Los Angeles Pride came early this year, but the city is showered with rainbow revelry all month long. Keep the love flowing through World Pride Day on Sunday, June 30 (also the 50-year anniversary of Stonewall) with these special events.
Thursday, June 13
A special evening with esteemed offbeat comedy venue Dynasty Typewriter’s favorite LGBTQ+ comedians from all around town. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this lineup is stacked: Margaret Cho, Joel Kim Booster, Sam Pancake, Erin Foley, Daniel Webb, and Dan Franzese. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 16
Largely skewed toward the male physique and the male gaze, the Tom of Finland Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving (usually quite explicit) erotic art. Honoring the legacy of its namesake and cofounder—who put empowered gay male erotic art and the leather-man type on the map—the foundation works hard to show and develop underrepresented or underground artists in the LGBTQ+ community. Tonight is its 28th annual fundraiser, and it’s going to be a wild one, featuring Le1F, Brooke Candy, DJ sets from Sky Ferreira and SSion; many more hair-raising acts; along with art, tattoos, and contests. Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue; 1 p.m.–2 a.m.
ProjectQ Fundraiser Ball
Feeling fabulous is a part of mental health. So says ProjectQ, a nonprofit organization that helps LGBTQ+ and homeless youth develop self-esteem and identity through gender-affirming hairstyling and mentorship. Its third annual fundraising ball, hosted by beloved astrologer and social activist Chani Nicholas, features a short awards presentation, silent auction, live performance (including a tribute to Josephine Baker by the Goddess Cori), tarot readings, dinner, and dancing. There’s a formal 1920s theme dress code; red carpet arrivals begin at 6 p.m. L.A. River Center & Gardens, 570 West Avenue 26
Thursday, June 20
Part of a multiyear literary and experimental performance series curated and hosted by playwright Gina Young, tonight’s Sorority salon focuses on healers, receivers, transformers, the underbelly, rock bottom, and what’s underneath. Featuring new work by Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Gina Bling, Lauren White, Mimi Tempestt, Natalie Nicole Dressel, Patty Schemel, Rocco Kayiatos, Ryan Cassata, Sophia Cleary, and the Gay Chingy. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue; 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
The Ruby L.A. Queer Comedy Festival
Nearly 40 LGBTQ+ comedy acts gather today under one roof—the roof housing an inclusive comedy theater and school that proves, for once and for all, that intersectional feminism truly does have a sense of humor. Purchase a $30 festival pass ahead of time for six hours of laughs, or pay $10 per hour at the door. The Ruby L.A., 7518 Sunset Boulevard; 4–10 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
OUT at Angel City Brewery
Follow the rainbow at the end of L.A. Beer Week to Angel City Brewery for a specially brewed beer for Pride, comedians, live music, and more. It’s a celebration in conjunction with the L.A. LGBT Center, and all proceeds directly support the center’s services and programs. Free entry for first-comers, with paid VIP entrance, as well. Angel City Brewery, 216 South Alameda Street; 12–6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26
Queer Lust! A Night of Vietnamese Queer Cinema
These six short experimental films, curated by Nguyễn Quốc Thành, a Hanoi-based filmmaker and queer arts festival organizer, take a vivid look at gay Vietnamese taboos and lust. It is copresented by Dirty Looks, a local organization that illuminates queer histories through underground film. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street; 8 p.m.