Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates Pride month through the artistic contributions of our community with the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.
In 2016, One City One Pride explores the festival theme “Into The Streets” which is based on a rallying cry of early LGBTQ rights groups (Out of the Closet and Into the Streets) between May 22 - June 30 with a variety of mostly FREE arts events and exhibits.
Highlights of the Festival are:
- June 4, a day in West Hollywood Park with art interventions and a history tour originally written by Stuart Timmons, co-author of “Gay LA;” (Sorry you missed it! Check out photos here, and download our mobile app here.)
- June 8, a special Zócalo/Getty panel on the artistic significance of Mapplethorpe;
- and an exhibit on the history of drag and its significance to the LGBTQ right movement on view through June 27 at the West Hollywood Library.
One City One Pride is organized by the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
If you have questions about this program, you may contact the One City One Pride coordinator Mike Che at firstname.lastname@example.org. Artist application for 2017 are now open until Sept 6, 2016. www.bit.ly/artpertunities.
Poster design application for 2017 is now open until Nov 30, 2016. http://bit.ly/2017PridePoster
To view the full brochure (easy to read!) click here.
To see a list of events in calendar form, click here.
For LA Pride street closure info, click here.
May 22, 3pm: Harvey Milk Day Screening – Film
Harvey Milk was the first openly-gay person to be elected to U.S. public office. Join the City's Community Events Division for a free screening of “Milk,” followed by a panel discussion and small reception. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
May 24, 7pm: Lambda Literary Finalists reading - Literary
Join us for readings by the Los Angeles area finalists for the annual Lambda Literary Awards. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
May 25, 7:30pm: Queer California - On Music and Mapping – Music/Lecture **
How does sprawl sound? Karen Tongson and Raquel Gutierrez explore the ways identities impact psychogeographies. This conversation will musically map some of Southern California's "peripheral" spaces of queer sociability. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
May 31, 7:30pm: Lambda Literary Book Club - Literary
City Poet Steven Reigns leads a book discussion around Felice Picano’s Nights at Rizzoli. West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free.
June 1, 7:30pm: Outfest WeHo Screening: Wedding Wars – Film **
With same-sex marriage now the law of the land, it's worth looking back a decade to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this hilarious comedy from director Jim Fall (“Trick”). Free admission. RSVP required. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
June 4, 11am-2pm: Stuart Timmons LGBTQ History Tour - History/Performance Art *
Stuart Timmons, co-author of “Gay LA” suffered a stroke before his West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour was completed. Thanks to a team of helpers and a grant from the City of West Hollywood through One City One Pride, the tour will be restaged with a cast of colorful characters from different eras stationed along the route on June 4 from 11am-2pm. Tour starts from West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free to participate. (Sorry you missed it! Check out photos here, and download our mobile app here.)
June 4, 12pm-3pm: Army of Lovers – Art Intervention
Join us for an afternoon of interactive creative queer activism. Participants will be lead through a series of hands-on activities including: personal manifesto making, glitter adornment, costume fun, a mini liberation march and more, all ending in a glamorous outdoor modeling session / photo shoot for all your queer social media needs organized by artist Ian MacKinnon. Come show us what Pride means to you! West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free to participate. No RSVP is necessary.
June 4, 1pm-4pm: Apt 3F’s Art Out! - Art Intervention *
APT 3F takes over West Hollywood Park for an afternoon arts laboratory – Art Out! Discover live musicians (Mariachi Arconis, Adrian Banuelos, ETM, Coral Lobera, Rebecca Norris), readings (City Poet Steven Reigns, homo-centric), kids craft tables (JP of Craft Night at Akbar), chalk art (David Rasmussen), dance (1122 Dance Company) drag appearances (Rubella Sparks) and drag art ( Martin Matamoras) all celebrating pride and art.
