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South LA Pride was first celebrated in 2017 in Leimert Park.  Led by the efforts of Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, South LA Pride commenced with a special screening of "Moonlight," a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue."

Subsequent South LA Pride celebrations were held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with a two-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 


South LAPride returned in 2022 for its 4th celebration with a community picnic at Norman O. Houston Park in Baldwin Hills.


Understanding that for over three decades, Black Pride had taken place traditionally in July as a direct response to the lack of culture and diversity in the past of the larger West Hollywood Pride celebration and that in the Latinx queer community, similar celebrations outside of June were held, as an ally, Councilmember Harris-Dawson set out to create a space for an LGBTQ+ pride event specifically in South Los Angeles that celebrated the cultures and diversity of the queer community living there.


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