Seven volunteers from Dignity/Washington’s year-old Young Adult Group staffed a table at the annual DC’s Youth Pride Day held in Dupont Circle on April 27. The all-day event, this year on a sunny spring Saturday, is marketed toward LGBT high school- and college-aged DC locals to celebrate awareness, visibility, and pride. The event has drawn over 3,000 young people in recent years.
The volunteers included young adults Alex Martone, Anthony O’Tapi, Jonathan Noriega, Zack Pesavento, Alexander Martone, Martín Witchger, and D/W Board Member Kenneth Dowling, all of whom recently started attending Dignity/Washington since spring 2012, as well as 3-year member Ruthie Shipps.
Located among tables for large organizations such as HRC and the Trevor Project, also DC-focused LGBT organizations such as the DC Center and SMYAL, and a stage enlivened by colorful performances, D/W’s table stood out with a statuette of Mary wrapped in a pride flag. D/W members handed out flyers and received email addresses from youth walking by who were all invited to D/W’s second annual Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 12.
By Kenneth Dowling, Dignity/Washington Board member