When Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles presented the idea of “Pink Carpet” for their summer concert event, Leslie Jordan instantly said “Yayus”– that’s Chattanooga for “Yes.”

Hailing from Tennessee, where he got his degree in “thee-eighter,” Leslie Jordan is an Emmy Award-winning actor, LGBTQ activist, past hippie and lover of grand weddings. These are just some of the many hats Leslie Jordan wears.

With a big year ahead, Jordan will be hosting “The Pink Carpet” on Saturday, June 23rd at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 24th at 2 p.m.

The City of West Hollywood will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Rainbow Key Awards on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Rainbow Key Awards recognize people and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community. This year’s event will include an informal reception at 6 p.m. to be followed by the awards program at 7 p.m.

Oliver Alpuche is a Los Angeles native and a pioneer in the Downtown Los Angeles queer community, most famous for his role in creating DTLA Proud, the now massive Downtown LA Pride festival.

His work establishing it struck a chord with a Los Angeles LGBTQ community that seemed to be in transition.

Voters in California and the country are faced with an existential question that could determine the survival of compassion and American democracy as it has been understood since the Declaration of Independence. Right now, American tolerance for Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the Mexican border where ICE agents are literally tearing screaming babies from mothers desperately seeking refuge from the violence in their home country suggests a pervasive Stockholm syndrome where people once of good character turn a blind eye to consequences of cultish authoritarianism.

In a district that went for Clinton by 10 points in 2016, Steve Dunwoody, a former Obama Administration staffer, and Iraq War veteran has assumed the mantle of a progressive candidate to challenge the Democratic incumbent, Sydney Kamlager, a former trustee for Los Angeles Community College. If elected, Dunwoody would be the first openly gay, black State Representative.

Laguna Beach Pride, a celebration of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, returns Friday through Sunday with parties, dancing, music and other attractions around town.

The annual fixture, sponsored by the Laguna Beach LGBTQ Heritage & Culture Committee, kicks off with a party at Main Street Bar & Cabaret from 4 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

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Upcoming Events

30Jun
30 Jun 2018;
01:00PM - 04:30PM
Michael Kirwan - A Celebration
01Jul
01 Jul 2018;
12:00PM - 09:00PM
In This Together: Embracing Diversity
14Jul
14 Jul 2018;
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Sheets
21Jul
21 Jul 2018;
11:00AM - 05:00PM
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life
21Jul
21 Jul 2018;
01:00PM - 05:00PM
Private Garden Party