Rainbow Pride D.C.
Fewer 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 introduced a “gay is good” ethos with his groundbreaking poetry celebrating same sex attraction 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.
- Frank Kameny protested federal employment discrimination in the 1960's.
- The Gay Liberation Front of the 1970’s provided communal housing for activists.
- Following Stonewall, Deacon Maccubbin founded Lambda Rising bookstore and the city’s first Gay Pride festival.
- Whitman-Walker clinic has responded to the AIDS health crisis from the 1980s through today.
See the sites associated with these figures and events while walking through the Dupont Circle and Strivers Section Historic Districts. The walk will conclude near the U Street Metro station.
Led by Martin
Out of an abundance of caution in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington Walks will not be offering walking tours in 2020.
$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay the walk fee in cash or with a credit card (using your smartphone) when you arrive.