Sharon-Franklin Brown named to 26th Annual OUT100 list; announces Pride 2021 will take place the second week in June

November 19, Los Angeles, CA- LA Pride Board of Directors President, Sharon-Franklin Brown, was included on Out Magazine’s “Out100” list, the largest annual compilation of LGBTQ+ people for their “groundbreaking, ripple-inducing, and culture-shifting impact around the world.”

Brown is joined by other notable list-makers including Janelle Monae, actor and activist, Wilson Cruz, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and producer-director, Paris Barclay.

An LGBTQ+ activist and head of Human Resources at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Brown is also the first Black transgender woman to be named president of Christopher Street West (CSW) / LA Pride, one of the largest Pride celebration in the world.

Upon hearing she had been chosen for this year’s OUT100, Brown said: “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for doing the day-to-day work alongside others in the LGBTQ+ movement in the continuing struggle for equality and justice. Making the Out100 list is humbling, and it brings visibility to our trans and underserved communities of color. If I can be that ray of hope or inspiration to someone at their point of need, I will gladly do so because I stand on the shoulders of those that came before me. Let’s celebrate this honor together, for there is still much work to be done.

Brown took the moment to also announce that dates for LA Pride 2021 have been confirmed.

“Our annual LA Pride event will continue in 2021 on the weekend of June 11-13,” she said. “We’ll be announcing more details, including format, safety precautions, locations, and headlining participants very soon.”

Due to uncertainty surrounding live events and large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic, the format of LA Pride 2021 will not be determined for several months, and may be another virtual celebration, as it was in 2020.

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 as a response to, and in commemoration of, the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, CSW has built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles area, and continues to produce the globally-recognized LA Pride Parade and Festival every June.

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