6th Annual Reston Pride Festival

Members and allies of the local LGBTQ community gathered on June 3 to celebrate pride month.


Photo by Annika Duneja

Couple Lynn Canzano and Shirl Smith, who attended Reston Pride, have been together for 23 years. “I've been an out lesbian for 52 years, and it's always great to see the wonderful people who are here and that there's a lot more support now for gays and lesbians,” Smith said.


The 6th annual Reston Pride Festival was held at the Lake Anne Plaza on June 3.

At the festival, there was live music along with booths set up by local restaurants, LGBTQ+ support organizations, small businesses and religious organizations for people to visit. 

“I think it's really important for us to be able to feel like our authentic selves in such a safe place, and just really be around community, be around other humans who also like to feel the same way,” Kai Harp, a festival goer said. “It's really invigorating and encouraging. It makes you feel alive and feel connected.”