The professors and university mandarins having lunch at an elegant UCLA campus restaurant the other day had no idea that seated inconspicuously among them was a cultural revolutionary. Wearing a knit cap and eating a flank steak, playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac patiently fielded questions about the staggeringly ambitious production that is about to take over Los Angeles.

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance is presenting Mac's chef-d'oeuvre, "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," in a four-show series at the Theatre at Ace Hotel beginning Thursday.

The good news about Love, Simon is that there’s a savvy sneakiness to the filmmakers’ vision of our national ordinariness. For decades, Hollywood and politicians have promised that the country’s heart and backbone and moral center is a robust suburban middle class. This vital and funny teen coming-out comedy from 20th Century Fox never undercuts that promise. Instead, it adds to it.

Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, is getting personal and digging to the very core of self-expression with new #JUSTBE 2018 campaign theme for this year’s festival.

Be AWARE. BE INSPIRED. BE UNITED. BE MINDFUL. BE TRUE. #JUSTBE.

“Everyone experiences Pride a little bit differently – and we wouldn’t want it any other way because that’s precisely what makes our community tick,” Shayne Thomas, CSW Board Member and Marketing and Communications Lead stated in a press release.

Singer and Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean is donating the proceeds from her latest single, This is Me, to help the Center build a better world for LGBT people.

“I wanted to give to a place that is local and speaks to my heart,” says Bean. “I want to call attention to those fighting for equality and to be accepted for who they are. It just felt natural to me.”

This is Me is an Oscar-nominated song from the musical The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, which hit theaters late last year.

Troy Masters | Only a couple of years ago, taking on the world of professional sports as an out gay executive was strike three and not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain confidence and a great deal of skill to not be overshadowed by the identity phobias others may attach to you.

But Erik Braverman, who made sports headlines when he came out in 2015, was determined that would never get in his way.

Braverman was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Broadcasting for the Los Angeles Dodgers, proving that being openly gay is not an obstacle to success.

Henry Giardina | Ladies and Gentlemen, West Hollywood is officially leading the charge for Lisa Frank-colored cities across the U.S. As if it wasn’t enough to have rainbow crosswalks splashed all over the streets, West Hollywood just one-upped itself by creating beautiful, kaleidoscopic art out of…you guessed it. Parking lots.

Local artist The Art of Chase teamed up with the city to create Pattern Park, a temporary art piece that turns abandoned lots into beautiful, rainbow-colored public spaces. The kicker is, it’s only temporary.

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