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June is LGBTQ+ Delight Month. Whereas this yr’s Delight might look somewhat totally different than earlier years with many local events happening nearly, there are nonetheless components that many will acknowledge, together with a Colorful Pride Mobile Parade occurring this Saturday.
Many native companies in Arlington have already began exhibiting their assist by updating their social media profiles with a rainbow flag, a logo of LGBTQ+ Delight. (We see you, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream & Coffee!) For our Small Business Focus, we wished to take a possibility to spotlight some occasions and initiatives native companies are internet hosting for Delight Month.
First up, Bash Boxing, an ally of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, is internet hosting a Bash Pride Celebration on June 11 at 6 p.m. at their Rosslyn location — a 60-minute class coached by founder Alex Trakas. The Bash workforce will probably be on-site elevating funds and consciousness for the Capital Pride Alliance.
Subsequent, we’ve acquired Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, Northern Virginia’s solely homosexual bar. Freddie’s has been a fixture on twenty third Avenue for greater than 20 years and has all the time been a protected area for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Their occasions for Delight embrace Drag Bingo this night, Freddie’s Follies Drag Present on Saturday and Drag Brunch on Sunday. Along with these occasions, additionally they will probably be internet hosting extra occasions all through June — follow their Facebook page to be taught extra.
And talking of Freddie’s… The Nationwide Touchdown BID is teaming up with Painted Palettes to create a murals that celebrates Freddie’s. This limited-edition print is out there for pre-order with 50% of the proceeds going on to AGLA.
For these searching for one thing candy to have fun Delight, Kingsbury Chocolates developed a pride-themed chocolate, infused with a candied citrus mix of orange and lemon. A portion of the proceeds will profit the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (AGLA), a neighborhood nonprofit working to enhance the standard of life and meet the wants of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
Lastly, VIDA Fitness, one of many area’s premier well being and health golf equipment, has all the time been a staunch advocate of equality and supportive of LGBTQ+ inclusion. On June 12, 5 years because the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, VIDA Health is partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety on a dwell stream to mirror on the progress made, honor the lives misplaced and recommit to honoring them with motion.
Be taught extra about VIDA’s dedication to the LGBTQ + neighborhood by testing the recent Ballston Connect Podcast.
June twelfth will mark 5 years because the tragedy at Pulse nightclub, we’re partnering with @Everytown to mirror on the progress made, grieve the lives taken, and recommit to honoring them with motion. #RememberPulse https://t.co/OV7mxgIlpQ
— VIDA Health (@VIDAFitnessDC) June 4, 2021
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