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Calendar for May 7



Friday, May 7

The international hit, “Naked Boys Singing!” will heat up the beginning of summer. The D.C. production will premiere a song by the original writers created especially for local audiences. The show will run from May 7-June 13 at 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th St., N.W. Visit for tickets.

RAW will return to the Green Lantern, located at 1335 Green Court, N.W., from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Raw is an electro-disco party on the first Friday of each month inspired by gay parties of the early 80s. Join your host, Karl Marks and resident DJs Shea and Bil for some dirty retro fun. Fill your night with fog, lasers, strobe lights and throbbing music. Free entry before 11 p.m., cover is just $3 after that.

Shawn Colvin performs at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45; call 703-549-7500 for information.

Saturday, May 8

It’s a family-friendly celebration of marriage equality at “My Big Fat Gay Wedding Reception,” 7-10 p.m., All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St., N.W. Tickets are $50/individual or $100/family available at Magician and child care for the kids; dancing and door prizes for the adults.

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s 53rd annual Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour. Hours for the tour are Saturday, 4–8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Sunday refreshments break at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church is from 2–4:30 p.m. Tour tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for CHRS members) and $30 the weekend of the tour. They may be purchased at and at select venues around the Hill (locations available at the CHRS web site).

History will be made tonight when Betty White hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time. In honor of this momentous occasion, Shaaron Van Riggins is throwing a special party at Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St., N.W. Watch the live SNL telecast (which starts at 11:30 p.m.) plus “hijacked” commercial breaks, drink specials, including Betty White-themed cocktails, music by DJs Shea Van Horn + Aaron Riggins, and prizes for best WHITE and BETTY WHITE inspired costumes.

Fuego’s Got Talent contest, 1818 New York Ave, N.E., from 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Hosted by the Queen of the House “Miss Gigi Paris Couture” and featuring music from DJ Flaco. To enter the contest contact Philip at

Mousetrap, billed as D.C.’s “biggest Britpop dance night” is held at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., N.W., on the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $10. Visit for information.

Madonnarama at Town, 2009 8th St., N.W. (corner of 8th & U) features performances by the Ladies of Town and the Town dancers. Doors open at 10 p.m., drag show at 10:30 p.m.; music and videos downstairs by Wess. $8 before 11 p.m. and $12 thereafter.

The Whitman-Walker Clinic HIV Mobile Testing will be at Apex, 1415 22nd St., N.W., 10 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 9

Meditation and Prayers for World Peace at the Vajroyogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave., N.W., 2nd floor. Without first developing inner peace, world peace will remain impossible to achieve. These classes include a short teaching, guided meditations and prayers for world peace. For more information visit or contact 202-986-2257 or [email protected]

Monday, May 10

The Imperial Court of Washington, D.C. will hold a “Town Hall Meet and Greet” at 7 p.m. at the DC Center, 1810 14th St., N.W. The Imperial Court’s sole mission is to raise funds for the community, give back more than it receives, and to help raise awareness for important causes.

Country Western Dance Lessons at Remingtons, 639 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., 8:30-9:30 p.m., $5 per person, per lesson. (Dance class participants should wear boots or shoes with leather soles.)

Tuesday, May 11

MAsT (Masters and Slaves Together) monthly meeting from 7:30–9 p.m. at the DC Center, 1810 14th St., N.W. For more information about this group visit:

Volunteers will be assembling safer sex kits and enjoying drink specials at Motley, 7-10:30 p.m. Motley is the upstairs bar at EFN Lounge, located at 1318 9th St N.W.

Drag Bingo at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St., N.W., hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee, every Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Free to play.

Wednesday, May 12

Rainbow Response monthly meeting at the DC Center, 1810 14th Street N.W., from 7-8 p.m. Regular meeting of individuals and agencies collaborating to address intimate partner violence among LGBTQ people in the greater DC area. This meeting normally occurs on the second Wednesday of each month. Check for additional information.

