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Christmas services at affirming churches

Many in region welcome gay worshippers

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Washington National Cathedral (Washington Blade file photo)

Christmas Eve

 

Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) holds a children and family Christmas Eve service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in fellowship hall. From 8-9 p.m. there will be โ€œa Time of Lessons, Carols and Candlelightโ€ service from 8-9 p.m. in the sanctuary. For details, visit foundryumc.org.

The Christ Church on Capitol Hill (620 G St., S.E.) has multiple Christmas Eve services and events. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a โ€œCome as you areโ€ family service with carols, pageant and communion. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a formal family service with a homily, communion and music from the St. Petersburg Menโ€™s Ensemble. At 10 p.m. the St. Petersburg Menโ€™s Ensemble will perform in the Choral Prelude before the Festival Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. A festive reception will follow at 11:30 p.m. with food and drink. For more details, visit washingtonparish.org.

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (3401 Nebraska Ave., N.W.) has many services through Christmas Eve. At 5 p.m. there will be a family Christmas Eve service led by the children. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight communion service. At 11 p.m. there is a candlelight service with a musical prelude starting at 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit nationalchurch.org.

Dumbarton United Methodist Church holds a Christmas Eve child-friendly service with a repeat of their Christmas pageant at 5 p.m. At 9 p.m. there will be a formal Christmas Eve worship service with candles and caroling. Rev. Mary Kay Totty will lead both services. For more information, visit dumbartonumc.org.

Rockville United Church (355 Linthicum St., Rockville, Md.) has Christmas Eve Under the Stars, a Christmas Eve celebration, at 5 p.m. A service will be at 8 p.m. For more details, visit rockvilleunitedchurch.org.

Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve service from 8-9:30 p.m. For more information, visitmccdc.com.

Seekers Church (276 Carroll St., N.W.) has a Christmas Eve dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a service of lessons and carols at 7:30 p.m. Visit seekerschurch.orgfor more details.

Saint Johnโ€™s Episcopal Church (1525 H St., N.W.) holds a โ€œfestiveโ€ holy eucharist from 8-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org.

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) has โ€œcarols by candlelightโ€ with Rev. Mariann Budde at 6 p.m. Festival of the holy eucharist service is at 10 p.m. Passes are required for both events. Carols by candlelight is sold-out but passes for the 10 p.m. Holy eucharist service are still available. VisitNationalcathedral.org for more details.

National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle,N.W.) holds a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.ย  For more information, visit nationalcitycc.org.

 

Christmas Day

 

Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) holds the Festival Holy Eucharist service today at 11 a.m. โ€œThe Blessing of the Crib: A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carolsโ€ will be at 3 p.m. There will be scripture readings and Christmas carols. No passes are required for any of the dayโ€™s programs. For more information, visit nationalcathedral.org.

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Blade, Baltimore Banner explore state of LGBTQ community

‘State of the Community: LGBTQ+ Edition’ at Center Stage

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A fire that destroyed this home in Baltimore is being investigated as a hate crime. This and other community concerns will be addressed at a community event Wednesday in Baltimore. (Photo by Jim Becker)

The Washington Blade and the Baltimore Banner will join forces to host โ€œState of the Community: LGBTQ+ Editionโ€ on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at Center Stage, The Head Theater, in Baltimore.

The event is a platform for the LGBTQ community to express concerns about recent developments with the Supreme Court, the current political climate, monkeypox, and other issues. 

The event will be hosted by John-John Williams IV, DEI reporter for the Baltimore Banner, and feature Andre K. McDaniels, managing editor of the Baltimore Banner and Kevin Naff, editor-in-chief of the Washington Blade. 

The event is free but registration is required. Beer and refreshments will be on sale. For more details, visit Eventbrite.ย 

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10 LGBTQ events this week

A Gaga afterparty and a cardboard boat regatta among attractions

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(Washington Blade photos by Vanessa Pham and Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Reign

Logan Stone hosts ‘Reign’ on Monday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
8-11 p.m.
DIK Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)
Facebook

Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled drag show at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar tonight at 8.


