From New York City to San Francisco to our nation's capital, I've been to - and in - many Pride parades and festivals across this country.
Arguably the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, New York City has to lay claim to the largest parade, which they call a "March," followed by a huge street festival on the banks of the Hudson.
Each year, San Francisco and Los Angeles switch places to have their Pride events coincide with New York's - with this year San Francisco's "To Form A More Perfect Union" also happening on June 28th. Los Angeles' is holding their parade and festival this weekend, which this year is called "Power. Passion. Purpose."
Last night, in The District of Columbia, we celebrated Capital Pride in grand style with a parade snaking through the heart of the gay district in Dupont Circle. This year's theme, called "Generations of Pride: Celebrate and Remember," honored two super-heroes of the LGBTQ movement - Dr. Frank Kameny and Dr. Lilli Vincenz. As with every Pride parade (or march), it was fabulous, fun, peaceful and filled with love and acceptance.
Today, however, is the Capital Pride Festival. Situated on Pennsylvania Avenue, with a backdrop of the U.S. Capitol and down the street from the White House, D.C.'s Pride Festival offers a unique view into how it feels to be an American - as well as hitting home on how many of our federal laws discriminating against LGBTQ Americans could be fixed by the politicians in power on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Last night we celebrated our diversity in a wild (although not as wild as San Francisco, which arguably has the most splendiferous display of our community's diversity) and fun manner. Today, however, it's time to agitate and shake up the political system.