May 1, 2014 at 7:00 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
‘Gay Day’ at National Zoo set for May 3
National Zoo, gay news, Washington Blade

About 2,000 visitors are expected for the second annual Gay Day at the Zoo on Saturday. (Photo by Quadell; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The turnout for the second annual Gay Day at the Zoo, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, is expected to exceed the 2,000 people that turned out last year, according to gay event promoter Jacob Pring, who’s organizing the event as a fundraiser for the DC Center for the LGBT Community.

A write-up on the event’s Facebook page says participants will gather at the National Zoo at 3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Pring said that because fundraising isn’t allowed on the grounds of the Zoo he and the volunteers helping him are selling T-shirts designed for the event at various locations, including Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U Streets, N.W. All of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts, which cost $20, will go to the DC Center, Pring said.

He said many of the participants last year were parents and children, and a similar LGBT family contingent is expected this year.

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Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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