As the D.C. area emerges from the restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago, Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass (At-Large) has announced he will host a series of virtual and in-person events to mark June as LGBTQ Pride Month.
Beginning in 2019, his first year in office, Glass, the first out LGBTQ person elected to the County Council, had hosted a series of family-friendly, Pride-themed events for those in suburban D.C. who did not wish to venture into the District for Capital Pride, which is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year. Last year, due to the pandemic, events were held virtually, but Glass has vowed to bring back some in-person events to get people into a celebratory mood and offer people a chance to reconnect with friends and neighbors.
The month kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, June 7 at 11 a.m. outside the county’s Executive Office Building on Veterans Memorial Plaza, located at 101 Monroe St. in Rockville. Officials including Glass, his fellow Councilmembers, and County Executive Marc Elrich will attend and give remarks as the Progress flag — which has additional stripes to represent the transgender community and communities of color — is flown above the Government Complex Center Terrace.
“For this year’s flag raising we will be flying the Progress flag, which includes stripes to highlight trans individuals and communities of color — for whom much progress remains to be made. There are a wide range of identities within the LGBTQ+ community, and as we have witnessed racial violence across the country, it’s more important than ever to create positive change for all of us, not some of us,” Glass said in a statement. “The LGBTQ+ rights movement has made tremendous strides over the past few decades, but there remains much more work to do. I believe that by bringing us all together, we can continue marching toward progress and healing.”
On Saturday, June 12, Glass will host a puppy Pride parade at Bark Social, a combined dog park and beer garden located in North Bethesda, at 12 p.m. On Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m., Glass will host a Zoom conversation on LGBTQ+ housing and homelessness.
On Saturday, June 19, at 2 p.m., county residents can mark the celebration of Emancipation Day with a Juneteenth celebration featuring a sneak preview of the new Black Girl Magic Stories television docu-series, which will air on Montgomery Municipal Cable TV later this year. Black Girl Magic Stories highlights the stories, triumphs, and obstacles faced by women from across the African diaspora living in the United States.
The virtual/in-person hybrid event will include live musical performances by Kamila Gem and DJ Franky J, spoken word poetry by Nia Downie, and a question-and-answer panel with the cast of the series, moderated by media executive Sydni Whitfield Flowers. Those attending the in-person event at Sandy Spring Museum, in Sandy Spring, Maryland, will also enjoy a private dessert and rosé reception with the cast.
From June 19-20, Takoma Park will host its “Show Your Pride” weekend festivities, featuring a smaller-scale festival, with special deals from participating businesses and local restaurants, and family-friendly activities. There will be a Drag Queen Storytime event for children (and the young at heart), and residents are encouraged to take photos with the city’s new rainbow crosswalks.
On Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m., Glass will host the annual MoCo Pride Drag Brunch at Bark Social. That will be followed by a Youth Writers Showcase on Tuesday, June 29, at 9 a.m. The following day, on June 30, at 7 p.m., Glass will host a virtual Zoom discussion with Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to discuss his memoir, I Have Something to Tell You.
A conservative columnist at right-wing magazine The National Review has penned a homophobic poem attacking Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten.
Rob Long's "Happy Seasons" article, published last week, took aim at the Buttigiegs' parenting abilities, after the couple became fathers to twins earlier this year.
Long referred to Chasten as "Mister Mom" and adopted the oft-used homophobic trope that men are bad parents and children need a mother.
"But that’s the thing to remember, even when the two dads are gay, they’re still dudes, and most men are just born that way," Long wrote.
A Florida legislative committee has approved a so-called "parental rights" bill that critics say is overly vague and likely to serve as a gag, preventing teachers from talking about LGBTQ topics in class -- even in passing.
Last Thursday, the Florida House Education and Employment Committee approved the "don't say gay" bill -- as some activists have dubbed it -- in conjunction with another education-related bill that would permit parents to censor or remove books in school libraries.
Both measures passed largely along party lines, with Democrats opposing them. The "don't say gay" bill now heads to the floor for debate and an up-or-down vote.
Chasten Buttigieg, the outspoken husband of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, clapped back at a troll spewing anti-gay comments about the couple's family, leading to repercussions for the heckler.
Earlier this week, Chasten Buttigieg posted a photo to his Instagram account of him and his husband with their twin babies at the White House.
"2021 brought with it many challenges, but it also gave us a lot to be grateful for," he wrote on the post. "#HappyNewYear, friends. Here's to a peaceful and joyful 2022!"
While most commenters liked the picture of the happy family, some others posted rude comments, including one named Andre Kravchenko, who wrote: "Someone gave these queers kids?? Holy ."
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