Pop performances. Tank tops. Pool parties. Sunny skies. Hunks galore. Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade and Festival is sure one of the biggest, gayest events in the world, and this year’s festival returns to take over West Hollywood this weekend. So what better way to commemorate the start of a colorful Pride season than by reminiscing over some vintage photos of celebrations from our queer past. Check out this awesome collection from the vibrant archives of LA Pride in the 80’s and 90’s. Spot anyone you recognize?
But this is LA Pride like you’ve never seen it before. Photographer Alan Light has been attending the Los Angeles LGBT Pride parade and festival since the late 80’s and lucky for us, he had his camera by his side, documenting the sun-tanned, muscled-up, Reagan-hating era in vivid detail.
Check out some of our favorite shots we discovered from Alan’s treasure trove of photos of LA Gay Pride 1987-1995. The suntan obsession and the ripped up, white denim bootie shorts may be outdated now, but being out and proud and fighting for equal rights and self-expression never goes out of style.
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1987
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1988
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1990
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1991
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1993
Los Angeles Gay Pride 1995