February 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Capital Pride announces 2018 theme, expanded grants program

Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride Alliance. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance, the group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBT Pride events, announced at its seventh annual Reveal reception Thursday night that “Elements of Us” will be the theme for the 2018 Pride festivities.

 “Through this theme, Capital Pride acknowledges that every person’s life is composed of a kaleidoscope of extraordinary parts, including identity, race, sexuality, gender, spirituality, experience, beliefs, goals and so much more,” the group said in a statement.

 Ashley Smith, the newly elected president of the Capital Pride Alliance board of directors, elaborated on the theme’s meaning and relevance to the upcoming Pride events this year.

 “These elements influence who we are and help sustain and balance us in what can be an otherwise perplexing and difficult world,” he said in the statement. “Who we are also links us to each other and to our exceptional LGBTQ-plus community. We are constantly challenged to celebrate and appreciate what makes each of us unique, while at the same time we are called to recognize that our common goals bind us together, each to the other. Thus collectively through Pride we are able to create a powerful foundation that will help us advance the cause of human dignity, equal rights and a world free from discrimination and prejudice.”

 Ryan Bos, Capital Pride’s executive director, added, “Together let us stand tall, look forward, take a deep breath and become who we are meant to be – confident, supportive, resilient, compassionate and glorious. Let’s celebrate the many Elements of Us.”

 Capital Pride officials also announced that the group this year is expanding its grants program to provide grant funding in support of the programs of LGBT organizations in the national capital region as well as funds additional funds for Capital Pride’s volunteer program called Volunteer With Pride.

 The 2018 Capital Pride Celebration in the nation’s capital, including the annual Pride Parade, festival and concert, is scheduled to take place June 7-10.

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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