This post is the first in a series to celebrate the honorees at the LGBT Heritage Month opening ceremonies which took place at City Hall on June 1st, 2012.
Los Angeles Black Pride — ‘At The Beach’
Los Angeles Black Pride started out 24 years ago as a small party on the beach with a close group of friends at Point Dume.
More than two decades later, the event has a following of some 20,000 revelers and the distinction of being the first Black Pride event in the country, according to organizers of At The Beach.
“We went to Malibu because it was safe to party out there with peers,” says Marcus Smith, the spokesperson for LA Black Pride. ”Society has changed and it’s good to bring it back to city limits and closer to our neighborhoods and homes. We want the surrounding communities to be a part of our celebration.”
This year, the signature event plans to move closer to the City of Los Angeles at Dockweiler Beach.
Smith says the event is more than just a party. Throughout the year, the group also holds toy drives for charity and job fairs during a recovering economy.
Rosendahl honored LA Black Pride during LGBT Heritage Month for the group’s long history in the City of Angels and its significant impact on people of color in the LGBT community.
“Being honored was such a significant event,” says Smith. ”Having the city back you and formally accept you — the second largest city in the country to take a month and say ‘be who you are because we are proud of you’ — It doesn’t get any better than that.”
The annual LA Black Pride – At The Beach event takes place on July 7th.
Listen to organizers of LA Black Pride give their remarks during the LGBT Heritage Month event:
The LGBT Heritage Month event was sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, Toyota and CSW/Christopher Street West.