Recent Pride Guide Articles

Behind the Covers

A look at the making of the four 2011 Pride Guide covers

Without people, there is no Pride. That was the guiding thought this year as we put together our ideas for the cover of this 13th edition of the official Pride Guide magazine. And what better way than to reflect our community in all its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender glory? But how do you fit an entire, diverse and vibrant community on one magazine cover? We couldn't. So we put them on four covers. You may recognize some of our ... [Read]

The 2011 Capital Pride Planning Committee

Capital Pride 2011

Capital Pride Board of Directors Michael Lutz, PresidentBernie Delia, Vice PresidentRaymond Panas, SecretaryAnne Scott, TreasurerAndrea FriedmanScott JacksonScott MallanVince MiconeMary ParadiseCheri Lee RoeRobert Turner IIJessie WashingtonJustin White Staff Rob Corbett, Operations DirectorLee Granados, Special Events ManagerScott Lusk, Communications DirectorMatt Sokolowski, Finance DirectorMissy Toms, Development Director Communications Scott Lusk, Co-ChairKara van Stralen, Co-ChairTaylor CarsonChavanne ChavanneBill PodolskiStephen RutgersAlex Wildfong Community Partners John Grant, Co-ChairScott Jackson, Co-Chair Education & Cultural Events May Sifuentes, ChairGregory BlankenshipBernie DeliaCourtney DaynoJohn GallagherJohn RileyBrock ThompsonMartha Vicedomini Entertainment Steve Henderson, ... [Read]

2011 Capital Pride Community Partners

Individual descriptions provided by the partners.

AIDS Healthcare FoundationBlair Underwood Healthcare Center Founded in 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation known as AHF, is the largest global AIDS organization, offering free HIV testing services, full-service pharmacies, healthcare centers, and health plans. For 2 years AHF has offered services in the District of Columbia through the AHF Blair Underwood Healthcare Center. The clinic, which includes a state-of-the-art, full-service HIV/AIDS treatment clinic and pharmacy, is the first AHF healthcare center to be named in honor of actor and AIDS activist, ... [Read]

Swiss Delicacy

International singer-songwriter Bettina Schelker plays for her biggest U.S. audience yet at Capital Pride

It might be a little puzzling that Bettina Schelker wrote a song called ''The Honeymoon is Over'' upon marrying the love of her life. But there's an explanation. A very good one. You see, says the lesbian singer-songwriter, the catchy tune is not about her relationship. ''The funny thing is when I found the love of my life, I became a political songwriter,'' says Schelker. ''Before, it was about relationships and I wrote a lot of songs about love and ... [Read]


Female impersonator Venus D Lite is crazy for Madonna

Here's an interesting fact: Adam Guerra has devoted so much of his life to drag and impersonating women, he only just bought his first bottle of men's cologne. ''Believe it or not, I've never done that in my whole life,'' says the 27-year-old, whose nom de drag is Venus D Lite. ''A lot of my boy life the last 10 years was compromised.'' But Guerra isn't just any drag queen. The Los Angeles native is arguably the nation's leading Madonna ... [Read]

Party Monsters

A look at the parties and nightlife surrounding this year's Capital Pride

Want a little news with your nightlife at this year's Capital Pride? The headline party this year is at the Newseum on Friday, June 10, when will host what could be the biggest -- certainly the newsiest -- Capital Pride party ever, Somewhere… It's sure to be over the rainbow. ''We were excited when Capital Pride asked us to team up again,'' says BYT's Bradley Portnoy. Portnoy helped throw last year's big Saturday night soiree at the Capital Hilton ... [Read]

Mama's Family

The folk-rock duo Mama's Black Sheep are looking forward to ''pickin' and a grinnin''' at Capital Pride

Ashland Miller and Laura Cerulli both feel like the black sheep of their respective families. ''Neither of our mothers feels that way, oddly enough,'' says Miller. ''[But] each of us has one older sibling, and both of them are in the six-figures, with the big house and all that.'' Not Miller and Cerulli. ''We're still [just] pickin' and a grinnin' in the beer joint, as my father likes to put it,'' says Miller. The guitarist Miller and drummer Cerulli have ... [Read]

Sister Spirit

D.C.'s homegrown ''jazz/hip-pop'' duo the Lost Bois aims to make playful queer music

''A lot of female emcees and rappers [are] extra-hard and extra-serious and violent,'' says Be Steadwell, who goes by the nickname B. Steady in the jazz/''hip-pop'' act the Lost Bois. Instead, ''we kind of embrace this fun, poppy, silly side.'' B. Steady formed the Lost Bois with A.O. in late 2009, seeing a need for playful queer music. ''There's so much bad music -- there was really no music that we connected to in terms of content, or form.'' The ... [Read]

Living the Life

After three years dancing on the festival stage, Jonathan Bascope is primed for his singing debut

This year will be 24-year-old Jonathan Bascope's third year performing at the Capital Pride Festival. But this year also marks a first for the Northern Virginia native: He will not only be dancing with the DC Cowboys, he will have a ''coming out'' of his own -- as a singer, taking to the festival mainstage on Sunday afternoon. Bascope's path to singing came through his dancing. ''I got into the DC Cowboys a couple years ago,'' he says. ''Last year, ... [Read]

Mo Show

Lil' Mo is ready to give love to the crowd at the Capital Pride Festival

''In all the years, and all the people that I've worked with,'' Missy Elliott recently told Lil' Mo, ''no one has ever done a tribute to me.'' Hip hop superstar Elliott called Lil' Mo to personally thank her after hearing Mo's new mixtape. Mo sings her heart out giving props to Elliott on the track ''Big Sister.'' ''A lot of times we wait until somebody is gone,'' says Lil' Mo. ''We don't give them their flowers while they're still here. ... [Read]

Diamonds and Glow Sticks

Pride screens a sure-to-be-rowdy interactive 'Moulin Rouge!'

