A ‘post-gay’ Capital Pride?


The annual Capital Pride Festival, seen here in its 2011 edition, will draw thousands to Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday afternoon. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Another Capital Pride week is nearly in the books, culminating in Saturday evening’s big parade. It’s a fine time to consider what “gay pride” means in a city where the big LGBT-rights battles have been fought and overwhelmingly won — and in a country where the military is now willing to send an official color guard to a gay pride parade.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis writes:

… this year’s festival is getting underway amid a growing sense of inevitability that same-sex marriage is coming to all states — and that gay rights are no longer a political driving force. … Where in the nation, or in the world, should they refocus the energy that got the movement this far? On the lists they are building, one that barely registers is electing a gay mayor in the nation’s capital — a city where gays for five years have easily married, robust laws prohibit discrimination and two transgender women sit on the city’s Commission on Human Rights.

In other news:

How will D.C.’s next mayor fix the post-Kenneth Ellerbe fire and EMS department? (Washington Post)

More reaction to Ellerbe’s departure (WRC-TVWAMU-FMWaTimesWashingtonianWTTG-TVWTOP)

Man killed in Rosedale home blast thought to be 46-year-old downtown office manager (Post)

CCNV doesn’t have a working fire alarm system, report says (Post)

Time for city officials to stop fighting AG ruling and “turn their attention to actually holding an election” (Post editorial)

In case you were wondering: Wilson principal Pete Cahall had never come out before Wednesday, period (City Desk)

Georgetown Day School buys old Safeway and Martens lot, plans big expansion (PostHousing Complex)

On streetcar timeline, “DDOT is still not being fully forthright about what’s going on” (GGW)

Deeper into the moveDC plan: “We were trying to say, here’s a connected network that addresses the fundamental vision of the transportation system” (Streetsblog)

The parking ticket ombudsman is coming (WRC-TV)

Nota bene: Soccer stadium legislation contains no curbs on Reeves Center redevelopment (DCFPI)

Jonetta’s take on the deal: “Quick, call the police. A robbery is in progress.” (Post column)

Hazing alleged at the “House of Pain” firehouse (WRC-TV)

Khalid Pitts kicks off at-large council run with oysters and duck tacos (Loose Lips)

Was Kenneth Ellerbe thinking about a D.C. Council run? (Loose Lips)

Man convicted of being wheelman in drive-by killing wins court battle over potentially exculpatory document (WaTimes)

Woman’s body found this morning near Taft Bridge (Post)

The old Grimke School is officially on the block (WBJHousing Complex)

JBG sells the Louis to TIAA-CREF for at least $170 million (WBJ)

Latest federal court nominee, Tonya Chutkan, is confirmed by Senate (The HillNorton release)

More charts showing how much better D.C.’s economic recovery has been than the rest of the country (Housing Complex)

See the lovely homes torn down for the Anacostia Metro station (GGW)

Contractor pleads guilty, faces four years in prison for dumping sewer waste into the Potomac (Post)

Battle over Shaw parking permits isn’t over (SALM)

Rashema Melson, 18, talks about going from D.C. General to Georgetown (Post Magazine)

Phil Mendelson on today’s Politics Hour (WAMU-FM)

Dear Officer Krupke, er, “Prosecutor Machen” (Hill Rag)

See, Uber? D.C. ain’t so bad (Dr. Gridlock)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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