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Celebrating Pride Month

Posted June 15, 2021 by

June is Pride month and we want to highlight fourteen places in Los Angeles that are significant in local LGBTQ+ history! 🌈

1. Will Rogers State Beach - A popular destination for LA's LGBTQ+ community.

2. West Hollywood - One of the nation's largest and most recognized LGBTQ+ neighborhoods.

3. First PRIDE organization (Personal Rights through Defense and Education) - Created in 1966 to combat police harassment against the queer community.

4. First pride parade - On June 28, 1970, LA hosted the nation's first permitted pride parade to commemorate the historic Stonewall Uprisings.

5. Los Angeles LGBT Center - Founded in 1969, the LGBT Center says that it serves more LGBTQ+ people than any other organization in the world!

6. La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center - A community-driven drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that focuses on issues specific to LGBTQ+ individuals.

7. Black Cat Protests - On February 11, 1967, hundreds gathered outside The Black Cat bar in Silver Lake in peacefully protest police brutality and discriminatory laws against the queer community.

8. The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument - The country's first publicly-funded AIDS monument featuring six murals inspired by the Latinx community's experience with the AIDS crisis.

9. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archive - Located at USC, it is the world's largest research library dedicated to archiving LGBTQ history.

10. Cooper's Donut's Protests - In 1959, transgender women and men clashed with police at Cooper's Donuts on Main Street in response to relentless police harassment.

11. Former barbershop, Brooklyn Ave - In 1951, Chicana lesbian and gender-nonconformist Nancy Valverde stood up against police harassment and criminalization.

12. REACH LA (Realistic Education in Action Coalition to Foster Health) - Youth-driven organization founded in 1992 to provide HIV/AIDS education for youth of color.

13. BLK Publishing - From 1988 to 1994, a monthly magazine targetting Black LGBTQ readers in Los Angeles and beyond.

14. Metropolitan Community Church - A pro-LGBTQ church founded in 1968 by Rev. Troy Perry and the first to conduct same-gender marriage ceremonies in the 1970s.