December 23, 2007

An Interesting Twist On Pride Day

What would happen if a church took over responsibility for a major city's Pride Day? We may soon find out in Washington, DC.

A non-profit corporation linked to D.C.’s Westminster Presbyterian Church
has emerged as one of three organizations competing to replace the
Whitman-Walker Clinic as the controlling entity behind Capital Pride, the
organization that produces Washington’s Gay Pride parade and festival at an
annual cost of about $120,000.

The Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation, which Westminster
Presbyterian Church created to spur economic development in low-income
neighborhoods, joined the D.C. GLBT Community Center and a newly formed entity
called Capital Pride Alliance in submitting competing proposals on Dec. 11 to
Whitman-Walker to obtain the rights to produce the annual Pride events.

Whitman-Walker announced on Oct. 11 that it was “exploring options” to
withdraw from its role as the producing agent and primary financial underwriter
of Capital Pride. Chief executive officer Don Blanchon said the change would
allow the Clinic to focus more on its “core mission” of providing health care
services to the GLBT community and people with HIV and AIDS.

Read the rest of the story from the Washington Blade.

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