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Resist March Founder Brian Pendleton Has Left L.A. Pride Board of Directors

Thu, Jul 06, 2017   By Staff    8 Comments

Brian Pendleton, the organizer of June’s Resist March, has resigned from the board of directors of Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization whose annual L.A. Pride parade was supplanted by the protest march this year.

Chris Classen, who heads CSW, confirmed that Pendleton had resigned shortly after the June 11 march. As of publication, WEHOville has been unable to reach Pendleton for a comment.

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The march was controversial in some quarters, with business owners in WeHo’s Boystown area concerned that it would reduce sales on what traditionally has been one of their busiest days of the year. Others objected to not staging a Pride parade, which has been a tradition since 1970 (with the exception of a cancellation of the event in 1973).

The march attracted between 25,000 and 35,000 participants, according to numbers provided by law enforcement agencies. It also attracted major political figures such as U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader; U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district includes West Hollywood; U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, and West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.

While organizers and some supporters of the march were reluctant to promote it as a protest of Donald Trump, its participants — a mix of LGBT people, women’s rights advocates, immigrants and their supporters — clearly saw it that way given their signs and chants.

Classen said CSW will solicit nominations for board positions in September and will choose new board members in October.

CSW’s board of directors has undergone major changes, with four of the 15 members resigning in January and one the month before. Those resigning complained about a requirement that they sign what they called “gag orders” (non-disclosure agreements) and said CSW was not supportive of the transgender community, was not transparent in its activities and finances and that they were not respected or listened to.

Pendleton, who had declined to sign the non-disclosure agreement, was expected to have helped the non-profit CSW raise money to keep it going. That was a special concern because of the cancellation of the parade, whose corporate sponsors such as Budweiser, Wells Fargo and Delta Airlines, make it a major revenue generator for the financially strapped organization. Last year’s Pride event was in the red by $365,000.

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8 Comments

  1. Jim NasiumSat, Jul 08, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    How about a little shorter comment next time JS.

  2. Jonathan SimmonsSat, Jul 08, 2017 at 2:35 am

    That decision was one of the worst loss of pro-gay and all/any differences in people CELEBRATION …That loss of POSITIVE, HAPPY & WELCOMING TO AND ALL PR is incalculable. Beyond the loss of opportunity for first timers, questing, and gay people forced to live a lonely isolated life (for so many reasons: religious family, lack of any gay bars/clubs/coffee houses where ever anyone living poor in the boondocks in CA and reaching across the Country) which The Same Boring lable so many locals complain about is selifily short sighted.

    IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE SAME GENERAL FORMAT SAME TIME, SAME PLACE AND SAME ENOUGH THAT PEOPLE LIVING A FEARFUL CLOSETED LIFE CAN KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT IN DECIDING IF THOSE BEYOND OUR SCOPE OF THOUGHT (everybody has to come out, and people will be born everyday, so there has been, is and always shall be a need for people coming out for the first time …. and our pride parade (as much as every City’s own … no matter how small in comparison) is a critical step in the coming out process and experience. To come and be overwhelmed with the sheer mass of people in one place congregation TO BE HAPPY AND NOT JUST SHOW PRIDE, BUT TO FEEL THE PRIDE OF THE NORMALITY (not “the acceptance” the mass of people make it a non acceptance issue)…

    IT IS NOT FOR THOSE OF US LIVING IN WEHO, OUT FOR EONS AND FULLY INTEGRATED INTO A LIFE OF BEING GAY IS AS NORMAL AS PEOPLE WITH TWO ARMS AND TWO LEGS WALKING AROUND…NOBODY NOTICES OR CARES.

    Be there to pick up and continue with the people before who have passed, but supported the PRIDE annually for the benefit of others and all. Or be an uncaring selfish person (it’s a free country, that’s fine) but don’t actively try to change PRIDE because it boars you and makes driving impossible for a few hours.

    Be selfish, but don’t RUIN PRIDE which should be like A NATIONAL HOLIDAY when the city thinks about “something new” or “a new location for a change.”

    It is our national holiday with the tradion celebrated how and where the first PRIDE PARADE was held in weho.

    The 4th of July is to me a very important holiday to remind everyone, we had to fight for our right to have a constitution BASED ON FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE.

    HOWEVER….I HATE the fireworks … The upset and distress my dog really bad, kids get hurt and often killed every year, and potential epic fires could be started anywhere ….. But I wouldn’t diss or ever suggest fireworks be taken out of the holiday of The 4th of July. That is the tangible and impossible not to at least hear, and see. My dog and I suffer each 4th, but we get over it.

    TRADITIONS AND HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS ANNUALLY …. ARE SUPPOSED TO NEVER SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE. LIKE THE 4TH, IT’S FOR THE OLD TO REMINISCE, THE ACTIVE TO LEARN PAINFUL LESSONS IN THE ER HOPING DRS CAN SEW THEIR FINGER BACK ON, FAMILIES WITH SUCH LOW EXCITEMENT THRESHOLDS TO SIT AN OOO, AHHHH AND SCREAM AT EACH GIANT FIREWORK … LIKE SOMETHING THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE … FOR EACH SUCCESSIVE ORDINARY EXPLOSIVE FIREWORK.

    We are now actually on the cusp of our Constitution being trampled on with the current president, but that does not change or mean we don’t celebrate the 4th.

  3. Tres AmusanteFri, Jul 07, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Since when is Heilman a “major political figure”? Made me laugh. This is one of the ways WeHoville impairs it’s credibility with it’s silly Heilman propaganda. Maybe it could consider changing it’s name to WeHeilmanville

  4. Henry (Hank) ScottFri, Jul 07, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thanks! Fixed it. I love my community copy editors.

  5. Gary WallenFri, Jul 07, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Slight edit needed at end of next to last paragraph!

  6. MannyFri, Jul 07, 2017 at 8:06 am

    @Creative One…..you’re a very creative one

  7. Creative OneFri, Jul 07, 2017 at 2:32 am

    If not a new organization, can they at least change the name of the current one? Los Angeles and West Hollywood have a rich gay history without having to associate with a NYC based term (Christopher Street West). Come on! Or, maybe we should insist on NYC’s organization being called Santa Monica Blvd East?

    A name change, with some new oversight will go a long way.

  8. Todd BiancoThu, Jul 06, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Can’t wait to find out what a financial disaster 2017 was for CSW. Maybe the end is near and 2018 will be produced by a completely new organization.

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