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LA PRIDE’s Lavender Menace



New Name, ‘Lavender Menace’, Same Great Free Friday Night Honoring Women


Officially kicking off LA PRIDE weekend, Friday night continues to bring out top-notch female entertainment to celebrate and honor women.  Formerly known as Purple Party, LA PRIDE has rebranded the free Friday night celebration as ‘Lavender Menace’, a nod to a group of radical Lesbian feminists from the 70’s who came together to fight discrimination.  Today, Lavender Menace combines a community celebration of women with activism while honoring Lesbians who have paved the way for today’s TLGB community.  Sponsored by SHOWTIME®, Lavender Menace is a free event for all ages and genders and takes place in West Hollywood Park on June 6th from 5pm-12am. Continuing through the weekend, LA PRIDE is geared up to WOW attendees with this year’s unprecedented entertainment lineup, and new Festival experiences on June 7th & 8th.

Kicking off ‘Lavender Menace’ A Free Friday Celebration Of Women are two highly anticipated artists, both of whom have recently had career highlights, including a performance at the Grammy’s, to an adorable viral video that has gone on to reach millions of viewers across the world. Mary Lambert, best known as the powerful female voice on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” headlines for the annual free event honoring women. Lambert recently stole the spotlight at the 2014 Grammy awards where a mass wedding that included all loving couples eligible for marriage took place on national television and made headlines around the world.

Australian pop superstar Betty Who makes her pride debut on the LA PRIDE stage with her hit “Somebody Loves You.” The song, which shot to popularity after being used in a same gender wedding proposal filmed at Home Depot, became an internet darling and secured a spot at the top of music charts and in the hearts of people across the globe.

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.  Everyone is welcome to join the free Friday Lavender Menace celebration.

While Lavender Menace is a ‘Celebration of Women’, LA PRIDE is excited to see the return of the Transgender Social.  This year’s social is even bigger and better and will be taking place on the Latin Stage inside the Latino Carnival area of the Festival.  The Transgender Social boasts an amazing lineup of performers including 20-Year-Old Ryan Cassata, who gained national attention at the early age of 14 for his incredible eclectic musical talents and inspirational lyrics. As a transgender singer and songwriter with six albums under his belt, Cassata has opened for acts including Salt N Pepa to Karmin.  Other performances taking place at the Transgender Social include comedian Dina Nina Martinez along with rock band, Lunden Reign.  At the Transgender Social, families, friends and allies come together to celebrate the Trans* community.

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