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The Week in Pride

Official and Affiliated Capital Pride 2011 Events

As of press time. Schedule subject to change.



Out on Assignment
Pride Kickoff & Volunteer Orientation
Join 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. Metro: Metro Center.


Pride Idol
Capital Pride’s music competition for 2011 and a chance to use a Saab convertible all summer. Cobalt, 17th & R Sts. NW, 9pm-1:30am Metro: Dupont Circle.

Bootycandy Post-Show Discussion
Post show discussion of Bootycandy. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW. Follows show. Metro: Archives, Gallery Place.


Ice Breaker
Official Capital Pride Happy Hour Presented by Splash Entertainment. Vetro Lounge, 1401 K St. NW, 6-9pm. Metro: McPherson Square.

Town Hall: Spirituality in the Queer Community
Can you be spiritual and be queer? Join Capital Pride as we discuss the balance between spirituality and being gay. At 7 p.m., we will screen “Fish Out of Water,” a short documentary by Ky Dickens that explores homosexuality and the Bible, followed by a lively discussion on religion, spirituality, and faith of all types within the queer community. Contact. Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW, 7-9pm Metro: Dupont.


CAGLCC First Fridays Luncheon
The Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts ”I Can’t Believe It’s On Twitter: Getting Return on Investment From Social Media.” Box lunch served. Registration required at to attend. Social Media, 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, 11:30am-1pm Metro: Dupont.

Pride Ride
Revolution Cycles hosts a casual ride on the trails in Arlington. Includes bike, a drink, snacks and karaoke after the ride at Freddie’s Beach Bar. Reserve at 220 20th St., Ste. A in Crystal City, 6-9pm. Metro: Crystal City.

Pink & Purple Sunset: A Women’s Event
Presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and featuring music by DJs vAnniety Kills, Natty Boom, & JuneBullet and burlesque by the DC Gurly Show. Tickets are $25. Visit Rooftop at the Donovan House, 1155 14th St. NW, 6-10pm. Metro: McPherson Square.


Men’s Kickoff Party
Annual kick-off party for the Men of Capital Pride. Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, 1824 Half St. SW from 9pm-3am. Metro: Navy Yard.



Trans-Pride Day
The annual TransPride celebration for members, supporters, family, and friends of the Transgender community. Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St. NW, 9am-5pm. Metro: Mt. Vernon Square.

Pink & Purple Power: A Training
A special one-day skills-building training in Washington, D.C. presented by The Task Force. Tickets are $25. Visit Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, 9am-3:30pm. Metro: Judiciary Square.


Mr. & Miss Capital Pride Pageant
Join us in crowning our new Mr. and Miss Capital Pride. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW, 6-10pm. Cover is $10. 21 and older. Metro: U Street/Cordozo.

And I Am Telling You
The legendary Jennifer Holliday, Tony Award-winner for Dreamgirls, joins the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington in celebration of their 30th Anniversary Season. Visit Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, 8-10pm. Metro: Foggy Bottom.



Pride in the Park
Capital Pride kicks off the summer at Six Flags America. Purchase your Six Flags tickets at and be sure to use code CAPPRIDE to receive the special discounted rate — only $28, of which $5 will be donated to Capital Pride. Six Flags, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 10am-6pm.

Pink & Purple Recognition Awards
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual award ceremony in Washington, allowing the LGBT community and its supporters to celebrate its heroes as well as fueling the work of NGLTF, the oldest national organization dedicated to achieving equality for LGBT people. Tickets are $125. Visit Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, 11am-3pm. Metro: Farragut West

Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo
Find planners, florists, photographers, caterers, and more for your special day. Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW, 1-4pm. Metro: Dupont.


Annual Drag Stonewall Kickball
Two teams consisting of kickball players dressed in drag compete. Who will win? Who will cry? Most importantly, who will lose their weave? Halftime competition between members of the league in swimsuits. Raffles for gym memberships, food vouchers, and clothing stores. Stead Park behind JR.’s, 17th & Church Sts. NW, 6-8pm. Metro: Dupont.

