WEHOville logo1WEHOville.com | James F. Mills - With West Hollywood Park construction reducing the space available for the annual pride festival and a protest march replacing the pride parade, this year’s LA Pride in June may prove to be a vastly different experience from recent years.

That was the message coming out of a community meeting on Wednesday night where leaders of the Resist March and Christopher Street West (CSW), the group that produces LA Pride, discussed this year’s pride events.

thepridela nonretinathepridela.com | Editorial by Troy Masters - Christopher Street West faces too many logistical nightmares in producing the three day Festival portion of LA Pride, issues that are jeopardizing the event and rankling critics, music festival or not.

Organizers are tasked with cramming a mega event (for which it charges) into an ever shrinking micro space.

It’s time end the headache. An obvious model already exists and West Hollywood needs to adopt it. It’s called Halloween.

west hollywood logoWEHOville.com | The West Hollywood City Council last night grappled with ways to support the troubled annual L.A. Pride event, suggesting that the city might integrate some of its own LGBT events into the June Pride festival to fill its gaps.

At last night’s city council meeting, Councilmember John D’Amico noted that the city’s One City One Pride events focus on LGBT history and culture. Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit that stages the annual L.A. Pride events, has been criticized for focusing instead on entertainment for a young audience, an audience which enjoyed the event according to research by a consultant engaged by CSW. Last year One City One Pride included 94 events over 40 days, including a tour of local spots with historic and cultural significance to the LGBT community.

DANMORINTHEPRIDELA.COM | BY TROY MASTERS - Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization that manages and produces LA Pride and the multi-day festival associated with it, is facing renewed criticism — and a critical juncture — only days after a high-profile board resignation revealed little in the way of promised changes. In the midst of the turmoil, West Hollywood City Council must now decide how to move forward.

In recent days, Dan Morin (pictured), a 73 year old gay man who joined the board only recently “because of the serious problems connected with CSW last year,” resigned. After being asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, Morin felt his ability to advocate for changes he felt were necessary to preserve the legacy of Christopher Street West were muted.

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