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Calendar: July 27

Parties, events and concerts through Aug. 2

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‘Calendar Setting’ by David Alfuth, a piece on display now at Touchstone Gallery. (Image courtesy Touchstone)

TODAY (Friday)

Khush DC, D.C.’s South Asian LGBT community group, presents “Queer India: Through a Play and Short Films” tonight at 7 at the SEIU Conference Center (1800 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.). The play is “Ek Madhavbaug” and two short films “Breaking Free” and “Night is Young.” Admission is free. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker Health has HIV Testing at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 8-midnight. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) has its happy hour tonight starting at 5 p.m. All drinks are half off until 7:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., admission is $15, and after 11 p.m. admission is $3. The party includes a pool, video gaming system and card tournaments. For details, visit thebachelorsmill.com.

Phase 1 (525 8th St., SE) holds the benefit “Campocaro” in benefit for one of its regulars, Carolina Alcalde, who was injured in one of this month’s storms. Cover is $10 and there are $3 drink specials. For more information, visit phase1dc.com.

Special Agent Galactica continues her happy hour run at the Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave, NW) tonight at 6. Admission is free and features full food and drink menu. The music includes songs by Pat Benatar, Judy Garland, Stevie Nicks and Ray Stevens. For details, visit pinkhairedone.com.

Saturday, July 28

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for Food & Friends (219 Riggs Road, N.E.) at 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Tonight is the last night to catch Beat on the Bard Theatre Company’s “Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Warehouse Theater(645 New York Ave., N.W.) at midnight. Tickets are $17. For more information, visit warehousetheater.com.

Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.) holds its “Dirty Pop” party with DJ Drew G tonight at 10 p.m.  Cover is $8 before 11 and $12 after. Drinks are $3 before 11 pm. The drag show starts 10:30. For details, visit towndc.com.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW) holds its “Tainted Love: ‘80s Dance Party” starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.

The Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) presents “The Nighttime Adventure Society” tonight at 9. The musical group has been featured on NPR, Delta radio and in a commercial for Sally Hansen. Tickets are $10. For details, visit blackcatdc.com.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) opens at 5:30 this evening with a pool, video gaming systems and card tournaments. The dance floors open at 11 p.m. Admission is free until 9 p.m. and is $10 after. For more information, visit thebachelorsmill.com.

Phase 1 (525 8th St., SE) holds its party “Pop Rocks” with DJ LS tonight starting at 7. Cover is $10. For more information, visit phase1dc.com.

Sunday, July 29

Today is the last day to catch Touchstone Gallery’s (901 New York Ave., N.W.) two exhibits: “3D Collage the Adventure” by David Alfuth and “Being Affected” by Charles St. Charles. Alfuth’s artwork are surreal 3-D collages consisting of newspapers, cloth, pressed flowers and other flat objects. St. Charles’ exhibition portrays faces with various reactions to shared circumstances. The exhibit is free. For more information, visit touchstonegallery.com.

GLOE Youth & Family holds its third event in its LGBT Life Planning Series, which features experts to help navigate issues and laws LGBT people face at various stages of life, today at 2 at the Washington, D.C. JCC (1529 16th St., N.W.). This event is focusing on family building, in which experts will discuss options for LGBT families interest in having children. This event is free but a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Monday, July 30

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its Martini Monday tonight at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge and martinis are $5. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) offers half price drinks all night long, a free pool and NFL, NBA and NCAA games will be on the flat screen TVs. Dance floor opens at 10. Admission is free. For details, visit thebachelorsmill.com.

Banana Café (500 8th St., SE) has its open mic night from 7 p.m. to closing. Admission is free and there are $3 mojitos after 7:30 pm. For more information, visit bananacafedc.com.

