It’s totally true; since 1970, when LA queers began marching in what became the annual Gay Pride Parade, we have sneakily invaded every corner of your hetero world. From subculture to culture, you can’t tell us from you, or you from us! This weekend, we are here to rub our invasion in your face: it’s Gay Pride Weekend, everyone, huzzah! Various festivities in West Hollywood and Silver Lake are planned to remind you of how, even when we’re congregated en masse, we still look like you, and you us.
For the most part, West Hollywood is where you want to be, or want to avoid, depending on your tolerance for traffic and gays. The guide to the family-friendly activities all around this gay ol’ town this weekend, after the jump.
Saturday: The two-day Pride Festival kicks off on Saturday with a small music festival and lots and lots and lots of dancing. En Vogue re-enters the 2000s on Saturday night, and Kelly Rowland closes out Pride weekend on Sunday night. Tickets $20 at the door ($15 in advance online).
For those who want to channel 50 Cent and wear their pride on their cheeks, Adam Bouska – the photographer who snapped various celebrities with temporary No on H8 tattoos on their cheeks – will hold a special open shoot from 12pm to 2pm at the Andaz Hotel. Individual pictures are $40, but only $25 for each person in a couple or group. Wear white, maybe grab a prop or two, and keep Tyra in mind, as these people and Jane effing Lynch did. Smize, people, and model from H-to-T.
After, or in lieu of WeHo activities, head across town to my side and join the dykes at Barnsdall Park for Dyke Day LA. There will be DJs; a bouncy tent presumably for children, but expect adults; food from Good Girl Dinette (try the chicken pot pies!!); and arts and crafts (of course). You can even bring the U-Haul – there’s free parking! After you’re done crafting (or building a house, depending on the kind of dyke you are), join the other ladies and their friends and dogs in the annual Dyke March. Marchers will gather at 5:30, leave Barnsdall at 6:00, and end a short bit later at El Chavo.
Sunday: … is our Donut Summit!!!! Attend the morning festivities below, then head east to Griffith Park where I hopefully will have some rainbow donuts to represent.
Trans-Unity Pride, a great group that celebrates all shades of the trans rainbow, starts with a rally first thing in the morning at 10am; the march begins at 10:30 and will travel from Plummer Park to The Village.
Soon after, the 2010 Pride March starts promptly-ish at 11am. Grand marshaled by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne (where’s Ozzie?), the route will be down Santa Monica from Crescent Heights to Robertson. And, yes, that means Santa Monica will be closed from Fairfax to Doheny from 6:00am on Sunday all day until 6:00pm-ish.