DC Capital Pride 2010: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!
Saturday’s parade was the largest, most well-attended Capital Pride Parade DC has ever had! After waiting for nearly three hours in the heat, the small-but-mighty RAC contingent set off along the parade route which officially began at 22nd St and P St (just over a block from the RAC!) and ended at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle.
We were thrilled to walk amongst other LGBT advocates from religious organizations including the DC JCC, Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland, and the Lutheran and Seventh Day Adventist communities, as well as a lively group of Batala drummers, Results Gym, the Human Rights Campaign, and nearly 160 other groups. We are proud of the widespread support from marchers and parade-goers, and we were delighted to see so many advocates along the way on Saturday evening. Thank you for your support!
Unfortunately, this widely attended parade comes amidst a frustrating time in Congress. Among the thousands of pieces of legislation marinating on the docket are the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584) and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Though Capital Pride did indeed demonstrate robust support for LGBT equality here in DC, much work still needs to be done to ensure that the LGBT community is not discriminated against in any context and the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity are NOT privileges, but guarantees.