Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Out & About June 2018

We've compiled some of the best LGBT-related happenings in and around Los Angeles for June. There's plenty to do, including Los Angeles Dodgers Pride Night, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’s summer concert, the LA Pride festival and parade, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s screening of Best in Show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Venice Pride

June 1-3
Venice Pride
Venice Beach

The beach city’s annual Pride is comprised of a series of events spread over three days. They include a Pride flag raising, a beach clean-up, a Pride sign lighting, plus a block party, brunch, and dance party.

The Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS)

June 2
20th Anniversary GALAS Gala
Vertigo Event Venue

The Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS) is celebrating 20 years of service to the LGBTQ Armenian community of Los Angeles. This year marks a renewed pledge to build bridges between GALAS and other LGBTQ and Armenian community organizations.

Ideal Home

June 6
Ideal Home
West Hollywood Council Chambers

An exclusive pre-release screening of a new comedy starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a 10-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Andrew Fleming.

The Dyke March

June 6
The Dyke March
West Hollywood

A march down Santa Monica Boulevard to San Vicente and back will be led by Nasty Women's Drum Circle and SoCal Motorcycle Contingency for Equality. The march will be preceded by a rally and followed by live sets of music from Claudette Sexy DJ, WASI, Kaleena Zanders, and Niña Dioz.

Los Angeles Dodgers Pride Night

June 8
Los Angeles Dodgers Pride Night
Dodgers Stadium

Come out and celebrate with the Dodgers and LA Pride for the 6th annual LGBT Night and 2nd consecutive, official 2018 LA Pride kickoff party at Dodger Stadium. There will be special on-field guest appearances by Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and Will Hackner, the founder of the Varsity Gay League. Dale Scott, the first openly gay umpire in Major League Baseball history, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and out singer and actor Brian Justin Crum will sing the national anthem.

Dyke Day Los Angeles 2018

June 9
Dyke Day Los Angeles 2018
Elysian Park

A free Pride picnic in the park. Event takes place at the Montecillo De Leo Politi picnic area and grassy lawn. DJs will be providing music all day long and there will be dancing.

AIDS/LifeCycle Finish Line Festival

June 9
AIDS/LifeCycle Finish Line Festival
Grand Park

For the first time ever, more than 2,300 cyclists will cross the AIDS/LifeCycle finish line in downtown Los Angeles in front of City Hall. The triumphant Finish Line Festival at Grand Park will feature live music from DTLA’s hottest LGBT DJs, food trucks to whet any palate, and a cheering section for friends and families to welcome the stream of cyclists and roadies after their seven-day, 545-mile journey. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to assist with the festival. Please register online at aidslifecycle.org/volunteer.

LA Pride Festival & Parade

June 9,10
LA Pride Festival & Parade
West Hollywood

The annual LA Pride Festival makes its return to West Hollywood Park on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Kehlani and Tove Lo will be headlining a lineup of artists across three stages on both days. The Sunday parade will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

June 9
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Hollywood Forever

The Pride weekend edition of the popular Cinespia series features the 1995 comedy starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo as three New York City drag queens who travel to Los Angeles but find unexpected adventures when their town breaks down in a small midwestern town. A photo booth dripping with glitz will be part of the festivities.

Lez Sing Battle!

June 14
Lez Sing Battle!
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

Lez Sing Battle! returns for another epic lesbian karaoke competition with celebrity judges and prizes just in time for Pride! Contestants will be selected ahead of time with surprises announced along the way. Presented by LAWN (Los Angeles Women’s Network) and community partner The Lesbian Culture Club. All proceeds support the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services for LBTQ women and girls.

Considering Matthew Shepard

June 15,16
Considering Matthew Shepard
Ford Theater

Acclaimed Grammy-winning conductor Craig Hella Johnson has created a musical response to the tragic and untimely death of Matthew Shepard that seeks to both celebrate his life and explore how we can use tragedy as a means to discover our common humanity. Led on the piano by Johnson, this choral drama features the full 30-member Grammy-winning Conspirare choir, a small instrumental ensemble and projected imagery.

Andrea Jenkins

June 15, 16
TransPride LA 2018 Kick Off
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza

The 20th annual Trans Pride LA will take place again Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The two-day event will kick off this year with the Big Queer Convo: An Evening with Andrea Jenkins on June 15. This free event last from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will offer a dynamic discussion with poet-activist Jenkins, who in November 2017 became the first openly black trans woman elected to public office in the United States. Day two will include a Gender Nonconforming/Non-Binary Panel, happy hour, and a VarieTy show at the Renberg Theatre.

Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance

June 22
Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance
Billy Wilder Theater

Part of the Outfest Legacy Project screening series, this film is an intimate portrait of provocative performance artist Ron Athey whose work explores and blurs the boundaries of desire, sexuality, and trauma. Athey will appear in person as will director Catherine Gund.

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA: The Pink Carpet

June 23 and 24
Gay Men’s Chorus of LA: The Pink Carpet
The Alex Theater

GMCLA’s summer concert event will highlight many of the iconic films that have depicted LGBTQ culture. The Chorus will be joined by Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan of Will & Grace and Sordid Lives fame.

Purple Lily Awards

June 28
Purple Lily Awards
Downtown Los Angeles

Latino Equality Alliance presents the third annual Purple Lily Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. The awards are a celebration of both the Latinx LGBTQ community and Pride month. Honorees include State Senator Ricardo Lara, One Day at a Time showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Casa 0101 Community Theater & Youth Program. 

Best in Show

June 29
OUT Under the Stars: Best in Show
Hollywood Forever

Outdoor screening of the classic 2000 mockumentary that follows five eccentric entrants in a prestigious dog show. The film was co-written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, who are part of a cast that also includes Catherine O’Hara, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, and Michael McKean, among others. Proceeds will benefit programs at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

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