Metro Weekly

Whitman-Walker Clinic

Capital Pride 2007: Community Partners

THERE AREN’T ENOUGH pages in the Pride Guide to list all of the services Whitman-Walker Clinic has provided to the community over the past three decades, ranging from HIV/AIDS services to pro bono legal aid. And if you’ve ever attended previous Capital Pride celebrations in Washington within the past few years, you might already know that Whitman-Walker Clinic was the sole organizer of the event. That all changed this year, when organizers of Capital Pride decided to let other organizations representing the LGBT community partner in the planning and implementation of the event.

”I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome, and just the collaborative spirit of celebrating the LGBT community,” says Don Blanchon, executive director of Whitman-Walker. ”Pride is a true community event, and as the leader of Whitman-Walker Clinic, I don’t believe that pride should be owned, controlled or managed by any one individual or individual organization. I applaud the fact that the clinic and all of the other partners have worked so well to put on what’s going to be an absolutely amazing Pride.”

Blanchon says this year at Whitman-Walker he is most proud of being able to provide basic primary healthcare for the entire LGBT community.

”I can’t tell you how proud I am of our 200 plus staff and all the volunteers who have really rallied to move the clinic to a place where we can serve many and all members of the LGBT community, and serve as their healthcare home,” he says. ”That’s a huge accomplishment for the clinic.”

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