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Christopher Street West Association, Inc.

aka LA Pride   |   Burbank, CA   |  https://lapride.org

Mission

Our mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression and celebration, and honor the unique heritage and diverse cultures of Greater Los Angeles' LGBTQ+ community.

Ruling year info

1986

Board President

Gerald Garth

Main address

c/o Entertainment Management Inc. 215 W. Alameda Avenue Suite 204

Burbank, CA 91502 USA

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EIN

95-3736454

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the current social climate there is still a need for safe and brave spaces for any and all LGBTQ+ individuals who are vulnerable to institutional, societal, or casual violence, sexism, genderism, racism, ageism, homophobia, or transphobia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LA Pride Festival & Parade

Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organized the first permitted gay parade in the world on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City the year prior. Since then, CSW has grown into an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community of Greater Los Angeles, and beyond. The festival was rebranded as "LA Pride in the Park" in 2022, and is held in Los Angeles the day(s) prior to the parade. CSW also organizes events throughout the year, and works with its nonprofit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

LA Pride Festival & Parade

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

"free admission" includes number of attendees at public events like the LA Pride Parade. 2020 did not see any events due to COVID. 2021 events were hybrid, due to lingering COVID concerns.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Related Program

LA Pride Festival & Parade

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Festival attendees only. Parade attendees shown above. 2020 and 2021 attendee numbers due to COVID.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LA Pride was founded upon the spirit of activism – and today, continues in the footsteps of its founders. We believe in inspiring today's generation to come together as a community and take a stand for acceptance and equality. Our goal is to empower the LGBTQ+ community and its allies with essential information, education, resources, events, content, and communications so that everyone within our community can not only find their unique voice, but also use it to inspire positive change for all.

LA Pride has become a place where all intersections of the LGBTQ+ community can come to celebrate their identities. This is, partly, due to our priority to include all intersections in our LGBTQ+ programming and into events leading up to the LA Pride series of events.

In 2020, Christopher Street West celebrated its 50th anniversary. In our five decades of service to the LGBTQ community of Greater Los Angeles, we have partnered with various organizations to address a variety of needs.

Casa Del Sol is a prime example of how Christopher Street West directly impacts the community. It is a joint project between Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA), and CSW to provide low-income housing for people with HIV/AIDS. CSW purchased the Hollywood property in 1988 and it opened for occupancy in 1993, following various bureaucratic issues and renovation needs. It remains a precedent-setting undertaking, laying the groundwork for all future independent living programs for persons with HIV/AIDS. Casa Del Sol was groundbreaking as it was the first low-income housing project for people with HIV/AIDS to receive HUD funding. Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) manages the property, screening prospective tenants and providing ongoing tenant advocacy and support. CSW holds the mortgage and pays the yearly mortgage interest on the property.

Besides, the above aforementioned, LA Pride has projects in the pipeline to continue to serve the LGBTQ+ community in ways it hasn't been able to in the past. For example, in 2019 we will be initiating programs that work directly with underserved communities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Christopher Street West Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gerald Garth

Raul Rios

Gerald Garth

Cyan St. James

Jake Brooke-Harris

Vanessa Cervantes

Enrique Monagas

Noah Gonzalez

Breyon Clemmons

Nic Mercado

Charles Beall

Gabriel Bilen

Lawrence Carroll

Sean Gaynor

Sanya Lojero

Ulisses Rivera

Addison Rose Vincent

Gloria Bigelow

Wendy Celaya

Kareem Cervantes

Andrew Colgan

Christopher Hill

Imene Meziane

Gianna Sobol

Steven Welliver

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No