L.A. Pride is taking to the streets.
Previously, Los Angeles's annual Pride celebration had canceled all nondigital events in response to the pandemic. However, the protests against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd have galvanized its organizer, Christopher Street West, to hold a solidarity march.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in L.A., making the demonstration even more significant, said Estevan Montemayor, president of CSW's Board of Directors.
“Fifty years ago Christopher Street West took to the streets of Hollywood Blvd in order to peacefully protest against police brutality and oppression,” Montemayor said in a statement.
“It is our moral imperative to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who bravely led the Stonewall uprising, by standing in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and joining the fight for meaningful and long-lasting reform.”
The protest will be held Sunday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific time. It will commence in Hollywood at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue — where the city's first permitted Pride march took place — and conclude in West Hollywood at the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards.
Organizers and the California Department of Public Health recommend that marchers wear masks or some form of face covering.
In 2017, L.A. Pride also shifted from a corporate-sponsored parade to a Resist March in response to the presidential election of Donald Trump, who has pushed racist and anti-LGBTQ+ views and policies from the nation's highest seat of power.