• Karen McPhail

Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month everyone! The month of June was specifically chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, which occurred at the end of June in 1969.

I had am amazing weekend at Reston Pride! The Second Annual Reston Pride Festival was held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2-7pm at Lake Anne Plaza. hope that everyone was able to come out to celebrate and support Greater Reston’s LGBTQ community!

Reston Pride was co-chaired by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, and United Christian Parish, with sponsorship support from Reston Community Center, Reston faith communities, Reston Hospital, nonprofits, and other local organizations. We had absolutely gorgeous weather, hundreds of amazing people attend including Sylvia Glass (, Candidate for Loudoun County Supervisor and Danica Roem, Delegate, House District 13 who gave a dynamic and inspiring speech!

There was so much love and positive energy flowing at this event! If you were unable to attend this year, please mark your calendar to come and join in the love next year! There are obviously still so many opportunities to get involved throughout Pride Month! I will be posting more information on this in anther entry! I wanted to remind everyone about the StroyCorps program below, which is especially important as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall1. Encourage LGBT Older People to tell their Stories through StoryCorps!

For the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, SageCare is teaming up with StoryCorps to honor, highlight, and listen to the stories of LGBTQ older adults whose activism ushered in the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. This June, StoryCorps will ask people across the country to pick up their mobile devices and use the StoryCorps App to record the personal stories of people within the LGBTQ community, particularly those who were born before the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Each of these interviews will become a permanent part of American history at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Get more information including guide and sample interviews at

If you have a story to tell please reach out and become a vital part of LGBT history!

Also, for information about hosting a StoryCorps event while maintaining the privacy of residents or participants who may not openly self-identify as LGBTQ, see this fact sheet at

Scenes from Reston Pride, 2019

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