On what would have been the 20th anniversary of the ATB a.k.a "AT The Beach" the organizers have announced that the center piece of the LA Black LGBT Pride event has been cancelled.
For years ATB (held at Point Dume in Malibu) was the place to be, California's largest Black LGBT Pride event and one of the largest Black "gay pride" events in the world. But in recent years, attendance has been down (particularly among men) which some attribute to the growth of all male focused events targeting African American men like Miami Sizzle, San Juan Brothas, Blatino Oasis and the growing number of new travel options for men. Also, last year rumors swirled that the ATB pride event wouldn't happen because of financial troubles.
So what was the cause of this year's cancellation? Violence, this according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the City of Malibu and a few people who were in attendance last year. Kevin Davenport of Long Beach told Cuppa Joe that he was there when a fight broke out between two or three women. "I saw the fight between the lesbians and I promptly left." said Davenport. There have also been reports that a gun may have been involved.
According to sources, the City of Malibu at the last minute issued a new “special condition” that dramatically raised fees and shortened the time by which the event could take place.
Although some in L.A. are scrambling to find other beaches, the last minute notice given to the nation about this change has many wondering if this will be the proverbial nail in the coffin for this legendary beach event or just a hiccup that will clear up next year. Only time will tell.