The Best Gay Pride Events This Weekend
RuPaul's Drag Race winners Raja, Sharon Needles and Jinks Monsoon
It's here! Pride weekend is always a big celebration, and this year there's plenty to celebrate. After all, gay marriage was not legal in California during last year's Pride, and now it is!
Here are a few of our favorite gay/mixed haps both in and outside WeHo for the weekend.
THUNDERGROUND: L.A. PRIDE FESTIVAL?
Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards,? West Hollywood, Saturday, June 7, noon-1 a.m.; Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
The parade is always fun in the sun, but the real rollicking good times take place at the Pride Festival, where the colorfully garbed rage - gay and straight alike. Check the L.A. Pride website for performers and vendors at the fest, but definitely plan to roll into Thunderground, the V.I.P roller-disco party from the boys behind Summertramp, happening right on fest grounds! (More information here.)
The Summertramp crew rolls into Pride this year with a VIP outdoor roller disco.
BOY- EASTSIDE PRIDE PARTY
117 Winston St., #104, Friday, June 6. 9 p.m.
"Eastside" is a state of mind (just like "Gay Pride"), so forget about semantics and labels and partiers of "all genders, orientations, identities, and body types" for a night fun and unification on the dance floor! DJs Guano & DJ paul V. spinning the best in Darkwave, electro, hi-nrg and more! (More information here.)
ROOM SERVICE PRIDE EDITION
8300 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, Friday, June 6. 9 p.m.
The L.A. offshoot of the London-based hotel party check in for Pride with a host of hot hostesses (Colby Melvin, Shawn Morales, Frank Menter, Love Bailey and Gregory Alexander) and DJs Jodie Harsh and Jodie Monteiro. (More information here.)
JD Samson spins Sat. and Sun. at the Ace Hotel.
929 S. Broadway, downtown, Saturday, June 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 8,? 1 p.m.
Downtown's hippest new hotel has its own two-day shindig to be proud about. JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) will headline this one, hosted by Wu Tsang and Boychild, plus L.A. faves Victor Rodriguez, W. Jeremy and Kim Anh on Saturday. Sunday's daytime soiree has DJs JD, Amber Valentine and W. Jeremy starting at 1 p.m. (More information here.)
Mustache Monday's Nacho Biz hosts this splashy bash, with Zebra Katz performing live and DJs Josh Peace, Kim Ahn, and W. Jeremy. (More information here.)
Isla Jones of Purple Crush. The dance duo go Full Frontal Saturday.
FULL FRONTAL DISCO
4356 Sunset Blvd.,? Silver Lake, Saturday, June 7. 10 p.m.; $5.
FF goes full-on for Gay pride weekend with a live performance by Purple Crush. "Dance commanders" Mario Diaz & Nelstar warm you up and resident DJs Slash Fiction (Henry Self & Mick Dimaria) make you burn baby burn. (More information here.)
LOGO TV"s DRAG RACE PRIDE PARTY
652 La Peer Drive. West Hollywood. Sunday, June 8. 6 p.m. $30
The Official LogoTV Pride Party features proud queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, and once you enter, Shantay, you will want to stay. Hosted by Michelle Visage, the bash will shoe with appearances by drag superstars Raja, Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon (see top photo), plus fan favorites Alyssa Edwars, BendelaCreme, Ivy Winters, Joslyn Fox, Laganja Estranja, Latrice Royale, Shangela, Yara Sofia and more. (More information here.)
7994 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, Sunday, June 8, 10 a.m., Free.
It's a Sunday Funday during the Gay Pride parade as DJs Starskee Suavé, Johnny Jewel and Sandra Edge spin Classic Funk & Soul // Dirty Electro Funk // Booty Breaks // Indie Dance Remixes // Ghetto Funk. Live Painting, Go-Go dances and more. (More information here.)
Selene Luna (center, left) always spotlights talented friends in her Dog & Pony show.
SELENE LUNA'S DOG & PONY SHOW
4356 Sunset Blvd.,? Silver Lake, Monday, June 9, 8 p.m.?, $5
Looking for a post-Pride party with plenty of gregarious gayness and some giggles? Luna's monthly mash-up of music, comedy and variety show hijinks is just the ticket. This month, NYC legend Murray Hill, burlesque princess Audrey Deluxe, Silver Lake icon/magician extraordinaire Christopher Wonder and some special surprises (see photo above for hints) are promised this month's show at Akbar, our favorite gay bar in all of L.A. (More information here.)
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