LA Pride 2018: Universal Studios to host special LGBTQ night

Want to visit Krustyland after dark?Universal Studios will stay open after hours for a special LGBTQ night in the week leading up to LA Pride. Photo: Universal Studios.

UNIVERSAL CITY — Universal Studios will stay open after hours for a special LGBTQ night in the week leading up to the LA Pride Festival and Parade.

“Pride is Universal,” launched last year, will take place June 2 at the theme park and help launch LA Pride week, June 1-10.

Each “Pride is Universal” ticket, advance tickets are on sale, gives access to the park and the after-hours festivities, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., including live DJs, dance clubs, and character meet and greets.

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The LA Pride Festival will take place June 9 and 10 in West Hollywood Park on San Vicente Boulevard — between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue — and in the Pacific Design Center Plaza.

Single tickets are $20, and individual weekend passes are $30.

The LA Pride Parade will take place June 10 along Santa Monica Boulevard. The parade was replaced last year with a Resist March protesting the Trump Administration.

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R&B songstress Kehlani and international chanteuse Tove Lo will headline the festival.

Kehlani will take the stage June 9, and Tove Lo will perform June 10.

Artists for the the Plaza Stage, which will feature Latin music, and the Boulevard Stage, which will spotlight hip-hop and R&B, have not yet been announced.

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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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