May 25, 2017 at 3:07 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Get your Pride on
Capital Pride, gay news, Washington Blade, D.C. Pride

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

D.C. gets into the spirit of Pride early with events occurring all over the city.

18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) hosts its D.C. Pride kickoff party on Saturday, June 3 from 2-6 p.m. Brock Thompson, Jonathan Shields and Beaumont Brackeen will guest bartend for the night. All tips benefit the Wanda Alston Foundation. DJ Thomas Hernandez spins tracks. Goldie Grigio hosts. There will be celebrity cocktails named after local members of the D.C. community. For more information, visit

Story District hosts “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud” at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. Storytellers will share eight true stories based around the LGBT experience. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts. Storytellers include Mike Boyd, Elyse Hannah, Robin Katcher, among others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Purchase tickets at

Mauther Project  hosts the official Capital Pride Women’s kickoff party in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m. There will be liquor and beer provided by Denizens Brewing Co. and Republic Restoratives. Latin and barbecue-style street food will be served. BOOMscat will DJ the dance party. All are welcome. General admission tickets are $15. Entry including two free drink tickets is $35. Tickets that include two entries, open bar and all-you-can-eat food is $150. For more details, visit

Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fe: Resisting with Faith, the kick-off to the 11th annual D.C. Latino Pride, at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. The non-denominational faith service is for LGBT individuals and allies. For more information, visit

River Tea D.C. hosts a tea dance on the Potomac at the Boomerang Party Yacht and Private Ship Company (1072 31st St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 4 from 4:15-6:30 p.m. The party cruise will feature a cash bar, music by DJ Say What? and a large, open upper-deck on the second level. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the dock. Boarding begins at 4:15 p.m. and the yacht will sail from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more details, visit

D.C. Brau and Washington Blade host #PridePils launch happy hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The event will celebrate the launch of the #PridePils beer can. There will be prizes for best rainbow or unicorn custom on your pet. For more details, visit

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