History of the DC High Heel Race

Description

The race, which began in 1986 with a group of 25 drag queens running down the street wearing high heels, is a commemoration of LGBTQ history in D.C.

News4’s Tommy McFly reports from 17th Street with a tour by RHP's Vincent Slatt.

They visit JR's Bar and Grill; the intersection of 17th and Q St. NW--the site of the 1991 police violence against spectators; Annie's Upstairs at Annie's Paramount Steakhouse; and Frank Kameny Way at 17th and Corcoran St.

Access Rights

This film streams online via NBC4's website, as of 29 October 2022:
https://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/the-scene/history-of-the-dc-high-heel-race/3190237/

Research used in the episode can be viewed online:
HIGH HEEL RACE (2022 PROJECT)

Citation

NBC4 The Scene Tommy McFly Vincent Slatt, “History of the DC High Heel Race,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed May 21, 2024, https://archives.rainbowhistory.org/items/show/1686.

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