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2012 LA PRIDE Parade Draws Thousands

Thousands gathered on Sunday to celebrate pride in the 2012 LA PRIDE Parade in West Hollywood.

LA Times reports:

“This year, with all the anti-gay legislation that’s come out and the radical homophobic rhetoric, it is important to be vocal and visible and supportive” for the gay community, said Shayna Kessel, a 30-year-old West Hollywood resident watching the parade.

Down the street, a silent, masked person in a bridal gown held a sign reading, “Freedom and Equality 2012.”

Before the parade, Katy Butler, a 17-year-old lesbian activist who was bullied because of her sexual orientation, addressed a crowd from a podium draped with a rainbow flag.

“Now we have to take a stand as youth to come out because it’s our time,” she said. “To all the LGBTQ youth out there: Come out. Come out for your friends and your family and community because youth are so powerful.”

Daily Mail also covered the event:

Chaz Bono was today cheered at a gay pride parade in LA while graciously waving from the back of a remodeled 1957 Thunderbird convertible.

Many know him as the transgender son of musicians Cher and the late Sonny Bono.

Chaz, who broke up with his girlfriend of 12 years in December, was named LA Pride’s Person of the Year for its 42nd annual celebration.

Read more via DAILY MAIL

See photos via from the event LA TIMES and LA WEEKLY

Watch a video of Los Angeles Pride Parade Broadcast Live. June 10 2012 HERE

Enjoy a gallery of photos by LA based photojournalist Jonathan Alcorn HERE