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Catch the Alto Pride Car at Pride on the Pier, and on the road in DC this June. Get $10 off 2 rides with promo code PIERPRIDE.

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GET $10 OFF 2 RIDES WITH PROMO CODE: PIERPRIDE

Compliments of our luxury rideshare partner Alto, please enjoy $10 off 2 rides with code PIERPRIDE. Expect professional employee drivers, branded luxury SUVs, water, umbrellas, wifi and chargers for a consistent ride every time.

Alto classifies its drivers as W-2 employees, provides in-depth training, manages its owned vehicle fleet and brings advanced logistics and optimization to the ridesharing ecosystem. Setting the standard in cleanliness in the rideshare industry, Alto cleans and disinfects vehicles with EPA-registered disinfectants between every ride and shift.

Exclusive code: PIERPRIDE
Offer: $10 off 2 rides
Valid until: 6/12/2023

To redeem: Download or open the Alto app and add code PIERPRIDE under Promotions in the Profile tab. Once added your credit will automatically apply to your rides. Offer valid until 6/12/2023. Not an Alto member? New users get a free 14-day trial. With Alto’s membership you will always enjoy up to 30% off ride fares, full access to our fleet during our busiest hours, and the ability to preschedule rides – tap the clock on the booking screen to book your rides to and from the event in advance. 

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3 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait For Sawasdee DC Thai Festival

This Independence Day weekend, you’ll be happy you stayed in town.

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Sawasdee DC brings an array of music, food, dance, performers, and more to the National Mall to celebrate Thai and U.S. culture. (Graphic provided by the Thai Embassy.)

On Sunday, July 2, the Thai Embassy is hosting Sawasdee DC on the National Mall to celebrate 190 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States. With a star-studded line-up of performers, delicious food vendors, and ample activities to enjoy, it’s sure to be a festival unlike any other.

Sawasdee DC will take place from 10 am to 6 pm, on 3rd/4th Street of the National Mall. It features Thai pop performers, New Orleans Jazz music, Thai massage, traditional food and dance, a Muay Thai demonstration, and more.

Here are three reasons we are especially excited for Sawasdee DC!

4mix, Thailand’s first LGBTQ+ pop group, will take to the stage at Sawasdee DC.(Photo provided by 411 Records.)

1. Dance to Thai pop’s first LGBTQ+ group among a star-studded musical lineup Thailand’s first LGBTQ+ pop group, 4mix, will take to the stage for their first performance in Washington, DC.

Their upbeat music, affirming lyrics, and gender non-conformity have made 4mix explosively popular among fans. Since their debut in May, 2021, the band has taken the music world by storm, with a fanbase that stretches from Thailand, to Latin America, and beyond.

4Mix is just one of many talented performers on the Sawasdee DC lineup. The Thai pop singer Ally will make her Washington, DC debut, too, and Wendell Brunious will lead the New Orleans Quintet in a performance to honor the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a lover of jazz music and composed dozens of jazz songs himself. Brunious, who once performed for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will play a selection of songs written by the late king. For this reason, Brunious’ performance at Sawasdee DC will be especially meaningful.

Thailand’s most renowned kickboxer, Buakaw Banchamek, will perform a Muay Thai demonstration as part of Sawasdee DC. (Photo provided by C.P. Group.)

2. Pick up some Muay Thai tips from Thailand’s most famous kickboxer Musicians won’t be the only stars to grace the Sawasdee DC stage.

Buakaw Banchamek is joining the lineup of performers for a Muay Thai demonstration in his first appearance in Washington, DC.

Banchamek has earned global renown for his championship-winning Muay Thai, and is considered one of the best kickboxers in Thailand’s history. With a career spanning more than 290 wins and several championship titles, Banchamek is known for his work ethic and credited with Muay Thai’s recent growth in global popularity.

The Thai Embassy is thrilled to welcome this kickboxing legend to the District for the first time!

A delicious range of traditional Thai dishes will be available to try at Sawasdee DC. (Photos provided by the Thai Embassy.)

3. Celebrate many different aspects of Thai culture

Food, traditional dance, Thai massages — you name it! Sawasdee DC will feature a wide range of entertainers, vendors and activities that celebrate Thai culture.

Throughout the performances, an array of delicious food vendors will prepare a wide variety of traditional Thai dishes for attendees to enjoy as they watch traditional Thai dancers and other performing artists. Afterward, explore the broad range of activities at Sawasdee DC, including a Thai massage.