Each Wednesday at the Green Lantern is POZ Wednesday. Starting at 8 p.m., POZ mixers provide a supportive atmosphere for those who are HIV positive and those who want to help eradicate the stigma surrounding HIV. The Green Lantern is located at 1335 Green Ct., N.W.

Thursday, May 13

Active Duty Thursday at Motley Bar above EFN Lounge, 1318 9th St., N.W., $3. First drink is free with a military ID.


Bars & Parties

15 LGBTQ events today

Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party tonight



The Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party is tonight at 8 p.m. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do today (Thursday, June 8) in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ+ Military Pride Mixer

Thursday, June 8
4-6 p.m.
As You Are
500 8th Street, S.E.

The D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs host the “LGBTQ+ Military Pride Mixer” at As You Are this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Lavender Evolutions: Femz & Themz bipoc Happy Hour

Thursday, June 8
5-8 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Rico Pico hosts “Lavender Evolutions” tonight at Trade. The “Femz & Themz bipoc Happy hour” begins at 5 p.m. with a show at 8. Performers include Molasses, Flirty Rico and Hennessey.

Equality Chamber of Commerce Pride Weekend Kick-off

Thursday, June 8
6-9 p.m.
The Moxy
1011 K Street, N.W.
$25 non-member

The Equality Chamber of Commerce holds its Pride Weekend Kick-off Party at The Moxy tonight from 6-9 p.m. The event is free to members and $25 for non-members of ECC.

PRIDE in the Park: Free Outdoor Comedy

Thursday, June 8
6-9 p.m.
Fairview Road Urban Park
8900 Fairview Road
Silver Spring, Md.

Laugh out loud to comics Stacey Cay, Howl Cooper, Ashley Mayo, Gray West, Rose Vineshank and Apple Brown Betty at Fairview Road Urban Park tonight from 6-9 p.m.

Women’s/Sapphic Night

Thursday, June 8
7 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
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It’s Women’s/Sapphic Night at The Dirty Goose tonight.

GAY! Trivia and Drag Show

Thursday, June 8
7-10 p.m.
Baja Tap
2436 18th Street, N.W.

Ophelia Diamonds hosts a game of gay trivia and a drag show at Baja Tap tonight.

BAD (Broadway and Disney) Singalong: Loud & Proud Edition

Thursday, June 8
7-10 p.m.
H Street Country Club
1335 H Street, N.E.

Belt your favorite Broadway and Disney tunes at the BAD Singalong: Loud & Proud Edition at H Street Country Club tonight.

DMV Comedy Wars: A PRIDE Benefit for the Trevor Project

Thursday, June 8
7:30-9 p.m.
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
3207 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, Va.

The DMV Comedy Wars continue with a “Pride Battle” of comics at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Arlington, Va. tonight. Benefits from the show are slated for the Trevor Project, so go out and laugh for a good cause.

Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party

A scene from last year’s Rooftop Pool Party. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, June 8
8 p.m.
Penthouse Pool and Lounge
1212 4th Street, S.E.
$25-$35 / 21+

The Capital Pride Alliance hosts its annual Rooftop Pool Party at 1212 4th Street, S.E.

ElectroPOP Thursdays: Pride Edition

Thursday, June 8
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
2001 14th Street, N.W.
No Cover

Steve Sidewalk brings the music to this Pride Edition of ElectroPOP Thursdays at Bunker.

Films on the Green DC: “Three Nights a Week” Screening

Thursday, June 8
9-11 p.m.
Washington Monument
2 15th Street, N.W.

The base of the Washington Monument is a beautiful spot to watch a film. For this Pride Thursday, Films on the Green is playing the 2022 French LGBTQ film, “Three Nights a Week.”

Wasted & Gay Thursdays

Thursday, June 8
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Wasted Lounge
816 H Street, N.E.

Have a pleasant evening with a beverage and hookah at Wasted Lounge with “Wasted & Gay Thursdays” at 9 p.m. tonight.

Sleaze Pride

Thursday, June 8
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
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The monthly DC9 “Sleaze” LGBTQ parties culminate with the Sleaze Pride party tonight featuring drag artists Jane Saw, Indiana Bones and Vagenesis. DJ Lemz and DJ Keenan Orr bring the music.

