The City | 06.14

TheCity_LOVATOLA PRIDE:
THE TLGB CELEBRATION

 Actress and singer Demi Lovato is Grand Marshal of 2014 LA PRIDE. This year’s Pride, with a spotlight on the transgender community, has been titled: The TLBG (Transgender, Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual) Celebration.

In a press statement, Lovato, who will also perform at NY Pride at the end of the month, said: “It’s such an honor to be a part of both L.A. and NYC Pride celebrations this year. I have been an active advocate of the LGBT community and am wholly committed to supporting individuality and being comfortable in one’s own skin. I am thrilled to be a part of both events as they are a wonderful celebration of independence and self-confidence.”

The LA PRIDE Festival will be held at West Hollywood Park on Saturday June 7, from 12pm to 12am and Sunday June 8, from 11am to 11pm. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors and witness thousands of members from the TLGB community.

The annual LA PRIDE Parade will attract over 400,000 colorful participants, spectators and marchers on Sunday, June 8, starting at 11am. Attendees should plan to arrive early, as Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. will be closed from 6am, until the parade ends, which could be as late as 4pm on Sunday.

Visit THE FIGHT booth in “Erotic City” for a chance to win a pair of free Cher Tickets!

For more information, visit lapride.org.

WEHO CELEBRATES MARRIAGE EQUALITY

 The City of West Hollywood celebrates one year of marriage equality in their 7th annual “One City One Pride” LGBTQ Arts Festival, scheduled to run from May 22 (in honor of Harvey Milk Day) to June 30. This year’s art festival is scheduled to deliver over 30 arts, culture and community events ranging from art exhibits to author panels, to music performances, to stage productions.

The theme of the 2014 festival is “I Do” to acknowledge and celebrate how nearly one year ago, hundreds of marriages were performed in the City of West Hollywood following the June 2013 Supreme Court decision that affirmed marriage equality in California.

For a complete list of One City One Pride arts festival events, visit weho.org/pride.

#SIZZLE SOBER AT PRIDE

 The producers of the New Year’s Eve Sober Party #BOOM have joined forces with CSW and the City of West Hollywood to produce “#Sizzle! A Carnival of Attraction” for Los Angeles Pride 2014.

#SIZZLE will put a new spin to the clean and sober section at the pride festival this year. The chain link fence has been removed, so that all feel welcome to enjoy performances, carnival games and free giveaways. Games will include a Velcro Wall, High Striker and Put Your Balls in Putin’s Mouth tossing game to name a few.

Contact Robert Gamboa at rgamboa@publicstrategies.org for volunteer opportunities.

TheCity_MISTERBNBMISTERBNB HITS LOS ANGELES AREA

l Misterbnb—a gay version of Airbnb—is offering short-term apartment rental services that focuses on gay men throughout the Los Angeles area. The original Airbnb first launched in San Francisco. Misterbnb launched last year in Paris. Matthieu Jost and Francois de Saint Palais—the men behind the French version of Airbnb—have also created the first gay friendly peer-to-peer business, accessible via an iPhone app. Currently there are over 1,000 listings throughout the Los Angeles area offering “access to warm and welcoming environments in the hearts of international gay cities.”

Visit misterbnb.com for local listings.

Cowboy 5FLEX SPA IN LA CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 Frisky men in search of tension release at the Flex bathhouse will have to go elsewhere—at least for the time being. A sign has been up in front of a currently empty parking lot that reads “Business Closed” as of Monday May 12. People speculated the closing of Flex came after Hollywood Spa in Hollywood announced it would be going out of business, presumably due to the growing popularity of hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff, but according to flex.com, “FLEX Spas Los Angeles is temporarily closed due to an unexpected city permitting issue.” The disclaimer, adds that “FLEX Los Angeles is working diligently to reopen as quickly as possible.”

TheCity_PUMP_LISAPUMP OPENS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

 After months of anticipation, restaurateur and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Todd, opened the gates of PUMP Restaurant-Bar-Lounge-Garden, located on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Robertson Blvd. The Vanderpumps invited their celeb-reality and gaylebrity friends for the grand opening on May 13, which included Real Housewives stars Joyce Giraud, Carlton Gebbia, Lance Bass, Jai Rodriguez, WeHo socialite Bobby Trendy and the Mayor of West Hollywood, John D’Amico. Executive Chef, Penny Davidi, of Food Network’s Celebrity Chef is curating PUMP’s food menu.