June 4 and 5, 6pm-7pm: “Working OUT” presented by New Stages – Theatre *
LGBTQ seniors share their experiences of the journey toward equality in an evening of songs and stories based loosely on the 1970s musical “Working” by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. New Stages produces dynamic arts experiences for senior citizens. Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, LA LGBT Center, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021. Free admission. No RSVP is necessary.
June 5, 3pm, Vox Femina Rocks! - Music **
Rock out with Vox Femina! Featuring music from rock legends to indie rock to top of pop, Vox will sing and jam to the music of David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Adele, Lady Gaga, Indigo Girls and many other artists, including many gay icons. Come see Vox as you've never seen them before! Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038. Free admission.
June 7, 7pm: Human Rights Speakers Series - LGBT Rights Abroad: An International Look at Equality - Lecture
The panel will examine international LGBT rights with Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International; Stephan; Roth, Director, Alturi; Czeslaw Walek, Chairman, Prague Pride and Boardmember for Alturi; Wesley Reisser, Ph.D., Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, IO/HRH – U.S. Department of State. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission. RSVP required at email@example.com or call (323) 848-6823.
June 8, 7:30pm: What Did Robert Mapplethorpe Teach Us? (A Zócalo/Getty "Open Art" event hosted by WeHo Arts) – Visual Art/Lecture
How did Mapplethorpe change photography—and the perception of photography as an art? Coinciding with a major retrospective of his work, join J. Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau, fine arts photographer Steve Reinstein, LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, and painter and Yale art historian Jonathan Weinberg in a discussion on how Mapplethorpe continues to teach us, even now, a quarter century after his untimely death at age 42. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/zocalopublicsquare/what-did-robert-mapplethorpe-teach-us
June 10, 6pm-9pm (opening reception): LA Art Association “Out There” exhibit which runs through June 17 – Visual Art **
The 9th annual LAAA Out There group exhibition asks artists to examine West Hollywood’s commitment to the LGBT community. Reception June 10 from 6-9pm. Gallery hours 10am-5pm every day except Monday through June 17. Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienaga Blvd. Free Admission. For more info: www.gallery825.com
June 10, 6pm: Dyke March – Community Event
The Dyke March kicks off from the West Hollywood Park with a program featuring Jewel Thais‐Williams (Grand Marshal of LA Pride 2016),Funny Women presented by UnCabaret (featuring Julie Goldman, Selen Luna, and Marsha Warfield) and the presentation of the Etheridge Award to the June Mazer Lesbian Archives, followed by a march at 7pm down Santa Monica Blvd.More info here.
8pm: One City One Pride will host a special screening of 3 of Zachary Drucker's films in the City Council Chambers on behalf of LA Pride.
Admission to the LA Pride Festival is free on Friday night only.
June 10 – 12: Christopher Street West's LA Pride Festival – Multidisciplinary/Community Event
The LA Pride Festival is produced by Christopher Street West (CSW) and features performances by Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, DJs Krewella, Faith Evans, Big Freedia and more. Visit www.lapride.org for a full line-up of entertainment and to purchase tickets. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Friday, June 10: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, June 11: 2 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, June 12: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Parade: The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, along Santa Monica Blvd. (Free to attend).
For LA Pride parade street closure info, click here.
For Pride Ride information: www.weho.org/prideride
Unfortunately the planned "Got Framed" public art installation is no longer going to be included as part of Christopher Street West's LA Pride Festival 2016.
June 12, 11am: LA Pride Parade and FATA (From the Archives to the Archives -- Queer Signs of the Times 1965-2016) Artist Ruben Esparza for One City One Pride – Art Intervention *
The LA Pride parade comes back to West Hollywood and runs from Crescent Heights Blvd. to Robertson Blvd. along Santa Monica Blvd. Queer Signs of the Times 1965-2016 will include 75 re-created protest signs that will be taken to the streets in a mock protest rally, depicting historical signs dating as far back as 1965 as part of the City of West Hollywood's parade contingent and the Queer Biennial II (created and organized by artist Ruben Esparza.) Parade is free to attend and kicks off from Crescent Heights at 10:45am, www.lapride.org for details.
