The annual Capital Pride Festival is underway. The events kicked off last night at a special Nature Nocturne event at the Nature Museum Friday night and the event's organizers say pride isn't just about sexual orientation anymore.
Jodie McNamara, chair of Capital Pride, says the theme of this year's event, "Free to Love," is meant to highlight trans rights issues.
"It's also about being free to love the most authentic version of yourself," she said. "Pride is also about gender and how you chose to express yourself."
McNamara says their festival has been criticized in the past for not including the trans community in its planning, and although Capital Pride isn't where it needs to be on the issue, it's certainly taken big steps in recent years.
This year's Pride festival will be headlined by performer Amanda Lapore, as well as former contestants on the popular reality show “Ru Paul's Drag Race.”
The festival runs until August 24.