An Evening Among the Roses
Performances by Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Originally founded in 2000, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is recognized as the world’s first LGBTQ+ mariachi band. Mariachi Arcoiris’ mission is to create a safe place for other queer musicians to come together, rehearse, and perform music free of bullying, mocking, and harassment.
Arcoiris means “rainbow” in Spanish
Arcoiris, which means “rainbow” in Spanish, is a fitting name to describe the diversity of the band members, including Natalia Melendez, the first transgender woman in the history of mariachi.
Pride Poets will be participating in this year's event, offering attendees the unique opportunity to receive a personalized poem based on a word, theme, or story.
As a queer poetry incubator, Pride Poets brings together talented poets from the LGBTQ+ community to write and share their work, paying tribute to their experiences, capturing their stories, and spreading love.
The organization was founded by Brian Sonia-Wallace, who holds the esteemed positions of West Hollywood City Poet Laureate and 2021–22 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow for LGBTQ+ literary activism. Pride Poets’ mission is to connect people through ink in a wired-in world.
We deeply appreciate the generous support of our sponsors.
- Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Supervisor
- A Better Life with Jill
- David Bohnett Foundation
- Stephanie and Leo Dencik
- Brian Duck and Chad Olsen
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- Terry Perucca and Annette Serrurier
- Vincent Rodriguez III and Gregory Wright
- Mona and Randy Shulman
- Jeff Soref and Paul Lombardi