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Glendale Pride is city’s first LGBTQ Pride celebration

Glendale Pride

Festival goers attend the DTLA Proud Festival in 2018 at Pershing Square. Photo: DTLA Proud.

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.”

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Glendale Pride festival

Glendale Pride, a free, family friendly festival, is scheduled for May 30 from 3 to 9 p.m. in Central Park.

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.

Supporters

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.

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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