It’s Pride Month and LA is celebrating the progress we have made in the Queer Community! Last weekend, hundreds of people of all ages, orientations, and genders donned their rainbow garb and travelled to LA Historic Park to attend the LA Pride in the Park Music Festival. With musical talent such as Alexander Stewart, Boy 2K (a duo of Boy Untitled and Boy Apocalypse), and Gess, we had no choice but to send our photographer Jason Kentaro to document the growth of the LGBTQIA+ community in Los Angeles.
Musical Talent Proudly Performing
For more SoCal Pride, check out Mike Ciriaco‘s congregation of Hey SoQueer content, including his interview with drag queen congressional candidate Maebe A. Girl:
Here’s an except from the original article:
“On September 14, Californians voted whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. He faced 46 challengers, including openly trans reality star Caitlyn Jenner. While Jenner’s chances of winning were always razor-thin, if she did win, she would have made history as the first openly trans governor in the United States.
Although Jenner identifies as trans, the trans community doesn’t necessarily identify with her.
Maebe A. Girl, a non-binary trans person who holds the distinction of being the first drag queen to ever be elected into public office in the U.S., vocalized this disconnect.”
“I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner represents the trans community,” opined Maebe, perched on a step of Silver Lake’s iconic Heart Staircase. “I think she represents the Republican party. It’s somewhat foolish to believe that the Republican party gives a damn about trans people.”
“As a politician that happens to be a trans person,” they continued, “one of the biggest challenges for me is getting people to see beyond my trans-ness. Yes, I’m running as the first trans person in Congress, because there’s never been a trans person in Congress. We deserve federal representation. But I think they think that’s the only thing I stand for. They don’t realize I’m for such issues as Medicare For All, and the Green New Deal, Housing For All, Education For All, and making sure our most marginalized communities are taken care of.”
Enjoy Pride, SoCal!