On Sunday afternoon, June 28, 1970, the first LGBT pride parade in the world stepped off at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place in Los Angeles to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since that historic event, countries across the globe celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month every June with parades, marches, and celebrations. This year, those events have been either postponed or moved online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, the civil unrest that erupted due to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement has revived conversations on racism within the LGBT community and more specifically, why LBGT people of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (and HIV/AIDS) and how this community has been marginalized within the larger LGBT equality movement.
As 2020 commemorates the 50th Anniversary of LA Pride, this week's CharLA celebrates this historic milestone by looking back on LA’s LGBTQ Latinx community, its current challenges and the opportunities ahead. We will hear from LGBTQ Latinx leadership on how the community is impacted by COVID-19 as well as efforts to empower this community by queering the Census. Finally, we will look back on some of the community’s most significant accomplishments and historic milestones.
List of Resources shared during this CharLA