Over 100 Pride events around the world have been either cancelled or postponed as a result of the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, events in the nation's capital have added their names to that list.
The Board of Directors for the Capital Pride Alliance has postponed or cancelled all of its events. This includes Capital Trans Pride, API Pride, Youth Pride, Silver Pride, DC Latinx Pride, and DC Black Pride. The large Pride Parade and festival have also been postponed.
“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,” Ryan Bos, Executive Director of CPA, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
Some of the Pride events in D.C. will still go on at a later date, and those will be announced in the weeks to come according to a release. Others are canceled outright.
“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,” Ashley Smith, Board President of the Capital Pride Alliance, said. “I know the LGBTQ+ community is always determined and resilient in the face of a challenge."
"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,” Smith continued.
LA Pride has similarly been postponed as well as Pride of the Americas, which was set to launch in Fort Lauderdale this year. New York City's Pride festivities are currently still slated to occur.