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Friday, April 9

Thank GLAAD it’s Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St., N.W.

Bachelor Auction at EFN Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Complimentary Admission, must be 21+ to enter

Volunteers are needed for the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Anniversary Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental. If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail [email protected] CAGLCC will honor local leaders in the business community, including PR guru Cathy Renna, at the dinner. Tickets start at $180 for members. Silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program start at 8 p.m. Visit caglcc.org for information.

The Julliard String Quartet plays at the Library of Congress at 8 p.m. in the Jefferson Building, ground floor, Coolidge Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 202- 707-5502 for further information.

Saturday, April 10

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade 10 a.m. – noon, rain or shine. The parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W.

The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is held 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

David Sedaris brings his comedy show to Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., at 8 p.m. Tickets range $30-40; call 410-783-8000 for box office.

Metro DC PFLAG holds its 13th annual gala dinner at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St., N.W. Tickets are $175; visit pflagdc.com for information. The evening will be emceed by Ann Gillespie and will feature an appearance by Mike Manning of MTV’s “Real World D.C.”

Sunday, April 11

Trans Town Hall Dinner from 2-5 p.m. at HIPS, 1309 Rhode Island Ave., N.E., 2B. For more information, visit dctranscoalition.org or call 202.557.1951.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W., 2nd floor, conducts its Dharma for Kids and Families from 10-11 a.m. This class is a place families can go to learn together how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm minds. Kids are $4, parents $6 and suitable for ages 4-12. Visit meditation-dc.org for more information or contact the center at 202-986-2257 or [email protected]

Monday, April 12

Bears do Yoga. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. in the DC Center Activity Room, 1810 14th St. N.W., and last for one hour. There is a suggested $5 donation. To RSVP, e-mail [email protected]

Volunteers are needed for Food and Friends. Volunteers will help with food preparation (chopping veggies) and packing groceries. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail [email protected]

Tuesday, April 13

DC Agenda is co-sponsoring a series of three financial seminars along with the DC Center and Equality Maryland. The free seminars are conducted by financial planner Joseph Kapp and will help answer financial questions related to same-sex marriage laws in D.C. and Maryland. The first is April 13 at 7 p.m., Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 190 W. Ostend St., Suite 201, Baltimore.

Wednesday, April 14

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center 1803 Conn. Ave. NW 2nd FL. conducts it’s General Program which provides an introduction to basic Buddhist view, meditation, and practice. Each class is self-contained. You can drop in at any point. Visit www.meditation-dc.org for more information or contact the center at 202-986-2257 or [email protected]

The second financial seminar sponsored by DC Agenda, the DC Center and Equality Maryland is held at 7 p.m. at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 8720 Georgia Ave., Ste. 303 (at Cameron St.), in Silver Spring, Md.

Thursday, April 15

Galactica and the Chocolate Factory. Ganymede Arts’ Special Agent Galactica will perform a two-set act at ACKC Cocoa Bar Café, 1529 14th St., N.W., from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free admission.

The third financial seminar sponsored by DC Agenda, the DC Center and Equality Maryland is held at 7 p.m. at 1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.

Team DC and Jacob Pring Events present: Jock-A-Thon at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., N.W., from 8-11 p.m. (Gaming night will go until close.) Players representing several LGBT area recreational sports teams will be present to recruit, gain new supporters and network with the other sports teams. This event will also kick off the Team DC monthly Gaming Night at Town that will be held on every third Thursday each month. Entry is free from 8-9 p.m.; $5 after 9 p.m. with unlimited game play. 21+ to enter

CHERRY WEEKEND EVENTS

The Cherry Fund Presents: “Cherry Weekend: A Return to Tradition.” Some of the hottest DJs are in town this weekend for a series of parties for the annual Cherry Weekend. The Cherry Fund was incorporated in 1999 and has made more than $900,000 in grants to various community organizations, of which 95 percent comes from individual ticket sales.

This year’s VIP Event Pass is $125 and grants entry into all Cherry Weekend events, including the Deborah Cox show at Town. Tickets can also be purchased for individual events. Visit cherryfund.org for more information.