For LA Pride parade street closure info, click here.
June 14, 7pm: Human Rights Speaker Series
Join the City of West Hollywood for a Human Rights Speakers Series on LGBT Rights in China and abroad. Free admission.
West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
June 15, 2pm - 3:30pm: "Stonewall Uprising" Film Screening
Join the West Hollywood Library for a free screening of the PBS film, "American Experience: Stonewall Uprising" which explores the events of June 28, 1969 which are commemorated annually with June Pride month. Free admission. Call (310) 652 - 5340 with any questions.
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
June 15, 7pm: Felice Picano Talk: Gay Hollywood in the 1930s
Join author Felice Picano for a talk on how extremely gay the Hollywood film industry was during this era, despite the strictures of the Hays Commission. Followed by a short reading from his novella "Wonder City of the West". Free admission.
West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
June 16, 7:30pm: The Lavender Effect presents "Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation" Reading
Join historian Jim Downs for a book reading and Q & A around his new book "Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation" co-sponsored by the LA County Public Library. Free admission. Space is limited, please reserve seats at www.thelavendereffect.org/events.
West Hollywood Library Community Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
June 17-18: Trans Pride
Trans Pride kicks off on June 17 at 7pm, with a Big Queer Convo with trans activist Ce Ce McDonald followed by the reception for the art exhibit 'We Can Be Heroes' from 9 - 10pm (exhibit remains on view until July 23). Come back for a day of performances, workshops and music on June 18 from 12pm-9:30pm. Free admission.
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, LA LGBT Center, 1125 N. McCadden Pl.
June 18, 10am - 6pm
6th Annual "Celebrating All Life and Creation" pow Wow
Join Red Circle Project of AIDS Project LA for a full day of traditional native American music, dance, crafts and food, along with HIV testing and prevention resources. Free admission.
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
June 21, 7pm-8pm: QueerWise "Selfies: Exploring Our Multitudinous Selves"- Literary
LGBTQ writers aged 50+ reveal their funny, thoughtful, brave, sexy, proud and unique selves in a spoken word performance. The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1125 N. McCadden Pl. Free admission. No RSVP is necessary. www.queerwise.net
June 21, 7:30pm: Celebration Theatre - Chuck Rowland Award - Theatre
Celebration Theatre will present their annual Chuck Rowland Award to Tom Jacobson for contributions to LGBTQ theatre along with readings of his work. Attention: “Pathetic Fallacy,” which was previously scheduled, is going to be postponed to another date TBD. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission, with donations accepted. No RSVP is necessary.
June 22, 6:30pm: Rainbow Key Awards - Community Event
This year the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board honors Jay M. Kohorn, Mark Lehman, Carol Taylor-DiPietro, the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, and Ruth Williams with awards for their dedication to the Lesbian and Gay community. 6:30pm reception, 7pm program. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission. www.weho.org
June 23, 7:30pm: Charles Pierce Biography - Literary
Bill Harris, former reporter for Entertainment Tonight, interviews Kirk Frederick, the author of a new biography, on drag artist Charles Pierce along with a book signing, video clips, and a Q&A. The event will be introduced by Chris Freeman, ONE Archives boardmember. West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
June 25 & 26, 1pm: ALAP Pride Play Reading Festival – Theatre *
Two programs of rehearsed readings of LGBTQ-themed plays written by members of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP). Saturday's program will feature 6 short plays, while Sunday will feature a single full-length play. Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5/6, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Free admission.
June 25, 4pm-7pm: REACH LA ‘Dancing in the Streets’ – Art Intervention *
REACH LA is a service organization that outreaches to disadvantaged youth of color through the ball community, and have performed at MOCA and for various One City One Pride events over the years. Tapping into their talented pool of performers, West Hollywood will come alive with unexpected dance performances and interventions. For instance, two men at a picnic table playing chess, will suddenly break into a choreographed vogue dance-off. Other performances will take place in various parts of the park and sidewalk. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission.
