PHOTO DROP: LA Pride takes over Universal Studios Hollywood

Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photos by Mike Pingel

Pride month may be behind us, but Pride celebrations will continue throughout the summer. Here’s a look back at Pride is Universal at Universal Studios Hollywood last week, Friday, June 24.

LA Pride has once again partnered with Universal Studios Hollywood to present Pride is Universal 2022 as part of LA Pride’s celebrations during Pride Month, providing an exclusive theme park experience for guests of all ages to enjoy with their friends and family. LGBTQ+ guests and allies had access to rides and thrill rides during the day, with additional after-hours features including live DJs, Universal Character meet-and-greets, cash bars and photo shoots.

Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photos by Mike Pingel
Pride is Universal 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photos by Mike Pingel

Music for the night included DJ Brynn Taylor and drag performances from drag superstars Morgan McMichaels, Mariah Balenciaga, Delta Work, Jasmine Masters and Scarlet Envy.

Pride is Universal 2022 also brought back the VIP – Universal Express ticket option which included early access to the park at 2:00 p.m., Universal Express access to park attractions, premium viewing areas on the main stage and exclusive access to the LA Pride VIP lounge. .

Pride also teamed up with Cinespia and brought LGBTQ back to the movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 25. This year’s classic summer film screening of “But I’m a Cheerleader,” the campy satirical jab at gay conversion therapy camp, directed by our lesbian, Jamie Babbit. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty and a newcomer named RuPaul Charles.

Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, held the world’s first authorized gay rights parade on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York the previous year. Over 50 years later, CSW has built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Jack C. Nugent