By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO
The District of Columbia is launching a number of events in honor of national Pride Month, which both celebrates and raises awareness about the LGBTQ community.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration on June 9 will lead the Capital Pride Parade, which steps off from 23rd and P streets northwest at around 3:30 p.m. The 1.5-mile parade route winds through DuPont Circle and heads into Logan Circle before terminating on the 14th Street corridor at S St. N.W.
The parade is expected to include more than 180 groups, including floats, vehicles and entertainment.
Additionally, D.C. Black Pride will hold a pool party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards, 1212 4th St. S.E. Admission is $10.
D.C. Black Pride is a program operated by the Center for Black Equity. The center is a group of Black pride organizers promoting a multinational network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community organizations.
On June 10, the commemoration continues. Capital Pride Alliance will host the Capital Pride Festival, which offers a single day of food, drinks, entertainment, music and more. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. and will be held on Pennsylvania Northwest between 3rd and 7th streets. The alliance is also organizing an opening party, brunch, block party and more.
The District joins other cities and states nationwide that are observing the month-long celebration in June. Other cities include Chicago, Boston and New York City.
The celebrations pay homage to the Stonewall Riots that touched off in June 1969 and are widely seen as the birth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar that supported the LGBTQ community, was raided by police, but patrons fought back and ignited a movement.