The best of LA Pride in West Hollywood 2019. It was finally time for our first Gay Pride Festival in summer 2019. After our winter premiere in January at Whistler Pride in Canada, we’ve successfully attended Los Angeles Pride and its colorful queer parade through West Hollywood along Santa Monica Boulevard. And we have to admit, LA Pride in the South Western part of the USA was one of our best gay pride festivals ever! After attending Harvey Milk’s Castro Street Fair in San Francisco a few years ago, we were curious how queer and open-minded West Hollywood, LA would be. To be honest, we never expected such a diverse and welcoming crowd. The fantastic summer weather with blue sky and temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius as well as all the uncountable happy faces of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies made this peaceful march a big success.
Starting on Santa Monica Boulevard, the gay pride parade with thousands of spectators and demonstrators made its way west to The Abbey, into West Hollywood’s gay neighborhood. The parade was full of political messages with self-made posters, huge rainbow signs, some floats with Drag Queens, and many politicians who joined the colorful celebration. But let us show you what we are talking about! Enjoy our best photos of LA Pride West Hollywood and see the Californian rainbow parade and the street festival through a Couple of Men‘s eyes.
LA Pride West Hollywood: Best of this year’s edition
Following LA Pride’s website, Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized in LA the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay (LGBTQ+) rights already on June 28, 1970. The Los Angeles pride parade back then was meant to be a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City in June 1969. Since then, LA Pride has built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, in California, and the USA.
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Staying proud for over 50 years!
From 1970 until today, the LA Pride Parade and Festival takes place every June in the City of West Hollywood. We are so happy and proud to experience this colorful and queer LGBTQ+ event for the first time in 2019, almost 49 years after the first (gay) pride in Los Angeles!
Hold on to your fire hose at LA Pride!
LA weather can be sizzling during pride month. The Los Angeles Fire Department attended Pride with some of their sexiest firefighters supporting LGBTQ+ rights. Anybody needs a hose down?!
Important projects, important allies!
The LA Pride Parade had a good mix of big corporate companies, politicians, important projects and non-profit organizations like The Trevor Project and Free Mom Hugs! AND sooooo many rainbow and other pride flags of the community. We do need our allies and we were happy, proud, and grateful to see all of them in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard!
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Everybody is welcome in LA Pride West Hollywood!
Although there were some anti-LGBTQ+ signs and one guy with a megaphone shouting anti-LGBTQ+ and pro-religious words into the blue, everybody else was being fully inclusive making clear that whoever you are and whoever you love or have sex with, we celebrate our diversity and there is no one who will stop us fighting for equality! A police officer on her motorbike came to shut the hate speeches down by putting on her serene right in front of them. You can imagine the loud applause from the rainbow crowd.
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Did you ever attend Los Angeles Pride in West Hollywood?
We are curious: Did you ever attend LA Pride in Los Angeles/ West Hollywood? It was the first time for us, but definitely not the last time in Los Angeles. Lucky us, we still have some days to go. On our list: Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood, Santa Monica (Beach and Pier), and the one-day bike tour LA in a Day. California in summer is just wonderful, almost magical, especially when driving on a freeway toward the sunset.
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Karl & Daan.
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