History of Gay Pride in L.A.
Los Angeles celebrates Gay Pride in early June, to honor what many consider to be one of the foremost events in the history of lesbian and gay rights: the Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28, 1969, at Manhattan's Stonewall gay bar. Los Angeles Gay Pride was begun just a year after Stonewall, in 1970, and has been growing stronger ever since—this year will be the 46th anniversary of LA Pride. Produced by Christopher Street West, the celebration takes place in L.A.'s most gay-identified area, the city of West Hollywood. In 2018, events will take place the weekend of June 9-10.
LA Pride Preview
More details about LA Pride in 2018 will be posted here as they are made available. In the meantime, here's a look back at past events:
The LA Pride Music Festival occurs over Saturday and Sunday in the heart of West Hollywood at West Hollywood Park (along the west side of San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue). This festival, which costs $25 per day (you can buy tickets from the official Pride site), features nearly 200 community and gay-friendly business exhibitors, plus plenty of big-name entertainment on a variety of stages. Past headliners include Aaron Carter, Brandy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Krewella, Shamir, Hailee Steinfeld, and dozens of other performers.
The Annual Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, at 11 a.m., beginning at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard, and running for several blocks west along Santa Monica Boulevard to the corner of Robertson Boulevard.
Where to Stay
Looking for a hotel during Pride? There are plenty of affordable, LGBTQ-friendly rooms to choose from.
- Ramada Plaza Hotel is located just steps from many restaurants and gay-friendly shops.
- The Standard is known for its retro-cool vibe and party scene, which will be even more social during LA Pride.
- San Vicente Bungalows is around the corner from many gay bars, yet the hotel—which is fresh off a full renovation and interior design update—has a relaxed feel, with a quiet courtyard pool.
Los Angeles Gay Resources
You can count on the fact that many gay bars, as well as gay-popular restaurants, hip hotels, and shops, have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as the Pride LA and Lesbian News for details. Also take a look at the outstanding LGBTQ site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the West Hollywood CVB, as well as the similarly useful Gay L.A. guide, created by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
You'll find lots of information on the local scene in the West Hollywood Gay Guide, too.