LA Pride’s newest event celebrates the power of the women amplifying the voices of LA’s LGBTQ+ community
May 28, WEST HOLLYWOOD: Today, Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade in West Hollywood presented by Verizon, announced trans activist Bamby Salcedo will be honored at the first-ever LA Pride FEM(ME) event on June 2, 2019 at the Palihouse in West Hollywood. LA Pride created FEM(ME): Fueling the Female Force Within to celebrate the female force within everyone, regardless of gender or gender identification. This must-attend event is open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase now. The evening will be filled with special guests, live performances and DJ’s, as well as a screening of the I Remember Nicole documentary — to commemorate the 25th anniversary — a comedy show, and more. LA Pride will also recognize several women leaders with the newly created “Women Who Lead” award.
Bamby Salcedo will receive the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation | LA Pride Activist Award for her human rights work, to be presented by Rosanna Arquette. Salcedo is an internationally renowned transgender Latina woman who received her master’s degree in Latin@ Studies from California State University in Los Angeles. Salcedo is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latina@s in the U.S. Bamby also launched the Center for Violence Prevention &Transgender Wellness, a multi-purpose, multi-service space for transgender people in Los Angeles.
Also to be honored at FEM(ME): Diana Limon, the training director at the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, with an LA Pride Women Who Lead Award; actress, comedian, and activist Mariana Marroquin with an LA Pride Women Who Lead Award; L Frank, a Tongva-Ajachmem artist, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, and indigenous language activist, with the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation | LA Pride 2 Spirits Activist Award; and Dr. Astrid Heger, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program, with the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation | LA Pride Leadership Award.
“LA Pride has always celebrated the female voice and we celebrate again with our newest event honoring and celebrating the female voice, FEM(ME). We are humbled to honor Bamby Salcedo and other leaders and activists at this year’s inaugural event, made possible by dosist, and in partnership with the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and a diverse community of women-owned organizations,” said Madonna Cacciatore, CSW Executive Director. “Our LGBTQ family stands with, and stands for, supporting powerful voices of women who are creating change. We are excited about our newest LA Pride event that creates brave space for all genders and gender non-conforming people to come together, fuel our female force, and celebrate the contributions of our community’s forces of nature.”
Additional special guests for the evening include: Rosanna Arquette, Naomi Grossman, Joely Fisher, Robin Tran, Mona Shaikh, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Mortasay, Njomza, Tanya Brown, Jen Kober, Mikalah Gordon, Lisa Pittman, Courtney Allen, Lindsay Coryne, Fisher & Thames, and Madison Malone. The event’s host committee and promotional partners include: She Angels | Karma 360, LOL, NiK Kacy Footwear, Eden Entertainment, MadCatch Entertainment, Lez do Brunch, Max Mecca, and Bella Productions.
FEM(ME) reinforces LA Pride’s 2019 theme #JUSTUNITE, which makes a simple, yet powerful statement: that the work the LGBTQ+ community does together is ultimately what will make it stronger and more resilient than ever before. The theme is not only a nod to the Pride movement’s storied history of pioneers and activists who paved the way for the rights LGBTQ+ people have today, but it also is a reminder that the fight for equality is still far from over. LA Pride has embraced this rich history as the fuel to inspire, motivate, and drive the LGBTQ+ community to its next chapter.
Ticket sales and proceeds from the LA Pride Week events support and fund the LA Pride Parade and CSW’s philanthropic efforts. This includes community-wide programs including Casa del Sol, a joint project with APLA Health that provides low-income housing to people living with HIV/AIDS; PLATform, a policy, leadership, and advocacy training program to help amplify the voices of the transgender community; and the USC GLASS Endowed Scholarship, a grant program awarded to students to help them conduct research affirming the important role the LGBTQ+ community plays in society today. Funds raised will also help CSW prepare for its 50th anniversary in 2020.
To learn more about LA Pride, purchase tickets, get event updates, and added to our email list, please visit lapride.org. Follow all LA Pride’s happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Share your LA Pride experiences using #JUSTUNITE.
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.
Christopher Street West engages with JJLA LLC in the event production and management of the LA PRIDE Festival & Parade. For more information on JJLA visit www.jj-la.com. LA Pride is made possible thanks to generous sponsorships from its corporate partners like Verizon and supports from the City of West Hollywood.