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Calendar: Dec. 6

Concerts, parties, exhibits and more through Dec. 12

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JD Samson & Men, a queer band, play Comet Ping Pong Sunday. (Photo courtesy BMF Media)

Friday, Dec. 6

 

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts a trans support group, a peer-facilitated discussion group, tonight at 7 p.m. The group is open to all members of the transgender community as well as partners, friends and allies. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

Gay District, a facilitated group discussion focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity for men ages 18 through 35, at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts free vodka Friday tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Free rail vodka 11 p.m.-midnight. Two DJs on two floors. Cover is $10. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

“Best of Burlesqueer: The Queerlesque Revue” is tonight at 8:45 and 11 p.m. at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, N.W.) with a show called “Down and Dirty Holigay Blues.” Performers Cherie Nuit, Glam Gamz, DoctorGinger Snapz, Velvet Kensington and Dutch Oven will perform. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ages 21 and up. Visit blackcatdc.com for details.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

 

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers for Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) tonight from 8-10 a.m. Volunteers will chop vegetables and pack groceries. To volunteer, email [email protected]. For more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts “World AIDS Day Drag Show” from 1-4 p.m. This annual drag show for youth welcomes beginner and veteran drag performers for a make over and chance to perform on stage. For details, visit smyal.org.

Wolf Trap has its annual Holiday Sing-A-Long today at 4 p.m. at the Filene Center (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.) featuring the U.S. Marine Band along with several choral groups from the region. Guests are encouraged to bring a candle, a bell and a “Toys for Tots” gift. This is a free event. Visit wolftrap.org for details.

Broadway performer Jackie Hoffman brings her one-woman show “Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol” to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax) tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34. Visit jccnv.org for details.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

 

JD Samson & MEN perform at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. For details, go to cometpingpong.com.

The D.C. Center hosts “A Question of Marriage: Financial, Legal and Practical,” a discussion that looks at marriage’s federal and state implications for people in the DMV, at 6901 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda, Md. today from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments and child care will be provided. There is free parking. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

KhushDC and The D.C. Center present a film screening of “My Brother…Nikhil” in honor of World AIDS Day at The Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl., N.W.) today from 1-3 p.m. Donations accepted at the door. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

 

Monday, Dec.9

 

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Brave Soul Collective (BSC) performs “Passages” at the Warehouse Theater (645 New York Ave., N.W.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details and to purchase tickets, visit thedccenter.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

 

A Transgender Community Celebration is at MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) with a happy hour reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy free champagne from 5-6 p.m. and happy hour prices until 8 p.m. Proceeds go to support Maryland Trans Unity. For more information visit movalounge.com.

D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly meeting in the upstairs room of Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a “Rap Group” today from 5-6:30 p.m. Discuss stressful issues like school, bullying, getting into college or finding a job in this support group. For more details, visit smyal.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

 

Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 1155 F St., N.W. Suite 200 at 7 p.m. to discuss ”Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mike Walsh, a story about a boy growing up in a Roman Gypsy family and deciding whether to stay in that secluded community or venture elsewhere. For details, email [email protected].

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Rainbow Response, an LGBT intimate partner violence prevention group, meets in the third floor conference room at 5 Thomas Circle N.W. today from 6-7 p.m. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th Street, S.E., across from the Marine Barracks) for duplicate bridge. No reservations needed and newcomers welcome. Call 703-407-6540 if a partner is needed.

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

 

Ama tu Salud, a Latino-focused health fair, is at Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.) today from 5:30-8 p.m. The community health fair will have panel discussions, STD testing, health screenings and LGBT and Latino focused health resources. There will be food and giveaways. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, tonight at Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.). Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.

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PHOTOS: Baltimore Pride Parade

Thousands attend annual LGBTQ march and block party

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A scene from the 2024 Baltimore Pride Parade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party was held on Charles Street in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, June 15. 

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Washington Mystics to hold annual Pride game

Team to play Dallas Wings on Saturday

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Washington Mystics will be having their upcoming Pride game on Saturday against the Dallas Wings.

