As the school year winds down, Pride month rolls in with enough sparkle, pizzazz, and enthusiasm for all. On Sunday, June 10th, GSA Network marched in the 42nd annual Pride Parade sponsored by Christopher Street West (CSW) along with over 300 youth, advisors, alumni, and supportive adult allies. Flanked by Outstanding Youth Leader Award recipient Katy Butler and Connie Norman Spirit Award winner, LAUSD’s very own Steve Jimenez, GSA Network youth were in no short supply of pride (or rainbow flags). Having received the Youth Leader Award last year, GSA Network youth were excited to cheer on their fellow youth advocates.
Arriving bright and early, youth representing over 30 schools toted hand-made signs expressing pride, resilience, and, of course, Lady Gaga lyrics. Glee’s Nene Leaks even stopped by to talk with the youth and take pictures. Youth leaders created buzz of their own, rallying the crowd with chants like the classic “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Homophobia has got to go!”
This year’s LA Pride would not have been complete without CSW-provided tickets for all of the youth to attend the festival on Sunday, or without Trans Pride LA the following Saturday. AND, if you’re not all prided-out, Pride month is just getting started in SoCal.
Check out these upcoming Pride celebrations in SoCal:
Antelope Valley Pride: Saturday, June 30
Central Coast Pride: July 6-8
San Diego Pride: July 20-22