With roughly three weeks to go before the annual LA Pride parade and festival gets underway, Christopher Street West (CSW), the community organization that produces the annual event, was forced to deal with an internal board crisis that many say has been a long time coming.

On May 10 Chris Classen, the volunteer president of CSW since 2016, stepped aside in favor of board member Estevan Montemayor, a veteran of several Los Angeles area political campaigns and current Director of Communications and External Affairs for Los Angeles City Council member David Ryu.

With early voting underway ahead of California’s June 5th primary election, Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced the endorsements of four pro-equality candidates in some of the state’s most competitive Congressional districts: Michael Eggman in CA-10, Harley Rouda in CA-48, Sara Jacobs in CA-49 and Ammar Campa-Najjar in CA-50.

ublic health officials in Riverside County say the number of cases reported in Coachella Valley, specifically Palm Springs and North Palm Springs, is ten times the national average, reports NewNowNext.

The source of the outbreak is still undetermined, KMIR is reporting, but men who sleep with men make up most of the cases.

Gay sex was still illegal in California in 1970. That year, Los Angeles commemorated the Stonewall riots with its first Pride parade.

But LGBTQ people had been organizing for some time in Los Angeles, even before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.

In 1948 LA activist Harry Hay had founded the Mattachine Society, a leading organization in the homophile movement after Hay had been expelled as a member of the American Communist Party.

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