Small Business Focus: Celebrate Pride in Arlington with BizLaunch!

June 3, 2024 | By Alex Held

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Arlington offers several exciting ways to celebrate throughout the month.

Since the 1800s, LGBTQ+ spaces have existed across the United States in major cities, often operating in the shadows. These spaces have served as vital gathering places for the community to connect and live authentically. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ spaces have recently faced threats, including bomb threats, vandalism and other attacks.

In honor of the entrepreneurs and small businesses creating inclusive, safe spaces for the community, BizLaunch proudly invites you to Brunch and Business: Taking Pride in LGBTQ+ Spaces on June 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs and small businesses fostering safe spaces in Northern Virginia. Enjoy drag performances by DeeDee Amor Dior and a delightful brunch from Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant – Northern Virginia’s longstanding “straight-friendly” gay bar.

Meet our distinguished panelists for the June 11 program:

This event is proudly sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in partnership with Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch division.

Can’t make it to the Brunch and Business event but want to show your pride this month? Celebrate Pride in Arlington with additional events organized by The Polished Kreative, the team behind the 2024 Arlington Pride Festival:

  • Arlington Pride Ho-Down PartyJune 15: A community dance party featuring a live tribute to Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter,” performed by local drag sensation Elektra.g.
  • Arlington Pride Speed DatingJune 17: Hosted by DC’s most eligible single, Alex Held, this event is perfect for LGBTQ+ singles looking to mingle and find love.
  • Arlington Pride Drag Pageant & After-Dark After-PartyJune 21: Hosted by Drag Superstar Shi-Queeta Lee, the 2nd Annual Arlington Pride Drag Pageant will highlight the talents of local drag entertainers. Stay for the rooftop vibes at Clarendon Ballroom during the Arlington Pride After-Dark After-Party.
  • Third Annual Arlington Pride FestivalJune 29: Join us at Long Bridge Park in National Landing for a celebration, diversity and love-filled day. This free event promises a fantastic gathering featuring local talent, delicious food and vibrant entertainment.

BizLaunch proudly supports the small businesses in Arlington that are dedicated to creating and sustaining safe, inclusive spaces for all Arlingtonians year-round. Aligned with Arlington’s equity initiatives, BizLaunch is committed to fostering an environment where all businesses and businessowners can thrive. We wish you a joyful and vibrant LGBTQ+ Pride Month. For more information about BizLaunch, visit


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