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Activists say Capital Pride overtaken by corporations and rich gay men

June 8, 2017 7:48 PM
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When 2,000 people attended the first D.C. Capital Pride festival in June 1975, their thirst was quenched by one truck with beer and another with soda. Refreshment options were limited, but everyone appeared satisfied that gay men and women were marching at all.

“We were the majority, suddenly,” Deacon Maccubbin, former owner of Lambda Rising bookstore, who helped organize Pride events until 1980, told The Washington Post in 2000. “We could have a good time together without worrying about offending anyone.”

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