Posts Tagged ‘West Hollywood’

L.A. Gay Pride Celebration

Monday, June 15th, 2009


L.A. gay pride parade darkened by U.S. stance on marriage



As they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the gay rights movement, gays feel let down by Obama. Mayors Villaraigosa and Newsom take their side against Defense of Marriage Act.


By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2009


The mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco joined gay rights groups Sunday in raising concerns about the Obama administration’s defense of a federal law restricting same-sex marriage.


“I think it’s a big mistake,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said shortly before he and his Los Angeles counterpart, Antonio Villaraigosa, kicked off the annual L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood.


The mayors, potential rivals in next year’s Democratic primary for governor, were each careful to avoid direct criticism of President Obama.


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Gay Pride Festival

Friday, June 12th, 2009


Los Angeles Pride Festival



Christopher Street West is Proud to present LA PRIDE – the 39th annual Los Angeles LGBT PRIDE Celebration taking place in the City of West Hollywood, June 12-14, 2009.


Saturday June 13 from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight

Sunday June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
San Vicente between Santa Monica and Melrose


All are invited to come out and show their Pride at one of the most exciting PRIDE Celebrations in the country as Christopher Street West launches their latest three-year vision – “PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose.” Thousands of festival attendees are expected in the heart of West Hollywood to revel amongst world-class headlining entertainment (previously featured artists include: Olivia Newton John, Joss Stone, Joan Jett and the premiere of the music video “Hollywood” by Madonna). In addition to lively dance pavilions with music spun by some of the hottest DJ’s in the country, a new layout of festival grounds boasts food, drink, socialization, community programming and unique exhibitors, all hosting a diverse spectrum of activities to entice the entire LGBT family. Together, as a united force, the LGBT community has the power to ignite the change it desires to see. The LA PRIDE Festival offers an opportunity for all who gather and be celebrated, entertained, educated and encouraged in finding new ways of generating Pride values for greater equality and social acceptance. Festival admission, inclusive of entertainment venues and dance pavilions, is still just $20 per day — or $15 per day with advance purchase from


Sunday June 14, steps off at 11:00 a.m.

& Silent Celebration Sunday June 14 at 12:00 noon
Santa Monica between Crescent Heights and San Vicente




Crowds will continue to feel the palpable excitement amid the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California by playing witness to this historical and time-honored tradition. Participants are encouraged to get their place along Santa Monica Blvd. in the City of West Hollywood early as over 400,000 people look forward to this dynamic and crowd-pleasing display of moving community creativity. The Parade steps-off at Crescent Heights and extends past the Grand Bandstand viewing area at the Veterans Triangle on Holloway to its final completion at Robertson Blvd. As part of the parade, there will be a Silent Celebration at exactly 12:00 noon, where for one full minute, all are invited to quietly remember those who are no longer with us, to honor those who cannot be with us today and celebrate those who are oppressed and continue fighting for Pride and the freedom we will achieve.


For those who are unable to attend in person, the LA PRIDE Parade Live Broadcast will air on Time Warner Cable Channel 10 in West Hollywood and streamed on the web at



Granville Towers…

Sunday, February 1st, 2009


Grand view in grand style




Contemporary meets Old Hollywood in Granville Towers’ opulent penthouse


By Dinah Eng
Los Angeles Times


The Granville Towers, a French Normandy-style classic, is only seven stories. But the view from this penthouse — with windows in every room — spans the San Gabriel Mountains, the downtown skyline and Catalina Island.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Gay marriage now legal in California…

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

 Joy blooms on California’s first day of legal gay marriages



 A newly married couple, Joe Alfano, left, and Frank Capley hug in the rotunda
of San Francisco’s City Hall. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)


By Tami Abdollah, Duke Helfand and Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers


June 17, 2008


More than 1,451 marriages licenses were issued or scheduled to be issued as of 3 p.m. today in California — nearly three times as many as on a typical June day — as gay couples across the state embraced the first opportunity to wed legally in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s rejection of a ban on same-sex marriages, a Times survey found. READ MORE



 George ‘Sulu’ Takei to Marry on Sept. 14


WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (June 17) – Star Trek star George Takei is ready to “live long and prosper” with his partner of 21 years.


Takei will marry 54-year-old Brad Altman on September 14th in Los Angeles.


The 71-year-old actor, known for his role as Sulu on the Star Trek sci-fi TV series, was the first to pay $70 for a marriage license in West Hollywood early Tuesday. The marriage license is good for 90 days.


Takei was jubilant, saying “it’s going to be the only day like this in our lives and it is the only day like this in the history of America.”


He told reporters and a swelling crowd outside the West Hollywood city auditorium “may equality live long and prosper.”


Gay Pride Parade…

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Gay pride parade draws thousands in West Hollywood



(Los Angeles Times)


The recent California Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage lends added significance to the event.


By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 9, 2008


As many as 175,000 revelers, from the spectacularly garbed to the sedate, converged on West Hollywood on Sunday for the city’s annual gay pride parade, a celebration given added meaning since the state Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage last month.  READ MORE.