Passes will be available to purchase online. Visit boxofficetickets.com/cherry and click “Contributions” and make a $125 contribution. Print out your confirmation and bring it to the Welcome Center located at the DC Center, 1810 14th St., N.W., on Friday, April 9 from noon-9 p.m. Tickets for individual events will be sold at the door at the appropriate venue.

This weekend’s schedule of events for “Cherry Weekend: A Return to Tradition” is as follows:

Friday, April 9

• Bachelor Auction at EFN Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Complimentary Admission, must be 21+ to enter

• Night Party with DJ Alyson Calagna and opening/backroom DJ Jason Horswill at Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W. from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Individual event ticket price is $12, 18+ to enter

Saturday, April 10

• Moody Mia (Moody’s birthday party) with DJ Joe Gauthreaux at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., N.W. from 2-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased separately through appropriate organization. 21+ to enter.

• Town presents Deborah Cox w/ DJ Ed Bailey (sanctioned event) at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., N.W. from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Individual event ticket price is $25; 21+ to enter.

Sunday, April 11

• Morning Party w/ DJ Susan Morabito at Cobalt, 1639 R St., N.W., from 4:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Individual event ticket price is $15; 21+ to enter.

• Closing Party w/ DJ Abel, opening dj tim e at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St., N.W. from 8:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. Individual event ticket price is $20; 21+ to enter.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Set sail on the Potomac and celebrate the beginning of summer in Rehoboth

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(Washington Blade file photos by Molly Byrom, Joey DiGuglielmo and Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some oDf the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Number Nine 11th Anniversary

Number Nine (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Wednesday, May 19
5 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
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The gay bar Number Nine celebrates 11 years of business on Wednesday with an old school 2-4-1 happy hour.

DC Boys of Leather Happy Hour (fundraiser for DC Abortion Fund)

Thursday, May 19
6-9 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
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Join the DC boys of Leather for its monthly happy hour. This month’s gathering is raising money for the DC Abortion Fund: a local DC organization that provides financial support for residents of and visitors to DC in their reproductive health care.

Taste of Point

Thursday, May 19
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Room & Board
1840 14th Street, N.W.
$50-$100 advance / $120 door
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The Point Foundation, an organization that provides LGBTQ youth scholarships and mentorships, is holding its “Spring Garden Party” on May 19th at Room & Board. Several local restaurants are participating.

Blade Summer Kickoff Party

Friday, May 20
5-7 p.m.
The Pines
56 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
$20
Facebook

Join the Washington Blade for our 15th annual Summer Kickoff Party in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The special guest this year is Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Miss Freddie’s 2022

Destiny B. Childs at the Miss Freddie’s pageant. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, May 20
5-7 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 cover
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The annual Miss Freddie’s drag pageant returns in person at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant in Arlington, Va. on Friday.

Rough House

Friday, May 20
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court
$10
Facebook

Join DJs Lemz, Sean Morris, Dean Sullivan and the Barber Streisand and check your clothes at the door for a night of “hands on, lights off” dancing.

Booty Cruise Tea Dance

Saturday, May 21
2-4:30 p.m.
Potomac River
Meet at 3050 K Street, N.W.
$76
Facebook | Eventbrite

Set sail with Fruity Boi Productions & N/S/A Play on the Booty Cruise Tea Dance with an open bar on Saturday. The boat leaves promptly at 2 p.m.

Worthy Mentoring Pride Brunch

Carson Kressley (Blade file photo by Molly Byrom)

Sunday, May 22
12-3 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
$150+
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Original “Queer Eye” guru Carson Kressley hosts the Worthy Mentoring brunch. With a gourmet brunch, bottomless drinks, multiple DJs, drag queens and a good cause, Sunday’s event is one of the hottest tickets in town.

DC Gay Flag Football League Finals

D.C. Gay Flag Football League (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, May 22
games 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Carter Barron Fields
afterparty and awards 3 p.m. at the Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
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The D.C. Gay Flag Football League holds their final games of the season at Carter Barron Fields and then celebrates with an end-of-season party and awards ceremony at the Dirty Goose on Sunday.

Onyx Code Red: Crimson Cosplay

Sunday, May 22
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
5380 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite C
Alexandria, Va.
$25-$100
Eventbrite

Break out your leather, fetish, and kinky looks for a night of fun and a great cause. Red is the color, cosplay is the theme on Sunday night.

