The Board of Directors of the Capital Pride Alliance (CPA) has voted to postpone their annual June events, including the Pride Parade and Festival, in addition to the previously announced postponements of Capital Trans Pride and API Pride. Also, events produced by partnering Pride organizations, Youth Pride, Silver Pride, DC Leather Pride, DC Latinx Pride, and DC Black Pride will be similarly postponed or cancelled.
New dates for these events, if applicable, will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, the annual Guide to Pride in the Nation’s Capital will be online only. CPA will offer free ad space to support local small businesses that have been supportive of our LGBTQ+ community, and will create a virtual Pride exhibition, for all the registered organizations, businesses, and advocates.
“Like our fellow Pride organizers around the world, the Capital Pride Alliance has been monitoring the escalating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and has determined that the safest course of action will be to postpone all planned Capital Pride events in May and June,” said Ryan Bos, Executive Director of CPA.
“Throughout, we have worked and will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local partners as we make decisions to ensure the safety of the entire community,” emphasized Bos. ”We will collaborate with all the agencies and our partner Prides to identify new dates and potentially new ways that our community can come together in Pride,” Bos explained.
“Our theme this year, #StillWe, resonates with all of us under the current circumstances and also in what will surely be new and uncharted territory for Pride organizers,” said Ashley Smith, Board President of the Capital Pride Alliance. “I know the LGBTQ+ community is always determined and resilient in the face of a challenge,” expressed Smith.
“Our history is one of struggle, and with the care and support of the hundreds of thousands of people who participate in Capital Pride events, I can say with confidence that we will persevere and be there for each other in these unprecedented times,” concluded Smith.
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