"The one thing the world can learn from Pride is that love is love," Katie Maloney-Schwartz shared with Bravo during a break from the festivities during the Los Angeles Pride parade held in West Hollywood on Sunday (June 9).
LVP added on Instagram, "Stop bullying, practice acceptance and embrace the differences that make us unique. I am proud to be an ally to the LGBTQ community - it’s days like today that make me love our city even more!"
Earlier in the week, LVP met with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss "our LGBTQ initiatives. It was a privilege discussing all of your Pride activism! I look forward to celebrating #Pride2019 with you this weekend! #JUSTUNITE."
The L.A. event, which is attended annually by the Vanderpump Rules cast, comes in the middle of Bravo's month-long celebration of WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and 50 years of LGBTQIA+ liberation. The celebration will also include special content on Bravo, its social media feeds, and Bravotv.com throughout June as well as a Bravo-centric float in NYC later this month.
It was also a special day for Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, who held their first-ever Pride event at their hotspot Tom Tom. Schwartz told Bravo, "I'm just really happy to be here. Pride month is such a special month. It's a glorious day and I'm so happy to be a part of this."
Ariana Madix also had a special message about being invited to join in on the parade. "Well, I wish that I invested in a good waterproof mascara because I know that when I'm celebrating Pride in the parade and with everybody, I will be crying because I do every year. Pride month is about celebrating the fact that people can love who they want to love without prejudice and fear and I think that's something that should carry over into everywhere and every area of our lives."
Next up, Andy Cohen and several other Bravo stars will be at the New York City Pride March on June 30. “Bravo has a long history of representing the LGBTQ community through its programming,” Andy said in a statement while announcing Bravo's celebration of WorldPride this month. “I’m proud to be a part of this network and its history, and I’m honored to be marching toward another 50 years of progress and equality.”
Until then, check out more highlights from this past weekend's big West Coast event.