June 26, 2pm: “I Stand Corrected” film screening and Summer Sounds concert with Jennifer Leitham – Film/Music
In 2001 Leitham transitioned from being known as John Leitham to Jennifer Leitham while on tour with Doc Severinson, a story that was the subject of an award winning documentary, "I Stand Corrected." Join us for a free screening at 2pm, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Andrea Meyerson. At 4pm, Jennifer will perform as part of the City’s free Summer Sounds concerts series in the City Hall Community Plaza, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. Free to attend. No RSVP is necessary. http://bit.ly/SSJL2016
June 28, 7:30pm: Lambda Literary Book Club - Literary
City Poet Steven Reigns leads a book discussion on What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell. West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission. http://www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club
June 29, 7:30pm: OutSet Fifth Anniversary screening - Film
OutSet is a filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ young people between the ages of 16-24 through a collaboration of the LA LGBT Center and Outfest. Join Outfest for a screening. $10 general/$6 Outfest members. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. www.outfest.org
June 30, 7pm: Lesbian Speakers Series/WeHo Reads/One City One Pride present Natalie Goldberg in conversation with West Hollywood City Poet Steven Reigns - Literary
Join us for this special conversation on the 30th anniversary of Natalie Goldberg’s classic Writing Down the Bones - Freeing the Writer Within. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission. www.weho.org/wehoreads
June 9 – 26: Hollywood Fringe / One City One Pride – Theatre **
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an open and uncensored community-derived event. The Fringe’s western border is usually Gardner Street, but through a special collaboration with the City, LGBTQ shows can take place throughout West Hollywood as part of One City One Pride. Shows sponsored through this partnership are below: Times, dates, and ticket prices vary. Visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/weho for more info.
WeHo Arts Exhibits
Queer Signs through the Times- History/Visual Art
Previously on view in City Hall, this exhibit called attention to major Queer Justice movements throughout the 20th and 21st century, from AIDS to the Orlando Massacre. Curated by Rubén Esparza.
A Brief History of Drag exhibit – History/Visual Art
On view through June 27, this exhibit at the WeHo Arts library exhibition spaces is an overview of the history of drag in Los Angeles County, and describes the importance of ‘drag queens’ and others in the early LGBTQ rights movement. The exhibit consists of photographs drawn from both the ONE Archives and taken by photographer Austin Young. Curated by Katie Poltz and Jessica Fowler of the LA LGBT Center and David Attyah of Glendale Community College as a result of a collaboration between the City of West Hollywood, LA LGBT Center, and Center for Performing Arts at UCLA. West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Free admission during library hours. No RSVP is necessary. http://weho.org/residents/drag-angeles-one-city-one-pride.
A Brief History of Drag exhibit 'Portrait of Anyone Who Shows Up In Drag, Los Angeles Edition, 2016' and artwork by Austin Young.
More photos from opening night here.
ONE Archives: “C**k, Paper, Scissors” – Visual Art **
Funded in part by a grant through WeHo Arts, "C**k, Paper, Scissors" brings together collage works by fifteen artists who reuse print culture for world making projects ranging from the era of gay liberation to the present. Artists include Steven Blevins, Enrique Castrejon, Marlene McCarty, Jonathan Molina-Garcia, Glenn Ligon, Olaf Odegaard, Anita Steckel, Ingo Swann, Jade Yumang, and a site-specific installation by feminist pioneer Mary Beth Edelson. The exhibit will be open to the public Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm (Closed Monday through Wednesday) through July 10. Admission is free. This exhibit contains nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. As part of the exhibit a book launch and discussion will take place during One City One Pride. Please visit www.weho.org/pride for details. Long Hall, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
*One City One Pride Grant Funded Program
Applications for next year's program (2017) will close in Sept 2016, find the application and information here:
The 'Into The Streets' poster was the winning submission to our annual poster contest, designed by Ricky Serrano.
To see last year's program in 2015 (with links to photos!), please click here.