Shirts and Skins!

Thursday, June 8
10 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.

Kiki dips its toes into the gear party scene for Pride with a Shirts and Skins party. So, show off your jock straps, singlets, compression shorts, harnesses, pup attire, body suits or whatever gear you grab at this kinky party.

KINTETIC Pride: Sugar Pop

Thursday, June 8
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
1420 K Street, N.W.
$20-$30 (or purchase weekend pass)
Facebook | Tickets

KINETIC Pride events begin with Sugar Pop featuring Mayhem Miller with Dan Slater at Soundcheck at 10 p.m. You can either pay piecemeal for each party, or you can secure weekend passes for all four KINETIC Pride events for $149-$219 on Eventbrite.

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PHOTOS: LHP Pride Kickoff Drag Show

Latinx Pride Court crowned at Trade



The 2023 Latinx Pride Court flanked by LHP President Nancy Cañas and LHP Vice President Julio Acevedo pose for a photo at Trade on Wednesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Latinx History Project (LHP) held a Pride Kickoff Drag Show at Trade on Wednesday, June 7. Performers included Rico Pico, Desiree Dik and Darcy de la Cuadra. Rico Pico was crowned Mr. DC Latinx Pride 2023, Randy Salmeron (a.k.a. Darcy de la Cuadra) was crowned Mx. Latinx Pride 2023 and Kaila Kaleaa was crowned Ms. Latinx Pride 2023.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Online Culture

TikTok celebrates Pride with honoree list, online and in-person events

Inaugural LGBTQ Visionary Voices list recognizes creators



(Public domain photo)

Social media giant TikTok will spotlight LGBTQ content creators and small business owners with an inaugural list of honorees to celebrate Pride month, according to a press release on the company’s website. In addition, the company will embark on a campaign that includes webinars, community events and a ball in Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Pride month by honoring the history-making impact of our diverse queer community with this year’s LGBTQ+ TikTok Visionary Voices List,” said Shavone Charles, TikTok’s head of diversity and inclusion communications. 

The 2023 LGBTQ+ Visionary Voices list recognizes 15 queer TikTok creators who use the platform to “educate, entertain and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community,” according to the release. Honorees on the list span three categories — creators, small-owned businesses and industry disruptors — and feature popular hitmakers Saucy Santana and Baby Tate and social media sensation The Old Gays. 

Jae Gurley, another of the honorees, plans to use this recognition as an opportunity to promote lucid education about Pride and cultivate a deeper understanding behind it. Gurley is well-known for using performance and storytelling to create lifestyle content that highlights their journey to self-discovery as a Black femme nonbinary person and encourages users to live their “most confident Bougie B life.” 

“I feel like a lot of the time online, Pride is portrayed as this big gay party and it is, but it’s also a protest and I want my community to understand why we still have to fight,” they said “Why we need to continue to take up space, and not be satisfied with where we are, cause it can be taken away in a second.”

TikTok’s Pride month campaign, titled “You Belong Here,” will celebrate the LGBTQ community through a series of in-app initiatives, LIVE events and special programming themed around hashtags including: #ForYourPride, #PrideAnthems and #LGBTQBusiness, according to the company’s release.

One of the events, “TikTok Takeoff: Queer Inclusivity in Marketing Webinar,” will be hosted on June 13. The online event will platform the stories of LGBTQ+ small and medium-sized businesses at a roundtable discussion. Business owners will discuss their journey taking off on TikTok and strategies they use on the application to engage with new diverse audiences and drive real-world success for their brands. 

On the company-facing end, employees will get to participate in programming organized by its employee resource group including LGBTQ film screenings and Pride marches. 

“You Belong Here is more than a campaign — it’s our commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community on TikTok,” read the company’s release. “We believe that people should be able to connect with one another, express themselves authentically, and thrive on the platform. And we know that fostering an inclusive space requires prioritizing the needs of our community.”

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