LA Pride Month Events That Celebrate Black LGBTQ
By Danielle Dorsey
International Pride Month is upon us and after an unseasonably damp month of May, Los Angeles couldn’t be more ready to celebrate. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, a series of uprisings led by trans women of color in New York City that inspired LGBTQ liberation movements all over the world. Perhaps more than usual, this Pride Month represents an opportunity to rejoice in how far we’ve come and let orange-hued naysayers know that we’re not losing steam anytime soon.
Here are our top picks for LA Pride Month events:
Friday, May 31: Pedal.Pulse.Pride Ride
Get your wheels spinning at the second annual Pedal Pulse Pride Ride hosted by People for Mobility Justice in honor of the lives lost at Pulse Nightclub and local loved ones. Join them at the Bicycle Kitchen in Silverlake as they share the milestones, stories, landmarks, and resources that are creating a more inclusive Los Angeles. The ride is free and you can register on Eventbrite here.
Sunday, June 2nd: Summertramp
Beat the heat at Summertramp’s ninth annual “Brigadoon of Decadence and Delight.” They’re bringing a pansexual waterpark extravaganza to Downtown LA, complete with a hidden astroturf oasis, above-ground pool, colossal inflatable water slide, giant inflatable slip ‘n’ slide, jumping castle, pool toys, water guns, and hot and heavy DJ sets. Taking place at the Escondite, Summertramp promises to keep your thirst quenched with two full bars, drink specials, and 2,000 free jello shots. Thankfully, they also have your grub covered and will offer cheap eats at a taco stand and ice cream truck. Attendees are encouraged to peacock and “dress inappropriately” for the photo booth. Entry is $15 before 1 pm and $20 after, or you can plan ahead and save by buying pre-sale here.
Tuesday, June 4: Globethotters: Pride Month Edition
Globethotters is a recurring LGBTQ Comedy Show for NBA fans that provides its own halftime entertainment. It’s a space centered around connecting the LGBTQ community through mainstream sports, which are typically not welcoming or supportive to LGBTQ folks. Hosted by LA couple Keegan and Smeza, Globethotters’ Pride Month edition promises to pack a punch with special performances by Moisture Boys and Cat Mahatta. The comedy night will be held at the aptly named Friend Bar from 7:30-10: 30 pm with no cover entry required.
Friday, June 7: Gay Asstrology Dance Party
Monthly LGBTQueer dance party Gay Asstrology is hosting a special Pride edition at The Satellite in Silverlake. No matter your zodiac sign, you’ll have a blast shaking your rump and immersing yourself in queer energy, community, and astrology. Geminis get in free all night and everyone gets a free “Gay Ass” button on their way in. The dance party is free to all before 10 pm, $5 until midnight and $10 afterward. Tickets are sold at the door.
Friday, June 7: Black Widow QTIPOC Kink Party
Hosted by The Uhuruverse, Black Widow is a QTIPOC kink party that promises to be a seductively good time. Held at West Hollywood gay haunt The Faultline he night will include live music performances, art installations, burlesque, go-gos, pro-dommes, and vendors to shop. Entry is $10 for POC and $20 for allies. Tickets sold at the door.
Friday, June 7: Lez Croix: LA Pride at Catch One
To celebrate 50 years since Stonewall, Lez Croix is hosting their annual Pride Party at the historic Catch One Nightclub. Their massive line-up boasts an abundance of radical queer talent (Quay Dash, Michatron, and Your Muther to name a few) playing in three different rooms and a huge patio with a vendor village hosted by @420_queer and friends. Early bird and pre-sale have sold out, but you can still snag general admission tickets here.
Fri, June 7-Sun, June 9: LA Pride Festival and Parade in West Hollywood
Los Angeles held its first Pride Parade exactly one year after the Stonewall Rebellion. This year they plan to continue their mission of creating safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression while inspiring an authentic sense of activism in the continued fight for equality, and celebrating the diverse cultures of LA’s LGBTQ community and its allies. This year’s theme is #JustUnite and the festival will be filmed for the first time by ABC. The festival boasts big name talents such as Megan Trainor, Paula Abdul, and Ashanti. Visit their website for more details.
Monday, June 10: Special Pride Edition of School Night
KCRW’s free weekly concert series School Night is hosting a special Pride edition on Monday, June 10th. It’s serving as the video release party for TriOrca (who will also be making their LA debut) and video release show for Tolliver, with Object as Subject and Desi Valentine headlining. School Night is free with RSVP.
Friday, June 14: Queer as Hell: Kinksters in the Night
If you’re looking to spice up your Pride Month itinerary, Queer as Hell offers a safe, inclusive pride play party where the needs and wants of QTPOC are placed front and center. The party is hosted by local groups 4c, Obsidian, and FRESH MEAT and serves as the debut of their new space. That means new equipment and a lineup of “Queer as Hell” DJs to keep you dancing throughout the night. Every attendee must register in order to receive a ticket link and white allies must be sponsored and attend with a QTPOC. Register here.