The pride parade in West Hollywood has served as a spectacle, talent show, celebration, political movement and memorial. Once each decade — including today — the parade commemorates the Stonewall uprising. The first pride parade in Los Angeles came with great controversy, including a legal battle and threats of violence. A judge, however, rejected that requirement, citing constitutional guarantees of free expression.
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A new location has not been announced. LA Pride, which has taken place in West Hollywood every summer since , draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year. It is a major economic driver for local bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other businesses, many of which have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic of late. In recent years, Christopher Street West — named after the New York City street on which the Stonewall Inn stands — has been criticized as too white, too corporate and dismissive of transgender people. In , the annual parade morphed into the ResistMarch to protest the election of President Trump.
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Incorporated as a city in , WeHo is 1. Now comes the disturbing news. WeHo does not resemble L. Studio One had a known policy of white-men-only with gay blacks and women routinely turned away. Adding to the problem are socioeconomic inequities.
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. In LA Pride replaced its traditional parade festivities with a resistance approach forming a ResistMarch.