Venice Pride celebrates the unity of West LA’s LGBTQ+ community, its friends and supporters. Through annual events and ongoing outreach, Venice Pride inspires, commemorates and supports diversity with the unique and eclectic spirit that embodies Venice Beach, California.
ABOUT VENICE PRIDE 2016
In Spring 2016 the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ community lost a longtime sanctuary on the Westside when The Roosterfish, the only remaining gay bar west of the 405 became the latest victim of gentrification due to rising rents on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Mourning their loss, the community banded together to host the first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration in Venice history.
On June 3, 2016 thousands gathered for the free Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party on Windward Ave. Organizers honored 17-year-old trans youth advocate Shéár Avory with the Pioneer of the Year Award for their activism. DJ Victor Rodriguez provided the beats while L.A. City Council Member Mike Bonin and YouTube Star Gigi Gorgeous helped out by lighting the Venice Sign in rainbow colors.
ABOUT VENICE PRIDE
Venice Pride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to produce the Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party. Venice Pride is dedicated to education, to the commemoration of LGBTQ+ heritage and to the celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.
Venice Pride is also a grant-giving organization. In 2018 our organization will award proceeds from the Pride Celebration & Street Festival to a mix of local and out-of-state non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations and those organizations working on issues related to homelessness, elder programs, and social justice.