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Eagle seeks to move to Benning Road

Plans to add cafe, summer rooftop garden



D.C. Eagle, gay news, nightlife, Benning Road, Washington Blade
D.C. Eagle, gay news, nightlife, Benning Road, Washington Blade

The D.C. Eagle is leaving its New York Avenue location and moving to a warehouse building at 3701 Benning Road, N.E.

The D.C. Eagle, a gay bar since 1971, filed papers with the city on Dec. 13 to move into a three-story warehouse building at 3701 Benning Rd., N.E., where it proposes to operate as a tavern and restaurant and offer live entertainment, dancing, a rooftop “summer garden” and a small retail gift shop.

Co-owners Theodore “Ted” Clements and Peter Lloyd filed the papers with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration as an application to transfer the Eagle’s liquor license from its current location at 639 New York Ave., N.W.

The popular bar, which caters to a leather-Levi clientele, must leave the New York Avenue location by Jan. 31 to make way for the construction of a new office building. Clements told the Blade in an interview last year that the Eagle has been in the New York Avenue building for more than 25 years and operated in two other downtown D.C. locations since first opening on 9th Street, N.W. in 1971.

Clements and Lloyd couldn’t immediately be reached this week to discuss the application to move to the Benning Road location.

The 18-page application submitted to ABRA asks for an entertainment endorsement, a feature that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which is an arm of ABRA, must approve for taverns to offer certain types of entertainment.

“Types of entertainment include dancing, four piece bands, open mic, contests and fundraisers for charity,” the application says. “Dance floor will approximate 800 square feet and a small retail gift shop will be included on the premises,” it says,

The application says the new Eagle building would also feature a rooftop summer garden with 100 seats and a sidewalk café with 36 seats.

In a space on the application form that asks if “any other business” would be conducted on the premises, Clements and Lloyd replied that a tavern called Terminal Alley LLC and a catering service called “Eagle Eye Catering LLC” would operate “adjacent” to the D.C. Eagle but in the same building.

A spokesperson for the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue said records show the building at 3701 Benning Rd., N.E. consists of 16,984 square feet of “gross building area.”

Evie Washington, a member Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7F, which has jurisdiction over the area where the building is located, said she met earlier this month with the two principals of the Eagle and their attorney at their request to discuss their plans for the building.

“They want to be good neighbors,” she said.

Washington noted that the building is located two and a half blocks from the Minnesota Ave., Metro station and a short distance from access to Interstate Rt. 295, which feeds into Maryland and Virginia. She said the area surrounding the intersection of Benning Rd. and Minnesota Ave., where the Eagle is seeking to move, is experiencing new residential and commercial development.



Prince George’s County library system launches banned book club

First discussion to take place in Hyattsville on June 14



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The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has launched its Rock Banned Book Club.

The club will feature monthly discussions of the 13 top banned books from 2022, most of which focus on LGBTQ-specific themes. 

The club’s first discussion, which will take place at the Hyattsville Branch Library on June 14, will be on “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe. 

Kobabe’s memoir won the 2020 American Library Association Alex Award and recounts Kobabe’s exploration of gender identity and sexuality through adolescence and adulthood. According to the American Library Association, the book faced the most censorship challenges of any novel at 151.

“We’re seeing nationally the highest rate of challenges to books in libraries since the data has been collected by the American Library Association,” Nicholas Brown, acting co-chief executive officer of the library, said. “I think what happens with all of the discourse around book banning is that, oftentimes, not everyone participating in that discourse is actually taking the time to read the full works and discuss them and understand where the author might be coming from and whose stories are being reflected in these books.”

Along with the book club, the library system is hosting a Pride celebration at the Hyattsville branch on Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. It will feature a panel discussion, vogue and runway workshops, free HIV testing and more. 

The library system will host its second annual Rainbow Festival on June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bowie Branch Library with family-friendly events like craft stations, story time and a live DJ. In April, the library system won a Top Innovator Award from the Urban Libraries Council for its banned books campaign.

“I think a lot of folks don’t always realize that your local public library is kind of the front line of democracy and we always have been,” Brown said. “Public libraries across the country are very united on this and if the right to read continues to be under threat like it’s been, it is not a good time for the state of our democracy.”

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Bowser: No credible threats to D.C. Pride events

Mayor spoke with the Blade after flag-raising ceremony at the Wilson Building



D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the flag-raising of the Progress Pride flag at the Wilson Building in D.C. on June 1, 2023. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday said authorities have not received any credible threats to upcoming Pride events.

“We don’t have any to report,” she told the Washington Blade.

“MPD is constantly working with all of our agencies to make sure we have safe special events and we’re going to keep going with our planning, like we do every year,” added Bowser. “There’s always a scan for any threats to the District.”

Bowser spoke with the Blade after she joined D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council members Anita Bonds, Charles Allen, Kenyon McDuffie and Zachary Parker, D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb, D.C. Mayor’s LGBTQ Affairs Office Director Japer Bowles and other officials and activists in raising the Progress Pride flag in front of the Wilson Building.

The Blade last month reported D.C. police are investigating a bomb threat a Twitter user made against the annual District Pride concert that will take place at the Lincoln Theater on June 29. Bowles in a May 19 statement said his office reported the tweet, but further stressed that “no credible threat at this time has been made.”

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Moore issues Pride month proclamation

Governor on May 3 signed Trans Health Equity Act



Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore on Thursday proclaimed June as Pride month in recognition of  “the contributions, resilience, courage and joy of LGBTQIA+ Marylanders,” according to a press release.

“In Maryland, we lead with love and inclusion. I want everyone in our LGBTQIA+ community to know that they deserve to be seen for who they are, and our administration will stand with them in the fight for equality and equity,” Moore said. “We need to elevate the stories, embrace the courage, and celebrate the humanity of our LGBTQIA+ community — and as long as I am governor, we will take the steps forward to protect and celebrate all Marylanders.”

Moore on March 31 became the first governor in Maryland history to recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility and last month he signed into law the Trans Health Equity Act into law, which requires Maryland Medicaid to provide coverage for gender-affirming care beginning next year.

“This month is a celebration of the beauty and uniqueness of the queer community, but it’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to uplifting LGBTQIA+ Marylanders and continuing to fight against hatred, discrimination, and bigotry,” Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller said in the same press release that Moore’s office released. “LGBTQIA+ Marylanders deserve to be who they are, to live their pride — without fear or having to hide. This administration will always stand alongside and protect the rights of all Marylanders.”

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