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A Presidential

Proclamation

President Barack Obama has, again, declared

the month of June to be LGBT Pride Month.

From the moment our Nation first came

together to declare the fundamental

truth that all men are created equal,

courageous and dedicated patriots

have fought to refine our founding promise

and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the

course of more than two centuries of striving

and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil

rights and enshrined equal protections into

our Constitution. Through struggle and

setback, we see a common trajectory toward

a more free and just society. But we are also

reminded that we are not truly equal until

every person is afforded the same rights

and opportunities -- that when one of us

experiences discrimination, it affects all of us

-- and that our journey is not complete until

our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

(LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like

anyone else under the law.

Across our Nation, tremendous progress

has been won by determined individuals

who stood up, spoke out, and shared

their stories. Earlier this year, because of

my landmark Executive Order on LGBT

workplace discrimination, protections for

Federal contractors went into effect, guarding

against discrimination based on sexual

orientation and gender identity. The Federal

Government is now leading by example,

ensuring that our employees and contractors

are judged by the quality of their work,

not by who they love. And I will keep calling

on the Congress to pass legislation so that

all Americans are covered by these protections,

no matter where they work.

In communities throughout the country,

barriers that limit the potential of LGBT

Americans have been torn down, but too

many individuals continue to encounter

discrimination and unfair treatment. My

Administration supports efforts to ban the use

of conversion therapy for minors because the

overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates

that it can cause substantial harm.

We understand the unique challenges faced

by sexual and gender minorities -- especially

transgender and gender non-conforming

individuals -- and are taking steps to address

them. And we recognize that families come

in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological,

foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is

an important protective factor against suicide

and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health

experts have created resources to support

family communication and involvement.

For countless young people, it is not

enough to simply say it gets better; we

must take action too. We continue to

address bullying and harassment in our

classrooms, ensuring every student has

a nurturing environment in which to learn

and grow. Across the Federal Government,

we are working every day to unlock the

opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve

and the resources and care they need. Too

many LGBTQ youth face homelessness

and too many older individuals struggle to

find welcoming and affordable housing;

that is why my Administration is striving to

ensure they have equal access to safe and

supportive housing throughout life. We are

updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to

better address the disproportionate burden

HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual

men and transgender women. We

continue to extend family and spousal benefits

to legally married same-sex couples.

And because we know LGBT rights

are human rights, we are championing

protections and support for LGBT persons

around the world.

All people deserve to live with dignity

and respect, free from fear and violence,

and protected against discrimination, regardless

of their gender identity or sexual

orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate

the proud legacy LGBT individuals

have woven into the fabric of our Nation,

we honor those who have fought to perfect

our Union, and we continue our work

to build a society where every child grows

up knowing that their country supports

them, is proud of them, and has a place

for them exactly as they are.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK

OBAMA, President of the United States

of America, by virtue of the authority

vested in me by the Constitution and

the laws of the United States, do hereby

proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I

call upon the people of the United States

to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists,

and to celebrate the great diversity

of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto

set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May,

in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen,

and of the Independence of the United States

of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

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Bringing Home

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Mr. LA Leather Patrick Smith wins International

Mr. Leather 2015. “I believe title holders should do

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BY PAULO MURILLO

Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles

Leather 2015, was named

International Mr. Leather 2015 at

the 37th annual IML Competition

in Chicago last month.

Smith’s big win makes him the third LA

Mr. Leather to bring the IML title home

to Los Angeles after eight years (Mikel

Gerle won in 2007 and Guy

Baldwin in 1989).

Smith, who won the Mr.

Los Angeles Leather 2015

title this past March, says

that the “Mr. LA Leather

contest does an incredible

job preparing you for

IML, because they are on a

similar level in terms of production,

value and intensity,

so fortunately for me, it did

feel very familiar.”

In an interview with THE

FIGHT the Canadian native

and current Los Angeles resident

discusses what the title

means to him, how his mom

is his biggest cheerleader and

his plans for the future.

