June 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Orlando vigils and fundraisers planned locally
Black Caucus, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Numerous businesses, churches and organizations have planned vigils and fundraisers in memory of the Orlando shooting victims in the coming days.

LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia holds its June Social at Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a two-for-one happy hour and a surprise drink in honor of Pride month. Donations for Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund will be accepted.

The District Church (741 Fairmont St., N.W.) will pray for the Orlando and LGBT communities on Thursday, June 16 from 7:30-9 p.m.

The Latino GLBT History Project holds a vigil and fundraiser for Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 16 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) hosts a vigil with contemplative prayer and a candle lighting for people in their 20s and 30s. There will be a discussion following the vigil.

Busboys & Poets (1025 5th St., N.W.) hosts After Pulse: Collective Actions for Change on Friday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m. There will be live music from Patience, from the band BoomScat, followed by a panel discussion with local organizers.

There will be a vigil at Fairfax Corner (4100 Monument Corner Dr., Fairfax, Va.) meeting in the parking lot of the movie theater on Friday, June 17 from 7-8 p.m. Community leaders, faith leaders and members of the LGBT community will speak on the tragedy.

Hyattsville Mennonite Church (4217 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville, Md.) hosts an interfaith candlelight vigil on Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m.

Albert Einstein High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance holds a fundraiser for Orlando in Downtown Silver Spring (908 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, Md.) on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The group will be selling baked goods, zines, buttons and used books. All proceeds will be donated to the GoFundMe Pulse Victims Fund.

The Lamont Street Collective (1822 Lamont St., N.W.) hosts a Pulse Benefit Concert featuring some local LGBT musicians on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. allthebestkids, Dope Francis, Foster Carrots, Julie O and Park Snakes will perform. There is a suggested $10 donation.

St. Luke’s Eastport holds a candlelight vigil at Annapolis City Dock (1 Dock St., Annapolis, Md.) hosted by local faith leaders on Saturday, June 18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Art Soiree and Silent Dance Society host a Love to Orlando Fundraiser at The Liaison Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.) on Saturday, June 18 from 8-11 p.m. Event is free but a minimum $10 donation to benefit OneOrlando is suggested.

Fahass Prevention will have a candlelight vigil at Hurkamp Park (500 William St., Fredericksburg, Va.) on Saturday, June 18 from 8-9 p.m.

VIDA Fitness (1612 U St., N.W.) holds a candlelight vigil and moment of silence on Saturday, June 18 from 10-11:30 p.m.

New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ hosts We Are Orlando, a benefit concert, at First Trinity Lutheran Church (309 E St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. Local talent will perform and proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Stonewall Sports and the members of Stonewall Billiard host a LGBT Center benefit at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St., N.W.) There will be a silent auctions with prizes such as tickets to Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in Philadelphia, Pa., tickets to “Kinky Boots” at the Kennedy Center and an autographed Washington Caps puck. Proceeds benefit the LGBT Center of Orlando, Fla.

Young Gators: DC Edition hosts a fundraiser at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nellie’s will donate $1 of every Nellie Beer and specialty Florida drink purchased to Equality Florida.



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