6 queer things to do in Los Angeles this weekend

Here’s your big gay guide for the weekend in the Los Angeles area.


Gay D.D. presents “Jilted!”

If you spent Valentine’s Day alone, head over to Gay D.D.’s LGBTQ cabaret and supper club for  “JILTED!” Enjoy a home-cooked vegan buffet and cabaret of burlesque, drag, comedy, dance, and music. First come, first served. Timely arrival recommended.

What: Gay D.D. presents “Jilted!”

Where: Art Share – LA

When: 7 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $15 in advance (includes dinner, show, and free parking), $20 at the door. Free street parking.

Got Guys? Shabbat!

Celebrate Shabbat in style with other Jewish gay, bisexual, and ally men. Enjoy the views overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard and our intimate courtyard patio. JQ International welcomes everyone regardless of religious affiliation, gender identity, or expression.

What: Got Guys? Shabbat!

Where: JQ International

When: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance; $30 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

“Phantom Thread” costumes by Mark Bridges, Academy Award nominee for Best Costume Design, on display at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)


Film Fashions

What: The 26th annual  “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition features fashions from the five Oscar-nominated films for Best Costume Design and more than 125 costumes from more than 25 films released in 2017, including “Battle of the Sexes,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Girls Trip,” “Dunkirk,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “It.” READ MORE: Where to see Oscar fashions

Where: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Cost: Free

Black History Month

What: “The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power” a celebration in honor of Black History Month hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The day will include workshops, award presentations, live performances, an art exhibit, lunch, a resource fair, and an assembly to honor Black history and culture. Keynote speech will be given by Sharon-Franklin Brown, an LGBT activist and former U.S. Navy sailor who became the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in South Carolina. 

Where: Los Angeles LGBT Center

When: noon – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free, RSVP required

Daddy Issues

What: Daddy Issues returns with a special Saturday night party, including special guest porn star Teddy Torres. 

Where: The Lash

When: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Cost: $7 before 11 p.m., $10 after 11 a.m.


LGBTQ History Tour

What: Learn about Los Angeles’ LGBTQ heritage and culture in a guided walking tour from the Lavender Effect

Where: From West Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also available Sunday

Cost: $30 per person, includes water and snacks. Tours must be booked in advance.


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