Open Doors Fund Fundraiser and Reception
Organized by Foundry United Methodist Church, this inaugural event for the LGBT faith community will raise funds to help ensure full inclusion of all people in the Methodist community. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 1526 14th St. NW, 6:30-8pm. Metro: Dupont or U Street/Cardozo


Celebrating Queer People of Color: Activism, Leadership and Community
D.C.’s queer Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Latino and South Asian communities share our histories and foster leadership and activism in this panel discussion hosted by AQUA, International Federation of Black Prides, KhushDC, Latino GLBT History Project, and NAPAWF-DC. The DC Center, 1318 U St. NW, 7-9pm. Metro: U Street/Cardozo

Interfaith Service
Annual interfaith celebration of Capital Pride. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW, 7:30-8:30pm. Metro: Dupont.


Women’s Spoken Word
Celebrate the women of DC and express yourself through poems, monologues, songs, and more. Open to all. Sign up in advance at Questions? Email. Indulj, 1208 U St. NW, 7:30-9:00pm. Metro: U Street/Cordoza.

Don’t Ask, Do Tell
A unique co-presentation of Woolly Mammoth and SpeakeasyDC, this evening features fresh and honest autobiographical performances from an eclectic collection of local storytellers, poets, and spoken-word artists. Tickets are $25. Visit Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, 8-10pm. Metro: Archives or Gallery Place/Chinatown.


Moulin Rouge Interactive Film Show
Tickets are $25 and includes a prop bag and red velvet cupcake. Movie goers are encouraged to come in their best can-can outfits. Participants will have the opportunity to win various door prizes, including a day pass to Vida Fitness and one training session with master trainer, Bradley Padavick. Renaissance Dupont Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 7:30-11pm. Metro: Gallery Place.


Rouge Benefit Show
Join the Rouge entertainers at their annual Pride Benefit Performance. Omega, 2122 P St. NW, 10pm-1am. Metro: Dupont.


Jewish LGBT Happy Hour
A fun happy hour for all the Jews at Pride and our friends! Sponsored by GLOE at the DCJCC, Bet Mishpachah, Gayyim, Nice Jewish Boys, and Nice Jewish Girls. $5 suggested donation. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW, 5-8pm. Metro: Dupont.


Heroes Gala & Silent Auction
This annual event has been ramped up to provide a truly deserving experience for our Heroes and Engendered Spirits, honoring the trailblazers in the community. Join us at the beautiful House of Sweden along the Potamc River. Come early to view the fabulous and unique auction items; plan to stay late to enjoy the Georgetown Waterfront from the roof deck with delicious food and a cocktail. Tickets are $50 in advance at or $75, if available, at the door. Business or cocktail attire. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW, 7-9pm. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

Don’t Ask, Do Tell
A unique co-presentation of Woolly Mammoth and SpeakeasyDC, this evening features fresh and honest autobiographical performances from an eclectic collection of local storytellers, poets, and spoken-word artists. Tickets are $25. Visit Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, 8-10pm. Metro: Archives or Gallery Place/Chinatown.



Pride Idol Finale
After four weeks and hundreds of performances, it all comes down to tonight. Come and see who will win a Saab lease for the summer and have the opportunity to sing live on the Pride Festival Main Stage. Cobalt, 17th & R Sts. NW, 9-9:30pm. Metro: Dupont.


Jello Wrestling
Annual ladies jello wrestling competition. Compete or just watch!
Phase One, 525 8th St. SE, 9pm-1am. Metro: Eastern Market.


Fashion Show & Auction Party
Featuring underwear from Universal Gear and special Pride models. Cobalt, 17th & R Sts. NW, 9:30pm-1:45am. Metro: Dupont.

Bootycandy Post-Show Discussion
Post show discussion of Bootycandy. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW. Metro: Archives or Gallery Place.



Women’s Happy Hour
Join the Women’s Events Committee and share your ideas for celebrating Pride all year. Renaissance Washington, 999 9th St. NW, 6-8pm. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

Pride Network Thursday
CAGLCC’s signature networking event hosted and sponsored by Signal Financial Federal Credit Union. Join us on the Franklin Towers rooftop in McPherson Square for an evening of networking, libations, appetizers, and great views of downtown DC. Free for CAGLCC members, $20 for Non members. Pay at door. Franklin Towers Rooftop, 1401 Eye St. NW, 6:30-8:30pm Metro: McPherson Square.

Parade Orientation

Learn your spot in the parade and the rules and regulations for a fun and safe event. Renaissance Washington, 999 9th St. NW, 7-9pm. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown.


