Prominent Gays & Lesbians in DC History Private Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level



Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. Yes. Suitable for mature high-schooler's.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

Hidden Stories, Fascinating Lives

Come explore Washington's most enchanting neighborhoods as we discover the contributions of the LGBTQ community to our national & local history. In vibrant Adams Morgan, we'll examine the accomplished life of Dr. Frank Kameny. We'll visit a monument to Pres. Buchanan in elegant Meridian Hill Park and as we walk through Logan Circle, you'll discover the influential life of the "Gay Godfather of the Harlem Renaissance. " A visit to the home of the "Saturday Nighters" will reveal their contributions to the DC Black Renaissance. You'll 'meet' an openly gay writer who later joined Langston Hughes in New York where both played starring roles in the Harlem Renaissance. We'll talk about the contributions Pierre L'Enfant made to the federal city & visit the organizations that supported the gay & lesbian rights movement. You'll also find out where DC's notorious High Heel Race began. Join us & come away with an appreciation of how our gay brothers & sisters shaped history-colorfully & often against extreme obstacles.


- Frank Kameny's first apartment
- Furies Collectve
- J. R. 's & the High Heel Race
- Logan Circle
- Langston Hughes' residence
- (Walt) Whitman - (Mary) Walker Clinic
- President James Buchanan statue
- Alain Locke's home
- Georgia Douglas Johnson's Saturday Nighter's meeting spot
- 14th Street NW commercial corridor
- The Cairo (grand apartments)

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: My services as a professional, knowledgeable licensed local tour guide.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 USD - $5.00 per-person for water. You will need cash if taking public transportation - buses only take cash or SMARTTRIP cards - available at Metro Stations. Bus fare is $1.00 (Circular bus) to $1.75 (Metro bus) each way. Depending on time, a short break may be built into the tour. You may want to stop and eat in Dupont Circle after the tour.

What’s Extra

Other: We will take a short break to sit and read samples of some of the "Saturday Nighters" writings.

Please also wear YOUR MOST COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES for DC's uneven city sidewalks and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Please also bring your own water. This is a three hour tour in DC's neighborhoods so you may want to bring a snack you can eat on the way.


I am unable to provide transportation.

I do not do large group bus tours.

Private tour guide Susan

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