Our Mission and Purpose

Christopher Street West’s mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression, to inspire an authentic sense of activism in the continued fight for equality, and to celebrate the unique heritage and diverse cultures of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

About Christopher Street West Association

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. And today, we continue to produce the LA Pride Parade and Festival every June in the City of West Hollywood. We also organize a number of events throughout the year with our non-profit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners.

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Board of Directors

With years of experience, our all-volunteer Board of Directors made up of community leaders with diverse backgrounds, skills, talents and visions. Meet the team below.

Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews

Board Secretary

Craig Bowers

Craig Bowers

Board Member

Mike Carriere

Mike Carriere

Board Treasurer

Chris Classen

Chris Classen

Board President

Will DeSmit

Will DeSmit

Board Member

Jennifer Dunbar

Jennifer Dunbar

Board Member

Erica Meyer

Erica Meyer

Board Member

Raul Rios

Raul Rios

Board Member

Marquita Thomas

Marquita Thomas

Board Member

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