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Pride History Tour

Join us on a Pride History tour and explore Cruising, the Lavender Scare, Drag, the AIDS Crisis, Black Queer Spaces, Activism, and much more.

We're PROUD to partner with DC Pride Walks to offer a name your own price tour of Downtown DC focusing on DC's queer history.

From the White House to the Tenderloin, the national and local fight for political, economic, and cultural inclusion and equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community emerged across the 20th century.

Join us on a Pride Highlights tour and explore Cruising, the Lavender Scare, Drag, the AIDS Crisis, Black Queer Spaces, Activism, and much more.

Discover a Different Side of Washington, DC with DC Pride Walks

Uncover the Stories of Washingtonians Who Fought For Equal Rights

DC Pride Walks offers a 1.5 name your own price walking tour to uncover the history of DC's queer community.

Our passionate tour guides will take you through downtown to see iconic buildings, sites, and neighborhoods, while sharing the stories of Washingtonians who bravely fought to protect their local communities and jobs and helped create a foundation of activism that continues to thrive in the city today.

As the nation's capital, Washington, DC has been the site of the fight to secure equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community across the United States and the world, and the stories we tell are sure to inspire continued activism.

DC Pride Walks uses the lenses of queer theory and gender analysis to highlight a very different history of DC.


  • Lafayette Square (Lavender Scare, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society, Black Queer Spaces)
  • White House (AIDS Crisis, The Ashes Action)
  • National Women's Party at the Tayloe-Cameron House
  • Gay in the Government
  • Willard Hotel
  • National Theatre
  • Freedom Plaza - March for Equal Rights
  • Harrington Hotel's Pink Elephant Lounge
  • Ford's Theatre - Walt Whitman and Peter Doyle
  • DC's Tenderloin District


Reservations: This tour runs on select dates year round, with more dates in June! It is ALWAYS available as a private tour by emailing us

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Also available as a private option only. Please contact us to book.

Tour Starting & Ending Location

Meet your guide outside St John's Episcopal Church at 16th and H St NW (map)

The tour ends at 9th and F St NW (closest Metro is Metro Center)


Tour lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Total walking is just under one mile (1,6km)

What Should I Bring?

  • Cash or Venmo to pay your guide (where other tours charge $20-30 a person, this tour is name your own price so you can choose what you thought the tour was worth)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A water bottle
  • Camera
  • Appropriate clothing / umbrella - tours are rain or shine!

What's Included

  • Professional Historian/Tour Guide
  • Recommendations for the best food, music and museums
  • Advice on must-do experiences

And much, much more

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