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D.C. Black Pride is Memorial Day weekend

Seminars, parties, concerts, picnics and more on packed schedule



Black Pride, gay news, Washington Blade
D.C. Black Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

Us Helping Us Picnic in the Park at Fort Dupont Park (Washington Blade photo by Hugh Clarke)

The 27th annual D.C. Black Pride is at various locations in town May 25-29.

Black Pride’s 2017 theme is “The Ties That Bind: Twenty Seven Years of Black Pride,” in celebration of the strong bonds within the LGBT community. On Thursday, May 25 there will be an HIV/AIDS Town Hall, a sexual health seminar, at the Grand Hyatt Washington from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. Lunch is included.

Unleashed D.C. hosts “Welcome 2 D.C.,”a ladies happy hour, at Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) with music by DJ L Stackz and DJ Jai Syncere. Admission is free before 8 p.m. and $7 after. “The Jump Off: Wet Dreamz Reloaded,” a men’s dance party, is at Stone Fish Lounge (1708 L St., N.W.) from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is $10 before 11 p.m. DJ Sedrick spins.

On Friday, May 26, there will be an opening reception at the Grand Hyatt (1000 H St., N.W.) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.LGBTQ Speed dating and networking will follow from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Omega Entertainment hosts “The Annual 5,000 Men Pride Mega Party” at Bliss Nightclub (2122 24th Pl., N.E.) from 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m. R&B singer K. Michelle will perform.

On Saturday, May 27 there will be the Grown Folks Speak Out 2017, a discussion about growing older in the black LGBT community, at the Grand Hyatt from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. There will also be workshops throughout the day including resume writing and interview prep, overcoming hurt in the black church, understanding the trans-attracted man and more. A film festival, screening films such as “Moonlight” and “Check It,” runs from 2-7:15 p.m. Omega Entertainment hosts “The Grandiose Fantasy Mega Pride Party” at the Washington Marriott (2660 Woodley Rd., N.W.) from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. featuring a live performance by Lil Kim.

There will be an interfaith worship service with guest speaker Pastor Mitchell Jones on Sunday from 9-11 a.m.  at the Grand Hyatt. D.C. Black Pride Brunch is at Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave., N.W.)  from noon-6 p.m. with unlimited food and mimosas. Admission is $40.

On Monday, the annual Us Helping Us Picnic in the Park will be at Fort Dupont Park (3600 Minnesota Ave., S.E.) from noon-7 p.m. There will be food and live performances. Admission is free.

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Virginia Queer Film Festival to debut

Inaugural event to hold screenings at ODU’s University Theater



(Screen capture via Virginia Queer Film Festival YouTube)

The inaugural Virginia Queer Film Festival will start on Wednesday, June 14 on the campus of Old Dominion University at the University Theater.

More than 35 films, including short packages, features and documentaries, will be screened. In addition to the films, there will be filmmaker talkbacks, educational workshops and opening and closing ceremonies.

Tickets are available on the festival’s website.

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Local tavern showcases queer songwriters

Quarry House Tavern to feature indie rock singers



Kym Register and the Meltdown Rodeo live at Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, Tenn on Aug. 23, 2022. (Screen capture via Southern Punk Archive YouTube)

Three queer singers and songwriters will perform on Saturday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. at Quarry House Tavern.

Indie rock singers Kym Register & Meltdown Rodeo, Tami Hart and Evil will perform. Evil, whose “depressed queer country” songs have been featured on Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” will open the show.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased in Quarry House’s website.

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Calendar: June 9-15

LGBTQ events in the weeks to come



Friday, June 9

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more information, email [email protected]

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area and a great way to make new friends and meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. For more details, join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

Saturday, June 10

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, 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.

Universal Pride Meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. For more details, email email [email protected] or the group’s facilitator [email protected]

Sunday, June 11

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Social” at 4 p.m. at Puro Gusto Cafe. This event is ideal for meeting new people and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

“Pride Tea Dance” will be at 1 p.m. at Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar. This event for women-identified and non-binary individuals will include cocktails like the Sbagliato and beer from local queer-owned Denizens Brewery, and food from queer-owned La Buena Empanadas. DJ Diyanna Money will also perform a set. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Monday, June 12

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

“Reign: A Drag Variety Show” will be at 8 p.m. at Dupont Italian Kitchen. Winners of Dupont Dynasty will perform, including Dabatha Christie, Hennessey, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson, and Anamosity. The event will be hosted by Logan Stone. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Tuesday, June 13

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for trans people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more details, visit the Coming Out Discussion Group Facebook page

Pride Interfaith Service will be at 7 p.m. at the Community Church of Washington, D.C. This event is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of our faith, exposing the lie that anti-gay fundamentalists have a monopoly on faith and religion. For more details, visit the DC Center’s website.

Wednesday, June 14

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

“Painting for Pride with Laya Monarez” will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This class will be led by local artist Laya Monarez, and guests will learn about watercoloring techniques, be given a demonstration, and will create their own watercolor pieces. To RSVP, visit the DC Center’s website.  

Thursday, June 15

Poly Group Discussion will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. For more details, email [email protected]

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