Tuesday, July 31

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW) hosts the weekly Safer Sex Kit Packing Program tonight at 7-10:30 p.m. Currently, the program is producing 1,500 kits a week and organizers would like to double this output. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., N.W.) holds its Coming Out-Women support group tonight at 7 p.m. The group is free but registration is required. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) presents its Flashback dance night with DJ Jason Royce starting at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more details, visit cobaltdc.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Joseph’s House (1730 Lanier Place, NW), a community care for homeless men and women who are dying, hosts a free tour and breakfast this morning at 10:30 a.m. Attendees should RSVP by emailing [email protected] or by calling 202-328-9161. For more information, visit josephshouse.org.

Bookmen D.C., a men’s gay literature group, discusses Maureen F. McHugh’s science fiction novel “China Mountain Zhang” tonight at 7:30 at the Tenleytown Public Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). It is a free event and all are welcome. For details, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for GLBT Arts Consortium and CHAW’s presentation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta “The Gondoliers” tonight at 6:30 p.m. Duties include box office, concessions and ushering. The performance is at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St., S.E.). For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W) presents its weekly Best Package Contest tonight at 9 p.m. There is a $3 cover and there are $2 vodka drinks. Participants in the contest can win $200 in cash prizes. The event is hosted by Lena Lett and music by DJ Chord, DJ Madscience, and DJ Sean Morris. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

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IOC: ‘Trans Women Are Women’ Laurel Hubbard set to make sports history

Laurel Hubbard is set to make sports history on Monday and the International Olympic Committee clearly has her back

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TOKYO – The director of medicine and science for the International Olympic Committee praised weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s “courage and tenacity” as she prepares for her upcoming competition as the world’s first out transgender woman Olympian. 

In speaking to reporters in Tokyo Thursday, Dr. Richard Budgett directly addressed those who have attacked and mocked the 43-year-old New Zealander and claimed she shouldn’t be competing with cisgender women, saying  “everyone agrees that trans women are women.”

“To put it in a nutshell,” he said, “the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015. There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, is competing under the rules of her federation and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.”

Hubbard herself has not made any public comments except for a statement following her qualifying for the Summer Games, saying she was “humbled” by the support which had helped her “through the darkness” following a near career-ending injury in Australia in 2018.

Reports around the world have claimed Hubbard is the first trans Olympic athlete, which is actually not the case. As the Los Angeles Blade has reported, Quinn, a trans nonbinary soccer midfielder for Team Canada, last Wednesday became the first out trans athlete ever to complete in the Olympic Games. They posted about it on Instagram, saying, “I feel proud seeing ‘Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.”

The IOC is expected to review and likely revise its policies on transgender participation following Tokyo. Trans athlete and researcher Joanna Harper, who has advised the organization and other sports policy groups, told the Los Angeles Blade her recommendation will be for the IOC to continue to regulate trans athletes sport-by-sport. “There shouldn’t be a one-size fits all policy,” said Harper. 

She also noted how the mainstream cisgender media is consumed with coverage of Hubbard and missing out on the bigger picture, and what it will mean for the next generation watching on TV and online. 
“The lack of attention paid to Quinn and to Chelsea Wolfe has been interesting,” said Harper.

“A few news outlets have commented on their presence in Tokyo and in Quinn’s case the comments have been mostly favorable. On the other hand, the storm of mostly negative press heaped on Laurel Hubbard has been disappointing, although predictable. I hope that the negative press that Laurel has gotten won’t dissuade young trans athletes from following their dreams. I think that the next trans woman to compete in the games will get less negative press, and eventually (although probably not in my life) there will come a time when trans women in sport generate little or no controversy.”

Hubbard issued a statement Friday via the New Zealand Olympic Committee in which she said: “The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values. I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible.”

According to a French news outlet, NZOC spokesperson Ashley Abbott told reporters the committee had seen a “particularly high level of interest” in Hubbard’s Olympic debut, and much of it has been negative.

“Certainly we have seen a groundswell of comment about it and a lot of it is inappropriate,” Abbott said. “Our view is that we’ve got a culture of manaaki (inclusion) and it’s our role to support all eligible athletes on our team. In terms of social media, we won’t be engaging in any kind of negative debate.”

Abbott reminded the media that the NZOC’s job was to support its athletes, including Hubbard. “We all need to remember that there’s a person behind all these technical questions,” she said. “As an organization we would look to shield our athlete, or any athlete, from anything negative in the social media space. We don’t condone cyberbullying in any way.”

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LGBTQ+ ally Jamie Lee Curtis reveals her 25-year-old child is Trans

Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest, British screenwriter, composer, musician, director, and actor have two daughters.

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LOS ANGELES – In a new interview with the American Association of Retired Persons’ magazine, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis disclosed that her youngest child is transgender. In the interview Curtis reflected that she has “watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby.”

Curtis and her husband Christopher Guest, British screenwriter, composer, musician, director, and actor have two daughters. Ruby, 25, works as a computer gaming editor while Curtis and Guest’s 34-year-old daughter, Annie, is married and works as a dance instructor. Curtis also noted that Ruby and her fiancé are getting married next year in a wedding that Curtis will officiate.

The longtime Hollywood couple have been married for more than 36 years but have no grandchildren, “but I do hope to,” she told the magazine.

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Non-binary Olympian leaves games without a medal but still a winner

For the first time in my entire life, I’m proud of the person I’ve worked to become. I chose my happiness over medaling

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Alana Smith via Instagram

TOKYO – In a series of firsts for the Summer Olympic Games, Alana Smith left the Tokyo games with a sense of accomplishment and a couple of firsts. The 20-year-old non-binary skateboarder competing in the debut of their sport noted on their Instagram account, “My goal coming into this was to be happy and be a visual representation for humans like me.”

Smith wrote: ‘What a wild f***ing ride…My goal coming into this was to be happy and be a visual representation for humans like me. For the first time in my entire life, Im proud of the person I’ve worked to become. I chose my happiness over medaling. Out of everything I’ve done, I wanted to walk out of this knowing I UNAPOLOGETICALLY was myself and was genuinely smiling.

The feeling in my heart says I did that. Last night I had a moment on the balcony, I’m not religious or have anyone/anything I talk to. Last night I thanked whoever it was out there that gave me the chance to not leave this world the night I laid in the middle of the road. I feel happy to be alive and feel like I’m meant to be here for possibly the first time in a extremely long time. On or off day, I walked out of this happy and alive… Thats all I have ever asked for.

Thank you to all the incredible humans that have supported me through so many waves of life. I can’t wait to skate for the love of it again, not only for a contest. Which is wild considering a contest helped me find my love for it again. 💛🤍💜🖤”

Smith’s Olympic debut was slightly marred by their being misgendered during news coverage of their events by BBC commentators misgendering Smith discussing their performance, which led to protests from LGBTQ+ groups and allies including British LGBTQ+ advocacy group Stonewall UK.

 

During the competition, Smith proudly held up their skateboard, which featured their pronouns they/them written across the top. The misgendering was addressed by NBC Sports which issued an apology Tuesday for streaming coverage that misgendered Smith.

“NBC Sports is committed to—and understands the importance of—using correct pronouns for everyone across our platforms,” the network said. “While our commentators used the correct pronouns in our coverage, we streamed an international feed that was not produced by NBCUniversal which misgendered Olympian Alana Smith. We regret this error and apologize to Alana and our viewers.”

NBC also reported that this is the first Olympics in history that has featured skateboarding, with 16 athletes traveling to Tokyo to represent the United States. Smith qualified for the third Olympic spot in the women’s street category after competing at the World Skate World Championships in 2019, according to Dew Tour, which hosts international skateboarding competitions.

According to Outsports, the online LGBTQ+ Sports magazine and NBC Sports, Smith is one of more than 160 openly LGBTQ athletes competing at this year’s Tokyo Olympics and one of at least three openly nonbinary or Trans athletes.

Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women’s soccer team who goes by only their first name, is the first openly Trans athlete and nonbinary athlete to compete in the games. Laurel Hubbard, a Trans woman from New Zealand will compete in the super heavyweight 87 kilogram-plus (192 pound-plus) weightlifting category on August 2.

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