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D.C. Pride Walk and Rally set for June 12

Newly announced events to precede citywide Pridemobile Parade

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Ryan Bos, the Capital Pride Alliance executive director, said the group has obtained the permits to allow the Pride Walk on Saturday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance, the group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBTQ Pride events, announced on Monday a Capital Pride Walk will take place on Saturday, June 12, from Dupont Circle to Logan Circle before traveling south along 13th Street to Freedom Plaza at 13th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., where a Pride rally will be held.

“Now that it is becoming safer for us to once again come together as the District of Columbia officially reopens, the Capital Pride Alliance will bring together our intersectional LGBTQ+ community to walk, celebrate, march, be visible, and amplify the rich culture of Washington, D.C.,” the group’s announcement says.

“On Saturday, June 12, the day that would have been the date for D.C.’s most favorite parade, the Capital Pride Parade, we intend to hold a Pride Walk & Rally, that will be followed by the first Pridemobile Parade,” the announcement states.

It was referring to its previously announced Pridemobile Parade set for June 12 that will consist of a caravan of cars decorated with Pride related displays expected to travel across the city to pass by historic sites such as the U.S. Capitol as well as to drive past people’s homes and businesses that will also be decorated with Pride displays.

Although there will be a fee for organizations to enter a vehicle in the Pridemobile Parade, there will be no fee to join the Pride Walk and Rally, according to the announcement. The announcement says the Pridemobile Parade will begin at Freedom Plaza following the conclusion of the rally, but Capital Pride officials had yet to release the official route of the parade.

According to the announcement, participants in the Pride Walk are being asked to assemble inside Dupont Circle at noon on June 12. The walk will begin at 12:30, it says, and will travel along P Street to Logan Circle and then head south along 13th Street to Freedom Plaza. It says no motor vehicles will be allowed in the Pride Walk.

“If anyone is unable to meet at Dupont Circle, then please depart from your own neighborhood and make your way down to Freedom Plaza by 2 p.m.,” the announcement says. “There will be a short rally with music at Freedom Plaza as we prepare to kick off the Pridemobile Parade at 3 p.m.”

Ryan Bos, the Capital Pride Alliance executive director, said the group has obtained the necessary permits from the city to facilitate temporary street closings to allow Pride Walk participants to walk uninterrupted by traffic along the cross streets.

Information about other events scheduled for the June Pride month can be found at: capitalpride.org/celebration.

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Umana named associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

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Congratulations to Wolfgang Umana on being named an associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). He has been with them for more than five years and is currently its D.C. studio’s office manager. 

“I am honored to become GGN’s newest Associate,” Umana said.I have the glorious privilege of supporting GGN’s continuing dedication to progress, inclusion, social justice, sustainability, and beautification of the world we live in.”

Umana also works with NBR Computer Consulting as an LLC Computer Technician consultant. He has experience in social media, communications, outreach, and technical services, and provides a dynamic approach to the fast-changing world of technology. NBR Computer Consulting, LLC is a gay-owned business. 

Umana has also served as D.C. Army National Guard Director of Environmental Affairs and with EMS Consultation Services. 

He has his bachelor’s in Environmental Science & Public Policy, Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change, from George Mason University. 

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Capital Pride bids for D.C. to host World Pride 2025

International event draws thousands of visitors

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Confetti rained down in New York’s Times Square at Stonewall 50 WorldPride New York’s closing ceremony two years ago. D.C. organizers hope to host the event in 2025. (Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The Capital Pride Alliance, the group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBTQ Pride events, announced on Sept. 21 that it has submitted a bid to host 2025 World Pride, the international Pride event that draws thousands of participants from throughout the world to the host city.

The announcement by Capital Pride says its bid to host the event in D.C. notes that the event, among other things, would commemorate the 50th anniversary of D.C.’s first LGBTQ Pride event in 1975, which began as a block party near Dupont Circle.

World Pride is licensed and administered by the international LGBTQ organization InterPride. The World Pride events themselves, which usually take place every other year, are organized by InterPride’s member organizations such as Capital Pride Alliance.

The Capital Pride announcement notes that World Pride “promotes visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) issues on a global level.” The announcement adds, “World Pride events include parades, marches, festivals and other cultural activities often enjoyed at Pride celebrations, along with other components such as a human rights conference and large-scale opening and closing ceremonies.”

The InterPride website says the deadline for submitting a bid for the 2025 World Pride has passed. It says D.C.’s Capital Pride and Kaohsiung Pride, located in the large Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung, are the only two remaining cities in competition for hosting the 2025 World Pride.

Ryan Bos, Capital Pride’s executive director, said InterPride was expected to make its decision on which of the two cities to select sometime in November of this year.

“A recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed that the annual Capital Pride Celebrations, during normal years, result in approximately $371 million in positive economic impacts to the region, a number that may be doubled if the organization is awarded the prestigious event,” the Capital Pride statement says.

The 2021 World Pride took place earlier this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 2019 World Pride was held in New York City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots, which many activists consider the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

InterPride says the 2023 World Pride will take place in Sydney, Australia.

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Va. county supervisors back resolution against ‘required’ pronoun questions

Unanimous vote in Stafford County allows school defunding

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The Stafford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that gives it the authority to deny funds to schools that require students to give their pronouns and teach the 1619 Project and critical race theory.

The resolution denounces “the teaching of the 1619 Project and critical race theory (CRT) and related principles in Stafford County Public Schools,” and states the board does not support Stafford County Public School students “being required to identify their chosen pronouns.”

The approved document had been updated to change “requested” to give pronouns to “required.”

Republican Supervisor Gary Snellings told the board he brought the resolution forward, which passed by a 6-0 vote margin, in response to communication from parents. One supervisor was not present.

Snellings called critical race theory “racism.” He also called the New York Times’ 1619 Project published on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the Virginia colony a “theory.”

Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia public schools, but a state law passed in 2020 requires local school boards to adopt policies that are more inclusive for transgender and non-binary students that follow, or exceed, guidelines from the state’s Department of Education.

Snellings said the problem with preferred pronouns was in requiring students to give them. He said that was not in the governing Virginia law.

“This (resolution) does not eliminate anything. It just follows state law,” Snellings said.

A Virginia court in July dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Department of Education’s guidelines for trans and non-binary students. Equality Virginia and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia were parties to the amicus brief in support of the protections.

“We are deeply disappointed that these adults made such a hateful decision for kids in the community,” tweeted the ACLU of Virginia in response to the board’s vote.

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