On Sunday, June 27, 2021, City Hall was the destination for a parade of decorated bikes at the first ever Culver City Gay Pride Ride and Rally. While June has been celebrated as Pride Month all over Los Angeles County, this has been the first event in Culver City. Organized by Bike Culver City and community activist Freddy Puza, the event began at 10 am at Syd Kronenthal Park and rolled up to City Hall at noon. The large and enthusiastic crowd of almost 200 got to hear from featured speakers such as the newly elected Assembly member Isaac Bryan and recent CCHS grad and class president Triston Ezidore.
Puza offered that “Pride began as an uprising against police brutality and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. As organizers, we wanted to keep Culver City Pride aligned with the origins of Pride as a resistance to oppressive systems and institutions in addition to celebrating the contributions and culture of the LGBTQ community in Culver City. This Pride event was a visible way to honor the diversity of our city and to uphold the dignity of all people.”
Photo credit: David Metzler