June is Pride Month. The LGBTQ community in Los Angeles usually celebrates unity with a parade and festival; however this year, it has been cancelled because of COVID-19.
Christopher Street West (the nonprofit that holds the event) announced on Wednesday that during the time Pride was supposed to take place, there will instead be a solidarity protest march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The march is in response to racial injustice, police brutality, systemic racism, and the many forms of oppression black Americans face. LA pride made the announcement on social media on Wednesday:
To our LA Pride family:
While we had cancelled all in-person events due to COVID-19, we have decided to peacefully assemble a protest in Hollywood, where the first ever permitted Pride Parade took place, in solidarity with the Black community. 50 years ago, Christopher Street West (CSW) took to the streets of Hollywood Boulevard to peacefully protest against police brutality and oppression. We feel that it is our moral imperative to honor the legacies of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who bravely led the Stonewall uprising, by standing in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and joining the fight for meaningful and long-lasting reform.
The peaceful march will take place on June 14. It will start near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and will extend to West Hollywood and the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica.
Today marks the beginning of Pride month. As we seek to commemorate 50 years of our history, we must remember that the first Pride started as a riot led by people of color who sought an end to police brutality and oppression. We stand with #BlackLivesMatter – pic.twitter.com/OY0xz9AWYM— LA Pride (@lapride) June 1, 2020