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Stonewall History


Every summer, rowers and spectators from around the greater Washington DC area, nation, and globe gather in Washington, DC for the Stonewall Regatta, hosted by the DC Strokes Rowing Club (DCSRC). Stonewall is the only regatta in North America hosted by a Gay & Lesbian rowing team.

Stonewall Regatta began in 1994 during preparations for Gay Games IV in New York City. About a year before the Games, DCSRC learned the host committee for the NYC Games was dropping rowing from the sports line-up. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village in 1969, considered the start of the gay civil rights movement, this event was named "Stonewall Regatta." The event was such a success that DCSRC decided to bring it home to Washington, D.C., where it has since been held every June. Since 2004, the regatta has been held on the Anacostia River out of the Anacostia Community Boathouse. The event typically coincides with DC Pride festivities.

Stonewall Regatta follows the commitment of DCSRC to bridge gaps between communities by building an inclusive environment and educating the public not only about rowing, but also contributions by the GLBT community and DCSRC. The event promotes true sportsmanship in an open and inclusive environment, created not only by the participants themselves, but also by the event sponsors and volunteers.

Stonewall does not just highlight and promote rowing in the GLBT community. The regatta also kicks off the circuit of adult sprint race competitions in the mid-Atlantic region and draws serious rowers of all stripes from throughout the area. This year the Regatta expects to welcome roughly 400 rowers. The rowers come predominantly from the Washington metro area but past regattas have included teams from Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Francisco; as well as from Canada and Europe. Join us as the tradition of Stonewall continues this year with our twenty-second regatta.
 

 

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