Five ways to learn about and celebrate Pride


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One of the ways one can celebrate Pride Month is the national pride parade, which takes place on June 10th.

By Sneha David, Online Content Editor

Pride Month, observed every June, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in various ways, promoting messages of love, acceptance and equality. Being so close to the nation’s capital, there are different ways to celebrate pride month by honoring the history of the community while still fighting for equality. Washington, D.C. offers a myriad of exciting events and activities to commemorate this momentous occasion. From colorful parades to thought-provoking discussions, here are many ways to celebrate Pride Month.

Pride Parade
Taking place on June 10, the annual Capital Pride Parade is by far one of the biggest celebrations during June for the LGBTQ+ community. The parade features a vibrant display of floats, music and colorful costumes. Thousands of participants and spectators flood the streets of Dupont Circle, creating an atmosphere of celebration and unity. As colorful floats, marching bands and vibrant displays traverse the parade route, it is impossible not to feel a sense of pride and inclusivity. The parade is an excellent way to show your support and spread messages of love, acceptance and equality.

Supporting LGBTQ+ artists
Another way to celebrate this month is celebrating different LGBTQ+ artists by supporting their music. One way to do this is to attend live concerts. On June 16, at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the music festival Re:SET is taking place, consisting of various queer artists such as Clairo, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and more. For those who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, an alternative way to support is by streaming music of queer artists or purchasing art.

Supporting LGBTQ+ organizations
Pride Month is about the fight for equality and acknowledging those who paved the way for the equality we have reached thus far. It is an ideal time to support and give back to the LGBTQ+ community by volunteering with local organizations. D.C. is home to numerous nonprofits and advocacy groups that work tirelessly to promote equality, provide resources and support the LGBTQ+ community. Whether assisting with events, offering professional skills or donating, lending these organizations a helpful hand can significantly impact and contribute to positive change.

Engaging in educational events
While donating can be one way to show support, educating oneself is just as important. Celebrating Pride Month in the nation’s capital allows various opportunities to expand one’s knowledge and engage in meaningful conversations about LGBTQ+ history and activism. Pride Month offers a range of educational and cultural events that provide opportunities for learning and understanding. D.C.’s many museums, art galleries and community centers often organize exhibitions and discussions that explore LGBTQ+ history, art, and culture, for example, panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibits. Whether in person or online, D.C. offers various opportunities that shed light on important issues and highlight progress made in LGBTQ+ history and culture.

DC Front Runners Pride Run 5k
While seeing art and landmarks appeal to some, others would rather celebrate this month in a more active fashion. D.C. hosts various Pride Runs and walks that combine community spirit with physical activity. However, one in particular is the DC Front Runners Pride 5k. DC Front Runners will host their annual Pride Run this year on June 9 at the Congressional Cemetery. Runners can run about 3.1 miles while decked out in pride clothing. It costs about 45 dollars, and while registration is required, it can quickly be done through DC Front Runners’ website up until the day of the event.

Overall, Pride Month is a time of celebration, solidarity and empowerment. These celebrations recognize the incredible strides made toward equality and acknowledge the work that still lies ahead. Joining these celebrations allows individuals to unite, celebrate diversity and reaffirm their commitment to creating a more equitable and accepting society. Whether participating in the Capital Pride Parade, attending a festival or engaging in educational events, there is a way for everyone to celebrate and support one another during the month of June.