She’s the pansexual pop star who’s topped the Billboard charts several times over. And longtime LGBTI rights advocate Miley Cyrus will also be topping the bill at this weekend’s Capital Pride.
Miley has long spoken our for LGBTI rights, even founding Happy Hippies, a nonprofit that fights for justice for homeless and LGBTI youth.
Some 275,000 or more revelers will attend this weekend’s celebrations – in fact, record crowds are expected. Here, we break down all the important info for Capital Pride’s 42nd year…
When and where does the Capital Pride Parade start?
The Capital Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 10 June. It begins at 4.30 pm from 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC, before traveling 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street.
It then passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the 14th Street corridor at S Street.
When is the Equality March For Unity & Pride?
This politically-charged march takes place on Sunday 11 June, kicking off at 10am. For more details and to register, click here.
What else is there to do?
An array of events, talks, rallies, celebrations (including the Capital Pride Block Party and the Trans Pride Pool Party) and even a fun run are taking place across the next three days. For a full rundown, click here.
Meanwhile, the free Capital Pride Festival takes place Sunday from noon until 7pm on Pennsylvania Avenue. You can expect 300 exhibitors, local food trucks and vendors, plus of course the amazing performers with the US Capitol Building and Washington Monument as backdrops…
When and where does the Capital Pride Concert start?
Held on Sunday 11 June, the performances start at 1pm on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue at 3rd St.
Who is performing?
Another star name taking to the stage at Capital Pride Concert is Tinashe. Last year, she appeared on Britney Spears’ Slumber Party, remembered for the strong lesbian subtext in the accompanying video.
Meanwhile, I’m So Excited singers the Pointer Sisters will also appear, alongside Tracy Young and Vassy.
But despite some pushback from activist groups about her signing, all eyes will be on Wrecking Ball singer Miley, who has become increasingly outspoken about sexuality and gender over the last five years.
Last month, the star discussed the subject of gender in an interview with Billboard. She said ‘It’s weird that I’m a girl, because I just don’t feel like a girl, and I don’t feel like a boy. I just feel like nothing.’
She added of her Hollywood actor fiance Liam Hemsworth: ‘I always get in trouble for generalizing straight men, ’cause straight men can be my worst nightmare sometimes. And I’m with a straight dude. But he’s always like, “Well, don’t call me that!”’
Miley recently reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts once again with new single Malibu. She last reached the summit of the album charts in the US with Bangerz in 2013. Today, the star released a new song ‘Inspired’, in honor of Pride month. Listen below…