If you would like to let us know about an upcoming event, email [email protected] with details.

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Disney donating all profits from Pride Collection to LGBTQ+ organizations and charities

“Disney has a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ organizations & charities- the Pride Collection is showing our support for the community”

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The Disney Pride Collection courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company announced Monday that it is donating all of the profits of its pride merchandise to charities that help the LGBTQ community. The announcement comes over the company’s battles with Florida’s Republican political leadership over the passage of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ measure and more recent government actions that removed the self-governing law over Disney-held properties known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

In a post on the company’s blog, Disney Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Lisa Becket, who identifies a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself wrote:

“Disney has a long history of supporting LGBTQIA+ organizations and charities around the world, including GLSEN in the U.S. This year, we are further deepening our support. We will be donating all of our profits from the Disney Pride Collection sales now through June 30, 2022, to organizations that support LGBTQIA+ youth and families. This includes merchandise from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

In the U.S., profits from the collection will benefit GLSEN,  PFLAGThe Trevor ProjectZebra CoalitionLos Angeles LGBT CenterLGBT Center Orange CountySan Francisco LGBT Center and Ali Forney Center. Profits from other regions around the world will continue to support local charities in those countries. You can learn more about these organizations and their incredible, impactful work by visiting TWDCPrideCollection.com

I’m proud to share just a bit about what we are doing for the LGBTQIA+ community and to joyfully celebrate Pride not just for the month of June, but all year-round.”

The Disney Pride Collection courtesy of The Walt Disney Company
The Disney Pride Collection courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

The company also noted:

“The Disney Pride Collection is just one way Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is showing our support for the LGBTQIA+ community during the month of June. There’s plenty to celebrate at our theme parks and resorts, from entertainment and art displays to festive décor, Disney PhotoPass Service photo opportunities, and themed food and beverage offerings. We’ll also be highlighting inspirational and celebratory stories about our guests, cast and community on the Disney Parks Blog and across our social media channels.”

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British soccer player comes out

Jake Daniels is Blackpool FC forward

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Blackpool FC forward Jake Daniels/Blackpool FC UK

A 17-year-old professional soccer player has made history only the second person in the past 30 years to acknowledge their sexual orientation publicly in the sport in the U.K.

Blackpool FC forward Jake Daniels joins with Justinus Soni “Justin” Fashanu as the only two footballers to declare themselves openly out. Fashanu had come out in an exclusive with The Sun tabloid newspaper on Oct. 22, 1990, and later retired in 1997. He later passed away in London in May 1998.

Daniels made his announcement via a statement released by the team on its webpage:

“This season has been a fantastic one for me on the pitch. I’ve made my first-team debut, scored 30 goals for the youth team, signed my first professional contract and shared success with my teammates, going on a great run in the FA Youth Cup and lifting the Lancashire FA Pro-Youth Cup. 

But off the pitch I’ve been hiding the real me and who I really am. I’ve known my whole life that I’m gay, and I now feel that I’m ready to come out and be myself.

It’s a step into the unknown being one of the first footballers in this country to reveal my sexuality, but I’ve been inspired by Josh Cavallo, Matt Morton and athletes from other sports, like Tom Daley, to have the courage and determination to drive change.        

In reaching this point, I’ve had some of the best support and advice from my family, my club, my agent and Stonewall, who have all been incredibly pro-active in putting my interests and welfare first. I have also confided in my team-mates in the youth team here at Blackpool, and they too have embraced the news and supported my decision to open up and tell people.   

I’ve hated lying my whole life and feeling the need to change to fit in. I want to be a role model myself by doing this.

There are people out there in the same space as me that may not feel comfortable revealing their sexuality. I just want to tell them that you don’t have to change who you are, or how you should be, just to fit in.

You being you, and being happy, is what matters most.

Jake”

The team itself also noted:

“Blackpool Football Club has worked closely with Stonewall and the relevant footballing organizations to support Jake and is incredibly proud that he has reached a stage where he is empowered to express himself both on-and-off the pitch.

It is vital that we all promote an environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves, and that football leads the way in removing any form of discrimination and prejudice.”

The largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the UK, Stonewall tweeted:

Blackpool Football Club is a professional association football club based in seaside resort of Blackpool on the Irish Sea coast of England.

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