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LA Pride Announces Solidarity March With Black Lives Matter Movement

The previously canceled LA Pride parade will march after all.

The organizers, Christopher Street West, announced in early May the annual parade and Pride festival would not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But half a century after the first Pride parade recognized the Stonewall riots, the LGBTQ community will march on June 14 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“In 1970, we gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to protest police brutality and oppression to our community,” said Estevan Montemayor, the organization’s president. “We will do that again this year, where it began, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.”

Montemayor called for “all community members who believe that we must root out this racial injustice and stand in solidarity with the black community and fight for real reform and change in this country on all levels of government to join us in this peaceful protest, in this march for justice.”

“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,” he added.

A peaceful protest march in response to racial injustice is planned for Sunday, June 14. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland boulevards and proceed to West Hollywood, where the parade normally takes place, ending at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards.

The California Department of Public Health recommends that participants engaging in the march should wear face coverings at all times.

Additionally, Los Angeles will celebrate its first-ever virtual Pride Parade. The primetime 90-minute special will air on ABC7, Saturday, June 13 (7:30 – 9:00 p.m. PDT), with an encore presentation on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm PDT.

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To our LA Pride family: While we had previously 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. 50 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. The California Department of Public Health recommends that participants engaging in the march should wear face coverings at all times. WHEN: Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10am PT WHERE: Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 Together With Pride, LA Pride

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The reversal comes about in light of the recent protests taking place across the country after video footage of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, went viral.

Kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Chauvin continued pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for three minutes even after he lost consciousness. Bystanders begged the officer to check his pulse. Chauvin did not.

Chauvin was eventually charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, and yesterday those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder. The three other police officers – Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others – are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Two autopsies on Floyd have determined that he died by homicide.

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