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LA Pride Celebrates 45th Anniversary

25 May

This year’s LA Pride festival features diverse talent from Grammy-winning singers to hip-hop stars and pop divas to nostalgic classics. Participants will hear performances from singer-songwriter and pop-rock sensation Kesha along with Fifth Harmony Tamar Braxton, Wilson Phillips, and many more will hit the festival’s Delta Air Lines main stage between June 12-14, 2015! Latin superstar Ana Barbara headlines the Latino Carnival stage.

Christopher Street West celebrates the 45th Anniversary of LA PRIDE with announcement of its most iconic and honored roles within the weekend festivities, the Parade Grand Marshal and Community Grand Marshal. Two titles awarded to individuals or a group to acknowledge their efforts in championing TLGB rights and equality. This year the organization is honored to announce the official 2015 Grand Marshal, Reverend Troy Perry & Zoey. In addition to the Grand Marshal, the organization is pleased to announce its Community Grand Marshal, the cast & crew of Amazon’s hit show, Transparent.

More information on this year’s TLGB event can be found at http://www.lapride.org.

Color: Our World with Pride in Long Beach

17 May

The 32nd annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival, the city’s second-largest event, attracted LGBT and their friends from throughout the region. Along the festival grounds there were numerous food vendors, a family-friendly space and five dance areas (urban/soul, Latin, country and electronica), including a main stage. Saturday’s headliner was Salt-N-Pepa (80s and 90s duo with hits including “Push It” and “Let’s Talk About Sex”, and Sunday’s headliner was Patti LaBelle (Grammy-winning musician whose career spans over 50 years).

White Party Water Park Event Introduced April 25th

13 Apr

Less than 2 weeks from today on Saturday, April 25th, Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party and Out on the Mountain take over Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs waterpark during White Party weekend. DJ Ray Rhodes, DJ GRIND, and DJ Gustavo Scorpio are supplying the music. Unlike the other White Party events that are 21+, this event is 18+. Advanced tickets with a special $45 discount price here (before price goes up to $60): http://www.outonthemountain.com/water.html.

Wet n Wild Palm Springs White Party Water Park

White Party Water Park – Wet ‘n’ Wild Event on Saturday, April 25th with Jeffrey Sanker and Out on the Mountain

Palm Springs Pride Remembers Stonewall

10 Nov

Palm Springs Pride paid tribute to the days of Stonewall and remembering the events from 45 years ago in its theme “I am Pride: Stonewall 45″. At its new location in downtown Palm Springs, the new parade route along Palm Canyon Drive brought tens of thousands along the route and at the two-day festival. The 28th anniversary celebration included entertainment from The Psychedelic Furs, Frankmusik, Steed Lord, Scavenger Hunt, Amanda Lepore, and Jeremiah Clark.

Reflections of Pride @ San Diego Pride

21 Jul

San Diego Pride celebrated its 40th anniversary with its 2014′s theme of “Reflections of Pride” in full display. Among its guests included San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s participating in the Pride parade. In all, over 200,000 participated in the weekend’s activities.

LA Pride Readies With Entertainers and TLGB Education

3 Jun


LA Pride is already in full swing with events that commenced on Harvey Milk Day, May 22nd. This year’s featured events from June 6-8, LA Pride will be a TLGB celebration, as Christopher Street West officials look to highlight the “trials, plights and challenges” of the transgender community, consultant Sam Borelli said.

“The least we can do is put the ‘T’ first and let people know that there are hate crimes happening in this community,” he said, referencing the Transgender Day of Remembrance and the hundreds of transgender people who are killed through violence annually. “You have to take it into your heart.”

While education and awareness are major components of LA Pride, the event is also known for its entertainment and fun. On Friday June 6, it is Women’s night with free entertainment. Mary Lambert, Betty Who, Z LaLa, Monogem and Marley Munroe will perform. On Saturday June 7, Azealia Banks, Jennifer Hudson, Katja Glieson, Kingdoms, Jeremy Thurber, Lunden Reign, Charmaine, The Freaky Boiz and KORR-A will hit the stage. On Sunday June 8, the parade begins at 11 a.m. with grand marshal Demi Lovato. Danity Kane, The Bangles, Kristinia DeBarge, Derek Jameson, Glass Battles, Teammate and Ryan Cassata will entertain the Sunday crowds. Deborah Cox and Marisela will headline the Latino Carnival stage.

Coupled with the city of West Hollywood’s One City, One Pride celebration, there will be Pride events ongoing just about every day from now through the end of June. For information, visit www.lapride.org.

Karmin Highlights 15th Annual Pride Night at California’s Great America

24 May

California’s Great America celebrated the 15th anniversary of Pride Night on Friday, May 23rd, kicking off Pride Month for the Bay Area. The event brought out thousands in the Santa Jose, Santa Clara, and nearby areas for a night of LGBT fun with various entertainment acts.

Pop duo Karmin, which has struck platinum and recorded two #1 dance hits, including Brokenhearted and Hello, rocked the main stage. Igniting the blogosphere in 2011, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube that went viral. The duo has also performed on national television for Ellen DeGeneres and Saturday Night Live.

E! network star Ross Mathews, star of the hit show Hello Ross served as Master of Ceremonies. Mathews, the former Tonight Show with Jay Leno intern, is also the best-selling author of Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence.

“We are proud to have hosted Pride Night for 15 years, an event that has become a tradition in the Bay Area, and is reflective of its diversity,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

This year’s lineup also included British pop star Neon Hitch, drag queen pop group DWV (Detox, Willam, Vicky Vox), DJ Luis Perez, and Bay Area drag queen Pollo Del Mar.

Demi Lovato Named LA PRIDE Grand Marshal

20 May

Multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato will join the LA PRIDE parade as Grand Marshal and her participation will include a special performance. In honor of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, two of the largest Pride events in the world — LA PRIDE and NYC PRIDE — joined forces in this year’s LGBT Pride celebrations with Demi Lovato. Lovato will also headline perform at NYC Pride’s legendary Dance on the Pier on Pier 26 in Tribeca.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of both LA and NYC PRIDE celebrations this year,” says Lovato. “I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin. I am thrilled to be a part of both events as they are a wonderful celebration of independence and self-confidence.”

Long Beach Pride Draws 80,000

18 May

As the second-largest event in the city, the 31st Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade attracted about 80,000 people this weekend. The two-day festival along Shoreline Drive was headlined by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, New York hip-hop artist Cazwell, and pop singer Dev.

A lot has changed since the first parade that lasted just 30 minutes, and the two-day festival drew 5,000 people to Palm Island, which was located at the end of Pine Avenue in what is now Shoreline Drive. During the second parade, pride co-founder and president Judi Doyle wore a bulletproof vest after receiving an anonymous, threatening message on the Pride office answering machine.

For many in the crowd, the public’s acceptance of the parade, and of gays and lesbians in general, could not be more evident. The event draws named performers. The city itself is more diverse. The City Council has two members who are out: Vice Mayor Robert Garcia (who is a candidate for Mayor) and Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.

Reflections of Pride – Long Beach Pride Coming May 17 and 18

1 May

One of the area’s largest Pride events, Long Beach Pride, returns this May 17-18 with a slate of performers including Kelly Rowland, Dev, Cazwell, and Alec Mapa. Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days.