Christopher Street West has contracted with Craig Bowers, a former CSW board member and the long-time business partner of CSW Chairman Chris Classen, to raise money for the non-profit organization’s annual L.A. Pride parade and festival.

Bowers’s three-year contract guarantees him a commission of 20% of all sponsorship revenue for the annual event, which this year takes place on June 9 and 10 in West Hollywood. That part-time work is likely to be lucrative for Bowers.

In 2012 California enacted a law that bars licensed mental health providers from engaging in therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of patients under the age of 18. Now the state Senate is considering a sequel of sorts. But this new legislation is broader in its application — so broad that some critics are claiming that it could be used to interfere with the sale of religious books, even the Bible.

I first met Sam Garrett-Pate at our communications firm’s June birthday party, which he had turned into an annual Pride Month celebration. He was rushing through the halls of our office, meticulously instructing the staff on where and how to hang the rainbow decorations and making sure everything looked spectacular — no detail was too small.

This wasn’t just a party for Sam. This was a history lesson, and he made sure that everyone in the office understood the meaning and significance of Pride.

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