April 26, 2012 at 9:01 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Youth Pride this weekend

Teens at last year's Youth Pride. (Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

D.C.’s Youth Pride is celebrating its 16th year Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. in Dupont Circle.

The day will include performances, games, speakers, resources, free stuff and more. Various LGBT groups and organizations will also have booths set up around the circle.

Infatuation, the Youth Pride after pary, begins at 5 p.m. at Patty Boom Boom (1359 U St., N.W.) with DJ Keenan spinning house, electro, Baltimore club and more until 9 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or younger and there is a $3 cover.

Youth Pride Alliance also produces other events for LGBT youth throughout the year. The group is independent and has no ties to Capital Pride though the two organizations cross promote their events and support each other’s missions.

“I think it’s always important to really stress the care and development of youth and the LGBT community in D.C. is a pretty large community,” says Nikisha Carpenter, board president of the Alliance. “One of the great things about Youth Pride Day is that it connects the two … it’s a fun festival with a lot of activities … you just don’t get the same emphasis at Capital Pride where it’s very much geared for adults.”

Carpenter, a lesbian who has volunteered with the organization for seven years, says between 600 and 700 attended last year. Organizers are hoping for that many again this year though this weekend’s cooler temperatures and possible rain may be a factor.

Some of this year’s sponsors include the D.C. Center, The Trevor Project, SYMAL and more.

For more information, visit youthpridedc.org or youthpridealliance.org.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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