What was it like hearing

your name being called as

the IML winner?

I can’t believe it, I’m still

in shock! ... You can never

prepare for it. It’s something

that you imagine and hope

will happen. I can’t even put

it into words—especially for

an international title. It was

completely surreal. I remember

gasping and putting my hands over my

mouth and I somehow managed to walk

over and step up to that podium and the

rest is just a blur.

Was there anything that you found

particularly grueling about the

competition?

I guess the most challenging part

of the weekend was just overcoming

your nerves... Everybody has that voice in

their heads that makes you second-guess

yourself sometimes, but you just have to

do the best you can to keep on going. I really

needed support and all the messages

that I got—they powered me through and

helped me shine on stage.

Did you end up taking your mom to IML?

Yes. She was a huge hit. I actually mentioned

her in my speech. She was there

in the audience cheering me on. I actually

heard her voice while I was on stage and it

was quite encouraging. Right after I won,

they brought her up on to the podium

and there’s a picture of us on the podium

together. She got to meet the judges and

they just fell in love with her.

Patrick Smith, with his mom.

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“The title

doesn’t belong

to just me. It belongs

to everybody who helped

get me here. It was truly a

group effort and I think the

entire Los Angeles leather

community should take

pride in this because they

all had something to

do with it.”

Was it uncomfortable at all having your

mother at this type of competition?

You might think so, but not at all. She

and I have been very close my entire

life. She’s my number one biggest supporter

and I have no secrets from my

mom. So no, it felt great. I think if I had

to filter myself I don’t think I would have

won. You need to go up there and you

need to expose yourself and bare your

soul and I think the judges want to see

you up there being yourself.

What does winning the

title mean to you?

It comes with an enormous

sense of honor... I

believe title holders should

do something for their

community. For me—it’s

the opportunity to have my

voice heard on an international

stage. I plan on

traveling the world. I plan

on doing a lot of writing

on gay issues that I’m

passionate about. It’s an

enormous responsibility

and I look forward to that.

Where do you go

from here?

At the moment there

are a few issues I want to

tackle, such as the impact

that censorship has had

on a global level in our

communities. Measure B

[law requiring adult film

actors to wear condoms]

for example, is a form of

censorship—it is censoring

porn. In the UK they

actually recently banned

BDSM in porn, so basically it is actually

illegal to show spanking in porn. That’s

censorship. If you want to take it to the

worst extreme, look at somewhere like

Russia where you can’t even speak favorably

about gay rights, or else you’ll

get thrown in jail. It’s a huge problem.

There is a lot of censorship that is

affecting our community and I want to

fight it all over the world.

Any final words to all the fans that

supported you?

I can’t reiterate enough that there are

many people responsible for getting me

here. I had an entire community behind

me. The title doesn’t belong to just me. It

belongs to everybody who helped get me

here. It was truly a group effort and I think

the entire Los Angeles leather community

should take pride in this because they all

had something to do with it.

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THE OFFICIAL CSW LA PRIDE GUIDE

PHOTO BY JON VISCOTT

CSW Co-Presidents Patti DiLuigi and Steve Ganzell

on how Pride has changed over the years, the

struggles facing the transgender community

and “putting the sex back in homosexual.”

BY MARK ARIEL

CSW Co-Presidents

Patti DiLuigi (L) and

Steve Ganzell.

WELCOME TO

LA PRIDE 2015

In 1969, our brothers and sisters in New York City stood up for equality at the infamous

Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. This passionate outburst launched the larger movement

celebrating the LGBTQ community and prompted local leaders Morris Kight and Reverends

Troy Perry and Bob Humphries to unite the LA community and produce LA PRIDE, in 1970,

the first LGBTQ Pride Parade in the world, thereby creating Christopher Street West (CSW).

