Rainbow Pride D.C.

Photo of protesters in 1967

Few social groups have made such rapid strides in equality as the LGBTQ community during the fifty years following the Stonewall uprising.  Leading up to and beyond that seminal moment, D.C.’s own courageous men and women made invaluable contributions to the cultural and social history of our city: 

  • Walt Whitman celebrated “the love of comrades” in his groundbreaking poetry and his intimate relationship with Pete Doyle in the 1860’s. 
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson hosted Saturday Night salons in the 1920’s that nurtured Harlem Renaissance luminaries Langston Hughes and Richard Bruce Nugent.
  • Following Stonewall, Deacon Maccubbin founded Lambda Rising bookstore and the city’s first Gay Pride festival

See the sites associated with these figures and events while walking through the Dupont Circle and Strivers Section Historic Districts. The walk will conclude on vibrant 17th Street NW, a short walk back to the Dupont Circle Metro station.


"We had a great time! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. We learned so much about the history of gay DC and the changes in the Dupont Circle and 14th Street area over the years. Can't wait to do another walk." - TripAdvisor reviewer


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Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Martin

MARTIN has been enchanted by the city of Washington since arriving in 1980 to pursue a government career in economics.  He found he enjoyed pounding the sidewalks of the city as much as crunching numbers and began leading special interest tours for friends and community groups.

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Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.


Also available as a private or group tour. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

Embarks from outside the Dupont Circle Metrorail station (Dupont South exit--by the entrance to Krispy Kreme)
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