Even though the bulk of the D.C.-area Pride celebrations has passed, the nearby suburbs of Alexandria and Arlington aren’t finished, with two events scheduled for Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28.
On Sunday, The Garden ALX, Alexandria Makers Market, and Safe Space NOVA will be hosting “Growing Pride at The Garden,” a family-friendly Pride event featuring 15 local LGBTQ “makers” offering various crafts, art, and other goods available for sale.
“I define a maker as anybody who has an original idea and makes it into a product,” says Alyssa Kovach, founder of Alexandria Makers Market. “I represent the people that are usually working from home. They don’t usually have a storefront, but it will be, to give an analogy, like a holiday market, a pop-up, and so they’ll have the things that they make. There is a huge range of products, from stained glass to jewelry to T-shirts to bags and more.”
In addition to serving as an open market to showcase the work of makers, the event will feature yoga activities, courtesy of YogaSix and abellaYoga; live music; kid-friendly crafting activities, led by Kids Create Alexandria; a rock-climbing experience, courtesy of Sport Rock climbing gym; and a bevy of food trucks offering various fare. Admission is technically free, but attendees are encouraged to donate at least $5, with proceeds going to benefit Safe Space NOVA, a Northern Virginia organization serving LGBTQ youth.
“We’re really hoping this is just like a really fun family event,” explains Kovach. “The Garden and I were the ones that kind of put out heads together and said, ‘Who do we want to have involved?’ And so our first step was contacting Safe Space NOVA. We wanted them involved, and thought they could give us some guidance in terms of like what would be really a fun and successful event. So we’re glad to have them on board, and we’ll be accepting donations and trying to kind of drum up some money for them.”
On Monday, June 28, marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising, Go Gay DC will host a free-to-attend Pride Month social at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington.
“This is an opportunity to mingle and to celebrate pride in a fabulous environment and basically a chance to connect with the community,” says Go Gay DC leader TJ Flavell, who is the chief organizer. “It’s come as you are, but you should definitely feel free to express yourself and feel free to come decked out in ‘Prideful’ attire.”
As with Go Gay DC’s regularly held happy hours at Freddie’s, which occur each month, organizers will be collecting cans of food or nonperishable food items for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, which is the county’s chief food bank, serving over 2,300 local families each week.
Those wishing to dine at Freddie’s following the social can reserve a table by calling the restaurant at (703) 685-0555, or can choose to purchase food at the bar. For a full menu, visit www.freddiesbeachbar.com/menu.
As people begin emerging from their homes as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, Go Gay DC will begin resuming its monthly socials and happy hours, beginning with its “First Friday Social” at Commentary, in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, on July 2 from 7-9 p.m. There will also be a “First Tuesday Social” on July 6 from 7-9 p.m. at Hi-Tide Lounge in Alexandria.
“These ongoing social events bring a wide-range of fascinating people together for professional networking and friendship. As past president of three local community organizations, hosting these socials is a way to continue to make a positive impact for the social good,” says Flavell.
“Growing Pride at the Garden” is on Sunday, June 27, from 2-7 p.m. at The Garden ALX, 5380 Eisenhower Ave., Suite C, Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees are asked to pre-register. To register, or for more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.
Go Gay DC’s Pride Month Social, Stonewall Edition, is on Monday, June 28, from 6-9 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar, 555 23rd St. S., Arlington, Virginia. Attendees are asked to register beforehand to get an accurate head count. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
A far-right pastor and conspiracy theorist has claimed that suicide among gay people is prevalent because of guilt and self-loathing.
Kent Christmas, an anti-LGBTQ televangelist who spread the lie that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, told his followers that gay people "hate" being gay, Right Wing Watch reports.
Failing to cite any sources or statistics, Christmas claimed that the shame of being gay led people to die by suicide.
"Can I tell you how my heart goes out to the homosexual community because there are so many of them," Christmas said. "Suicide amongst the homosexual community is one of the highest rates of suicide of anything in the Earth.
Ruby Corado, the founder and executive director of Casa Ruby, has stepped down, handing the reins of the organization over to Alexis Blackmon, who will serve as the organization's interim Executive Director.
It was reported earlier this week that Casa Ruby had lost more than $800,000 in district funding.
Watch Corado's Facebook Live announcement below. Her resignation and introduction of Blackmon starts at roughly the 3-minute mark.
Update: “I don’t want to be a distraction” -- Ruby Corado hands reins of Casa Ruby over to Alexis Blackmon
Russia might rebrand LGBTQ organizations as "extremist" groups in order to ban them.
LGBTQ groups, as well as radical feminist and child-free groups, would be considered "extremism," under a new proposal from Russia's communications regulator, the Moscow Times reports.
Andrei Tsyganov, chairman of a regulatory commission that purports to protect children, said last week that it was "necessary to expand" the rights of law enforcement in order to target the groups.
Alongside LGBTQ groups, Tsyagnov also highlighted "furries" -- those interested in anthropomorphic animal characters -- as an "extremist ideology."
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