5th Annual DC Latino Pride
Presented by the Latino GLBT History Project. Friday evening’s program features a networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, a historical exhibit, a panel discussion on marriage equality and bi-national same-sex couples, high impact cultural performances, and informational health, social service, cultural and business resources from local corporate, non-profit, and government entities. 18 or older to enter. A suggested $5 donation benefits the 5th Annual DC Latino Pride celebration. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW, 6-9pm. Metro: U Street/Cardoza.

Congregational Pride Dinner
Shabbat Services

Bet Mishpachah will host a Shabbat dinner to mark the start of Pride weekend in the Nation’s Capital. The cost for members is $25 and $32 for non-members. Questions can be directed to . Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. All are invited to stay for a special Pride Shabbat Service following dinner. DCJCC, 16th and Q Sts. NW, 7-10pm. Metro: Dupont.

Divas Outdoors: Desk Set
The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in partnership with One In Ten, presents the romantic comedy Desk Set (1957), the first of two outdoor films welcoming the LGBT community. Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Dina Merrill star. Bring your best spread for our picnic competition. Winners receive copies of the film, signed by Dina Merrill. Rain or shine. $15 Public and Members, $10 College Students and Children 6-18. Gates open at 6:30pm. Hillwood Museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, 8:30-10:30pm. Metro: Van Ness/UDC.


Capital Pride Party: Somewhere…
Join Capital Pride and as they take you “Somewhere…” and turn six floors of the Newseum into an over-the-top, over-the-rainbow fantasyland. The official Capital Pride party features DJs Ultra Naté, Lauren Flax, Natty Boom, and DJ MAJR. $15 in advance. 18 and older. Limited tickets available at Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 9pm-1am. Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial.



Capital Pride Parade
Annual parade that travels through Dupont Circle, down 17th Street, and across to Thomas Circle. Join thousands of people to watch this landmark event. Note the new start time — one hour earlier this year — kicking off at 5:30pm. See official parade route on page 103 and a list of participants on page 105. Dupont to Logan Circles. Metro: Dupont.

SMYAL Capital Pride Youth Dance
Join SMYAL after the parade to celebrate Capital Pride. Must be 21 and under. ID Required. Free to attend. Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW, 8-11pm. Metro: Columbia Heights.


The official Capital Pride Women’s Closing Night Party. Drink specials, go go dancers and live entertainment. Tickets are $15. 18 and older. Apex, 1415 22nd St. NW, 9pm-3am. Metro: Dupont.



Capital Pride Festival
Join more than 200,000 people on historic Pennsylvania Ave. and celebrate Pride 2011 in front our nation’s Capitol. Free and open to all. $5 suggested donation at entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue at 7th Street, 11am-6pm. Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial or Gallery Place/Chinatown. See the festival map on page 109 and the mainstage entertainment lineup on page 115 for more information.

Pridelicious VIP Lounge
Second Annual Pridelicious VIP Lounge sponsored by KPMG and hosted by CAGLCC. Relax, cool off, enjoy snacks and sip cold drink in this exclusive hotel suite, located steps away from the Capital Pride Festival. Become a member at the CAGLCC Pride booth and gain access to the exclusive, members-only, VIP lounge. Members can stop by CAGLCC’s booth at the Pride festival to pick up their VIP wrist badges. Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW, 11am-4pm. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown.

Festival After-Party
After you Pave Your Way to the end of the rainbow, what will you find? The afterparty, of course! Wrap up 10 days of Capital Pride at our closing celebration. Cobalt, 17th & R Sts. NW, 6pm-2am. Metro: Dupont.


From the President of the Board of Directors

Week in Pride Calendar

Parade – Sat, June 11
Map & Contingents

Festival – Sun June 12
Map, Booths & Vendors
Entertainment Lineup

Parties and Club Events


Jennifer Holliday with Tony Moran
Lil’ Mo

Jonathan Bascope
Lost Bois
Mama’s Black Sheep
Venus D Lite
Bettina Shelker

Other Options
Taste of Pride: Dining Out

Interactive Film: Moulin Rouge


Mind, Body & Soul of Capital Pride

Pride Committee

Community Partners

Pride Planning Committee

Behind the Pride Guide Covers