Husbands held hands. Wives corralled their kids. Kids ate pizza and chilled by the stage. For the third year in a row, My Hollywood Pride (MHP) reached its goal: improve life for LGBTQ in the city and hold a family event downtown.
Over the weekend, the Hollywood LGBTQ Council celebrated continued strides in the city. Festivities kicked off Friday with Circle of Pride Networking Event at Sunset Club. Saturday was the Pride 100 Brunch at Redwood Bar & Kitchen. The “100” celebrates the city’s commitment to achieving a 100 score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index.
This is the third year in a row the city has achieved the milestone.
Franchesca D’Amore was given the Trailblazer Award. The trans activist has been with MHP since its inception in 2022, and served as entertainment director this year. The brunch was followed by a raising of the Pride flag.
The highlight of the weekend came Sunday, when thousands poured into downtown for a quaint, family friendly party and Pride.
Craig Stevens of 7News and FayWhat?! of The FayWhat?! Show and Queer News Tonight hosted the stage and an all-star headliner, Janice Robinson, playing her hits and other disco classics she’s written over the past thirty years.
She told an ecstatic audience what the LGBTQ community means to her.
“It’s important you know who you are to me, to my daughters who are here. I wanted to sing a song to this beautiful community here.”
She then performed Love Is In the Atmosphere and had the crowd wrapped around her finger.
Robinson is filming a documentary about her life, and her appearance at MHP will be part of the story.
Others entertaining the crowd included Miss Bouvèé, Matthew Darren, Ellie Lei and more.
The street party wrapped up around 6 p.m., but the after-party was just getting started. Karma Lounge, which hosted the VIP during the day, hosted the tea dance.
Other entertainment incorporated into the weekend came from OutShine Film Festival. They hosted a slate of five LGBTQ films at Cinema Paradiso. The night before, the theater hosted Queer Comedy Night, featuring queer and allied comics.