LA Pride 2018: Kim Petras to perform at festival

WEST HOLLYWOOD — She might not want it all, but Kim Petras will perform at LA Pride, the pop singer announced today.

Petras, 25, who identifies as transgender, will perform at the LA Pride Festival on the main stage, also known as the Park Stage, June 9.

“I am so excited to be part of this year’s LA Pride,” Petras said in a press statement. “There is no better place to come together to celebrate diversity, fight for equality, and of course have some FUN, and I can’t wait to see everyone there.”

Petras broke onto the music scene last year with the single “I Don’t Want It All,” a tongue-in-cheek track about spoiled rich girls, which has been streamed almost 7 million times on Spotify.

Her latest song, “Heart to Break,” has accumulated more than 4 million Spotify streams.

LA Pride 2018: Universal Studios to host special LGBTQ night

Petras, who was born in Cologne, Germany, was known for being one of the youngest people to ever undergo gender confirmation surgery and has spoken about her hope of increasing transgender visibility and becoming a role model for transgender youth.

The two-day festival will take place June 9 from noon to 1 a.m. and June 10 from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. 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.

Advance tickets can be purchased online.

The LA Pride Parade will take place June 10 along Santa Monica Boulevard.

Petras’ addition to the festival lineup follows LA Pride announcements that Tove Lo and Kehlani will be the festival headliners.

LA Pride 2018: #JustBe announced as new theme

On June 2, Universal Studios will stay open after hours for a special LGBTQ night, “Pride is Universal,” which launched last year in collaboration with Pride.

Christopher Street West, the nonprofit group that produces the annual West Hollywood-based LA Pride Festival and Parade, has said LA Pride has a new theme and campaign that celebrates individuality and the expression of pride, #JustBe.

“Everyone experiences Pride a little bit differently – and we wouldn’t want it any other way because that’s precisely what makes our community tick,” Shayne Thomas, Christopher Street West board member, has said. “#JustBe is a deeply personal invitation for self-expression that, we hope, will empower members of the LGBTQ community – as well as our very important straight allies – to embrace, embody, and express what Pride truly means to them in the rawest, most authentic ways possible.”

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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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