Not to be outdone, and to the delight of over 150,000 spectators that lined the streets of Washington for the 40th annual Capital Pride Parade on June 13, Dignity/Washington participated with a 48-foot float, reportedly the largest in the parade. Over sixty Dignity members and their friends joined the contingent for a marvelous ride. Washington’s NBC affiliate offered a brief cameo of the float in its news coverage of the event. The next day the Dignity/Washington booth at the Festival attracted a steady stream of visitors. See http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/thescene/Capital-Pride-2015-P... (at 1:32 seconds).
On June 17 dozens of Dignity/Washington baseball fans joined thousands more at the 11th annual Night OUT at the Nationals game that continues to be the largest LGBT event in major league sports. According to news reports, ticket sales are usually between 3,500 to 4,000 for this event, always held the week following Capital Pride, has become a social event for some and a chance to watch a Nationals game with members of their own community for others. This year the Nats played the Tampa Bay Rays (and lost 5-0). Honorees at this year’s game included Dignity/Washington’s own Bernie Delia who serves as Capital Pride President, and in the past have included Daniel Hernandez in 2011, the brave, gay intern who helped to save the life of Rep. Gabby Giffords following the Arizona shootings.