US Military Color Guard Marches at DC Capital Pride

Author: , June 8th, 2014

Capital Pride Washington DCBill Morgan, 76, was kicked out of the Citadel, the military college in South Carolina, because he was gay. He lied so he could serve in the Air Force, in the closet, wary and silent, as gay friends were drummed out. So when the eight-man U.S. military color guard marched for the first time at the head of Capital Pride, the District’s gay pride parade, Morgan was, for a moment, speechless.

“Never in a million years,” Morgan said, a string of rainbow beads circling his neck. “I never imagined that I could come from there to here. I’m just glad I lived long enough to see it.”

Afeefah Asare, 30, of Northern Virginia, who just moments before the color guard passed had been whooping it up and yelling “Happy Pride!,” stopped in shock and stared at the passing flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. “That is awesome,” she said solemnly. “It means everybody’s in now.”

By Brigid Schulte – Full Story at The Washington Post | Washington DC Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Attending Capital Pride in Washington DC

Author: , June 6th, 2012

Washington DC Gay Pride 2012As you all know we like to get to the bottom of everything (no pun intended!) so we reached out to our friends at Capital Pride to get the inside scoop on this awesome Pride Festival! Here is the skinny from our good friend Missy Toms, programmer of the festival.

What sets Capital Pride apart from other events of its type?

“Capital Pride is the third largest Pride in the nation. The Capitol Building is the backdrop for our main performance stage. We plan events for two full weeks in June, not just a parade and festival. Also, our parade has been voted the Best in DC four years running.”

What about this year’s Capital Pride makes it bigger and better than last year’s?

“All these things are happening at the festival.We have expanded our family area to include inflatables and fun activities. We have a Taste@Pride where people can purchase tickets for chef tastings and Barefoot Wines. Our arts section will include an Art Fair. We’ll have a demonstration area for groups like dog handlers and roller derby girls to perform.”

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