Models of Pride is the world’s largest FREE event for LGBTQ youth & allies 24 and younger, as well as parents & professionals. This year’s event will include an opening session, workshops, resources, and entertainment – all free!
Online registration for Models of Pride will close on Friday, October 13 at 12:00PM PST, but benefits to registering in advance include receiving important pre-event information and being entered into a pre-registration prize drawings. Very limited on-site registration will be available on the day of the event so we encourage you to pre-register early!
To check-in and be admitted into Models of Pride, you must register and be in line by 1:30PM PST.
We are committed to making Models of Pride as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please assist us by using respectful language and not making assumptions. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please email modelsofprid[email protected] at least three weeks prior to the conference.
The Parent & Professional Institute at Models of Pride offers family members, educators, professionals, and all other adult supporters of LGBTQ youth an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and develop community with others on a similar journey. The day will include tailored workshops, discussions, resources, and exclusive programming.
LGBTQ+ typically refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer. We utilize the acronym as an umbrella term that is often used to refer to the community, recognizing that identities like intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and others are valid and wholeheartedly welcome at Models of Pride.
Cisgender Woman: someone who was assigned female at birth and personally identifies wholly as a woman
Cisgender Man: someone who was assigned male at birth and personally identifies as a man
Transgender Man: someone who was assigned female at birth and personally identifies as a man
Transgender Woman: someone who was assigned male at birth and personally identifies as woman
Gender Queer: a gender identity label often used by people who do not identify within the binary of man/woman
Nonbinary: an umbrella term to describe any gender identity that does not fit into the gender binary of male and female.
Pansexual: a person who is pansexual (abbreviated pan) can be attracted to members of all genders/expressions.
Queer: an umbrella term used to describe individuals who do not identify as straight or cisgender. Because of its historical use as a slur, queer is not embraced by all LGBTQ people, but some LGBT communities have reclaimed the word in recent years.
Bisexual: attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; traditionally: attracted to both men and women.
Lesbian: women who are attracted to other women
Gay: someone who is attracted solely (or primarily) to the same gender (gay is also sometimes used as an umbrella term for the LGBT community)
Straight: someone whose primary attraction is to someone of the opposite gender
Asexual: someone who experiences little or no sexual attraction to others; sometimes abbreviated “ace”
In the past, workshop topics have included Activism/Social Justice, Ally Community & Issues, Arts & Culture, Coming Out/Families, Education/Careers, Gender (i.e. Queer, Trans, Intersex, etc.), Health, People of Color Community & Issues, Self-Empowerment, Sexualities (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Pan, Fluid, etc.), and Spirituality/Faith.
In the past, workshop topics for the Parent & Professional Institute track have included Allyship, Child Welfare/System(s) of Care/Juvenile Justice, Dating & Healthy Relationships, Education, Faith & Spirituality, Legal Rights, Mental Health, Parent Support/Resources, Sexual Health, Support Trans/Gender-Expansive Youth, Support for LGBTQ+ Youth 13 and Under, and Racial Justice.
Models of Pride is a once-a-year conference, but we understand that sometimes folks are unable to participate fully. We encourage you to stay as long as you can but you are free to leave whenever you are ready.
Models of Pride was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10, Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 30 years, the conference programming has included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, creative expression, and much more.
After a successful transition in 2010, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has grown Models of Pride from less than 500 youth in attendance to over 1,500. LifeWorks proudly continues the Models of Pride tradition that for so many years has been a life changing experience for thousands of youth. And, as times change for the better, Models of Pride continues to adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of LGBTQ youth.
Yes, all guests should park inside the BLUE lot of the California Science Center. Parking for cars and oversized vehicles is $15. Directional signage will be posted from the parking lot to the check-in area.
California Science Center
Wallis Annenberg Building
3737 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles CA 90007