12 queer things to do in Los Angeles this weekend

Here’s your Big Gay Guide for the weekend in Los Angeles. Have a gay old time.


  • Baseball Game

What: The LGBTQ social group 20-Somethings gather for Outing, Innings & Winning to watch the Cal State Long Beach Dirtbags play U.C. Irvine.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Blair Field at CSULB

Tickets: Free for CSULB students, $8-13 for public.

  • J-pop Night

What: This Cherry Blossom Festival has a fashion show, giveaways, and Japanese pop music.

When: 8 p.m.

Where : Rage

Admission: RSVP required

The 26th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising features costumes from the five Oscar-nominated films for Best Costume Design. The exhibition is free to the public
through Saturday. Photo: Beatriz E. Valenzuela/Q Voice News

  • Fashion Exhibition

What: These are the last two days to see an exhibit that spotlights the Oscar-nominated fashions for Best Costume Design and clothes from 2017’s most popular films.

When: 10 a.m – 5 p.m. today and Saturday

Where: FIDM Museum & Galleries

Admission: Free

  • Latin Leather Night

What: Mr. Faultline Leather 2018 and others host the Latin leather night Let’s Get Sucia.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Faultline

Cover: $5


  • Disco Party

What: Full Frontal Disco celebrates its nine-year anniversary with disco dolls and roller disco performances.

When: 10 p.m.

Where: Akbar

Cover: $5

  • Movies, Movies, Movies

What: The Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival will showcase the work of up-and-coming LGBT and USC ally filmmakers.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Ray Stark Family Theatre at USC

Cost: $10 for students, $45-65 for public.

  • Gay Activism

What: The Gay-Centered Inner Work Club speaks on using gay activism as a political act in Facing Racism in the Inner Subjective World Vis-à-Vis Individuation.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Plummer Park Community Center in West Hollywood.

Admission: $10 or $20 suggested donation.

  • 80s Night

What: Gag Me with the 80s is a night filled with iconic pop songs of the era, go-go dancers, and a neon Pac-Mac lounge.

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Faultline

Cover: $5


  • Author’s Panel

What: Seven authors will gather for the Lesbian Author’s Panel that will include short readings, a Q&A, and a discussion of lesbian fiction and romance.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: LGBTQ Center of Long Beach

Admission: Free

  • Bears and Mac & Cheese

What: Show off your best dish at the BearsLA Mac & Cheese Cook-Off or bring your appetite to be a judge.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Eagle 562

Cover: $6

  • Gay Camping

What: Gay Camping 101 demonstrates the basics of overnight camping followed by a big gay picnic.

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Beacon at Echo Park

Cost: RSVP required.  

  • Beer Bust

What: The afternoon at Wet & Wild consists of go-go dancers, Jell-O shots, and raffles.

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Eagle L.A.

Cover: $5

About the author

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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