Behind the Covers

A look at the making of the four 2011 Pride Guide covers

By Sean Bugg
Photographs by Julian Vankim
Published on June 6, 2011, 7:11am | Comments

Without people, there is no Pride.

That was the guiding thought this year as we put together our ideas for the cover of this 13th edition of the official Pride Guide magazine. And what better way than to reflect our community in all its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender glory?

But how do you fit an entire, diverse and vibrant community on one magazine cover? We couldn't.

So we put them on four covers.

You may recognize some of our community cover models, who span many ages, ethnicities, orientations and gender identities, while others may be new to you. They represent the volunteer and the businesswoman, the activist and the artist, the student and the teacher.

They all came together for one afternoon of high-fashion-style photography on the floor of Town Danceboutique, where photographer Julian Vankim captured them all, as full of playfulness and pride as they could be. Metro Weekly's Aram Vartian and Dylan Comstock captured the behind the scenes action on video, while Sean Bugg and Randy Shulman had the easy job of making everyone look happy and fabulous.

For all the time they gave us, we're proud that it's produced a magazine cover tableau that captures what we love most about our community — a wonderful group of LGBT people, enjoying each other's friendship and celebrating our shared pride.

Adam Buss

Adam Buss
22, Gay

Ana Castronuovo

Ana Castronuovo
35, Lesbian
Event Promoter

Halley Cohen

Halley Cohen
32, Lesbian
Director of GLOE

Vena Doungchan

Vena Doungchan
37, Transgender
Restaurant Manager

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald
56, Gay
Female Illusionist

Pat Hawkins

Pat Hawkins
70, Lesbian
Executive Director, DC Community AIDS Network

Victoria Kirby

Victoria Kirby
24, Lesbian
Social Media Coordinator

Brent Minor

Brent Minor
51, Gay
Program Director, Team DC

Meghann Novinski

Meghann Novinski
34, Bisexual
Executive Director, Mixology

Frank Nowicki

Frank Nowicki
55, Gay

David Perruzza

David Perruzza
35, Gay
Vice-President of JR.'s/Cobalt

José Ramirez

José Ramirez
29, Gay
Youth Programs Coordinator

Sultan Shakir

Sultan Shakir
31, Gay
Field Director, HRC

Owen Smith

Owen Smith
28, Transgender
Field Organizer, Equality Maryland

Albert Ting

Albert Ting
32, Gay
International Trade Specialist


From the President of the Board of Directors

Week in Pride Calendar

Parade - Sat, June 11
Map & Contingents

Festival - Sun June 12
Map, Booths & Vendors
Entertainment Lineup

Parties and Club Events


Jennifer Holliday with Tony Moran
Lil' Mo

Jonathan Bascope
Lost Bois
Mama's Black Sheep
Venus D Lite
Bettina Shelker

Other Options
Taste of Pride: Dining Out

Interactive Film: Moulin Rouge


Mind, Body & Soul of Capital Pride

Pride Committee

Community Partners

Pride Planning Committee

Behind the Pride Guide Covers

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