Downey Pride Celebration- Celebrating Diversity and Community Inclusion

Jul. 02, 2024

Guest Blog Post Written By: Candace Maldonado, MA (she/her/hers) Senior Grant Specialist, Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

As the vibrant summer unfolds, it is a pivotal time to celebrate Pride, with a special spotlight on the Downey Pride Festival, an event crucial to both the Downey community and the surrounding areas. This event is more than a festival; it's an essential opportunity to acknowledge and uplift the LGBTQ+ community, enriching our societal fabric with diversity and strength.

The research underscores the significant benefits of embracing diversity, which fosters richer cultural interactions and greater community acceptance. However, many LGBTQ+ individuals still face considerable challenges related to acceptance and inclusion, particularly those who are also part of other marginalized groups, such as people of color, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly. These challenges are often exacerbated by discrimination, health disparities, and socioeconomic obstacles.

L.A. CADA (Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse) is a nonprofit organization that has been a beacon of support and transformation in the Los Angeles area for over five decades. With a mission to save lives, empower families, and improve communities, L.A. CADA provides comprehensive services that address substance use disorders, mental health treatment, and a broad range of support services for individuals and families, including specialized programs for the LGBTQ+ community. L.A. CADA fosters a nurturing environment where individuals from all walks of life can find healing and support through its commitment to holistic care and community engagement. L.A. CADA is actively working to dismantle barriers within the LGBTQ+ community, which is why L.A. CADA has been the host of the Downey Pride Festival since its conception.

This year, the Downey Pride Festival will be celebrated on August 10th from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Downey (Firestone Blvd. and Downey Ave.). The event will feature a range of activities, including performances by Lorena Herrera, Valentina, and DJ Irene. There will also be educational booths and community gatherings aimed at promoting inclusion and understanding.

We invite everyone to join us in supporting our LGBTQ+ neighbors and spreading a message of inclusivity and love. Engage with the Downey Pride Festival events, learn more about the diverse experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, and contribute to making Downey and its surrounding areas a place where everyone is valued and celebrated.

Downey Pride Event Flyer


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