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Amazing Race Stars Will & James at LA Pride

Amazing Race winners Will Jardell and James Wallington reveal how they plan on celebrating Pride in hometown L.A. before moving on.

What are your plans for 2022 Pride?

We are gearing up for Pride 2022 in Los Angeles and are planning on attending as many events as possible. Last year we attended the LA Dodgers Pride Night, and it was by far one of the best events! The energy was high and it was great to be surrounded by thousands of people all showing support for the LGBTQ+ community. This will be our last Pride event as residents of L.A. before we move across the country, so we have to go out with a bang. While we are planning to attend LA Pride, we are also hoping to experience Pride in other cities around the U.S.!


Will & James with Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Will & James with Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.


What is your favorite thing about Pride?

The first Pride event that we attended together was in 2015 when marriage equality was guaranteed by the Supreme Court. Ever since then it’s been a huge reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. This year it will be extra special as it is the first time we’ll be a married couple attending Pride. What a journey it’s been!


What are you looking forward to the most this Pride season?

It’s the perfect time to celebrate Pride but also celebrate the fact that we can all come together again as a community and see each other. It’s been a rough two-plus years for many and the ability to hug and be near others is something we think we all need.


This piece initially appeared in Out Traveler print issue Summer 2022.

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