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Downtown LA festival Night on Broadway features LGBTQ stage

This map shows street closures times in connection with Saturday’s Night on Broadway celebration in downtown Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES – Looks like the third time is a charm for the Night On Broadway celebration in downtown Los Angeles.

The massive festival – which launched in 2015, attracted 60,000 people last year and takes over a one-mile stretch of historic Broadway between Third Street and Olympic Boulevard – will have a DTLA Proud block party featuring an LGBTQ stage. It’s only appropriate since downtown Los Angeles and the Pershing Square area are home to three gay bars: Bar Mattachine, Precinct and Redline.

Night on Broadway is free and will take place from 4 to 11 p.m.

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DTLA Proud will feature bear rapper Big Dipper, appearances by drag divas Laganja Estranja, Melissa Befierce, Allusia and Lady Red Couture, carnival games, interactive art, and wax masters DJ Mateo Segade, DJ Pogo Pope, DJ Whitney Fierce and DJ Josh Peace. The Boulet Brothers (“Queen Kong” and “Dragula”) are curating the queer stage.

The entire festival will feature hundreds of performers, artists and vendors with 10 stages of programming, including historic venues like The Globe Theatre, The Orpheum, Million Dollar Theater as well as the ACE Hotel.

Mayer Hawthorne and Las Cafeteras are two of the festival headliners.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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