Updated: Due to concerns about the novel coronavirus, organizers of Glendale Pride have postponed the event to a later date. More details will be announced, they said.
Glendale Pride will host its first LGBTQ festival in May.
Grey James of Glendale Pride said other communities celebrate the LGBTQ community with Pride festivals, and it’s time Glendale have a celebration.
“Silver Lake, West Hollywood … why do I have to export my gay? Why can’t I be gay where I live?” James said in a statement.
Organizing Glendale Pride
Glendale Pride is the grassroots effort. James collaborated with several Glendale-based organizations including glendaleOUT, Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society, Equality Armenia, and The Blunt Post with media sponsorship by Revry.
James also worked with Gary Freeman and Nick Macierz, of ace/121 gallery and Roslin Art Gallery, respectively, and Arno Yeretzian at Abril Books.
Gay Straight Alliance chapters in the Glendale Unified School District joined the effort, James said.
“The dots started connecting quickly. Everyone’s been waiting for this moment,” James said. “I look at the group that is working on this, and I am so amazed and grateful. It’s very satisfying to witness this momentum and all the individuals driving it so kindly.”
Glendale Pride festival
The festival will located in downtown Glendale’s shopping and nightlife district, adjacent to the library, The Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria.
A kids’ village is expected to be created at the festival with a special space for programming such as drag queen storytelling.
A variety of music, food, and entertainment will also be a part of the festival. The event will finish with a live DJ spinning at a dance party.
GlendaleOUT welcomes allies, friends, family, and local businesses that support the LGBTQ community.
The Gay And Lesbian Armenian Society is a nonprofit organization serving and uniting LGBTQ people of Armenian descent in Los Angeles and beyond.
Equality Armenia is dedicated to achieving marriage equality in Armenia. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate a constructive dialogue in Armenian communities about LGBT inclusiveness, equal rights, and equal protections under law.