anniversary

Bears in Space 10th Anniversary at Akbar | Photo: Bears in Space, Facebook

Bears in Space 10th Anniversary at Akbar (June 9, 2019)



The DJ collective of Chris Bowen and Victor Rodriguez, Bears in Space is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a big way with the legendary DJ Harvey at Akbar on Sunday, June 9. Dubbed “the Keith Richards of dance music” by Rolling Stone, DJ Harvey describes his sound: “You can't understand the blues until you've had your heart broken and you can't understand my music until you’ve had group sex on Ecstasy.” The Afternoon Lot Party begins at 2pm, performances at 6pm. The party moves inside to the dance floor at 8pm and they'll go till they drop! Free entry before 3pm, $8 after.

OUT Under the Stars: "Hairspray" at Hollywood Forever

OUT Under the Stars: Hairspray at Hollywood Forever | Photo: Los Angeles LGBT Center, Facebook

OUT Under the Stars: "Hairspray" at Hollywood Forever (June 21, 2019)



On Friday, June 21 the Los Angeles LGBT Center presents OUT Under the Stars, featuring a special screening of Hairspray (2007) at Hollywood Forever. It's 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion—to dance! This unforgettable summer movie night, benefiting the Center’s programs and services will feature amazing food and drink from LA vendors, DJ, celebrity guest appearances and more. Come early to relax and picnic while you enjoy the event and make sure to get free swag from our sponsors and participate in various photo activations. Center members giving $25+/month or more will enjoy complimentary and early admission to the screening. Tickets on sale at Eventbrite.

OUT at Angel City Brewery

OUT at Angel City Brewery | Photo: Los Angeles LGBT Center, Facebook

OUT at Angel City Brewery (June 23, 2019)



Join Angel City Brewery and the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Sunday, June 23 to celebrate Pride month under the summer sun. Enjoy a specially brewed LGBT Pride Beer and celebrate the LGBT community and the final day of L.A. Beer Week with live entertainment, comedians and more.

General admission is free. VIP tickets are on sale at Eventbrite and include guaranteed expedited entry, a limited-edition, signature stainless steel pint tumbler; one free beer, and the knowledge that your support has made a direct impact on the LGBT community. There will be plenty of giveaways to commemorate the day as well as OUT at Angel City t-shirts available for sale, with proceeds helping to support the Center. All are welcome, allies encouraged.