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:
- Garth Gerald, executive director of the AMAAD Institute
- Liliana Perez, cultural affairs director for the Los Angeles Chargers
- Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
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.