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LA Pride Making Bid to Host WorldPride 2025 in Los Angeles

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Today, Christopher Street West (CSW) – the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade – announced an official bid to host WorldPride in Los Angeles for 2025. As the first permitted pride parade in the world, LA Pride has been advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and progressive political change for 50 years in 2020.

“Los Angeles is a global city where we honor our unique past and work tirelessly to imagine a better future for all,” said Estevan Montemayor, CSW board president. “LA Pride celebrates the city’s diverse experiences ensuring all communities are represented, and we are proud to announce our bid to host WorldPride Los Angeles 2025. We are confident that the vibrant infrastructure of Los Angeles is the perfect host city to welcome the world for WorldPride 2025.”

Los Angeles is a city of immigrants representing a diverse array of languages, ethnicities, religions, and cultures who have created the fabric of its dynamic and vibrant community. Together, the community champions human rights for all people, regardless of race, gender, and sexuality. Viewed by many as the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is gearing up to host multiple monumental events over the next decade garnering exciting attention and spotlighting the trailblazing city.

“Given the transformation our city continues to undergo as well as a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Equality Index, Los Angeles stands out as the ideal global destination to host WorldPride 2025,” stated Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.

There is a long history in Los Angeles of groundbreaking advancements in the LGBTQ+ movement. Landmark achievements began in the 1950s when activist Harry Hay started the Mattachine Society and not long after, the first US pro-gay monthly magazine ONE was published. In 1959, the Cooper Do-Nuts protest became the first gay political uprising after police arrested LGBTQ+ patrons for congregating at the shop. By the 1960s, many LGBTQ+ bars and clubs opened and police raided these establishments resulting in protests around the city. Never giving up, fast forward to 2013 when the Supreme Court dismissed California’s Prop 8 appeal legalizing same-sex marriage in California.

The Pride movement’s storied history of pioneers and activists paved the way for the rights LGBTQ+ people have today, but the fight for equality is still far from over. LA Pride embraces this rich history as the fuel to inspire, motivate and drive the LGBTQ+ community to its next chapter. In 2019, LA Pride expanded the Festival grounds adding the first-ever free block party with programming and events promoting greater accessibility and inclusivity which resulted in much-lauded celebration. As the organization prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2020, the footprint will continue to expand and unite the community.

WorldPride was founded by the non-profit LGBTQ+ rights organization, InterPride, which meets annually in different cities around the world where its members select the host city at the annual general meeting. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000 and other cities that have hosted the celebration include New York, Jerusalem, Madrid and more. WorldPride takes place every two years and in 2021, over 500 Prides from around the globe will attend the annual InterPride conference in Guadalajara, Mexico where the winning city for 2025 will be announced.

Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, we have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Today, we continue to produce the globally-recognized LA Pride Parade and Festival every June in the City of West Hollywood. We also organize a number of events throughout the year with our nonprofit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners. Visit lapride.org for more information.

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Top 100 LGBTQ Equality-Driven Corporations in the US

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, a financial methodology and media company that quantifies corporate equality alignment with the LGBTQ community, has announced the full roster of corporations included in its LGBTQ100 ESG Index.

This is the first public disclosure of the comprehensive listing, which comes as the company introduces their LGBTQ100 Index Partnership Program.

“Our inaugural LGBTQ100 ESG Index is as historic as it is empowering, in that we have engaged the LGBTQ community to participate in our annual national survey with the large-cap businesses that represent our global financial Index,” said Bobby Blair, CEO of LBGTQ Loyalty.

“By announcing the 100 corporations included in the LGBTQ100 ESG Index, investors and consumers can embrace transparent insight into the corporations that implement diversity and inclusion best practices at the highest level, which are not only doing well, but are outperforming the marketplace.”

Corporate constituents in the top selection of the LGBTQ100 ESG Index include: NortonLifeLock, Inc.; Amazon.com, Inc.; Apple, Inc.; Microsoft; Visa; Netflix; Adobe; Target; CVS; Southwest Airlines and FedEx.

Click here for the comprehensive listing.

“This is a monumental Index milestone for the advancement of equality in Corporate America,” said Kevin Hopper, Chief Product Officer at LGBTQ Loyalty.

“The LGTBQ100 ESG Index is the first to incorporate direct input from the LGBTQ community into its Index methodology and constituent selection process, and we extend our congratulations to all of the companies included.”

The LGBTQ100 ESG Index Partnership Program empowers Index constituents to share, educate and align with the pursuit of advancing equality across the business community from coast to coast.

Leading the way with their diversity and inclusion initiatives, executives, managers and business owners can benefit and learn from these examples.

About the LGBTQ100 ESG Index

The LGBTQ100 ESG Index is comprised of 100 LGBTQ equality-driven companies from the nation’s top 500 large-cap publicly traded companies. The Index maintains industry sector grouping whereby each sector can represent up to 25% in the weighting calculation.

The Index also screens for ESG and LGBTQ equality compliance, performance and alignment with the LGBTQ community through an annual corporate survey response from LGBTQ constituents across the country and is reconstituted annually. The Index is listed on the NYSE, ticker symbol: LGBTQ100.

For more details and to monitor activity on the LGBTQ100 ESG Index, follow the hashtag #LGBTQ100 or visit LGBTQ100.

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The Chapel at The Abbey Offer LGBTQ Lineup Weekends

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Weekends at The Chapel at The Abbey in West Hollywood have gotten a bit more inclusive and representative of the people in the LGBTQ community. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 5 9pm-2am and Friday, March 6 9pm-2am, The Chapel is launching the grand opening of Altargirl Thursdays and CLSQ Fridays.  Altargirl Thursdays, created by Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans’ Girl Bar of 30 years remains one of the few and longest running lesbian parties in the city. 

CLSQ Fridays pronounced “classic”, created by Brandon Anthony of B.A.S.H. LA, caters to the modern alternative and upscale urban contemporary people of color LGBTQ audience.

The first weekend in March at The Chapel closes out with Heavenly Bodies monthly party on Sunday, March 8 from 10pm-2am, an evening celebrating and supporting the transgender and queer community created by trans activist and model Sasha Colby. 

While identities and definitions of LGBTQ shift and change, The Chapel at The Abbey remains dedicated to being a safe space where everyone is welcomed offering some of the best night parties in town to represent all members of the LGBTQ community.

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L.A., WeHo Provide Support for Local Transgender Initiatives

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Jazzmun Nichcalo Crayton, Karina Samala, chair of the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, and APAIT Division Director Jury Candelario attended a ribbon cutting for the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the county last November. (photo cred: APAIT)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — On Feb. 18, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to allocate $180,000 for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team to run the Midnight Stroll and After Hours Café program, which offers services for the transgender community.

“This funding for the Midnight Stroll will help secure emergency shelter beds and provide critical resources to help improve the lives of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness in Hollywood and other parts of the city,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, where the program is operated.

Midnight Stroll enlists volunteers twice a month to walk Santa Monica Boulevard at night and provide food, water and clothing vouchers to transgender women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence or participating in survival sex work.

Volunteers also promote HIV testing and other services and on occasion […]

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