November 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
QUEERY: Delonte Simpkins
Delonte Simkins, gay news, Washington Blade

Delonte Simpkins (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Love it or hate it, Black Friday is a cultural institution that appears here to stay.

Today Delonte Simpkins, an associate manager at Buffalo Exchange is at his usual spot on the sales floor at Buffalo Exchange (1318 14th St., N.W.), the vintage and used clothing shop near Thomas Circle known by fans as one of the best such shops in the city (also check out the Georgetown location at 3279 M St., N.W.).

Simpkins is a 22-year-old New Jersey native who’s been in the Washington area for about 15 years.

“I came here with my family and a fresh start,” he says. “I was practically born here.”

He’s single and lives in Northwest Washington. Also a dancer, Simpkins enjoys dancing, performing, coaching, shopping, clubbing and “living life” in his free time.

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?

Six years and the hardest person to tell was my biological father.

Who’s your LGBT hero?

Everyone who has paved the way for the upcoming LGBT young men and women like me.

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

The Fireplace, Cobalt and Capitalè D.C.

Describe your dream wedding.

In a huge ballroom with a high ceiling. Decorated tables and lights all over. Surrounded by family and friends. My favorite song being sung by one of my talented friends as I walk down the aisle with an Italian fitted tuxedo with veil that surrounds my entire body. Looking forward at the love of my life and my wedding party standing tall as they enter the journey of marriage with me.

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Youth empowerment

What historical outcome would you change?

Martin Luther King being assassinated

What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

Lady Gaga starting an uprising for the gay community.

On what do you insist?

I insist on being a well-established dancer in my lifetime by simply having raw talent .

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

“I love my life — with commitment, passion, drive and consistency I can never fail.

If your life were a book, what would the title be?

“He’s One in a Million”

If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

I would ask why. Let fate be as it is.

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

I believe in love after love. I can feel the beat inside.

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

Continue to stand up for the silent. It’s never a moment to be quiet when there’s so much to be said. We all are a movement within ourselves and with you all voicing your beliefs, it builds a voice and character for the LGBT community.

What would you walk across hot coals for?

To save a life and/or my own. To be free or free someone of their slavery.

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

The clichés of sexual preference being based on the masculinity or femininity. Be who you are and like what you want to like. Don’t box me in a category because of how I appear to the gay scene. Your allegations are most likely wrong.

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“The Skinny” and “Leave it on the Floor”

What’s the most overrated social custom?


What trophy or prize do you most covet?

Dance trophies and plaques, certificates and medals

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

I wish I would have known that being gay is basically a full-time job. And that gay men are some of the most interesting beings in the world.

Why Washington?

Washington because it represents the people. We stand together against all odds and that’s what life’s about.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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