THE FLYING NUNN
Washington, D.C. sports queer history and future festivities
Tue. November 14, 2023 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
There's something special about Washington, DC, with a rich history and beautiful landscape that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime.
Start off with a place to stay and there are several hotels to choose from in the Georgetown area. One of the best is Fairmont Washington, 2401 M Street NW, with spacious guest rooms and Italian marble at every turn. The accommodating staff and delectable menu at the in-house restaurant add to an unforgettable, traveler's experience.
Head out for a lesson in history as the capital has several monuments and venues that are required viewing. The National Mall stretches across 1,000 acres and is not a mall at all, but a reference to it being a public park going from the Capitol to the Potomac.
Don't leave the area without a trip to the Library of Congress to see ancient artifacts and books. This research arm of Congress will blow your mind.
Stop by the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, half a mile away from where he delivered his famous speech and carved into the Stone of Hope. Walk where gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin orchestrated the march in 1963, then go home and watch his story on Netflix on November 17, 2023.
This gay man marched so you could run and make a stop at some historic queer bars while you are in town. Travelers will find safe gayborhoods to visit and welcoming rainbow crosswalks that designates this in the Dupont Circle area.
Look for a lesbian sports bar with A League of Her Own located on 2319 18th Street NW filled with friendly staff members and a place to view games or JR's Bar, 1519 17th Street NW, for those leaning towards show tunes.
Shop until you drop at a place that will make your eyes pop at Miss Pixies on 14th Street and find plenty of restaurants to enjoy nearby with outdoor patios for people-watching in the warmer months of the year.
Stay tuned for a rainbow of celebrations in 2025 as Washington D.C. turns 50 and hosts WorldPride!
Visit washington.org for more on planning a trip to one of the best cities in the United States today.