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Gay Pride Festival begins with Harvey Milk Day

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city’s annual Gay Pride Festival is underway, continuing through the end of June.

The One City One Pride arts festival began May 22, Harvey Milk Day, and extends through June 30.

This year, the theme is “Into the Streets,” which is based on an early LGBT rights rallying cry, “Out of the closet and into the streets!”

Highlights of the festival include:

• The Stuart Timmons’ LGBT History Tour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4.

Timmons, the co-author of “Gay LA,” suffered a stroke before his West Hollywood LGBT History Tour was completed. Thanks to a team of helpers and with support from a grant from the city, the tour will be restaged with a cast of colorful characters from different eras stationed along the route, which begins at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. After the tour, visitors can drop by the Army of Lovers Queer Liberation Activation Station to unleash their inner activist in an artist-led workshop from noon to 3 p.m. at the park.

• The Hollywood Fringe Festival, which runs from June 9 to June 26, is an open and uncensored community-derived event. Times, dates, locations and ticket prices vary.

• What Did Robert Mapplethorpe Teach Us?J. Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau, fine-arts photographer Catherine Opie, Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Britt Salvesen, and painter and Yale art historian Jonathan Weinberg will discuss how Robert Mapplethorpe changed photography and the perception of photography as art during this Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” panel discussion June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public, although RSVPs are necessary. The event runs concurrently with a major retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work.

• “A Brief History of Drag” on view through June 27 at the West Hollywood Library. The exhibit is an overview of the history of drag in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, and examines the importance of drag queens and others in the early LGBT rights movement. The exhibit is comprised of historic photographs as well as more recent photographs taken by photographer Austin Young. The exhibit is curated by Katie Poltz and Jessica Fowler of the LA LGBT Center and David Attyah of Glendale Community College. It is a collaboration of the city, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Center for Performing Arts at UCLA. Admission is free during library open hours.

A complete list of One City One Pride arts festival events is available at www.weho.org/pride.

 

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