LA Pride Plans March Into West Hollywood to Protest Police Brutality and Oppression of Black People

Tbe L.A. Pride parade on Santa Monica Boulevard in 2017

Christopher Street West, which has cancelled the annual LA Pride parade because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will stage a march on Sunday, June 14, from Hollywood into West Hollywood to protest police brutality and racism.

The march is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue and will continue east to La Brea Avenue and then south before continuing on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.  It will end at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard.

“While we had cancelled all in-person events due to COVID-19, we have decided to peacefully assemble a protest in Hollywood, where the first ever permitted Pride Parade took place, in solidarity with the Black community,” CSW said in a statement of the event. “Fifty  years ago, Christopher Street West (CSW) took to the streets of Hollywood Boulevard to peacefully protest against police brutality and oppression. We feel that it is our moral imperative to honor the legacies of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who bravely led the Stonewall uprising, by standing in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and joining the fight for meaningful and long-lasting reform.”

Sylvia Rivera was a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist in New York City who was active in the Gay Activists Alliance in the 1970s. Marsha Johnson, an African American transvestite, co-founded the Johnson co-founded the gay and transvestite advocacy organization S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), alongside Rivera.

“Fifty years ago, Christopher Street West took to the streets of Hollywood Boulevard in order to peacefully protest against police brutality and oppression,” said Estevan Montemayor, president of CSW’s board of directors. “It is our moral imperative to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who bravely led the Stonewall uprising, by standing in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and joining the fight for meaningful and long-lasting reform.”

Montemayor said CSW has filed for permits for the march with the City of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sheriff’s deputies yesterday blocked protestors from marching into West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea.  The protestors headed north up La Brea to Hollywood Boulevard where Los Angeles Police Department officers allowed them to march east to Vine Street.  Another protest is scheduled for noon today at the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards.

Since Monday, the City of West Hollywood has declared a 4 p.m. curfew in response to break-ins and lootings of businesses in other cities and in the Fairfax District and on Melrose Avenue. Those incidents apparently have been carried out by people taking advantage of law enforcement’s need to focus on the George Floyd rallies and demonstrations. That curfew has drawn criticism from a number of local residents who say it is a violation of the First Amendment’s declaration that people have a right to assemble and protest. Others have criticized it for forcing businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies to close before the end of the work day, making it impossible for them to get groceries and pick up medicine. WEHOville has reached out to Mayor Lindsey Horvath and Sheriff’s Capt. Edward Ramirez about the timing of the curfew but to date has still not received a response.

The protests in Los Angeles and across the country were sparked by the death in Minneapolis on May 25 of George Floyd. Floyd, an African American man, died after an altercation with a police officer who kneeled on his neck while Floyd, who was handcuffed, screamed that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd had been arrested for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase at a deli. A video of the incident went viral and resulted in protests across the nation.

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James Francis
James Francis
2 years ago

Why must there always be certain people or a group or organization that arbitrarily decides what’s best for the city or should decide to organize should get the community input or concerns raised before this happens! We should be informed when and what seems to be ongoing protests in Hollywood and West Hollywood that turned into civil unrest and looting and burning as happened on Beverly and Melrose and if there is prevention for these groups to splinter into neighborhoods. We should know where the protestors can walk or will be walking through what neighborhoods would be impacted and have… Read more »

Michael Grace
Michael Grace
2 years ago

Why are they getting approval from the racist West Hollywood City Council who stopped the black protest on Tuesday by refusing them entrance into the city? Plus, we saw this show yesterday. Demonstration reruns are really getting boring. Your preaching to the choir. Go march in Pasadena where the city manager lives.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 years ago

enough stupid parades. they solve nothing.

David D
David D
2 years ago

Sounds very COVID friendly

WehoFan
WehoFan
2 years ago

Will Christopher Street West be financially responsible for the post-march cleanup?

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
2 years ago
Reply to  WehoFan

of course not. we wake up (after listening to the noise) to find bottles and trash all over our streets. Enough.

Curbside
Curbside
2 years ago

Agree with most on here. Total hypocrisy. Organically organized protests are one thing but CSW should be more responsible considering the pandemic. They can show support in other ways.

Pedro Baptista
Pedro Baptista
2 years ago

This is not the way to do it. Please wait for a vaccine, you are going to get sick and then we have to close everything down again. There will be nothing left in WeHo.

TomSmart
TomSmart
2 years ago

The march today showed our community support. How much does CSW and West Hollywood plan to spend on this non-pride march?

Rob Bergstein
Rob Bergstein
2 years ago

Sorry I can’t support this. We are in the middle of the Covid pandemic and I fear we are going to see a huge number of new infections & deaths from lack of social distancing during the protests. I support the protesters, fully, but we are in a medically dangerous period of time…this is NOT the time to encourage any gatherings where social distancing is impossible. I urge CSW to reconsider

Concerned Activist
Concerned Activist
2 years ago

Is COVID-19 no longer a concern? Some (not all) of the protesters have been wearing masks and we’re still very much in the midst of a pandemic! This march is a disaster waiting to happen.

J Doe
J Doe
2 years ago

I’m concerned about lack of social distancing (masks are not enough), although my support is 100% with the marchers, and I have marched in the past. Note: to go from Highland to LaBrea is to go west, not east.

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