Los Angeles celebrated LGBT Pride this year on June 8th, 2014. Reportedly, for the first time, a bisexual group was honored: amBi’s contingent is the very first recipient of LA Pride’s new “Priscilla This!” Award for being the “the most exciting, motivating, spectacular crowd pleaser on wheels.”
Demi Lovato rode in the parade as Grand Marshall. This marked the 44th year of Pride for Christopher Street West, the Los Angeles Pride celebration. Los Angeles activists organized the fist one in 1970 – a year after the Stonewall Riots.
The first L.A. parade kicked off with a VW Microbus playing some recordings of marches over an amplification system. The order ran the gamut of just about anything you could name, from the Advocate Magazine’s float with a carload of men in swimsuits, to a conservative gay group in business suits from extremely conservative Orange County.
The Gay Liberation Front came marching down the street carrying banners and shouting, “Two, four, six, eight, gay is just as good as straight.” Another organization marching was a group of friends carrying a large sign reading, “Heterosexuals for Homosexual Freedom.” It was a direct, welcome, and reassuring gesture.
The first parade created an opportunity to be proud,to be seen and to experience, in a public setting, that you were not alone-there were others like yourself. Now, the parade has expanded to be inclusive of transgender and bisexual people as well.