Celebrate Pride! Written by: VIDA Fitness

Happy Pride, VIDA! We celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and the work being done to achieve equal rights and justice for all Americans, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Since the 1970s, Pride events have more prominently popped up in cities all around the country. From Liberation Day marches in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to the first national gay rights march held in our very own Washington, DC.

Pride parades, parties, concerts, education sessions, mixers, and even memorials honoring those lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS, take place in June each year to commemorate the impact LGBTQ+ people have had on our communities.

Even so, it has taken years for our government to acknowledge and protect LGBTQ+ individuals on a national level. It wasn’t until 2009 that President Obama signed a law extending existing hate crime laws to include those committed against sexual orientations and gender identities.

Only nine short years ago, in 2015, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision. While this was a major milestone for civil rights in the United States, it took a long time to get to this point, and unfortunately, there are still messages and acts of hate targeting this community. We celebrate Pride to spread love and uplift LGBTQ+ people, but there is still plenty of work to be done to help honor everyone.

How You Can Get Involved

VIDA Fitness is proud to be a #LoveWins Platinum Advocate of Capital Pride this year. We will host the Rooftop Rally and the Trans Pride Pool Party at Penthouse Pool & Lounge this month. As well as hosting a variety of special-themed group fitness classes at each of our locations. RSVP or check the class schedule on the VIDA app.

As an LBGTQ+-owned business and committed supporter and advocate, we are proud to celebrate our differences and want all people to feel welcomed, valued, and safe.