Who are the Dulles Triangles & What We Do?
Dulles Triangles, “the social club outside the Beltway,” was founded in 1991 to provide a social outlet to LGBTQ+ people in the ’burbs as an alternative to going into DC.
Dulles Triangles (The Club) started with just a handful of Members who met weekly for Happy Hours and organized monthly social activities. The Club has grown substantially over its history and today we have almost 500 people on our weekly email newsletter, and over 1,000 contacts on social media.
Our Members are diverse in terms of age, gender, sexuality, and ethnic origin. We are entrepreneurs, medical professionals, technologists, housewives—and househusbands, veterans, lawyers, school administrators, real estate agents, churchgoers, therapists, and writers. We work in such
diverse areas as management, retail, hospitality, government, education, insurance, food service, finance, law enforcement, and the arts. Club
Members are dedicated to serving the communities we are part of; we live and work here and have deep roots in the area.
Our involvement in the Northern Virginia area over the past three decades has been recognized by our community. The Town of Herndon has issued
proclamations recognizing us and we are a resource that other organizations promote to their members, too. We are connected to other LGBTQ+ organizations, including Reston Pride, NOVA Pride, PFLAG, and Women Out West. We are listed with LGBTQ+ organizations such as Equality Virginia, AGLA, and The DC Center for the LGBT Community.
What Do We Do?
We host fun events for our members!
The Club hosts 6–8 events per year, which have included dances, brunches, picnics, pool parties, Halloween parties, and holiday parties. We also host a weekly Happy Hour, open to all, at a local hotel bar, followed by dinner at a restaurant. The Cosmopolitan Lounge in the Reston Sheraton served as our meeting place until the pandemic. Now that we're able to gather again, we're back - but at the bar at Houlihan's, at the Crowne Plaza in Herndon.
Our Members host an additional 30–40 events each year, including bowling leagues, movies at theaters and residences, restaurant dinners, wine tours, billiards games, hikes, book clubs, game nights, monthly brunches, paint & sips, and many more, in person and virtually.
Check out the Events page for more information.
Meet the Board of Directors
Currently we have well over 150 active members, an additional mailing list of over 500 people, and nearly 1,000 people following us on social media. Member ages range from their early 20s to retirement and beyond. Club membership includes a good mix of ages, gender identities, sexualities, LGBTQ+ and allies, and includes singles and those in relationships. While our roots began in Northern Virginia, our membership has expanded to include the national capital region and beyond. All are welcome and included in our numerous planned activities.
The 2021 Board of Directors
President: Pete P.
Vice President: Chuck H.
Secretary: Tom M.
Treasurer: Amy B.
Communications: David O.
Events: Suellen E.
Membership: David Highnote
Directors-at-Large: David Hixon, Nader H., and Chris S.
Happy Hour Concierge: Nader H.
Pride Chairs: Pete P., Nader H.
Women’s Coordinators: Chris S. and Suellen E.
A Brief History of Dulles Triangles, the Social Club Outside the Beltway
1991. Reston-Herndon, Northern Virginia.
In the Fall of 1991, the idea of an LGBT community for folks outside the Beltway was conceived by organizers who felt the need for a fun-oriented social club. By December of that year, 80 people agreed that the idea made sense and joined together for a Christmas celebration. Known as Suburbanites United ‘back in the day,’ the seed of our social club took root.
1992. Spring brings new growth.
After a successful Spring party, it was clearly time to organize formally. The Suburbanites United name gave way to our current appellation, “Dulles Triangles,” and by PRIDE ‘92 we were ready to celebrate our new-found fabulousness. All sorts of fun activities—like the wine tastings, brunches, and happy hours that remain popular today—came together. Our first newsletter made its debut in October to capture and record the playful moments shared by our growing community.
1993. Members, please!
Every club needs members, and Dulles Triangles got off to a great start with 130 names. Happy hours became a twice-monthly event. In April, Dulles Triangles sponsored a Riverboat Dandy Cruise that coincided with The March on Washington. Later that year, our current weekly Happy Hour schedule evolved, being held at the Reston Sheraton—where we are to this day!
1994. The fun goes on and on…
Our newsletter was a monthly production now, and going strong as participation in both club- and member-sponsored events swelled. SwimFest, potlucks, game nights, movie nights, a film festival, a wine Road Rally Tour… the list of activities grew and grew.
1996. The legendary Halloween party launches
The first of the now-legendary Dulles Triangles theme-based Halloween Parties launched as an epic success: “The Wizard of Ooze,” complete with an entrance arch of a rainbow of colored balloons. Over 85 members and guests joined together to celebrate the spirit of the evening. Just six weeks later, our holiday party showcased seven decorated Christmas trees and dancing amidst giant presents.
1997. Evolution + growth + dedicated volunteers = more fun than ever
In the years that followed, Dulles Triangles continued to evolve to meet its members’ needs, such as holding quarterly dances, Brunch and Games, pool parties, picnics, and the epic Halloween and Holiday parties. We began participating in DC Pride as our identity strengthened. All of this growth was made possible by the dedication of the “founding members,” volunteers all. Each of these visionaries committed vast amounts of time, energy, and effort ensuring that there was a safe, fun, and active group of LGBT people to socialize with in Northern Virginia, to make sure they no longer had to travel into Washington, DC for fun and community-building events.
2019. Time flies and our wings don’t touch the ground
We are fast approaching our thirtieth anniversary as a social club—what a journey from our early beginnings as a small club. The volunteer spirit of the founders lives on in the current Board and active members. Their tireless efforts to keep communicating through weekly eMinders; maintain the health and stability of our fiscal house; plan and execute great parties, events, and dances; and spread the word about the many member-sponsored events that take place regularly help keep