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First-Ever Reston Pride Festival to Celebrate Local LGBTQ Community

by Fatimah Waseem May 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm 28 Comments

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston is sponsoring the first-ever Reston Pride Festival on June 2 from 2-6 p.m.

The family-friendly, alcohol-free event aims to support and celebrate Reston’s LGBTQ community, said the Rev. Debra Haffner, a minister at UUCR.

Her son, Greg Tartaglione, will emcee and perform as Mama Celeste, a drag performance artist, at the festival. Mama Celeste will also host Oakland’s first drag festival this month.

As someone new to Reston, I was surprised to discover that despite Reston’s founding commitment to diversity and inclusion, there had never been a Pride festival in Reston. I am delighted by the enthusiastic response and support we are receiving for Reston Pride, often from groups and organizations that have never spoken out before on LGBTQ issues,” Haffner said.

The festival, which takes place at UUCR, includes more than 10 performers, presentations by area political and faith leaders, exhibits, booths, food, and music.

Reston Community Players will perform “Rock the Ages and “Hairspray” at the festival. State Del. Ken Plum and state Sen. Janet Howell will speak alongside Lisa Merkel, the mayor of the Town of Herndon.

Eighteen cosponsors are supporting the event, including six churches and synagogues,  Cornerstones and the YMCA.

To volunteer, email [email protected]. The complete program is available online.

Photo via Myers Public Relations

  • OneReally

    “The family-friendly” that’s a good one.

    When is the “Nuclear family” parade??

    • amytales

      Pshaw, Mr. Miser.

    • Why do you bother?

      That’s the “bigots only” parade.

      • Mike M

        How are nuclear families bigots?

        • Why do you bother?

          SMH. People who use “nuclear family” as code for “only traditional family” are the bigots.

          • The Constitutionalist

            By definition:

            A traditional family is a family structure that consists of a man, woman, and one or more of their biological or adopted children.

            A nuclear family, elementary family or conjugal family is a family group consisting of two parents and their children (one or more).

            Bigots.

          • Mike M

            Oh really? So, “nuclear family” is forbidden by the people’s committee? There is such a thing. The phrase communicates a simple and common concept efficiently.

          • The Constitutionalist

            A nuclear family is far more inclusive than a traditional family as the definition has changed to allow same-sex parents, according to the word committee who chooses definitions.

            By definition:

            A traditional family is a family structure that consists of a man, woman, and one or more of their biological or adopted children.

            A nuclear family, elementary family or conjugal family is a family group consisting of two parents and their children (one or more).

          • OneReally

            Are you a code reader now?

            I think you need to go back to your code book.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Yes, the only natural way a family is possible is now the bigot way.

        I can’t wait to see what comes next.

        • Why do you bother?

          So, people who adopt aren’t families? That’s not “natural.” How about surrogacy? Traditional family =/= bigot, which you well know, but the lengths to which you will go to support your ignorant beliefs would be amusing if it weren’t so dangerous.
          .
          Families are families, however they come together.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Woah, try to stay on topic here, okay? Take a deep breath and calm down, I know you’re excited to be punching above your weight class but if you don’t relax you won’t finish 12 rounds.

            As you’re quite well experienced in the usage of words, (not enough to detect sarcasm from a previous post) I’m a tad bit surprised you missed the modifier, “natural.”

            Apparently to you, as you said it yourself, traditional (nuclear) family does = bigot. Can you clarify your position for the audience?

            I know you have a hard time admitting that people have different beliefs than you, but there were some very good things to come out of the living history of our country — the same history in which my beliefs are deeply rooted — that aren’t dangerous. It isn’t dangerous to admit that when there is a mother and a father in a stable, loving home it is good for the children and the surrounding community.

            What actually is dangerous is trying to force the opposite to be true by ignoring every measurable statistic and vilifying all others who refuse to do the same. There’s a reason children raised in broken homes are more likely (the key words to the whole discussion) to be socially and criminally deviant.

            But, ignoring facts and building your house on feelings is what you do. It’s what you’ve always done. It’s why you continue to create more people like me — young, educated, successful conservatives who see through the emotional rhetoric and aren’t going to be confused by you twisting definitions to fit your insulting narrative.

