Capital Trans Pride
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St., N.W.
and simultaneously at Stead Park
1625 P St., N.W.
Networking Happy Hour
5 p.m. Saturday
1501 14th St., N.W.
New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ
309 E St., N.W.
‘A Fantastic Woman’ screening
8 p.m. Sunday at Stead Park
Capital Trans Pride returns this weekend.
Based on feedback from previous years, organizers this year have designed Saturday’s main event for attendees to be able to float back and forth between Foundry United Methodist Church, where there will be exhibits and workshops, and nearby Stead Park, where entertainment and booths will be set up.
“We’re hoping that creates some visibility in the park,” says Holly Goldmann, a longtime Capital Pride board member and Trans Pride organizer. “It’s in a safe neighborhood and we’re not closing the park off so we’re excited about that. Ten years ago, people were still a little scared to attend something outdoors but we’ve now reached a point where we can be visible.”
A networking happy hour will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Studio Theatre.
On Sunday, May 20, a spiritual service will be held at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ and at 8 p.m. that night, the Oscar-winning film “A Fantastic Woman” will be screened at Stead Park.
About 25 trans-supportive organizations will provide services and opportunities at the main event at Foundry Saturday. The keynote speaker (also at Foundry) will be Tiq Milan, a trans man who is a spokesperson for GLAAD as well as a speaker, activist and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and other high-profile outlets. The time is TBD.
Confirmed workshops for Capital Trans Pride include: “Tell Your Story to Change the World,” “Gender Queer 101: a Panel Discussion,” “Name and Gender Change Clinic,” “Improving Wellness in the Trans-Community, Creating a Plan for Washington,” “Transgender Health Services at Kaiser Permanente,” “Resume Writing,” “Introduction to Government Consulting,” ”Uplifting the Download Lover,” “Transgender Military Service in the Trump Era,” “PrEP and Trans Bodies” and “Dance Your Story.”
About 600-650 attended last year throughout the day. Organizers say the event has grown about 25 percent each year the past few years. About 12 folks are on the planning committee which stays in touch year round to plan each year’s event.
Full details are under the Trans Pride tag at capitalpride.org.