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Upcoming D.C. protests

Marches, rallies and demonstrations abundant in coming months

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The Resist movement is roaring on several fronts and Washington is even more a demonstration site magnet than usual. Here are a few to note:

Indigenous Women Rise: Native Nations March is today (Friday, March 10) on the National Mall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Express solidarity by wearing a turquoise scarf or shawl or get one at sacredx.com. Details at nativenationsrise.org.

The Syrian Revolution Anniversary Rally will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the U.S. Capitol to “honor the original demands of the Syrian Revolution on its sixth anniversary.” Details at revolutionunitesus.com.

• Make America Great Again will holds its Washington D.C. MAGA March on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to march from the Washington Monument to the White House to “stand up for America … our president, vice president, military and first responders.” Details at magamarch.org.

• IfNotNow offers Jewish Resistance at AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) on Sunday, March 26 from noon-8 p.m. to greet Trump as he visits the AIPAC to “end AIPAC’s fiction that the American Jewish community supports endless occupation.” Details at ifnotnowmovement.org.

The Fire the Fool Declaration Rally will be held on Saturday, April 1 from noon-8 p.m. on the Mall to “impart a satirical, symbolic and powerful message of firing (impeaching) President Donald J. Trump and to empower citizens all around the country to take power in their own political systems.” Look for the event on Facebook for details.

• The third annual United for Blue March and Rally will be held on Saturday, April 8 at noon at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (418 F St., N.E.) to support police. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

• The Ascent of the Resistance will hold its Tax March on Washington on Saturday, April 15 from noon-4 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol West Front Fountain to “march and show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency. Two-thirds of Americans are concerned that he may be putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Until we see his tax returns, we can’t know for sure.” Details at taxmarch.org.

The March for Science and Earth Day Network Rally and March is Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the National Mall to “defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.” Speeches, musical performances, trainings with scientists and a march will be part of the event. Details at marchforscience.com.

• Jewish World Watch offers its third annual Walk to End Genocide on Sunday, April 23 at the Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., S.W.) to show that “genocide is not a thing of the past” and to “take a step closer to a world without genocide.” Details at walktoendgenocide.org.

• The Moms Clean Air Force presents the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29 to “let Trump know that we won’t let him pollute the air and wreck the climate on our watch,” the event’s Facebook page says. Tickets and details at action.momscleanairforce.org.

• Resist D.C. plans its Protest Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, April 29 at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Trump has said he is not attending the event, but it appears the protest is still planned. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

The Workers March on Washington is Sunday, April 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for teachers, drivers, mechanics, nurses, cooks and anyone who feels their livelihood is threatened. “If you’re tired of working hard and not getting anywhere, if you feel the ‘American Dream’ is out of reach for most of us, come march with us,” its Facebook page says. Looks for the event on Facebook for details.

The Immigrants’ March will be held on Saturday, May 6 on the Mall to “show the world we will not be intimidated by the attacks on immigrants in our country and those seeking opportunity in the United States.” Local political consultant/activist Erick Sanchez is organizing. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

The LGBT March on Washington will be held on Capital Pride weekend on Sunday, June 11 at 10 a.m.

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HRC’s National Dinner is back

LGBTQ rights organization’s annual gala features Rhimes, Waithe, Bomer

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Actor Matt Bomer will be honored at the HRC National Dinner.

The Human Rights Campaign will host its annual National Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The dinner’s honorees include world-famous producers, actors and entertainers whose work spotlights the fight for civil rights and social justice, including Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe and Matt Bomer.

A new event, as part of the weekend, — the Equality Convention — will take place the night before the dinner on Friday, Oct. 13. The convention will showcase the power of the LGBTQ equality movement, feature influential political and cultural voices, and bring together volunteer and movement leaders from across the country to talk about the path ahead.
For more details about the weekend, visit HRC’s website.

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MLK Library to spotlight queer Asian writer

Trung Nguyen’s ‘The Magic Fish’ explored

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host “A Conversation with Trung Nguyen, Novelist” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Nguyen’s book, “The Magic Fish” explores the LGBTQ experience and dives deep into Asian heritage and culture. United States Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius will attend the event and introduce Nguyen.

Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: September 29-October 5

LGBTQ events in the days to come

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Friday, September 29

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 7 p.m. at DIK Bar. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, September 30

“September LGBTQ+ Climbing Day” will be at noon at Movement Columbia.  LGBTQ+ and ally people 5 and up are welcome to attend a fun day to try out climbing and some climbing games. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ+ folk.. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, October 1

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is ideal for those looking to make new friends & connections in the DMV’s LGBTQ+ community. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Monday, October 2

“Reign: A Variety Drag Show” will be at 8 p.m. at Dupont Italian Kitchen. Logan Stone will  host the event, featuring Dabatha Christie, Hennessey, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson, and Anamosity. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Tuesday, October 3

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ+ Social Mixer” at 5:30p.m. at Showroom. This event is a weekly cocktails and dinner social mixer for the LGBTQIA community in Frederick, MD. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, October 4

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit thedccenter.org/careers.

PRISM will host “LGBTQ+ History Tour & Happy Hour” will be at 5:30p.m. at Lafayette Square. Treasury Curator Jon Frederick will lead the group on an LGBTQ+ history tour of Lafayette Square. Thereafter, there will be happy hour at Trade at 1410 14th St NW. This event is free and details are available on Eventbrite

Thursday, October 5

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be more fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5:00 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 pm the day before.

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