Wave Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city continues to make plans for WeHo Pride 2022, the city’s inaugural event to celebrate Pride Month in June.
WeHo Pride Weekend will take place June 3-5 in and around West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
In past years, the city partnered with Christopher Street West to plan Pride Month activities but that partnership ended after the 2019 Pride Month.
Most Pride Month activities were not held the last two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The city’s Pride Parade will be held at noon June 5 along Santa Monica Boulevard. WeHo Pride Weekend also will feature a three-day concert series with headliners, artist lineup and ticket information to be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition, the WeHo Pride LGBT Arts Festival (formerly known as the One City One Pride LGBT Arts Festival) will take place during 40 days from Harvey Milk Day May 22 to June 30 at various locations throughout the city.
The city invites community groups to take part in WeHo Pride 2022 and has launched a submission form for applications from community groups that wish to participate in the event at w.eho.city/applywehopride.
Community groups may apply to participate in one of two ways: activate a designated space in the event area for WeHo Pride Weekend or request city funding for a unique event, produced entirely by your group.
Community group applications will be reviewed by the city and a limited number of approved groups will be chosen as WeHo Pride participants. The deadline to apply to receive funding for a community event is 5 p.m. March 31.
For more than three decades, the city of has been home to one of the largest Pride celebrations in Southern California. Home to the Rainbow District along Santa Monica Boulevard, which features a concentration of historic LGBT clubs, restaurants and retail shops, the city consistently ranks among the most LGBT friendly cities in the nation.
Since incorporation in 1984, the city has become one of the most influential cities in the nation for its outspoken advocacy on LGBT issues. More than 40% of residents identify as LGBT and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay.
The city is in the vanguard on efforts to gain and protect equality for all people on a state, national and international level.
It was one of the first municipalities to form a Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board and a Transgender Advisory Board, which each address matters of advocacy. As part of its support of the transgender community, the city has a Transgender Resource Guide available on the city’s website, which provides information about a variety of resources including legal, health, and social services, available in the Greater Los Angeles area to enhance and improve the well-being of transgender people.