Pride in Pictures 1994: Stars of support — and a founding father

Judith Light (left), Richard Riordan, Patricia Nell Warren and Morris Kight ride in the 1994 Los Angeles Pride Parade. Warren was that year’s community grand marshal. ONE Archives Foundation

Pride parades became literal vehicles to thank supporters of the LGBTQ community and our causes.

Twenty-four years into the Los Angeles parade’s history, in 1994, this convertible carries four notable honorees:

  • Tony Award and Golden Globe winner-to-be Judith Light, a gay-rights supporter who played a conversion-therapy minister who develops a change of heart in the 2007 film Save Me.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a moderate elected the year before and the first Republican mayor in 30 years.
  • Author Patricia Nell Warren, whose second novel, The Front Runner, in 1974, was the first contemporary gay fiction on The New York Times Bestseller List. It told the story of a gay track coach who struggled to get a talented openly gay runner on the U.S. Olympic team.
  • And one of the founders of Christopher Street West — Morris Kight, an LA-based gay-rights pioneer who organized a number of groups, including what would become the Gay Liberation Front. In 1977, when the Coors Foundation was financing anti-gay causes and union-busting legislation, Kight launched a successful boycott, even as Coors sponsored LA’s Outfest film festival. He died in 2003.

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