October 19, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Why Have LGBTQ+ Pride Events?

Living in a hyper-liberal bubble like Long Beach, or the entirety of California for that matter, often creates an illusion of peace and acceptance.

Yet, it feels like everyday that we’re reading headlines about the Trump Admisistration and Health and Human Services opposing the Equality Act and other various pieces of protective legislation, or unexpected hate crimes and acts of violence. 

People outside the LGBTQ+ community will still ask, “why have a pride celebration?” Surely, we as a people want for nothing else. Hell, we can finally get married — are we just being greedy?

From the outside looking in, Pride is just one giant party. And at first approach, that’s exactly what it is. We’re celebrating; we got the promotion, we got engaged, found a surrogate, approved for them loan, didn’t get kicked out of the house after coming out, didn’t get beaten in the streets for holding our partner’s hand, didn’t get shot at during a night club. We celebrate what we can, for everywhere we look our brothers and sisters are systemically being snubbed out. But we often forget that here in sunny California. 

But Pride is so much more than rainbow flags and drunken hookups. It represents our voice, our power. At LGBTQ+ rallies, a popular chant is: “Together. United. We won’t be divided!” Pride parades and festivals are merely a physical apparition of this. 

The first time I attended Long Beach Pride, I teared up. The sheer amount of bliss and authenticity was overwhelming. Moving through heteronormative society, you forget how much of your personhood gets swallowed or glossed over on day to day basis. You begin to censor yourself, finding small closets or pockets to cram you “otherness” into so that you fit in during that staff meeting. But not during Pride. 

Pride is our time to shine — and boy do we. 

Related Posts

Team Trans* Walk-Out At Netflix In Hollywood

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Netflix’s trans employee resource group is planning a Team Trans* employee walk-out on October 20th at the Netflix building in...

WeHo Announces “Hybrid” City Council Meetings

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will begin ‘hybrid’ in-person and teleconference city council meetings.  Starting on Monday, October 18th the...

Annual Youth Halloween Carnival Hosted By WeHo

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will host the Annual Youth Halloween Carnival.  The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division...

Marathon Runners Heading To WeHo

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Runners in the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon presented by Asics will be making their way through the City of West...

Minor League Star Kieran Lovegrove Comes Out As Bisexual

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Minor league and MLB prospect baseball star Kieran Lovegrove has publicly come out as bisexual. Lovegrove opened up about his...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Opens New Facility In South Los Angeles

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Los Angeles LGBT Center has opened a new facility in South Los Angeles to serve the health needs of LGBT...

AIDS/LifeCycle Kick Off Ride

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

AIDS/LifeCycle is kicking off it’s 2022 training season to end AIDS on October 16th.  Riders can sign up for the...

WeHo Spreading The Word About Extended Residential Tenant Protections

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

County of Los Angeles extension of residential tenant protections will apply to West Hollywood residential tenants through January 31, 2022. ...

National Coming Out Day In Pasadena

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

Celebrate National Coming Out Day in Pasadena Memorial Park for its annual celebration. Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena Public Library...

WeHo To Support Cleanup and Wildlife Rescue Efforts After Orange County Oil Spill

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood Activates ‘West Hollywood Responds’, a program to encourage donations to support cleanup and wildlife rescue...

WeHo to Recognize October as Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood has announced that it would recognize October as Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness...

Restaurants In WeHo Showcase Delicious Specialties For dineL.A.

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood’s restaurants showcase delicious specialties for dineL.A, a twice-annual event with participating restaurants offering special prix...

UCLA Study Suggests Nearly Half of LGBT Renters Behind on Rent Fear Eviction Within 2 Months

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

By Susan Payne According to a recent UCLA study, nearly half of the LGBT renters in the United States who...

OUT On The Mountain At Six Flags Magic Mountian

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrated LGBTQ Pride with its annual OUT on the Mountain event on Friday, September 17th.  Out...

WeHo Will Host Four Rent Stabilization Ordinance Educational Seminars

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will host four Rent Stabilization Ordinance educational seminars in October 2021 — two aimed at...