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Celebrate LA Pride With The Recording Academy & Special Guests
June 1 is a special day, not just because summer is around the corner, but because it signifies the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month around the globe. This year also marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which is widely recognized as the start of a larger LGBTQ+ movement across the U.S. and led to the organizing of the first ever Pride Parade on June 28, 1970 in N.Y.C.
Los Angeles also held their first-ever Pride parade that same day in West Hollywood, the historically gay neighborhood/safe haven in city. Next weekend, on June 9, the LA Pride Parade returns to WeHo to celebrate the struggles and triumph of its powerful LGBTQ+ community, past and present.
The Recording Academy is proud to announce that they are partnering with LA Pride for a takeover of Jewel's Catch One Lounge, sponsored by Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, on the Pride Festival grounds June 8-9. Join us for lively music and empowering conversation on both Saturday and Sunday.
#JUSTUNITE It’s time to set aside our differences and celebrate what truly unites us.
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— LA Pride (@lapride) May 31, 2019
The lounge is named after Jewel's Catch One, a dance club in Downtown LA that served as a safe space for both LGBTQ+ and underrepresented communities in the city for 42 years (the venue still operates as club and was recently renamed to Catch One in honor of its roots). Jewel Thais-Williams, a queer black woman, opened Catch One in 1972, standing up against hate and becoming a role model for fighting discrimination and breaking down racial, social and cultural barriers. For decades, the space represented a refuge for those during the AIDS crisis, celebrating fashion, celebrity, activism and music.
The Catch One Lounge at LA Pride will feature a GRAMMY Soundbite Playlist powered by Delta, along with DJ sets to keep the vibes upbeat. It will offer LA Pride participants Soundbites to get them closer to their music dreams and GRAMMY aspirations. Special guests, including music industry luminaries and queer advocates, will have intimate one-on-one conversations surrounding their impact on shaking up the music world. In between conversations, Soundbite Socials will allow for mingling and dream-sharing.