South LA Pride takes place Saturday in Baldwin Park

Durand Bernarr will headline South LA Pride on Saturday in Baldwin Hills.

The free, one-day festival lineup includes artists who identify as queer Black, indigenous, people of color and/or are from South Los Angeles. They include Ginger Roots, Devan M, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Lost Angeles, Yalla the Melodica, disco queen Kiki Kyte, rappers Freaky Boiz, and drag performances by Amber Crane, Sole Valentino, and Porshaa Lejayy. The full schedule is here.

“South LA Pride is a celebration that recognizes and embraces the intersectional identities that exist within our communities,” said South LA Pride chair and director Jasmyne Cannick. “The queer community is not a monolith, and we don’t all live in West Hollywood.

“Celebrating pride means celebrating all of who we are, where we are.  We don’t have to — and we won’t — leave our community to celebrate pride.”

Attendees are encouraged to pack their picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs.

South LA Pride will take place from noon to 8 p.m. at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex (formerly Rancho Cienega Park).

In addition to the main stage, the family-friendly festival will feature a ballroom voguing competition with season one winner of HBO MAX’s “Legendary” Torie Amour Bodega, a softball game hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Softball Association, yoga, a meet and greet with the LA Legends Women’s Tackle Football team, and an outdoor dance floor with various DJs mixing throughout the day.

Here are this year’s honorees:

South LA Pride was first celebrated in 2017 in Leimert Park.

​Subsequent South LA Pride celebrations were held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The event returned in 2022 with a community picnic at Norman O. Houston Park in Baldwin Hills.

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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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