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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 26?

Models of Pride 26 is on Saturday October 20, 2018 at Cal State LA. All-day parking is available at Structure A for $8.60 (use 1904 Barnett Road, Los Angeles, CA 90032 for GPS). Parking meters take VISA, Mastercard, or cash (exact change only). Registration is located above Structure A at Greenlee Plaza.

How do I get to Cal State LA?

Driving/Parking Directions: Use 1966 Paseo Rancho Castilla, Los Angeles, CA 90032, on your phone or mapping website to get directions to Parking Structure A, where all-day parking is available for $8.60. Parking meters take VISA, Mastercard, or cash (exact change only. After parking, cross the bridge on the top floor of the parking structure to the check-in area.

Free Ride from RideYellow: Attendees who download the ridesharing app and add the DIVINE18 discount code will receive $15 off their first trip and 25% off all future rides!

From Union Station: Click here to reserve your spot on the free shuttle service (only available to those registered for the Youth Track).

Metrolink Riders: The Metrolink train has a dedicated Cal State LA stop.

Flying In? The closest airports to Cal State LA are LAX (26 miles), Burbank Bob Hope (19 miles), and Long Beach Airport (23 miles).

School Buses: Buses should use address 1996 Rancho Paseo Castilla, Los Angeles, CA 90032 for dropping off conference attendees (outside the University Student Union). Bus Parking is in Lot 7 for $32 (all-day) and passes can be purchased at the yellow kiosks with cash or VISA/MasterCard.

When does registration for Models of Pride close?

Online registration for Models of Pride will close Wednesday, October 17, 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). Lunch will include choice of sandwich (including vegan option), chips, dessert, and drink. Dinner will include salad, stir-fry (chicken or tofu), steamed rice, dessert, and drink. On-campus dining venues will also have extended hours during Models of Pride:

  • El Pollo Loco: 9 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • Carl’s Jr.: 7 a.m.—3 p.m.
  • University Bookstore: 9 a.m.—2 p.m.
  • Starbucks: 8 a.m.—1 p.m.
  • Sbarro: 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

What hotels are located near campus?

The nearest hotels to Cal State LA are the Vista Motel (1 mile), Starlight Inn Valley Boulevard (1.4 miles), Ambassador Inn (1.7 miles), and Lincoln Park Motel (2.9 miles).

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.

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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Cal State LA


Saturday, October 20
7:30 a.m. Check-In


[email protected]

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