LOS ANGELES (Dec. 22, 2022)The Los Angeles Zoo, in partnership with LA Pride, will host a Pride Edition of its popular after-dark show, “L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow,” on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. All LGBTQ+ friends, families, and allies can celebrate the New Year at the Zoo’s totally reimagined 60- to 90-minute experience that takes guests through a wonderland of desert, garden, and jungle landscapes filled with over 30 larger-than-life animal light sculptures, animated and interactive displays, and photo opportunities.

“We are so excited for this partnership with Christopher Street West/LA Pride,” said Denise Verret, CEO & Zoo Director, Los Angeles Zoo. “The L.A. Zoo is committed to creating a place for all the beautifully diverse communities of Los Angeles to feel welcomed and experience belonging while connecting with nature and biodiversity. I am thrilled to have members of our LGBTQIA+ community and their allies enjoy this special holiday tradition and establish lasting experiences and memories for years to come.”

To ensure all LGBTQ+ guests feel respected and welcome, the Zoo consulted with LA Pride board member, Addison Rose Vincent, on the restroom policy for Pride Night. All guests will be able use the restroom they choose with explicit signs from the Zoo urging everyone to respect everyone else. The Zoo also intends to conduct a study in 2023 to reexamine their overall restroom policies and designs.

CSW Vice President of Community Programs & Initiatives, Gerald Garth, added, “We are thrilled to partner with the LA Zoo. As a part of LA Pride’s Pride 365, we are excited and committed to programs and activities that create safe, well-rounded, and enriching spaces and experiences for our communities throughout the entire year. LA Pride is committed to creating programming that considers the broad experiences, interests, and identities of the LGBTQIA+ community. We look forward to L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow and many more.”

All ages welcome for this family-friendly Pride event, which will also include a full bar will for guests those 21+.

About Christopher Street West (CSW)/LA Pride:

Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Over 50 years later, CSW remains an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community of Greater Los Angeles. While best known for producing the LA Pride Parade & Festival (the second largest Pride celebration in the country) they also organize, sponsor or support community events throughout the year, and work with their nonprofit, philanthropic, and community partners to further diversity, equity, and inclusion. Visit lapride.org for more information.

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