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Let's Put Pride and Inclusiveness Back into L.A. Pride #notourpride

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I've lived in Los Angeles since 1993, and for over two decades, I've witnessed L.A. Pride (http://www.lapride.org/ especially in the last few years, turning the annual LGBT parade and fair festivity into a profit-driven and exclusive "one drug drunk party."

Read a detailed opinion piece by Mr. Larry Block:

http://www.wehoville.com/2016/04/28/opinion-la-pride-becomes-more-expensive-and-less-inclusive/

Read APAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team)'s position on Pride this year:

https://www.facebook.com/APAITSSG/posts/1332807336734936:0

In pale comparison to other pride festivals and fairs in major cities of the world such as New York's Pridefest and San Francisco which are all free to the public, L.A. Pride this year will charge a whopping $35 for a one-day admission to their festival. Christopher Street West (the organizer) is also trying to re-brand Los Angeles Pride into "a music festival" (http://www.lapride.org/ to target millennial consumers.

Having come out at 18 at Berkeley, I've come to embrace and be part of the LGBTQ movement and identity to be both inclusive and multicultural. Pride parades and fairs have historically been an annual festivity where people of different ages, backgrounds and identities come together to celebrate.

How could a coming out high school youth be able to attend L.A. Pride this year if the admission is $35 per day?

Turning L.A. Pride into a music festival, now being nicknamed as "GayChella," erases the historical intention of Pride which has been a celebration of our community, our diversity, our unity and our historical struggle as LGBTQ people in America.

We are asking Christopher Street West to not re-brand L.A. Pride into a music festival that threatens the erasure of history, and make the general admission of L.A. Pride an affordable donation for the public.

#notourpride



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