CSW is the nonprofit organization that produces the LA PRIDE celebration and is governed

by an unpaid, professional volunteer Board of Directors, assisted by volunteer committee

members, numerous administrative and event volunteers, and a few paid seasonal

consultants and staff.

Over the years the nature of

the celebration has changed,

says Co-President Patti DiLuigi in

an interview with THE FIGHT. “In the

beginning it was more of a statement, the

TLGB community came together to seek other

people in their community,” states DiLuigi.

“Now it is more of a celebration. While our

struggle for rights and against hatred is not

over—it definitely has come a long way.”

On a personal level, reveals DiLuigi,

her involvement with the organization has

broadened her community horizons. “I never

had any interaction with the transgender

community and the leather community. I

never really knew anything about their way

of life, the everyday struggles and prejudice

they faced. I have gotten to know more

about these two communities and I feel I

am a better person because of it.”

One of the topics CSW is focusing on

this year is PrEP, which stands for Pre-

Exposure Prophylaxis. The goal of PrEP is

to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if

you are exposed to the virus. This is done

by taking one pill every day.

“The idea that we might just be living in

a time when sero-conversion would end is

really significant. It certainly is cause for a

celebration and we just happen to be having

one,” says Co-President Steve Ganzell

in an interview with THE FIGHT.

“It is also an opportunity to provide folks

with information so that they can understand

some of the things that are being said about

this issue... I have some really strong feelings

about this but overriding all the other feelings

is the feeling of hope,” says Ganzell.

When asked if there is any part of Pride

this year that he is particularly passionate

about Ganzell reveals that he is looking

forward to “Erotic City.”

“I am a proud leatherman and that’s

were my tribe celebrates at the festival,”

says Ganzell. “We have gone through a

lot of changes over the years. We realized

that Erotic City is not about lecturing to

people, and conducting ‘demos.’ We were

there to play and to meet other folks who

wanted to play as well.”

“We are the part of PRIDE that celebrates

the dark, kinky erotic part of our gay identity,”

states Ganzell. “I always say we’re the

folks putting the sex back in homosexual.”

This year, reveals Ganzell, the

event has been renamed “Erotic City

UNDERGROUND,” as it will take place in

the underground parking garage.

If you’re not familiar with the area—

check the banners throughout the festival

to find the location.

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THE OFFICIAL CSW LA PRIDE GUIDE

THE MORE

YOU KNOW

The first parade traveled east on Hollywood

Boulevard starting from McCadden Place.

Christopher Street West (CSW) is

named after New York City’s famed

Christopher Street, the June 1969

site of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The CSW parade was started in June

1970 the year following the Stonewall Riot,

by a number of Los Angeles’ gay activists,

prominent among them Morris Kight,

Reverend Troy Perry, and Bob Humphries.

The first parade traveled east on

Hollywood Boulevard starting from

McCadden Place in the Hollywood section

of Los Angeles. Although one of several

gay pride parades that took place that day

around the United States, this was the

only “street closing” gay pride parade

held in 1970—something emulated by the

other parades the following year.

After several troubled years (no parade

was held in 1973), the CSW parade returned

in 1974, and originated yet another feature

of the modern gay pride movement by adding

a festival to its annual event.

There was always a tense relationship

between CSW, the businesses on

Hollywood Boulevard and the LAPD, so in

1979 the parade and festival were moved

to the more friendly environs of Santa

Monica Boulevard, in the soon-to-be-incorporated

(1984) City of West Hollywood.

The parade now moves west on Santa

Monica Boulevard from the corner of

Crescent Heights Boulevard, and the festival

is held in West Hollywood Park and the adjacent

section of San Vicente Boulevard.

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THE OFFICIAL CSW LA PRIDE GUIDE

UNDEN REIGN

TAMAR

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 5pm-12am

Lex

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Tamar Braxton

Trans Party, 7pm-12am

Dina Nina Martinez

Jazzman

Jakob G.

