All photos by Emily Cohen
It may be hard to beat the success of last year’s Capital Pride celebration. But, hundreds turned out to the W Hotel last night to see if they could do just that at the Capital Pride Reveal party. It was a time to not only announce the 2014 theme, but to celebrate the dramatic impact of one of the largest pride celebrations in the country.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Ryan Bos, with a reinvigorated team that includes a small staff, volunteers and board, Capital Pride has grown from a yearly celebration into a cultural force offering year-round activities (such as the October outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus at Stead Park).
When Capital Pride announced in the W Hotel Ballroom that the 2014 theme is Future, there was loud applause. It made perfect sense. The announcement was made after a video tracing the LGBT rights movement from before Stonewall to the present day. As the film highlighted non-discrimination laws, the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” marriage equality in growing states, and the end of DOMA, a sense of excitement and momentum could be felt. It was if the quickening pace of accomplishments have put the LGBT community on ground to determine its own future (and indeed, the tagline of the Future theme is “Build Our Bright Future”.
As the theme was announced, we caught DC LGBT luminaries like Birdie LaCage, the unofficial Mayor of 17th Street Dito Sevilla;DJs Chord, Mad Science and Keenan Orr; Peaches, and others in the crowd. Author Brock Thompson was on hand to record his new quiz show “20 Questions with Brock Thomspon“, as well as representatives from just about every LGBT organization in DC.
Since Brightest Young Things partners with Capital Pride on the official opening party in June (remember how much fun you had last year?), our attention must now turn to picking a name/theme for the party that supports the overall pride theme. Sexy aliens? Post-apocalyptic realness? Gay Star Trek? Feel free to send us your suggestions as we celebrate the Future and Build Our Bright Future.