One in Ten (organization)

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One In Ten (OIT) is a non-profit, all-volunteer LGBT arts organization in Washington, D.C. Its largest program is Reel Affirmations, the third largest LGBT film festival (in terms of attendance) in the United States[1][2] and the largest all-volunteer film festival in the world.[3]

Governance and history[edit]

One In Ten is overseen by a board of three officers and nine board members. A full-time, paid executive director oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. All One In Ten programs, including Reel Affirmations, are conceived, organized and implemented by volunteers.

One In Ten was co-founded by Barry Becker, Mark Betchkal, Matthew Cibellis and Keith Clark, gay residents of Washington, D.C.[4] The four began meeting in 1990, and founded One In Ten as the parent organization for Reel Affirmations.[5] The four sought the advice and input of Frameline, then the largest LGBT gay film festival in the U.S.[4] With financial and administrative assistance from Frameline, the first Reel Affirmations film festival opened on October 11, 1991.

Capital Pride[edit]

In 1995, One In Ten assumed responsibility for organizing Washington, D.C.'s Gay Pride Day events after the festival's original sponsoring organization nearly went bankrupt.[6] One In Ten moved the street festival from Francis Junior High to Freedom Plaza near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.[7] The organization also changed the festival's parade route. Instead of traveling south from Meridian Hill Park and then westward on P Street N.W. to finish at Francis Junior High School, the parade now began at the school, moved east along P Street N.W. to 14th Street N.W., and then south on 14th Street to Freedom Plaza.[8][9]

However, the financial and organizational strain of producing the event proved too heavy for the arts group. In 1997, Whitman-Walker Clinic joined One In Ten as a co-sponsor of the festival, and the event was renamed Capital Pride. The street festival was moved off Freedom Plaza and onto Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 14th and 10th Streets N.W.[8] Corporate sponsorships also rose dramatically, reflecting the festival's growing commercial nature. Corporate sponsorships reached $247,000 in 1999, up from $80,000 in 1998.[10]

In 2000, Whitman-Walker Clinic became the sole co-sponsor of Capital Pride, although One In Ten continued to serve on the festival's community board along with other organizations.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wasserman and Hausrath, Washington, DC from A to Z: The Look-up Source for Everything to See and Do in the Nation's Capital, 2003.
  2. ^ "LGBT Film Festivals," Out in Television and Film, no date. Accessed October 27, 2007.
  3. ^ "Reel Affirmations," Film Festivals Pro, no date. Archived 2011-05-23 at the Wayback Machine Accessed October 27, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Plowman, "Rehoboth Beach Film Fest Makes A Splash at the Box Office," Delaware Today, October 2000.
  5. ^ Howe, "Gay and Lesbian Festival," Washington Post, October 16, 1992.
  6. ^ Bates and Nguyen, "Celebrating the Right to Celebrate," Washington Post, June 10, 1996.
  7. ^ Loose, "Goal of Gay March Is Freedom Plaza," Washington Post, June 15, 1995.
  8. ^ a b Chibbaro, "Politics Take Backseat at Pride," Washington Blade, June 10, 2005.
  9. ^ "Capital Pride Takes to the Streets," Washington Post, June 9, 2007.
  10. ^ Allam, "Taking to the Streets With Capital Pride," Washington Post, June 14, 1999.
  11. ^ Tucker, "At 25, Pride Hits Its Stride," Washington Post, June 12, 2000.


  • Allam, Hannah. "Taking to the Streets With Capital Pride." Washington Post. June 14, 1999.
  • Bates, Steve and Nguyen, Lan. "Celebrating the Right to Celebrate." Washington Post. June 10, 1996.
  • "Capital Pride Takes to the Streets." Washington Post. June 9, 2007.
  • Chibbaro, Jr., Lou. "Politics Take Backseat at Pride." Washington Blade. June 10, 2005.
  • Howe, Desson. "Gay and Lesbian Festival." Washington Post. October 16, 1992.
  • Loose, Cindy. "Goal of Gay March Is Freedom Plaza." Washington Post. June 15, 1995.
  • Plowman, Terry. "Rehoboth Beach Film Fest Makes A Splash at the Box Office." Delaware Today. October 2000.
  • Tucker, Neely. "At 25, Pride Hits Its Stride." Washington Post. June 12, 2000.
  • Wasserman, Paul and Hausrath, Don. Washington, DC from A to Z: The Look-up Source for Everything to See and Do in the Nation's Capital. Washington, D.C.: Capital Books, 2003. ISBN 1-931868-07-7

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