July 17, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Center set to move Sept. 1

The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community is scheduled to move into its new space in the city’s Reeves municipal building on Sept. 1, according to executive director David Mariner.

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Executive director David Mariner (right) said the OutWrite Book Fair will be held in the new space next month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Mariner said the renovation of the new space may not be finished at that time but the ground floor office space with street access will be sufficiently completed to allow the center to move in.

And while the move-in date won’t take place until Sept. 1 the Center will hold its first official event at the Reeves Center Aug. 1-4. Mariner said the Center’s annual OutWrite Book Fair will be held in the Reeves Center’s first floor atrium, where book readings, book discussions and poetry readings will take place. Vendors are also expected to offer a wide selection of new and used books at the event.

The move-in comes three months after the Center signed a 15-year lease with the city to rent space in the highly desirable Reeves Center, which is located at 14th and U streets, N.W. Plans to build a new high-rise office building at the site of the Center’s current location at 1318 U St., N.W. forced the Center to look for a new home.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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