Additions continue the organization’s history as a voice for LA’s LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
West Hollywood, CA – Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization responsible for producing the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood, has taken its New Year’s resolutions seriously. Today, the CSW Board of Directors is excited to announce a number of important changes to LA Pride in 2017.
Given the current political climate where divisiveness and discrimination continue to be part of mainstream dialogue, CSW is determined to make the LA Pride brand a unifying force for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies across all of Los Angeles. To accomplish this goal, the organization is introducing several community-focused initiatives to continue LA Pride’s long-standing history as a voice of and for the entire LGBTQ+ community:
- Community Advisory Committee
CSW has established a volunteer committee of business leaders, activists, change-makers, and influencers representing the interests and values of the full LGBTQ+ spectrum. This committee will advise both CSW and the 2017 LA Pride Festival Producer (JJ LA) to ensure that upcoming festival programming exceeds the expectations of our increasingly diverse and unique community. Confirmed members currently include: James Gilliam (ACLU), Sue LaVaccare, Ashlee-Marie Preston (CSW), Gerald Garth (Black AIDS Institute), and Ezak Perez (Gender Justice LA).
- LA Pride Website and Community Calendar
The updated LA Pride website will make it easier to share news, connect with the community, encourage involvement, and celebrate CSW’s rich history. This includes the creation of the Community Calendar, a central “hub” for finding LGBTQ+ events and community service opportunities across the Greater Los Angeles area.
- Monthly Service Opportunities
Monthly volunteer events organized around causes important to LA’s LGBTQ+ community will create new opportunities for community members and allies to join CSW to give back and create meaningful change. Our first event will take place on February 17 in support of APLA Health’s “Necessities of Life” Program.
“The CSW Board is committed to maintaining and growing LA Pride’s rich history as the voice of LA’s LGBTQ+ community,” says Chris Classen, CSW Board President. “We are energized and ready to make a positive impact in 2017 – and beyond.”
About Christopher Street West (CSW) & LA Pride
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 non-profit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners. Visit lapride.org for more information.
CSW Board Member