Photo Essay: Highlights from Capital Pride in Washington, DC


Ally, Bisexual, Gay/Lesbian, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex, Queer, Transgender / Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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A few weeks ago, I (Emily, founder/writer here at Profiles in Pride) spent some time in Northern Virginia to visit my partner’s family, but we timed it to coincide with Capital Pride. Neither of us had been to Pride in DC before, and it was full of vibrant color and costumes, joyous celebration, communal commemoration, and every imaginable flavor of diversity. Instead of an interview this week, I’m mixing things up and publishing a photo essay of my favorite images I took at DC Pride.

We attended the Capital Pride parade on Saturday, June 9, which featured wild outfits and colorful floats from local and national LGBTQIA+ and political orgs, plus local and national businesses. There were also incredible music and dance performances, and even a pole dance on a moving float!

We also went to the Capital Pride festival on Sunday, June 10, which featured live music and drag performances, in addition to hundreds of booths. There were booths for clothing and merch vendors, temples and churches, local and national businesses and nonprofits, employee organizations, and just an insanely awesome amount of wonderful resources (and swag!). I learned about so many helpful organizations I’d never heard of and met tons of amazing people.

First are my photos of the parade, followed by images of the festival. Enjoy! Please note: feel free to republish these photos, but please credit Emily Starbuck Gerson of ProfilesinPride.com. 

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride

Capital Pride parade

SMYAL float Capital Pride parade
SMYAL is a nonprofit that empowers LGBTQ youth

Hilton float at Capital Pride parade

Leather daddies at Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade leather

Gay leather guy at Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

PFLAG at Capital Pride in DC

Capital Pride

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade
Members of the Transgender American Veteran Association

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Washington Capitals at Capital Pride parade
The Washington Capitals had just won the Stanley Cup the day before!

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade
A young step team dancing in the parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade
A female LGBTQ+ drum line

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade
Remembering the transgender people who have been murdered this year

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride parade

Capital Pride festival
Olde Towne Pet Resort’s Pride cat

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival
An artist working on a piece live at the festival
Capital Pride festival
Me with a fabulous club kid at Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival
Drag queen Miss LaBella Mafia

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival
American Airlines had a booth where anyone could write down “who gave them wings to fly”
Capital Pride festival
Me with the DC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Capital Pride festival
A fabulous fall off the mechanical bull

Capital Pride festival

Capital Pride festival
…I had an amazing time at Capital Pride! Thanks to Capital One for having these awesome signs.

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