The Pride season is once again upon us with Youth Pride this weekend and Capital TransPride on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The annual event will be held at the Reeves Municipal building (14th and U streets, N.W.) with workshops, panel discussions, performing arts, authors, an expo and more. A happy hour will be held down the street at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) from 4-7 p.m. Full details at capitalpride.org.
Bianca Rey got involved with Trans Pride three years ago and has increased her participation each year. This year she has worked closely with organizer Holly Goldmann who has managed the event for the last six years. Local transgender activist SaVanna Wanzer founded Capital TransPride in 2007.
“Capital TransPride provides a safe space for everyone and it also gives everyone the opportunity to meet people, build friendships and a support system,” says Rey, a native of the Philippines who’s been in Northern Virginia for 18 years. “Many trans individuals feel they are alone. This event helps them realize there is a community available to them.”
Rey, who works as a project coordinator for Kaiser Permanente, is in a relationship and lives in Springfield, Va. She enjoys exercising, dancing, running, trying new restaurants and volunteer work in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I’ve known all my life. I didn’t really have that “coming out” moment. I didn’t feel that I needed to because I can feel that my family knows and they love and support me. I’m very grateful for this.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Laverne Cox. She is just amazing and I hope I get to meet her someday.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Nation for sure. I loved all their events especially their foam parties and theme parties.
Describe your dream wedding.
Early fall, when the leaves are dry and crisp. The venue is a winery on the country side of Virginia. The setting will be intimate and romantic. The guests are close family and friends who are very special to both my boyfriend and me.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
Immigration — easier process for immigrants to legally live and work in this country.
What historical outcome would you change?
Prevention of the AIDS epidemic.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Destiny’s Child, Beyonce and “Sex and the City.” I threw a party for the series finale of “Sex and the City.” And when the first movie came out, I was obsessed.
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
An article that I shared about the first out transgender politician in the Philippines.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“my life. my sTory. my journey” (with capital “T”)
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would oppose any science that would interfere with the outcome of a person’s sexual orientation.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
I believe in a higher power and after life.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Continue to fight for our rights as human beings, always believe in the power of education and awareness and stay united as an LGBT community.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
To bring my nieces and nephew here to the U.S. so they can have a better life and future.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
The “clique.” It’s very high school.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.” This movie is special to me because I remember exactly where I was and what I was feeling.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Televised sports. I just don’t get it.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
My newly acquired American citizenship.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
I wish I would’ve known that my transition wasn’t going to be as bad as I originally thought. I feel extremely lucky to have the love and support of everyone in my life.
I love the diversity of the city. There are a lot of historic places that you can go and learn about the history of the United States and multiple cultural activities that happen all year round. It’s also close to the beach and wineries.