Ourstory: Pride in the DMV Collection, 26


Ourstory: Pride in the DMV Collection, 26


In May 1972, Washington, DC's GLBT community celebrated its first Pride. The previous two years, gays and lesbians had gone to New York City to celebrate the Stonewall anniversary. In the winter of 1972, the Gay Liberation Front-DC proposed a local celebration, though they scheduled it a month and half before New York's celebration so that people would not have to choose between the events. DC's initial Pride celebration was as much a protest as a celebration, following almost exactly one year after Gay Mayday and the anti-war Mayday demonstrations had closed the streets of the city.

This marked the first public celebration of gay and lesbian pride in Washington DC. Organized by the Gay Liberation Front, the festival drew support from All Souls Church, the Community Bookshop, the Gay Activists Alliance, the Gay People's Alliance of George Washington University, Henry Street (one of the houses of the Awards Club, a local drag organization) and the Metropole Cinema. The principal organizers were Chuck Hall, Bruce Pennington, and Cade Ware.

This collection includes materials from Gay Pride, Capital Pride, DC Black Pride, and other Pride-related festivals and events.


Dardano, Robert. Photographer

Collection Items

Make Magic Happen: Pride in the Nations Capital 2016: The Official Guide to Capital Pride 2016
This introduces the D.C.-based Friends radio program, one of the longest-running gay-themed radio shows in the country. It aired from 1973 to 1982, that gave an hour of programming each week. It was "radio for and by the gay community" and welcomed…

A Simple Matter of Justice
This is the program guide for the 1993 March on Washington for lesbian, gay, and bi equal rights and liberation. The table of contents shows the different chapters of how the 1993 march began, and continued to work towards stopping hate.

Gay Rugby Teams And Transvestite Dancing Queens At Capital Pride
This article, published in the Florida newspaper Agenda, documents the diversity, size, and vivacity of the 2015 Capital Pride celebration. It includes a quote from Rainbow History board member Jeff Donahoe, who led a walking tour on the morning of…
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