The Mystics Pride game is one of the team’s theme nights they host every year, with Pride night being a recurring event. The team faced off against the Phoenix Mercury last June. Brittney Griner, who Russia released from a penal colony in December 2022 after a court convicted her of importing illegal drugs after customs officials at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage, attended the game. 

Unlike the NBA, where there are currently no openly LGBTQ players, there are multiple WNBA players who are out. Mystics players Emily Englster, Brittney Sykes, and Stefanie Dolson are all queer.

The Mystics on June 1 acknowledged Pride Month in a post to its X account.

“Celebrating Pride this month and every month,” reads the message.

The game is on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (1100 Oak Drive, S.E.). Fans can purchase special Pride tickets that come with exclusive Mystics Pride-themed jerseys. 

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Queers win big at 77th annual Tony Awards

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ among winners

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(Photo courtesy of the Tony Awards' Facebook page)

It was a banner night for queer theater artists at the 77th annual Tony Awards, honoring the best in Broadway theater at the Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. Some of the biggest honors of the night went to the revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along” and the dance-musical based on Sufjan Stephens’ album “Illinoise.

“Merrily We Roll Along,” which follows three friends as their lives change over the course of 20 years, told in reverse chronological order, picked up the awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. 

Out actor Jonathan Groff picked up his first Tony Award for his leading role as Franklin Shepard in the show, while his costar Daniel Radcliffe earned his first Tony Award for featured performance as Charley Kringas. 

Groff gave a heartfelt and teary acceptance speech about how he used to watch the Tony Awards as a child in Lancaster County, Pa.

“Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three,” he said to his parents in the audience. “Even if they didn’t understand me, my family knew the life-saving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment.”

Groff also thanked the everyone in the production of “Spring Awakening,” where he made his Broadway debut in 2006, for inspiring him to come out at the age of 23.

“To actually be able to be a part of making theatre in this city, and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible community has been the greatest pleasure of my life,” he said. 

This was Groff’s third Tony nomination, having been previously nominated for his leading role in “Spring Awakening” and for his featured performance as King George III in “Hamilton.” 

Radcliffe, who is best known for starring in the “Harry Potter” series of movies, has long been an ally of the LGBTQ community, and has recently been known to spar with “Harry Potter” creator JK Rowling over her extreme opposition to trans rights on social media and in interviews. It was Radcliffe’s first Tony nomination and win.

Lesbian icon Sarah Paulson won her first Tony Award for her starring role in the play “Appropriate,” about a family coming to terms with the legacy of their slave-owning ancestors as they attempt to sell their late father’s estate. It was her first nomination and win.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked her partner Holland Taylor “for loving me.” Along with Paulson’s Emmy win for “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” she is halfway to EGOT status.

The Sufjan Stephens dance-musical “Illinoise,” based on his album of the same name, took home the award for Best Choreography for choreographer Justin Peck. It was his second win.

During the ceremony, the cast of “Illinoise” performed “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”, a moving dance number about a queer romance.

A big winner of the night was the adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel “The Outsiders,” which dominated the musical categories, earning Best Director, Sound Design, Lighting Design, and Best Musical, which earned LGBTQ ally Angelina Jolie her first Tony Award.

Also a big winner was “Stereophonic,” which dominated the play categories, winning the awards for Best Play, Featured Actor, Director, Sound Design, and Scenic Design.

“Suffs,” a musical about the fight for women’s suffrage in the U.S., which acknowledges the lesbian relationship that suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt had in song called “If We Were Married,” took home awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score, both for creator Shaina Taub. 

Had “Suffs” also won for Best Musical, producers Hilary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai would have won their first Tony Awards. 

Other winners include Maleah Joi Moon for her lead role and Kecia Lewis for her featured role in the Alicia Keys musical “Hell’s Kitchen,” Jeremy Strong for his lead role in An Enemy of the People, and Kara Young for her featured role in “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch.”

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