Whether it's your very first time attending LA Pride or your twentieth, it's always good to be aware of the common dos and don'ts to ensure everybody has a good time. As Pride evolves and technology adds a uniquely awkward twist to things, it's no longer as simple as just not being a homophobic jerk.
Social norms change so quickly these days, it's OK if you're not caught up on every sublety. As long as you're coming from a place of love and respect, you can't really go wrong.
That being said, here are a few Pride faux-pas you can easily avoid.
The selfie-stick-wielding phone addict
Get off your phone! You're not only being inconsiderate to the performers on stage, but to the people walking around you trying not to get their eyes poked out by your selfie stick. Take a few pics when you first get there and then store the rest of your memories the old-fashioned way: in your brain.
The belligerent drunk
Like any party, there's bound to be one loud, drunk dude or girl who just can't get his or her shit together. Don't be that person. Drink lots of water and keep a tally of your alcoholic beverages. While nobody's suggesting you go to a festival sober, no one likes to sidestep around puke all day either. Unless, of course, you're a violent alcoholic with as much self-composure as an angsty rhino, maybe just sit this one out (and seek help).
The touchy-feely, perv-y guy
Just because people might be wearing flashy clothing or hardly any clothing at all, that doesn't mean you can touch them. Short-shorts are not an invitation saying, "Please be creepy around me," so don't read them that way. Keep your hands to yourself.
The unapologetic gawker
Leave sitting at the edge of the group with your mouth wide open for late-night Netflix binges. The costumed festival goers are just like me and you, only they have way more style and the confidence to pull it off. They can certainly handle your ogling, but they shouldn't have to.
The silent bystander
Unfortunately, harassment is still a part of Pride. If you see street harassment going down right in front of you, say something about it! Whether you're straight or gay, going to any Pride Festival requires that you be an ally to others in the community. Witnessing harassment and not doing anything -- or at least checking in on the person receiving it -- makes you nearly as bad as the harassers themselves. So, stand up for what's right! Isn't that why we're all here in the first place?
Lastly, there's one "do" on this list of "don'ts." That is, have fun! LA Pride is all about love, acceptance and community, so if you can honor those three things, you're sure to have a blast.