PRIDE News



awesome article photo Meet The Interns
Posted on: March 11, 2011

Christopher Street West, like all non-profit organizations, relies heavily on hundreds of volunteers that help to move our mission forward. One important facet of that volunteer force is our dedicated interns.

There are three enthusiastic and talented individuals who assist in communications and public relations ensuring that the world knows about PRIDE.

“The Communications Team at CSW would never reach our goals if not for the tireless hours that our un-paid interns put in each week,” said Sam Borelli, CSW communication consultant.

Steven Muniz returns for his third PRIDE season. In 2009, Muniz was instrumental in increasing our media data base and helping to launch our inaugural pre-Parade press conference. In 2010, Muniz assisted in outreach to the younger LGBT community and wrote the Honoree biographies featured in the Pride Guide and on the Web site. Muniz continues his outreach work, and will assist in the production of the 2011 PRIDE Guide Magazine.

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awesome article photo New Board Member - Louie Pacheco Saenz
Posted on: February 27, 20011

Christopher Street West welcomes Louie Pacheco Saenz to the board.

Pacheco Saenz had been involved with LA PRIDE even before being crowned Mr. Christopher Street West Leather 2010.  

In addition to working on Erotic City he was also a member of the 40th Anniversary Planning Committee.

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awesome article photo Sponsor?
Posted on: February 27, 20011

The 2011 PRIDE Celebration is fast approaching. Have you made your plans to participate?

As part of your marketing budget, you will be hard pressed to find a better buy that sponsoring LA PRIDE.

“Partnering with CSW was one of the best business decisions that I could have made. It was fun to participate and it was a great way to interact with a diverse community,” Nate Smith, assistant general manager, The American at Brand.

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awesome article photo Parade
Posted on: February 27, 20011

Do you want to be center stage? Have the attention of thousands?

Now is the time to begin planning your entry for the 2011 PRIDE Parade. The annual PRIDE Parade attracts 400,000 viewers, in person and even more on TV.

If you are interested in participating, applications are available here.

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awesome article photo Others marched, Los Angeles held a Parade.
Posted on: February 27, 20011

Over 40 years ago, the modern Gay liberation movement began in a small tavern, on a hot and emotionally trying day, in New York City – when what is now known as the Stonewall Riots happened.

A year past and LGBT people around the country were seeking a way to commemorate this momentous event.

Leaders in the homophile movement in Los Angeles gathered to decide what to do.

“We should hold a demonstration here on the West Coast to celebrate that riot,” Morris Knight, CSW co-founder remembered.

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awesome article photo Entertainers Wanted
Posted on: February 27, 20011

Christopher Street West invites interested performers, bands and DJs to submit an application to be included in the 2011 LA PRIDE Celebration.  Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2011. 

LA PRIDE is June 10 through 12, 2011, in West Hollywood Park and attracts thousands of people annually. There multiple stages that musician’s, performers and DJs can entertain. All genres welcome. 

There is no fee to apply, but a completed application along with a current biography, press kit, and set list must be submitted for review.

Applications are available at LAPRIDE.org.

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awesome article photo CSW Board Member Honored
Posted on: January 31, 2011

Karina Samala, a Christopher Street West board member since 2009, received the Keeper of the Dream Award, from the City of West Hollywood, at a community event on January 13, 2011. 

“It's an honor to be recognized with the ‘Keeper of the Dream’ Award and I am humbled to be associated with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Samala said. “I will continue to strive to achieve Dr. King's dream of providing services to those that need uplifting, furthering the education of our citizens, promoting social justice and individual rights, working with community leaders and institutions to incorporate and treat all individuals with equality and dignity.”

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awesome article photo CSW Honored
Posted on: January 31, 2011

To receive acknowledgement from our peers after 40 years of tirelessly working to improve life for all LGBT people is humbling. This winter CSW received two awards; at the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Creative City Awards, the 2010 Creative Community Service Award, and Los Angeles Silver Screen Invitational’s– 2010 Achievement Award in recognition of 40 years of service to the community, as well as supporting LASSI through our Working Grants Program.

In recognition of our 40th Anniversary, CSW was acknowledged by many cities as well as both the California Assembly and Senate. There were proclamations from the City of West Hollywood and Sierra Madre, as well as both the City and County of Los Angeles and commendations from the cities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Irwindale.

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awesome article photo Sponsorship
Posted on: January 31, 2011

How do you reach 20,000 people in print, 40,000 people in person, and 400,000 in spirit?

Become a sponsor of LA PRIDE.

The need for corporate sponsorship and partnerships is more than just financial but is a foundation to a community sill pursuing fair and equal recognition throughout the Untied States.

The 2011 PRIDE Celebration is fast approaching and now is the time to investigate sponsorship opportunities...

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awesome article photo New Board Member- Vallerie Wagner
Posted on: January 31, 2011

Christopher Street West is excited to have Vallerie Wagner rejoin the Board of Directors.

“I am excited to be returning to the Board. Participating in the planning committee for the past two years, I am now ready to resume my role on the Board to help make PRIDE the best it can be,” Wagner said.

Wagner brings years of experience both in non-profit and government positions. Currently Director of Education at AIDS Project Los Angeles, Wagner assumes the role of VP of Parade.

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awesome article photo Purpose
Posted on: January 31, 2011

Purpose gives us the reason to get up in the morning, it is the reason you draw a breath, purpose gives us direction, and provides hope.

Christopher Street West’s purpose as we enter a new decade, a new year and a new PRIDE season is to ensure that you will always have a place to be you.

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awesome article photo Pioneer Spotlight
Posted on: January 31, 2011

Christopher Street West began a new initiative this year – spotlighting a LGBT pioneer. This new project highlights the struggles of those who fought to allow us to openly celebrate our PRIDE; and continues our partnership with ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.  Click here to read the inaugural spotlight – Yolanda Retter, and take this opportunity to sign-up for our newsletter if you have not already done so. It is a great way to stay informed about what CSW and the broader LGBT community is doing, and you will receive all future spotlights in your inbox.

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awesome article photo Got Booth? Reserve Yours Today.
Posted on: January 31, 2011

2011 PRIDE Festival Exhibitor Applications are now available. Reach over 40,000 people at the two-day festival June 11 - 12, 2011. This is a great opportunity to show your Pride -- with purpose.

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awesome article photo New Sponsors & Partners Support PRIDE 365
Posted on: January 24, 2011

Christopher Street West continued to expand our community relationships in 2010 with new sponsors & partners that assisted in the production of the various PRIDE Days events. They helped top defray costs and provide new opportunities that benefit not just CSW but the entire LA LGBT community. Some of the new supports are:

Chad Hudson Events provided invaluable production assistance with both our West Hollywood & Los Angeles Mayor's pre-celebration events.

Global Cuisine by Gary Arabia was instrumental in insuring that the Garden Party at Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s residence was the hit that it was. They underwrote a significant portion of the event costs and provided a delicious menu for our 40th anniversary. Global Cuisine helped to create one of the most memorable events in our history.

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awesome article photo Pioneers Spotlight
Posted on: January 25, 2011

Christopher Street West and ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives continue their partnership.

Starting with the January 2011 Newsletter, CSW will spotlight a local LGBT pioneer, utilizing archival materials and photos that ONE will provide. This new avenue expands the important relationship between CSW and ONE, which include ONE’s current archival activities of CSW’s history, as well as ONE providing extensive resources for our heritage project. CSW was honored to be the inaugural exhibition in ONE’s gallery located in West Hollywood.

CSW has a 40-year history of community service and support. This new project highlights the struggles of those who fought to allow us to openly celebrate our PRIDE. http://www.onearchives.org

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