Aubrey

Lunden Reign

Reki

Sissy Debut

Angel Bonilla

Jason Taylorson

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 12pm-1am

Beauty In The Breakdown

Michael Mercury

Wilson Phillips

Tinashe

Wrabel

Kesha

Latino Carnivale

Carmen Rios

Sonora Tropicana

Thea Austin

Crystal Waters

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 11am-12am

Maceo Paisley

Sean Van Der Wilt

Luciana

Dina Nina Martinez

Becky G*

Peter Paige

Ty Herndon

Who Is Fancy

Eden Xo

Fifth Harmony

Latino Carnivale

5 Senti 2

Sonora Tropicana

Wild Style

Becky G

Ana Barbara

Flava

Dj Kidd Madonny

LAVENDER MENACE

Friday, June 12, 5pm to midnight

This year, LA PRIDE brings back its free

Friday night celebration ‘Lavender Menace’

which combines a community celebration of

women with activism honoring Lesbians who

have paved the way for today’s TLGB community

and celebrating with the ones who

will change tomorrow. Tamar Braxton will

headline the Lavender Menace main stage.

Before the show kicks into full gear,

LA PRIDE is proud to present the WeHo

Dyke March in conjunction with the City Of

West Hollywood and the Lesbian Visibility

Committee, where attendees can honor,

march and then celebrate the accomplishments

of the Lesbian community. The

annual Dyke March starts inside the Festival

and moves its way into the streets of West

Hollywood, down Santa Monica Blvd and

then returns back to the Festival to celebrate.

For more info visit: lapride.org.

TRANS PARTY

Friday, June 12, 7pm to midnight

Trans Party will also make a return to the

Free Friday night experience with a fun

collection of entertainment celebrating the

‘T’ in TLGB. This year’s social is even bigger

and better and will be taking place on

the FOX Pride Latino Carnival area of the

Festival. The Transgender Social boasts

an amazing lineup of performers including

comedians, dancers, DJs and the cast of

the TV show “Transparent.”

For more info visit: lapride.org.

TY HERNDON

LATINO CARNIVALE

Saturday, June 13, 5pm through

Sunday, June 14 at midnight

LA PRIDE’s signature Music & Arts Festival

will see the return of the massively successful

festival party, FOX Pride LATINO

CARNIVALE Presented by LA PRIDE &

Club Papi. The high-energy, non-stop party

celebrating Latino heritage and the TLGB

community will feature a dynamic list of

Latin powerhouse performers along with top

club DJ’s from around Southern California.

Mexican singing sensation, and this year’s

Latino Carnivale headliner, Ana Barbara

will make her LA PRIDE debut along with

other weekend highlights including Becky

G, Crystal Waters, Thea Austin, power

vocalist Carmen Rios, 5Senti2, Sonora

Tropicana, DJ Kidd Madonny and a special

appearance by Chiquis

For more info visit: lapride.org

ROLLER RINK & DISCO:

THUNDER GROUND

Saturday, June 13, 5pm through Sunday,

June 14 at midnight

Thunder Ground will once again bring its

signature high-energy outdoor roller skating

rink with live entertainment along with

other VIP perks from fast-pass festival entry

to a private and up-close Main Stage Delta

Air Lines Viewing Deck along with specialty

bars and food vendors and other upgraded

amenities. VIP tickets are limited and are

now on sale at www.LAPRIDE.org.

Throughout the weekend THUNDER

GROUND is a 21+ experience but on

Saturday afternoon, LA PRIDE will open up

THUNDER GROUND to all ages for Family

Skate on June 13th from 12pm - 2pm. Kids

under 12 years of age are free, entry for

children over 12 and adults is $20 in advance.

All children under the age of 16 must be

accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Skates will be available onsite and the rentals

will be included in the general ticket price.

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EXHIBITION: RIOT II

Saturday, June 13, 12pm through

Sunday, June 14 at midnight

Christopher Street West will host its

3rd Annual Arts & Heritage Exhibition:

RIOT II, at LA Pride.

