Cherry, the annual weekend dance party that’s also a benefit for HIV/AIDS, returns this weekend with a wide array of events at the Howard Theatre, Town, Flash and more. Full details are at cherryfund.org.
The weekend closes with Eclipse featuring music by DJ Isaac Escalante and DJ X Gonzalez at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) on Sunday from 3:30-9:30 a.m. Tickets are $50. DJ Benny K and DJ Sean Morris are also at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) on Sunday from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are $10.
Delvis Garcia-Gonzalez spins locally as DJ X Gonzalez. He came to Washington 11 years ago for his job as senior financial program specialist at the Department of the Treasury. He’s been DJing since 2008 and spun for years every week at Club Fuego. This will be his Cherry debut. He also spins regularly at Flashy Sundays as Flash Bar and occasionally at Cobalt.
“What I enjoy most is knowing my work as a volunteer and as a DJ are both for a good cause,” says Garcia-Gonzalez, who’s also on the Cherry planning committee. “We can dance, have fun and contribute to the cure of this horrible disease that is still affecting many people in our community.”
Garcia-Gonzalez is single and lives in Silver Spring, Md. He enjoys music and making remixes in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Since I was 18, when I realized that my best friend was also gay. The hardest person was my cousin, Glendalee. She’s like a younger sister to me. We grew up together and for some reason I couldn’t have that conversation with her until a few years ago.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
My best friend Willie. He has been through a lot for many years and has managed to remain strong and happy. I’m sure he doesn’t realize how strong he is, but to me he is my hero.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Oh Badlands, hands down! I still remember the first time I went. It was on a Friday night, long line standing outside, hot guys everywhere and the music was amazing. Good times!
Describe your dream wedding.
At the beach in Puerto Rico, with my man, my sisters and my friends.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I love tribal house music. As a DJ I want to do everything possible to preserve this genre and pass it on to other generations. Music is a way to express love and share your happiness with the world.
What historical outcome would you change?
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Madonna concert in Puerto Rico when I was a teenager.
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Cherry 2015 promo podcast.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Reaching Upon a Star”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Nothing. I believe sexual orientation comes from the heart, not from science.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
Love and kindness
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Please remain strong. Our community needs you.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
The cure of HIV and cancer.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Assuming that a drag queen wants to be a woman. Drag queens are entertainers and should be seen as such.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Texting. Especially when you are getting to know a potential date. A real conversation has much more value.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
To spin at my favorite circuit party, Alegria NYC.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That it’s OK to be gay.
It’s one of the most diverse cities in America, in every kind of way. We have a very diverse population. We are surrounded by historic landmarks. Our president lives here. And the weather is not as cold as farther up on the East Coast.