By Andrew Collins. West Hollywooda small city completely surrounded by Los Angelesis one of the great gay urban meccas of the world, a community bustling with gay-friendly and gay-oriented bars, restaurants, shops, and hotels. Here's a photographic tour of West Hollywood.
Pride Festival goers will be thinking love and inclusivity, but cops will be focused on shutting down terrorism by rolling out some new tactics for this weekend's events. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ County Sheriff's Department and their partners stepped up their game for the festival in West Hollywood -- including Sunday's parade -- to ensure it all goes off without a hitch.
Photo by Chris Tuite. The event delivered, with show-stopping performances from both Abdul and Todrick Hall. Adbul took to the stage in an hour-long set that dazzled the adoring crowds.
The first pride parade in Los Angeles was on June 28, Los Angeles' first pride parade, and the world's first gay pride parade, was on June 28, The ACLU got involved.
Wedged snugly between two of the most popular gay bars on Santa Monica Boulevard is Block Party, the "gayest" store in West Hollywood, selling men's tank tops, swimwear and short shorts, party-themed cowboy hats and everything Pride from rainbow beanie babies to vivid striped jumpsuits. On this stretch of what is loosely considered Boystown in the historically gay city, these three doors are some of the last gay-owned and gay-oriented businesses after a steady march of mainstream restaurants, bars and other retail have moved in. Most of the other gay-owned clothing and retail owners have closed.
Valerie Susan Terrigno born was elected to the first city council of West HollywoodCalifornia when it was incorporated in She was selected by the council to be the mayor, making her the first openly lesbian mayor of an incorporated municipality in the United States. Her best-known action as mayor was, after the city council passed an anti-discrimination ordinancetaking down a controversial anti-gay sign, " Faggots Stay Out," that was posted in a local landmark restaurant, Barney's Beanery.
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The parade began at 11 a. The theme is a call "to set aside our differences and celebrate what truly unites us" and "to stop working against each other and, instead, start working with each other to make our community stronger and more resilient than ever before," according to festival organizers. Actor and writer Ryan O'Connell was the celebrity grand marshal.
We caught up with some of the artists who performed at the event, including The VeronicasGreyson Chance and Sir Babygirl to learn what Pride means to them, what musicians made them feel they had a place in music, and more. One of the most beautiful things to witness at LA Pride is so many different people coming together and celebrating each other, celebrating love of all kinds, including self-love. The event showcased a colorful sea of self-expression, both on and off stage, with so many attendees and performers offering empowering and supportive messages to each other. I always think that the people that love and care about you are always going to get it," Ashley told us.