2015 marks the 45th Anniversary

of the pride marches in the United

States, as well as, the 30th

Anniversary of the incorporation of

the City of West Hollywood.

During this historically-charged

celebration, RIOT II will examine the

founding struggles and principles

of the queer civil rights movement,

re-contextualizing our shared experience

into a large-scale playground of

installations, performances, music

and dance!

The exhibit is located below the

festival grounds, in the underground

Library parking lot and features works

by Slather, Unlucky Pierre, The

Studio Haus, Dani Dodge, Ruben

Esparza, ONE National Gay and

Lesbian Archives and Colors of

Compassion. A full service bar and

lounge will be available on site.

EROTIC CITY UNDERGROUND

Saturday, June 13, 11am through

Sunday, June 14 at midnight

Erotic City is the part of the festival

that celebrates the dark, the passionate,

the erotic, and the fun aspects

of our LGBT life. This is where the

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and they welcome you to join them.

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favorite porn actor? Well they might

just be playing strip-pong, signing

autographs, or visiting with their fans.

Heard rumors about the kinds

of kinky play that goes on in Erotic

City? It’s all probably true and you’re

welcome to come observe or maybe

you’d like to try something new.

This year the intensity is turned up to

high with “Erotic City Underground,”

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Erotic City Underground will be in the

underground WeHo Library parking lot.

THE LOS ANGELES

GAY PRIDE PARADE

Sunday, June 14 at 11am

Hundreds of thousands of LGBT people

and their allies flood the streets of

West Hollywood for the Los Angeles

Gay Pride Parade, L.A. PRIDE’s centerpiece

event. Featuring floats, music and

a celebrity Grand Marshal, recognized

for his or her contributions to LGBT

rights and culture, the Los Angeles Gay

Pride Parade is southern California’s

largest LGBT event. The parade

runs along Santa Monica Blvd. from

Crescent Heights Blvd. to Robertson

Blvd., and the bars and restaurants lining

the streets join the party with all-day

(and all-night) celebrations!

THE VIP EXPERIENCE

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LA PRIDE’s VIP Festival full-access

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June 13th & 14th to its 10,000 square

foot outdoor VIP experience within the

LA PRIDE Festival in West Hollywood

Park. Avoid lines with advanced

discounted VIP Tickets at $50/day or

$100/weekend (prices will increase for

tickets purchased at the gate) and are

available at: www.LAPRIDE.org

The VIP Ticket will include exclusive

access to Thunder Ground’s outdoor

roller rink, VIP bars & lounges, food

vendors, upgraded VIP bathrooms and

a main stage viewing area with surprises

throughout the weekend. Roller

skate rentals are also included with the

ticket, but roller divas are encouraged

to bring their own.

#SIZZLE ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT

Saturday, June 13, 5pm through

Sunday, June 14 at midnight

DJ Walter Delmar returns to the

alcohol-free zone #SIZZLE - A Carnival of

Attraction - at LA Pride this year. His music

sets are a journey into old school hip

hop, rap and dance tracks, mixed with

the current music from those genres to

create a non-stop dance party.

“I’m honored to be able to perform

for a community event that is here

to connect people,” Delmar tells

THE FIGHT. “The attendees of these

events are always open and full of

amazing energy! I was astounded by

the reception of the people who were

there to dance and have a great time.”

Follow Delmar on Instagram, twitter

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#SIZZLE takes place on Melrose,

the corner of San Vicente.

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from 2pm to 7 pm at the Faultline bar in Los Angeles.

The event will be the Foundation’s 24th annual commemoration

of the artist Tom of Finland, whose real

name was Touko Laaksonen; he died in Finland in 1991.

The “Daddy’s Day” parking lot party for TOM is celebrated

with artists showing their work, bawdy contests and prizes, a

silent auction, food and drink, and general tomfoolery! All to benefit

the Foundation that Laaksonen cofounded in 1984.

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