The First Ever Reston Pride

 The first ever Reston Pride was a true labor of love.

The first ever Reston Pride was a true labor of love.

Almost 1,200 people, from infants to teenager to seniors, from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to their straight allies, filled the halls of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston on Saturday for the first ever Reston Pride festival. 
 
Sponsored by UUCR, 21 community organizations, faith institutions, and community businesses joined together for ten months to plan the Reston Pride festival.  The festival included more than 35 performers, 35 exhibitors, local politicians and faith leaders, food trucks and music. More than 60 people volunteered to make the day possible, the majority of whom came from UUCR. 

I am incredibly proud of our church's leadership on Reston Pride. Our staff, members and friends gave tremendously of their time and talent to make Reston Pride such a success. This was a true labor of love and I am so grateful to all of you who participated. Special thanks to Meredith Pollock Kat Hoagland, Deb Stover, Paul Baumgartner and Ron Orr for their significant contributions and staff members Scot Hull and Beth DiPasquale who shared with me the leadership of this event.

Reston Pride demonstrated to the community that UUCR is a leader in social justice, welcome, and inclusion.  We provided a safe place for LGBTQ people in Reston to meet each other and work together; we raised the profile of the LGBTQ community in Reston; and we offered “church” beyond our walls.
 
Together, we made history.
 
P.S. Please click here to view photos from the first ever Reston Pride!