Want to learn more about the festival? Visit www.sawasdeedcthaifestival.com for a closer look at the fun that awaits at Sawasdee DC. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Ride Alto in DC during Pride month

Catch the Alto Pride Car at Pride on the Pier, and on the road in DC this June. Get $15 off 2 rides with promo code BladePride.

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GET $15 OFF 2 RIDES WITH PROMO CODE: BladePride

Founded in 2018, Alto is the first employee-based, on-demand rideshare company rethinking a traditionally inconsistent, gig-based industry. By hiring vetted, uniformed drivers and managing a dedicated fleet of 5-star crash rated luxury SUVs, Alto offers the safest, most consistent, and personalized passenger experience on the market today.

Alto classifies its drivers as W-2 employees, provides in-depth training, manages its owned vehicle fleet and brings advanced logistics and optimization to the ridesharing ecosystem. Setting the standard in cleanliness in the rideshare industry, Alto cleans and disinfects vehicles with EPA-registered disinfectants between every ride and shift.

Celebrate Pride on any Alto ride with an in-car Vibe, music curated by the Alto team and in-app for the month of June. 

Currently available in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., and Silicon Valley, Alto has plans to bring its elevated rideshare experience to even more cities in the future. For more information, visit www.ridealto.com.

Look out for the Alto Pride car in D.C. during June

GET $15 OFF 2 RIDES WITH PROMO CODE: BladePride

Promo Code: BladePride

Offer: $15 off 2 rides (valid for Alto members only)

Valid thru 6/30/22

To redeem your promo code:

1.Open or download the Alto app.

2.Create an account and join as a member – your first 14 days of membership are free!

3.Select the profile section of the app and tap promotions.

4.Enter the promo code and enjoy your ride!

To preschedule your rides:

1. In the Ride section of the app, enter your pick up and drop off locations and click Confirm.

2. Tap the clock on the bottom right part of the screen to see available pickup times. 

3. Select your pick up time. Allow for a 15 minute pick up window from your selected time.

4. Complete your booking. You will be able to track your ride in your app when it’s on the way.

5. To confirm the prescheduled ride, go to the Profile section in the app and click on Prescheduled Rides. You should see yours there. 

*Please note prescheduled rides must be booked at least one hour in advance and can only be booked by Alto members.

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“Star Trek” and Queer Space

The first openly gay characters in the “Star Trek” television universe weren’t introduced until 2017.

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Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum.

“Star Trek” blazed some trails in its early days with women in leadership roles and the first inter-racial kiss on television, but how was it at portraying queer stories and characters? This is a question that we began wondering about when working on the National Air and Space Museum’s recent QueerSpace project. It may have been being a leader in terms of gender and racial integration, but it turns out this environment of inclusion did not extend to queer identity. 

Star Trek’s groundbreakingly diverse cast helped signal that the show took place far in the future, making the delay in introducing LGBTQ+ characters even more pronounced. Surely this future society wouldn’t be exclusively heteronormative and cisgender?

In the 1980s, science fiction fans began calling on “Star Trek” for queer inclusion in the series. The late 1980s-early 1990s tv show “Star Trek: The Next Generation” released a few episodes with allegories to queer experiences, including “The Host” which involved a character falling for an alien who changed bodies — and gender presentations, and “The Outcast,” which uses gender identity as an allegory for homesexuality in a way that disappointed fans at the time and doesn’t hold up today.

The first openly gay characters in the “Star Trek” television universe weren’t introduced until 2017. On “Star Trek: Discovery,” Paul Stamets and Dr. Hugh Culber, portrayed by LGBTQ+ actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz, are the first openly gay characters and the first gay couple portrayed in the central cast of a “Star Trek” tv show. Later, the show also introduced a non-binary teenager named Adira and their boyfriend Gray, who is trans.

Although we cannot change the past and the time it took for queer representation on “Star Trek,” what we can do is continue to establish science fiction as a realm that is welcome to people of all backgrounds because, after all, the future — real or imagined — is what we make it.

In one of the episodes of our QueerSpace podcast limited series, we explore just that through an interview with a local bookseller about queer worldbuilding in science fiction literature. Other episodes explore the community of gay flight attendants in the 1970s, the Air Force and Space Force’s LGBTQ Initiative Team, and how themes of space and queerness intersect in art. 

Read our full exploration of LGTBQ+ inclusion in “Star Trek” and listen to episodes of the QueerSpace podcast at airandspace.si.edu/QueerSpace

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