Wednesday, December 8, 2021

LA Pride parade in 2022 after two years of hiatus due to COVID-19

Organizers said on Friday that after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, LA Pride will hold a personal parade in the summer of 2022.

The announcement comes in connection with the return of large-scale events, including the Los Angeles Marathon this weekend, the Rose Parade and the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers games with fans in the stands.

“We know the SoCal LGBTQ + community missed out on this annual moment, so we’re absolutely delighted to schedule its return after a two-year hiatus,” said Sharon-Franklin Brown, CEO of Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that produces LA Pride. “This is such a personal gathering of the community, and it means so much to come together in person in such a great capacity.”

According to organizers, LA Pride 2022 will take place June 10-12 and will include a music event.

The massive street parade, one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country, draws hundreds of thousands of spectators every summer.

The LA Pride in-person events were canceled in the summer of 2020 and replaced with a “virtual parade” that was broadcast live during the parade’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The parade was scheduled to take place this summer, two days before June 15, the day that California authorities fully rebuilt the state’s economy and removed many of the mask requirements for fully vaccinated people. But Christopher Street West settled on virtual events again.

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This turned out to be a prophetic decision. The number of coronavirus cases has skyrocketed this summer due to the Delta variant, and masks have become necessary again, including at major outdoor events.

The venue for the 2022 parade will be announced later, organizers said.

In July 2020, Christopher Street West announced that he was leaving West Hollywood after more than four decades in the iconic LGBT-friendly city.

In recent years, Christopher Street West, named after the New York street on which the Stonewall Inn stands, has been criticized as being too white, too corporate, and dismissive of transgender and non-binary people.

On the day the Los Angeles parade was due to take place in June 2020, tens of thousands of people took to the streets for the All Black Lives Matter march. Many members said they experienced racism from LA Pride and West Hollywood, where 75% of the population is white.

Later that year, Brown took over Christopher Street West, becoming the first black trans woman to become president of the board of directors.

On Friday, the nonprofit announced that it has been re-elected president until 2023 and that the organization’s board of directors is now 71% colored and 24% transgender or non-binary.

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