LGBT women dominated the main stage of last year's Los Angeles Pride Festival (Kehlani, Tove Lo, and Kim Petras just to name a few), and 2019 is continuing that hype with... Meghan Trainor.
The "All About That Bass" singer is headlining this year's festival with British electro-pop group Years & Years.
LA Pride cites her career success and a 2018 love letter she wrote to the queer community in a press release. "To the entire LGBTQ+ community, I love you with all of my heart," she wrote in Billboard. "I appreciate you endlessly and I support you with all that I have and believe in. I am there for you as you have been for me."
Should allies headline Pride events? Miss Trainor does make cute bops and I'm not the judge and the jury here, but there are plenty of LGBTQ musicians to tap into for next year's festival. Also, I still haven't forgiven Meghan for wearing that onesie on RuPaul's Drag Race. I will admit her new EP is very cute and FOOLISH slaps.
The press release continues:
"LA Pride’s 2019 #JUSTUNITE theme makes a simple, yet powerful statement: that the work the LGBTQ+ community does together is ultimately what will make it stronger and more resilient than ever before. The theme is not only a nod to the Pride movement’s storied history of pioneers and activists who paved the way for the rights LGBTQ+ people have today, but it also is a reminder that the fight for equality is still far from over. LA Pride has embraced this rich history as the fuel to inspire, motivate and drive the LGBTQ+ community to its next chapter."
This year's Festival is expanding down Santa Monica Boulevard and they're adding a free Friday night ceremony with community leaders, a WeHo Vogue Ball & Drag Show, local DJs, and surprise guests. They're also moving guest services and increasing street closures and security to hopefully avoid last year's disastrous admissions issue. But without Kehlani, I somehow doubt it'll be quite as hectic.
Prepare yourself for LA Pride 2019 on June 7-9. Scroll down to see a few more of the announced performers.