Washington, DC is the US national capital, home to major institutions such as the Pentagon and the Smithsonian Institute. The gay community has had a huge presence here, as the city was the site of four historic marches for gay rights where upwards of a million protesters congregated on the Mall in front of the Capital Building. Bump! starts off this episode touring Washington’s gay neighborhoods;Dupont Circle is where the boys hang out, while the lesbians have taken over the Capital Hill district. Next, we get fit at Results, The Gym, a favourite with gay men, and then as a reward we go on a shopping spree for cool clothes, gear and tchotchkes. Washington is a city of landmarks, and we take in some of the major monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. Patrick Menasco talks about the Cherry Party, a circuit extravaganza that raises more than $100,000 each year for LGBT charities, and Danny Linden invites us to Mid-Atlantic Leather, which started out in 1975 as a cocktail party and has grown into a full weekend of festivities for the leather community. We wrap up this visit with a whirlwind look at some restaurants, bars, clubs and places to stay that roll out the welcome mat for the gay traveler.
Bump! is the world's first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle television series. It is unique and international in scope. In each episode Bump! presents a new gay-friendly destination in a stylish and upbeat format.
Bump! travels the globe in search of fascinating gay human-interest stories. From gay tourism hotspots like Miami and London, to urban centres such as Montreal and Los Angeles, Bump! focuses its lens on gay and lesbian communities around the globe.