This article was published on November 14th, 2019
On November 5, 2019, the non-profit organization Christopher Street West (CSW) formally announced a bid to host the WorldPride in Los Angeles for the year 2025. The 501(c)3 non-profit is the producer of the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, recognized as the very first of its kind in the world, advocating for the rights and for progressive political change for the LGBTQ+ community for 50 years beginning in 2020.
The CSW board president, Estevan Montemayor, understands the unique position of the city, stating, “Los Angeles is a global city where we honor our unique past and work tirelessly to imagine a better future for all. LA Pride celebrates the city’s diverse experiences ensuring all communities are represented and we are proud to announce our bid to host WorldPride Los Angeles 2025. We are confident that the vibrant infrastructure of Los Angeles is the perfect host city to welcome the world for WorldPride 2025.”
As one of the most diverse cities in the country and worldwide, Los Angeles represents a diverse tapestry of languages, cultures, and religions that have woven a fabric in a city filled with immigrants that are dynamic, vital, and integral to the identity of the community. As a collective unit, the city has fought for the protection and advancement of human rights for everyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation, and gender. As the entertainment mecca of the world, Los Angeles is ramping up efforts to host several global events in the next ten years that are sure to elevate its status even further and spotlight an amazing city known for its trailblazing efforts.
According to CMO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Don Skeoch, the city of Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the world to host WorldPride 2025. Not only does the city stand out with its perfect rating of 100% on the HRC Equality Index, but it has a long and stories history of groundbreaking advancements within the LGBTQ+ movement.
The activist movement began in earnest during the 1950s with Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society, with the magazine ONE publishing the very first pro-gay monthly release. The Cooper Do-Nuts protest of 1959 is noted as the first gay political uprising when LGBTQ+ patrons congregated at the shop and were arrested en masse. Throughout the 1960s, several LGBTQ+ bars and clubs were established and then raided by policemen, leading to widespread protests all over Los Angeles. Their hard work continued over the next decades, culminating in the 2013 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in California, effectively dismissing the state’s Prop 8 appeal.
The rights that the LGBTQ+ community possess currently are the direct result of pioneers and activists in the Pride movement paving the way for equality, but the fight is still ongoing. Therefore, the LA Pride continues to embrace its rich history that motivates, drives, and inspires the community to the next level. The 2019 LA Pride expanded to offer the first free block party, along with events and programming devised to promote increased accessibility as well as inclusivity, a move that was met with praise within the community. As the organization prepares for the 50th anniversary next year, the intent is to further expand and increase unity within LGBTQ+ spaces and society at large.
InterPride is the non-profit LGBTQ+ rights organization that first spearheaded WorldPride, and meets at various cities worldwide with its members to select the host city at an general assembly meeting held annually. The first WorldPride debuted in 2000 in Rome, and other cities that to host include New York City, Madrid, Jerusalem, and many more. The WorldPride event occurs every two years, and starting in 2021, more than 500 official Pride festivals will launch all over the globe, with the next InterPride conference being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will announce the winning city for 2025.