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The month of June has become known to many as Pride Month. Fewer know that this month of LGBT celebrations originated from a gay club being raided by police.
At one time, simply being gay or transgender was considered deviant, criminal behavior which could lead to arrest, imprisonment or even institutionalization. However, on June 28th, 1969 New York police attempted to raid, assault and arrest patrons of a small gay club in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn and finally, customers fought back. The fight led to an entire neighborhood rising up to fight against the police.
The event eventually became known as the Stonewall uprising and inspired gay rights activists to establish a day to celebrate LGBT identity and rights. This “Gay Pride Day” was originally a political demonstration to voice LGBT demands for equal rights and protections and was observed on the last Sunday of every June. Later on, in 1970, New York, now known as the birthplace of Pride, finally extended Pride day to an entire month, but it wasn’t until 1991 that Pride began to resemble what it is today: a celebration of the LGBT community, even to those who are not fully out.
There are now celebrations taking place all over the world, with some of largest happening in Brazil, Netherlands and Canada. Yet, some of the best are happening right here in California. So for those of you who are ready to go all out for Pride Month, here are a few celebrations going on.
In Fresno, on June 1st, there will be a parade at 10 a.m. and a festival at 11 a.m. This event is called 2GETHER. The parade will be located on Olive Avenue and starts at Palm, ends at Moroa. The festival, located on N. Fulton Avenue, runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The parade is free, but festival admission is $5.
On May 31st, an event called Pride Yo’Self, will offer food and LGBT oriented entertainment in an outdoor venue. Headliners include: Deja Sky, Cara Coronada, Isis De Luna, and the bands The Eros and Numb Mouth. Located on 700 Van Ness Avenue in the Bitwise South Stadium with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 with a fee of $2.55 when ordering online, no refunds.
Sac Pride will begin June 8 and 9, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature multiple stages with dozens of entertainers, food and merchandise vendors, exhibits and inclusive zones. It’s located at Capitol Mall between 3rd and 7th street. Festival tickets are $15 with a online purchase fee of $1.48 for the whole weekend and one day is $10 with a $1.33 fee. VIP tickets are $150 with a $9.65 fee, only available for ages 21+. The parade’s theme is A Legacy of Stonewall and begins on June 9 at Southside Park and ends at Capitol Mall.
Los Angeles, CA:
L.A .area is hosting an entire week of events. June 8 and 9 will feature parades and festivals all day. The parade in West Hollywood is on June 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., beginning at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, between Fairfax and Doheny. There will be a second parade on June 8 and 9 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. which begins at Boulevard in West Hollywood, between Robertson and Hancock. There is also a festival that will be going on June 8 and 9 from 12 p.m. – 1 a.m. This festival will be located at the West Hollywood Park along San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It includes artists like Meghan Trainor, Pabllo Vittar, Dej Loaf, and many more.
Festival ticket prices are as follows; Advance Single Day (Saturday or Sunday) – $30, Advance Full Weekend- $50, Seniors 65+/Disabled/Veterans/Active Military- $15 (must be purchased at box office), and Kids 12 and Younger- Free admission (must be accompanied by an adult).
San Francisco, CA:
San Francisco Pride will offer a celebration and rally on June 29 from noon to 6 p.m. and on June 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza on McAllister St. There will also be a main stage featuring inspirational speakers and performers. Attendees are required to make a $1 to $5 donation at the gate since the event is run by non-profit organizations. There is an extensive list of items that cannot be brought into the event, so be sure to refer to the event website to see a full list of restrictions. June 30 is also the day of the parade which begins at 10:30 a.m. Grandstands will be available at the Civic Center Muni/Bart Station entrance on the north side of Market between 7th and 8th St. First two rows are reserved for those with accessibility needs and there will also be an ASL interpreter on the western section near 8th street.
Grandstand ticket prices are as follows; $40.00 a $3.19 online purchase fee and $42.50 with a $3.33 fee (only two ticket purchases are allowed per customer).
We hope you have fun in this year’s Pride Month!