            So really, why do you bother?

          • The Constitutionalist

            Woah, try to stay on topic here, okay? You’re the one who said a nuclear family parade would be a bigots only parade, even though the definition of a nuclear family would include the LGBTQP (oh, is the P not added yet? I am getting ahead of myself by a few months).

            By definition, a family that adopts can still be a natural, traditional, nuclear, whatever family. It certainly is “natural” to expect children with no parents to be adopted by loving people who want to be their parents. Surrogacy by all scientific definitions would be natural, wouldn’t it?

            What’s unique about a nuclear family, by the traditional, not the changed definition, is that it provides the cornerstone for a child’s development. Obviously, as I must caveat every thing I say to you, there are times when it doesn’t, but not nearly at the same frequency as other “types” of families.

            I know you have a hard time admitting that people have different beliefs than you, but there were some very good things to come out of the living history of our country — the same history in which my beliefs are deeply rooted — that aren’t dangerous. It isn’t dangerous to admit that when there is a mother and a father in a stable, loving home it is good for the children and the surrounding community.

            What actually is dangerous is trying to force the opposite to be true by ignoring every measurable statistic and vilifying all others who refuse to do the same. There’s a reason children raised in broken homes are more likely (the key words to the whole discussion) to be socially and criminally deviant.

            Not to mention the scientific connection between children raised in LGBTQP households and their forthcoming sexual orientation, (your personal opinion on the matter doesn’t change the facts).

            But, ignoring facts and building your house on feelings is what you do. It’s what you’ve always done. It’s why you continue to create more people like me — young, educated, successful conservatives who see through the emotional rhetoric and aren’t going to be confused by you twisting definitions to fit your insulting narrative.

            So really, why do you bother?

          • Thor

            Sir/Madam, You are more than welcome to organize a “traditional/nuclear family festival”. In fact, I would encourage you to do so if you feel there is a need. Interesting that you seem so offended by a Pride day in Reston. I guess it’s people like you that have kept Reston from celebrating Pride in the past. Well, looks like times have changing for the better.

            To answer your original question…when is the “Traditional Family Values Celebration”? It’s whenever you decide to organize one. Next should be “Oppressed White Males Day”. Just an idea.

    • jmsullivan

      Pff. I’ve got a one-year-old. If you’ve got time to put on a parade, you’re not doing it right.

      • OneReally

        I’ve done the one-year-old three times. Enjoy it. IMHO it just gets harder and harder. They start to drive and your pacing the floor just waiting for them to come home.

        Get some rest and turn on the sarcasm radar.

  • The Russian Weiner

    Are Russian Weiners welcome?…..I understand the Unitarian Universalist Church welcomes all Weiners.

  • Anonymous Person

    Why is Cornerstones a supporter?

    • Why do you bother?

      Because they support diversity.

    • J Duck Whitehead

      Because discrimination of those in the LGBTQ community is one of the leading causes of homelessness… Young kids simply put out of their home by parents who cannot deal. Cornerstones supports the homeless, and methods to reduce homelessness… One is to de stigmatize the LGBTQ community.

  • Guest

    Why the Drag Queen angle to promote this event ?
    There are plenty of gays. lesbians and bi individuals who are not interested in these media stereotypes, ppl who are long tired of the whole “Hairspray” trip, and ppl who are not part of any “scene”.

    • Why do you bother?

      Pride festivals include people celebrating who they are, however different from the mainstream they may be.

  • Kristen

    The UUC’s decision to host this does not infringe upon nuclear family values, it’s just a way to show support for the LGBTQ community. Any other church or organization is more than welcome to hold a “Traditional Family Values Celebration” and get as many sponsors to support it as they like. This is the problem with these discussions, they always degrade into one vs. the other. These types of events don’t have to be mutually exclusive and nobody is forcing anyone to participate. If you don’t agree with LGBTQ values, then don’t go to this. If you want one that highlights your values, then talk to an organization to get one going. It really is that simple.

  • Anon

    Will there be gender neutral bathrooms available?

    • LaureenMT

      Yes.

  • Anonymous Person

    Are heterosexual white males invited, or is that too much “diversity”?

    • LaureenMT

      All are welcome!

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