Pride Month Happenings Around Southern California

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Downtown Santa Monica
"The Santa Monica Pier, Downtown Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Place, in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Travel and Tourism are excited to announce the return of SaMo PRIDE this June. A celebration of love in every color, SaMo PRIDE will host “Miles of Pride,” a rainbow-lit art walk featuring creations by LGBTQIA+ visual artists in addition to safe, family-friendly programming throughout the month."
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Don your favorite ruby slippers and follow the Yellow Brick Road to Harvey Milk Park for a celebratory evening devoted to "The Wizard of Oz." The interactive screening also boasts a costume contest, so feel free to dress as your favorite character (and pack a picnic, too, if you like). The beneficiary of the June 26 gathering? The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. Entry is free, but donations are welcome.
Cinespia is returning to Hollywood Forever on Saturday, June 26, all to shine a celebratory light on PRIDE Month. "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" is the classic feature scheduled for the in-person event, Cinespia's famous and festive photo booth is returning, an alfresco dance floor will add to the atmosphere, and guests are invited to picnic, too. It's the kick-off of Cinespia's 20th season, too. A ticket is $22.
Beverly Center
The Beverly Center's PRIDE programming includes a rainbow-cool Bubble Spectacular each weekend through June (Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.) The shopping destination's "LGBTQ+ brands and creators will be digitally highlighted" throughout PRIDE Month, while "Gigi Goode, Kim Chi, and Naomi Smalls sashay to an exclusive event at The Webster at Beverly Center for a drag-filled night of cocktails and lip syncing" on June 17.
Ready to send some sunshine and support to the Los Angeles LGBT Center? Purchase your ticket to PRIDE PICNIC, which will pop up at Hollywood Forever. The fundraiser, will take place on the final Sunday in June, will feature "... socially-distanced picnic spaces (for 6 people) outdoors on the Fairbanks Lawn, tunes by DJ Asha, surprise pop-up drag performances by Amber Crane, Greasy Bouffanti, Lauren Banall and more!" Tickets start at $20; be sure to remember your own blanket, beverages, and bites. More info? Always good to have. Find it here.
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes is making two terrific desserts in honor of Pride Month: The Rainbow Layer Cake, which is at the Beverly Hills and Westlake locations through June 27 and the Pride Sprinkle Cupcake, which is available at all locations from June 11-27 (priced at $5.50). The cupcakery has also teamed up Los Angeles LGBT Center with "... an upfront donation to the organization" and support for Trans Pride (June 17-19), Love Peace + Soul Virtual Pride Celebration (June 25), and Pride Picnic (June 27).
American Trans Resource Hub
The Trans Pride event, hosted by the American Trans Resource Hub, will take place in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 o'clock. The "national peer support service for the transgender and gender-nonconforming community" will have several giveaways and happenings during the day, including free haircuts and clothing. If you're hoping to attend, be sure to RSVP to let organizers know you'll be there. You can read more about ATRH, and find out event details, here.
The Paley Center for Media will celebrate Pride Month with a number of programs. Look for the center to release the "... PaleyImpact programA Salute to LGBTQ+ Pride Achievements in Television, featuring a conversation with Cynthia NixonIlene ChaikenLaverne CoxJason Collins, and Adam Rippon, moderated by ABC News's Gio Benitez" on June 1.
Love Randy's Donuts? The iconic doughnut company is "... showing its support of four local LGBTQ+ Centers in Los Angeles and Orange County next month in celebration of Pride.  Proceeds from the Pride Flag Donuts and rainbow merchandise will be donated to South Bay LGBTQ CenterLGBTQ Center Orange CountySan Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center, and Los Angeles LGBT Center."
LA Pride has announced a number of in-person events happening during June, including a night at the LA Dodgers and a Cinespia film event on June 26. Check out all of the festivities on the LA Pride site now.
"The Pie Hole is donating 1000 pie holes to Liberation Coffee House with one hundred percent of the proceeds on sale at the café being reinvested in the culinary arts program and other services at the Center," is the good word. The donation is happening in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is offering a number of Pride parties, including a chance to learn how to make margaritas and palomas, virtually, with Casita del Campo on June 16. The museum shares: "Casita Del Campo is a classic Mexican restaurant in Silverlake that boasts a 55+year history as one of LA’s iconic queer spaces—in large part thanks to The Cavern Club theatre downstairs, which hosts a wide array of comedy, drag, and holiday shows. The restaurant's craft cocktails, patio oases, and famed stained glass tables depicting Mexican icons make Casita Del Campo a destination for queers and allies alike."
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