models of pride info faq

What is Models of Pride?

Models of Pride is the world’s largest FREE conference for LGBTQ youth & allies, including parents & professionals. The full-day event includes an Opening Session, over 130 workshops, lunch, a resource fair, college fair, job fair, dinner, entertainment hour, and outdoor dance party – all free!

When/Where is Models of Pride 27?

Models of Pride 27 is on Saturday October 19, at Los Angeles City College (LACC). All day, FREE parking is available at Parking Lot 1 and Parking Structure 2.

How do I get to LACC?

Driving/Parking Directions: Use 4133 Marathon St, Los Angeles, CA 90029, on your phone or mapping website to get directions to the parking lots, where all-day parking is available for FREE. After parking, cross Vermont Ave to the check-in area.

Public Transportation: There are many bus services that stop at Los Angeles City College. The Vermont/Santa Monica rail station is also conveniently located next to the LACC campus.

Flying In? The closest airports to Cal State LA are LAX (15 miles), Burbank Bob Hope (13 miles), and Long Beach Airport (28 miles).
School Buses: Buses should use address 780 New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles CA 90029 for dropping off conference attendees (enter via Melrose).

School Buses: Buses should use address 780 New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles CA 90029 for dropping off conference attendees (enter via Melrose).

When does registration for Models of Pride close?

Online registration for Models of Pride will close Wednesday, October 16, at 10 a.m., but you can also register onsite the morning of Models of Pride beginning at 7:30 a.m. You must register/check-in before 1:30 p.m. to participate in the conference.

In what ways is Models of Pride an accessible event?

We are committed to making Models of Pride as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please assist us by keeping hallways clear, holding doors open for others, using respectful language, not interfering with service animals, not making assumptions, and refraining from wearing unnecessarily scented products. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks prior to the conference.

What are the dining options on campus?

Complimentary lunch and dinner are provided to all registered conference attendees (both Youth Track and Parent & Professional Institute). On-campus dining venues will also have extended hours during Models of Pride:

  • The CubStore Bookstore in the Student Union carries beverages.
  • The Hungry Cub Snack Shop in the Student Union has quick snacks, cold drinks, hot coffee, grab and go sandwiches, candy and ice cream.
  • Tully's Coffee at the Student Lounge is located opposite Music Building.
  • Harry's Mid-Eastern and Mexican Fusion Food Truck can be found in front of the Student Services Building during lunch hours.

What hotels are located near campus?

The nearest hotels to LACC are The Steady, the Hollywood Hotel, PodShare, and Avenue Hotel.

What is the Parent & Professional Institute?

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 dozens of tailored workshops, discussions, resources, and exclusive programming.

What is LGBTQ?

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.

Here are quick definitions of some of the terms utilized on our website:

  • 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”

What kind of workshops are offered at Models of Pride?

Workshop topics for the youth track include 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.

Workshop topics for the Parent & Professional Institute track include 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 LGBTQA Youth 13 and Under, and Racial Justice.

Am I required to attend the whole day?

Models of Pride is a once-a-year full-day conference, but we understand that sometimes folks are unable to participate fully. While any participant is able to leave early, late registration closes at 1:30pm, so be sure to check-in before that time to participate in the conference.

What is LifeWorks?

LifeWorks, the program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center that produces Models of Pride, is the youth development and mentoring program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth age 24 and under. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.

What is the history of Models of Pride?

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 20 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. In 2010, Friends of Project 10 Inc. invited LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring and development program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center to take over as presenter of the conference.

After a successful transition in 2010, LifeWorks 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.



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Los Angeles City College


Saturday, October 19, 2019


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