City’s ‘One City One Pride’ LGBTQ Arts Festival Continues on a ‘Virtual Platform’ through June 30
Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates the artistic contributions of the LGBTQ community with its vibrant One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The festival runs for 40 days, from Harvey Milk Day on Friday, May 22, 2020 through Tuesday, June 30, 2020, which marks the end of Pride month.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, all festival events have moved to an online “virtual platform” to respond to the City of West Hollywood’s efforts to prioritize health and public safety. A complete list of this year’s One City One Pride festival events is available at www.weho.org/pride.
“We have to hold onto our pride more than ever this year,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “Moving to a virtual platform will help us safeguard health and well-being. We’ll be able to connect and celebrate in a new and creative way this year. Happy Pride to everyone in West Hollywood!”
There are two weeks remaining in the Festival. Upcoming events for One City One Pride include:
1) Pride Poets. Every Friday in June 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pride Poets write and perform spontaneous poems based on a queer history interview. RSVP at www.weho.org/pride. Upcoming historians include:
- Friday, June 12, 2020 - Michael S. Bell, Chaplain, on the anniversary of the Orlando Pulse shootings, with featured poet Fatima Shabazz;
- Friday, June 19, 2020 - Lillian Faderman, historian, author of The Gay Revolution: The Story of The Struggle; Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death; co-author of Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians; and
- Friday, June 26, 2020 - Marie Cartier, historian, author of Baby You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall.
Pride Poets will also produce Pride Poets’ Poetry Care Packages from Quarantine, responding to custom poem requests from the public. To request a custom poem fill out the form available at pride.weho.org/pride-poets. Finally, Pride Poets will curate a half-dozen poem excerpts to produce WeHo Chalk Poetry on sidewalks throughout the City for passersby to enjoy.
2) On Saturday, June 20, 2020 and Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. virtual readings of plays chosen from blind submissions by an esteemed panel of judges will make up the ALAP (Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights) Pride Playreading Festival. Saturday will feature readings of short plays and Sunday will feature a virtual reading of a full-length play.
The short plays on Saturday, June 20, 2020 are Dandy and the Queen by David LeBarron; TheDawning of the Age of Ganymede by Lucy Wang; Forbidden Love by Michael P. Adams; Miss Julie by Jule Selbo; Statler and Waldorf Attend the Theatre by Rom Watson; and Sweet's Sweets by Nicole Matarese. The Sunday, June 21, 2020 full-length play is Sick by Dahn Hiuni. To RSVP, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and whether you would like to attend the short play readings, the full-length play, or both no later than 5 p.m. the day before each event, and you'll be sent a Zoom link.
3) On Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 7 p.m., New Stages and the LA LGBT Center Senior Services Department present Out of the Dark, a virtual online event featuring LGBTQ seniors sharing their coming out experiences through song and storytelling, RSVP at www.weho.org/pride.
4) A virtual panel discussion sponsored by Outfest about the legendary store, Circus of Books, will include conversation with Circus of Books owners Karen and Barry Mason, documentarian Rachel Mason, and transgender activist Buck Angel and will close out the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. RSVP at www.weho.org/pride.
The One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is organized by the City of West Hollywood.
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