On Saturday, April 30, 2019, Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade presented by Verizon, announced that EMMY and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist and hitmaker Paula Abdul will headline the 2019 LA Pride Festival Opening Ceremony with a special outdoor performance on Friday, June 7. As a trusted ally to the LGBTQ+ community, the iconic pop star is proud to show her support for her LGBTQ+ fans with an unforgettable 60-minute performance in West Hollywood Park as part of the free Friday night festivities.
” I am so happy to be a part of this year’s LA Pride Festival and to celebrate this year’s theme, #JUSTUNITE. Throughout the course of my career, the LGBTQ+ community has stood behind me, and I’m honored to now have the opportunity to show my support and gratitude by performing at this year’s Opening Ceremony. I’m hoping the night will be a chance for all generations of the community to come together to celebrate one another and the work that has been done,” said Paula Abdul.
About Christopher Street West (CSW): Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, we have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. For more information visit https://lapride.org/about/
About Paula Abdul:
Worldwide sensation Paula Abdul is best known as a music superstar, with 60 million records sold and 6 number one hits, and more recently for her nine-season run as a judge on American Idol. She continued her on-screen success as executive-producer and star in the CBS competition series, Live To Dance, followed by another role as a judge on Fox’s The X-Factor. She soon after completed two seasons as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance and one season on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. After over 25 years, she made her triumphant return to touring with Live Nation’s The Total Package Tour. Selling half-a-million tickets, Abdul hit 45 cities in the US alongside Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. Known as one of America’s pop music pioneers, she has been recognized with two Emmy Awards, two GRAMMY Awards, three American Music Awards and is a multi-platinum recording artist.
Paula has appeared on Fox’s Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and more!
Aside from being a gifted entertainer, she has become an active spokesperson and advocate for national charity organizations, some of which include the American Humane Association, Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco, and Turnaround Arts. Recognized for her charitable work, the Avon Foundation previously tapped Abdul to become their Avon Global Ambassador for their international #CheckYourself digital campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Paula Abdul has traveled the country, speaking publicly on her creative passions, drive, and professional experience. Some of the leading companies, organizations and events in which she has spoken at include WE.Org, Pepsico’s Women CEOs, Cigna Health, Greater Miami Jewish Federation for Women, Empower 180, Genius Network, Hudson Union Society and others. For more information visit https://paulaabdul.com/