OMGaga Afterparty

Lady Gaga (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Did you catch the Gaga concert tonight? Whether you did or not, join the afterparty at Green Lantern. Show your ticket stub from the concert for a free drink on the dance floor.


Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Desiree Dik (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Join Desiree Dik for a game of bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Free to play.


Queer Trivia

Wednesday, August 10
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.
Facebook

The Mistresses lead a night of Queer Trivia on all things gay at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.


Thirst Trap Thursdays

Join Cake and the queens for Thirst Trap Thursdays. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 11
10 p.m.
Pitchers DC/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Venus Valhalla and Cake host the Thirsty Thursdays drag show at Pitchers/ALOHO on Aug. 11.


LGBTQ Social at Wild Days

Friday, August 12
7-9 p.m.
Wild Days Rooftop Bar at the Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street, N.W.
21+
Eventbrite

Have some casual conversations with new friends in the LGBTQ community over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Go Gay DC.


A Love Letter to RENT

Friday, August 12
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Free admission
Facebook

Watch a drag show dedicated to the hit musical RENT. If you miss the first show on Friday, come by on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an encore performance.


Lights On, Barks Out! Disco Heat Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 13
Seating 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.
$15 cover
Facebook

Join host Doming0 for the Disco Heat Drag Brunch on Saturday at Astro Beer Hall.


Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Lake Anne (Blade file photo by Vanessa Pham)

Saturday, August 13
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Va.
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Watch a cardboard regatta race along Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Or, you could even participate (rules here)!


Mister & Miss AGLA Scholarship Fundraiser

Miss AGLA 2020-21 Ashlee Jozet Adams and Mr. AGLA 2020-21 Xavier Bottoms will be honored at the event alongside the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss AGLA 2022. (Photo via Facebook)

Sunday, August 14
7-9 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 donation requested
Facebook

Join a fundraiser for a good cause: a college scholarship for an outstanding Arlington County Public High School senior. Also, the 2022 Mr. and Miss AGLA will be crowned.


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10 LGBTQ events this week

Sports, dancing and drag in the days to come

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Events this week include country western dancing, United Night OUT and drag shows. (Washington Blade file photos)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Stonewall Kickball League Social and Registration

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 1
6-8 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

Meet up with other new players and team captains on the second floor of Number Nine for a registration event.


Sleaze: Hot, Innit?

Thursday, August 4
Doors 9 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10
Facebook

Sleaze is a monthly LGBTQ+ party blending the darker sides of disco with forward-thinking techno. Hennessey and Jane Saw perform with music provided by DJs Room 12, Lemx and KeenanOrr.


OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
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This year’s OutWrite Festival features 70 LGBTQ+ authors with a full weekend of readings, panels and workshops. All events are livestreamed free and open to the public.


Slay Them Drag Competition

Slay Them Drag Competition (Blade file photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, August 5
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Desiree Dik hosts the drag competition “Slay Them” at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Friday.


Trade Yard Sale

Saturday, August 6
2 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Trade participates in MidCity Dog Days 23rd annual Sidewalk Sale with its own yard sale on Saturday. Find some crafts, drag and art that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else!


United Night Out

United Night Out (Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

Saturday, August 6
6:30-10 p.m.
Audi Field
100 Potomac Avenue, S.W.
$30
Facebook

Join Team DC and the Federal Triangle Soccer Club for United Night OUT.


DC Rawhides: Country Dance

(Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Saturday, August 6
7 p.m.
North Hall, Eastern Market
225 7th Street, S.E.
$5
21+
Facebook

The DC Rawhides invite you for a night of country western dancing at Eastern Market.


Dawg Days of Summer Bar Night

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

The Highwaymen TNT of Washington, D.C. will take over the second floor of Uproar Lounge.


RuPaul’s Werq the World Tour

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
The Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue
National Harbor, Md.
Tickets

Does this need an explanation? Get your tickets while you still can! More information here.


Dirtee Disco: Green Lantern Underwear Party

Sunday, August 7
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Enjoy disco music at this underwear party on Sunday.

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