This second edition of DTLA Proud is deemed a success. Read about it below.
The Pride Parade in Los Angeles and West Hollywood was folded into the Resistance march this year and thus had an appropriately political tone. That was the good and right thing to do. So for those folks who still wanted a crazy hot and juicy event at which to flirt and frolic, DTLA Proud was most welcome. After all, LGBT folks cruising other LGBT folks is part of resisting.
Special sections and events included the Artist Alley, a curated section within the festival grounds that featured a diverse collection of locally based artists, designers, fashionistas, and craft makers all under one roof; “The Run,” an L.A.-focused queer history section in collaboration with the One Archive presenting images and stories of individuals, groups, events, and places from each neighborhood in and around downtown Los Angeles; and Summertramp, a pansexual paradise of decadence and delight featuring guest parties Milk Milk, Akbar's Bears in Space, and with giant waterslides and above-ground pool action.