Ever wanted to blurt out ''I'll have what she's having!'' as Nicole Kidman has an orgasm in Moulin Rouge? Or twirl a diamond necklace during the 2001 film's ''Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend'' number? If so, Capital Pride has your ticket. The ''Moulin Rouge! Interactive Film Show,'' set for Monday, June 6, takes its cue from the famous audience-engaging screenings of the 1975 camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Patrons will get a seat, a red velvet cupcake ... [Read]

Dining for Dollars

Foodies get ready: Taste of Pride is a week of great meals and deals

Pride celebrations tickle the senses, from the vibrant colors of the parade to the celebratory music that flows from the festival stage. But this year's Pride celebration comes with a chance to tickle your tongue as well. Taste of Pride brings together a diverse array of restaurants that over the course of the Capital Pride celebration will offer patrons a chance to not only sample pride-ful fare, but help support Pride as well. ''It's exciting to be more outside of ... [Read]

Meet Your Committee

Education & Cultural Events committee reaches out with an invitation to diversity

The old-school axiom told us that behind every great man, there is a great woman. Let's brush that off to get with the times, because in the case of May Sifuentes and Stephanie Ayers, behind one great committee chair, there is her great sub-committee chair and partner. Sifuentes is the first-time chair of Capital Pride's 2011 Education & Cultural Events committee. Ayers, her partner, heads the women's events subcommittee. And they – along with all the committee members they serve ... [Read]

Mind, Body and Soul

Capital Pride 2011 has something to satisfy from head to toe, heart and soul

WELCOME From the President of the Board of Directors Week in Pride Calendar Parade - Sat, June 11Map & Contingents Festival - Sun June 12Map, Booths & VendorsEntertainment Lineup NightlifeParties and Club Events ENTERTAINMENT PerformersJennifer Holliday with Tony MoranLil' ... [Read]

Pride Festival Entertainment Lineup

Capital Pride 2011

As of press time. Times, where noted, are approximate. Performers and schedule subject to change without notice. Mainstage 3rd & Pennsylania NW ALL DAY DJ Steve Henderson returns for his sixth year to spin between acts on the Mainstage as the Official DJ of Capital Pride. Although now a resident of Chicago, the Baltimore native still spins regularly on the East Coast, including monthly at Ziegfeld's/Secrets. He also volunteers his time as the entertainment chair for Pride. 11:30 a.m. The ... [Read]

The Week in Pride

Official and Affiliated Capital Pride 2011 Events

As of press time. Schedule subject to change. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 [OFFICIAL EVENT] Out on AssignmentPride Kickoff & Volunteer OrientationJoin us for the Kickoff and Volunteer Orientation immediately following Out on Assignment: A Panel Discussion with LGBT Journalists. Want to volunteer for one of the 30+ Pride Events? Attend the volunteer orientation at 7:45 p.m. to learn about 200+ volunteer opportunities that will help you Pave Your Way to Capital Pride 2011. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 6:45-9pm. ... [Read]

Festival Map, Booths and Vendors

Capital Pride 2011

As of May 21, 2011. Subject to change. A Well-Fed World A-K Real Estate, Inc. Affirmation LGBT Mormons (Greater Washington, DC Area Chapter) Affordable Health Insurance AIDS Healthcare Foundation Blair Underwood Healthcare Center Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church Alliance Francaise de Washington Amber Forever Amber American University GLBTA Resource Center Americans United for Separation of Church and State Ameriprise Financial-Renee Green Ameritech Construction Amnesty International USA Amtrak Andromeda Transcultural Health AOL Arlington Gay & ... [Read]

Parade Map and Contingents

Capital Pride 2011

As of May 8, 2011. In alphabetical order. Subject to change. Saturday, June 11, rain or shineStepoff is 5:30 p.m. at 22nd & P Sts. NW Contingents 495 Bears AARP ACLU of the Nation's Capital AHF- Blair Underwood Healthcare Center All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists Bet Mishpachah Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Capital Area RainBowlers Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League Choice Hotels International Citi Council of ... [Read]

From the President of the Board of Directors of Capital Pride

Pride Guide 2011

Happy Pride! On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of Capital Pride, welcome to the 36th annual Capital Pride celebration. This year is one of our longest celebrations yet: 12 days of programming and events that celebrate our incredibly vibrant community. I would like to extend a special welcome to all of those for whom this is your very first Pride celebration. Ten years ago I went to my first Pride celebration here in Washington, and I ... [Read]

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