Mission: To promote the goals of human rights,outreach and education and the equality of the lesbian, transgender, gay and bisexual community. Produce the los angeles lgbt pride event.
Programs: La pride festival: csw continues to expand and create a festival experience that offers something for everyone. The la pride festival is an opportunity for the greater tlgb community and its allies to come together in a safe, accepting environment that is both educational and celebratory. As has been a staple since the beginning, our nonprofit community partners are able to provide vital information to the community at large on topics that include equal rights, healthcare, and protections for tlgbq youth and support for tlgb seniors. Our nonprofit partners were also able to meet potential donors and volunteers. The festival also provided a safe place for youth and their friends as well as an art and culture pavilion to share our history and heritage. The festival also helps to bring in communities that don't always feel included by hosting lesbian and transgender specific programs, entertainers and events. Academy and grammy award winning artist jennifer hudson brought down the house with a powerful performance. 2014 showed a 40% increase in attendance over the 2013 festival.
la pride parade: the 44th annual la pride parade continues to be a beacon of hope and celebration for the greater tlgb community and its allies. With attendance well in the hundreds of thousands, the la pride parade is the largest gathering of its kind in all of southern california. Additionally, the parade is live-streamed to an international audience through multiple channels and partners. Award-winning singer and lgbt advocate demi lovato was named grand marshall and filmed the video for her self-empowerment song, "really don't care," during the parade. The video has since been viewed over 100 million times. Other celebrities as well as national, state and local elected officials also participated in the parade along with supportive corporate sponsors and local businesses. The la pride parade offers a free community gathering unlike any other.
la pride outreach & education: in addition to providing platforms for our social service partners during the weekend celebration, csw uses its active and engaged social media platforms throughout the year to educate and inform on a wide range of topics that affect and impact the greater tlgb community. Additionally, csw uses its growing email database to share vital information on issues such as marriage equality, hiv/aids, transgender education, social services programs, diversity and inclusion, bullying and more. Csw continued to support model of pride, a singular youth education event, as well as the annual transgender day of remembrance in west hollywood.
christopher street west seeks to empower those who wish to make a difference by promoting pride in ourselves, each other and in a diverse family spanning across generation, race, age, and background. We do this by attending and supporting other lgbt events and organizations. We co-sponsor a thanksgiving dinner for high risk tlgb youth, csw collects food during the holidays for local families in our community. Csw works with other pride organizations globally to promote tlgb rights and create safe and enjoyable celebrations.
This is an outstanding group of individuals that come together each year to bring about the best Los Angeles Pride season possible and somehow outdo themselves consistently. Every board member or volunteer I have come across has been excellent and kind to me. For full disclosure's sake, I was the honoree for outstanding youth leadership in 2009 and our relationship has held steady. To this day, I am still in touch with some of the members on a personal level and continue to give back when I can by being a parade judge, writing mini blogs about youth or just rounding up people to go in general. Even better than being an honoree, I was brought back next year to their special honoree brunch event and found out that because of my identifying as genderqueer, (in terms of gender) it inspired them to help make LA pride more inclusive. Traditionally, they had both a man and woman of the year, but realized that when they started to learn about different gender identities, they were not being inclusive and thus changed it to the person of the year award. They cared so much about my well-being and feeling included and would apologize if an event (as there are several) did not have a gender-neutral/unisex/family restroom for me to use. This meant more to me than the award itself (and that meant a lot!) and how they continue to tell the story about the change. Even with all of the faces they meet and all of the events they pull off, they still remember me and include me when possible. This organization has nothing but the best of intentions and I can't wait to celebrate more prides with them! I cannot say a bad thing about them as a whole because they do so much for our community and keep getting better :) Thank you, CSW!!!!!! You are much needed in our community!!!!!