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All Black Lives Matter march will take place June 14, without L.A. Pride’s involvement

People gather at a George Floyd memorial
People gather in downtown L.A. for a memorial service honoring George Floyd and demanding justice for those killed by police in Los Angeles.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

There will still be a march in support of Black Lives Matter in L.A. on June 14. But Christopher Street West, the organization that produces L.A. Pride, will not be involved.

After announcing a solidarity protest march last week, L.A. Pride organizers faced backlash for seeking a police permit to hold the event and for not collaborating with Black Lives Matter leadership before announcing it.

For the record:

3:29 PM, Jun. 10, 2020A previous version of this story misstated the organizations endorsing the June 14 march as BLM-LA and the Black Advisory Board. The event is endorsed by BLM and B.L.A.C., according to the event website.

On Friday evening, the board of directors posted an apology on social media and said it was “reevaluating” the event. On Monday afternoon, the board posted a statement on social media saying a march would happen on June 14, but without the involvement of Christopher Street West.

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“The CSW board members who conceived the idea for the march began speaking with Black LGBTQ+ leaders and organizations in advance of the announcement, however they had not been able to align directly with Black Lives Matter leaders prior to the announcement. For that, we apologize to the Black Lives Matter Organizers,” the statement read. It also said permits had been withdrawn and there would be no involvement from police. “This is not a Pride Parade or celebration event. This is a solidarity protest march and there will be no corporate participation.”

The All Black Lives Matter march will be organized by the newly formed Black Advisory Board made up of Black LGBTQ+ leaders and organizations. On the event’s website, the board posted a statement announcing a protest “in direct response to racial injustice, systemic racism, and all forms of oppression” for 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 14.

“We are here to amplify Black Queer voices and come together in solidarity. Endorsed by BLM and B.L.A.C (Black LGBTQIA Advisory Board Council), the All Black Lives Matter solidarity march aims to bring the community together to peacefully exercise our First Amendment rights and heal together,” the statement read. “Out of recognition and respect to the years of work and action of Black LGBTQ+ leadership and community organizers, Christopher Street West and LA Pride will no longer co-organize the All Black Lives Matter march. However, they are in full support and stand unapologetically in solidarity with efforts to dismantle racial justice, systemic oppression, institutional barriers, police brutality and discrimination of all kinds.”

The statement also recommended participants adhere to California Department of Public Health recommendations for coronavirus prevention, including wearing face coverings.

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More event details are expected to be announced in the coming days on the All Black Lives Matter event website.


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