DC marks Pride Weekend with parades, events
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The nation’s capital is kicking off LGBT Pride Month with a slew of Pride Weekend events and decorations throughout Washington D.C., however the president has not yet officially recognized June as Pride Month.

Despite his predecessor former President Obama’s designation of the month, Trump has yet to name June as LGBT Pride Month.

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Former President Clinton was the first president to issue a Pride Month proclamation, however this did not carry into the George W. Bush administration.

While the White House has not formally recognized Pride Month, two prominent members have.

"In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

The 'I' in Tillerson's statement references a longer version of LGBT which includes other gender and sexual identities. LGBTQQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies — other gender and sexual identities.

 

 

First daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted her support on June 1, saying she is “proud to support the LGBTQ community.

 

 

The Pride Parade, which starts Saturday afternoon, will weave throughout the Dupont Circle neighborhood on painted rainbow crosswalks, approved by the District Department of Transportation.

 

 

Pride Month will fall on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando. Roughly fifty-people died and almost sixty-people were wounded at the gay nightclub, marking the deadliest terror attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks.