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Events, concerts, parties and more for the end of April

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Philadelphia Orchestra, music, gay news, Washington Blade
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Philadelphia Orchestra, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Openly gay conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his Washington debut conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night with performances of works by Korngold and Bruckner. (Photo courtesy Washington Performing Arts Society)

Friday, April 26

NoVA Gay and Lesbian Professionals host a spring social at the Kora Lounge (2250 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.) this evening at 6 p.m. Visit gogaydc.com for more information.

Special Agent Galactica returns with her happy hour show this evening at 6 p.m. at the Black Fox Lounge (1732 Connecticut Ave., NW). The show includes live jazz, blues, cabaret, standards and comedy all while Galactica is backed by a three-piece jazz combo. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit pinkhairedone.com.

Saturday, April 27

FLEX, a group of artists and curators who come together to produce temporary exhibitions, has a free event tonight from 7-10 p.m. at Flats at Atlas (1600 Maryland Ave., NE) that features several artists. Among the exhibits will be a “hard hat only” pop-up gallery, a live exhibition from D.C. Cheer and indoor/outdoor 3D and projected works. More details are at capitolflex.com.

Youth Pride Alliance hosts Youth Pride Day today at noon in Dupont Circle featuring free games and performances. The keynote speaker is Wade Davis, a former NFL player and assistant director of job readiness and academic enrichment at Hetrick-Martin Institute. LGBT families and allies are welcome. Visit youthpridealliance.org for more details.

Taste of 8th featuring 22 restaurants on Barracks Row near the Eastern Market Metro stop is today from 1-4 p.m. A ticket booth will be located at the corner of 8th and G streets, S.E. in front of Spring Mill Bakery or they can be purchased online at barracksrow.org. Tickets are available for $5 for one stop or $20 for five tickets in which guests can plan their own progressive dinner at the various participating restaurants.

Burgundy Crescent volunteers this morning at Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd., NE) at 8 a.m. and again at 9:45 a.m. Volunteers will help with food preparation and packing groceries. The shifts are limited to 10 per shift. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

The AFI Silver Silent Cinema Showcase (8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) continues today at 1:30 p.m. and features silent film actors Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Janet Gaynor, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. Tonight’s particular showcase is “Street Angel,” with Gaynor starring as a girl who walks the streets of Naples to help support her family. When she is arrested for stealing medicine for her mother, she eludes the police and joins a circus. She falls in love with a painter, but her past threatens to destroy their young love. Tickets for this particular screening are $7-$11.50. For more screenings and their tickets, visit afi.com.

Sunday, April 28

Metropolitan Community Church (474 Ridge St., NW) holds its weekly 9 and 11 a.m. worship services. The church has one of the most diverse communities and communion is open to everyone. For more information, visit mccdc.com.

Monday, April 29

Kaki King comes to the Howard Theatre (620 T St., NW) on her Retrospective Tour tonight at 8 p.m. King, a lesbian, has performed with several iconic bands including the Foo Fighters and she contributed to soundtracks such as “Into the Wild.” Tickets are $17-$23. Visit thehowardtheatre.com for more information.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., NW) holds coffee drop-in for the senior LGBT community today at 10 a.m.-noon. The Center will provide complimentary coffee and a community to chat with. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Bears do Yoga takes place this evening 6:30 p.m. as part of a series at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, NW). This is part of a basic yoga series that takes place every Monday and is open to people of varying body types and experience. There is no charge. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email [email protected]. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

Pop singer Rihanna performs at the Verizon Center (601 F St., NW) tonight. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$169. For more information, visit verizoncenter.com.

Tuesday, April 30

The Friendship Place presents a panel discussion on homeless LGBT youths at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church (4201 Albemarle St., NW) this evening at 6 p.m. Expert panelists from the LGBT community discuss their personal experiences. Attendees are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. Visit cchfp.org for more details.

Whitman-Walker (1701 14th St., NW) holds its group Starting Over for Women tonight at 7. The group is for women whose long-term relationship with another woman. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.) hosts its Safer Sex Kit-packing program tonight from 7-10:30. The packing program is looking for more volunteers to help produce the kits because they say they are barely keeping up with demand. Admission is free and volunteers can just show up. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Wednesday, May 1

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., NW) under the guidance of conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin tonight at 8 p.m. Nezet-Seguin, who’s openly gay, has been the musical director of the orchestra since the start of the 2012/2013 season. The night includes a performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning violin soloist Hilary Hahn. Tickets are $35-$105. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.

Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., NW) launches its gender and sexuality series “Zami: A Circle of LGBTQ Cultural Performances & Discussions” with Jamaican-born writer Staceyann Chin. The series’ goal is to energize community discussion about the intersection of sexuality, gender, race and human rights. A $5 donation is suggested. Visit busboysandpoets.com for more details.

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its HIV+ Newly Diagnosed Support Group tonight at 7. It is a confidential support group for anyone recently diagnosed with HIV and the group welcomes all genders and sexual orientations. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email [email protected]. For details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., SE) at 7:30 p.m. for social bridge. Newcomers are welcome and no reservations are needed. For more information or if you need a partner, visit lambdabridge.com.

Thursday, May 2

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., NW) holds its gay men over 50 support group this evening at 6:30 p.m. The group is for gay men entering a new phase of life. Registration is required to attend. Registration is required and attendees must call 202-797-3580 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

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New book explores ‘Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling’

The benefits of coming out at work

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(Book cover image courtesy of Bloomsbury)

‘Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling’
By Layla McCay
c.2024, Bloomsbury
$24/240 pages

You can see the CEO’s office from the outside of your workplace.

You’ve actually been in that office, so you know what it looks like inside, too. Big, expansive desk. Cushy, expensive chair. Ankle-deep carpet. The CEO got there through regular means over the course of his career – something you’d like to do, too. But as you know, and as in the new book, “Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling” by Layla McCay, you’ll have to take a different path.

Of all the thousands of board seats and C-suite occupiers in American businesses, only a very tiny number – less than one percent – are occupied by people who identify as LGBTQ. In London, says McCay, no one on the Financial Times Stock Exchange identifies as such. Just six of the world’s leaders, past or current, have come out as LGBTQ.

The reasons for this are many, from discomfort to a sense of a lack of safety or just plain mistrust. Employees often don’t talk about it and employers can’t or don’t ask, which can lead to a lot of issues that cis, heterosexual employees don’t have to think about.

LGBTQ employees make less money than their straight co-workers. They experience discrimination ranging from sexual violence on one end, to micro aggressions on the other. Discrimination can be found in educational settings, and networking events, in a lack of mentorship, and the feeling that one needs to “code-switch.” Even an overseas job offer can be complicated by identifying as LGBTQ.

And yet, says McCoy, there are benefits to coming out, including a sense of authenticity, and feeling as if a load has been removed from one’s shoulders.

If you are an employer, McCoy says, there are things you can do to help. Include LGBTQ people in your diversity programs at work. Insist on it for recruitment. Make sure your employees feel safe to be themselves. Make all policies inclusive, all the time, from the start. Doing so benefits your business. It helps your employees.

“It’s good for society.”

Pretty common sense stuff, no? Yeah, it is; most of what you’ll read inside “Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling” is, in fact, very commonsensical. Moreover, if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or queer, you won’t find one new or radical thing in this book.

And yet, inside all the nothing-new, readers will generally find things they’ll appreciate. The statistics, for instance, that author Layla McCay offers would be helpful to cite when asking for a raise. It’s beneficial, for instance, to be reminded why you may want to come out at work or not. The advice on being and finding a mentor is gold. These things are presented through interviews from business leaders around the world, and readers will find comfort and wisdom in that. You’ll just have to wade through a lot of things you already know to get it, that’s all.

Is it worth it? That depends on your situation. You may find nothing in “Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling,” or it may help you raise the roof.

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Under Armour hosts LGBTQ obstacle course

‘Unmatched Pride’ event held in Baltimore

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Unmatched Athlete in partnership with Under Armour Unified will host the inaugural “Unmatched Pride event for LGBTQ+ and allied youths” on Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at the Stadium at 2601 Port Covington Dr. in Baltimore Peninsula.

Teens 13-17 and kids 8-12 will have the ability to compete in obstacle course activity and skills challenges. The obstacle course will consist of a variety of fun stations that will test participants in strength, agility, and cardio. Flag football skill challenges and more will be offered.

For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity for youths to compete with and/or against their parents as well at 1:30 p.m. Registration is available on Eventbrite

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Blade’s Peter Rosenstein holds book talk in Rehoboth

‘Born This Gay’ memoir explored

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Longtime Washington Blade contributor Peter Rosenstein will hold an author talk on Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. at CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) in conversation with fellow author Fay Jacobs. The pair will discuss Rosenstein’s new memoir, “Born This Gay: My Life of Activism, Politics, Travel, and Coming Out.” Register at camprehoboth.org.

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