Happy Pride! Festivities may be a little different this year, but there are a lot of options to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the DC area this month. Here are just a few.
- Learn about LGBTQ History – The Library of Congress has lots of photos and footage of the first Pride march in New York City after the Stonewall Riots. DC Public Libraries have a fascinating online collection of Women in the Life, a ’90s independent newspaper for the black lesbian community. FREE, more information can be found here and here.
- Tune in to a Zoom Pride Concert – Brightest Young Things have produced an interactive concert with headliners like Heather Mae (“queer Adele”) and Crys Matthews (dubbed the Woody Guthrie of our generation). $15. More information can be found here.
- Shop the Capital Pride online store – The Capital Pride Alliance has an online store with lots of great options to show your pride. There’s a Capital Pride Alliance beach towel for those socially distanced pool days, a rainbow t-shirt with this year’s theme, “Still We”on it and plenty more. Everything $75 and under, more information can be found here.
- Watch for the Capital Pridemobile – The first official Capital Pridemobile will be showing how businesses, residents and neighborhoods in all eight DC wards are showing their Pride. Prizes will be awarded to the most prideful storefronts and residences. There will also be an interactive livestream to experience the event (which promises music from local DJs and performances from DC favorite drag queens and kings) from your home. FREE, June 13th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., more information can be found here.
- Pride Talks – Continue to foster a sense of community in the area with talks from local LGBTQ+ leaders about moving forward in a post-COVID 19 world. The talks will be live streamed on social media. FREE, June 8th, more information can be found here.