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Celebrations galore planned in D.C. in coming days

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

D.C. gets into the spirit of Pride early with events occurring all over the city.

18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) hosts its D.C. Pride kickoff party on Saturday, June 3 from 2-6 p.m. Brock Thompson, Jonathan Shields and Beaumont Brackeen will guest bartend for the night. All tips benefit the Wanda Alston Foundation. DJ Thomas Hernandez spins tracks. Goldie Grigio hosts. There will be celebrity cocktails named after local members of the D.C. community. For more information, visit facebook.com/duplexdiner.

Story District hosts “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud” at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. Storytellers will share eight true stories based around the LGBT experience. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts. Storytellers include Mike Boyd, Elyse Hannah, Robin Katcher, among others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Purchase tickets at 930.com.

Mauther Project  hosts the official Capital Pride Women’s kickoff party in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m. There will be liquor and beer provided by Denizens Brewing Co. and Republic Restoratives. Latin and barbecue-style street food will be served. BOOMscat will DJ the dance party. All are welcome. General admission tickets are $15. Entry including two free drink tickets is $35. Tickets that include two entries, open bar and all-you-can-eat food is $150. For more details, visit whitman-walker.org/give/special-events.

Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fe: Resisting with Faith, the kick-off to the 11th annual D.C. Latino Pride, at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. The non-denominational faith service is for LGBT individuals and allies. For more information, visit facebook.com/latinoglbthistory.

River Tea D.C. hosts a tea dance on the Potomac at the Boomerang Party Yacht and Private Ship Company (1072 31st St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 4 from 4:15-6:30 p.m. The party cruise will feature a cash bar, music by DJ Say What? and a large, open upper-deck on the second level. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the dock. Boarding begins at 4:15 p.m. and the yacht will sail from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more details, visit facebook.com/riverteadc.

D.C. Brau and Washington Blade host #PridePils launch happy hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The event will celebrate the launch of the #PridePils beer can. There will be prizes for best rainbow or unicorn custom on your pet. For more details, visit washingtonblade.com/dcbrau.

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Want to dance for a good cause?

Artists Mercedes and Desto host a queer party

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“Herses- Purse Frist Extravaganza” will be on Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m. at 1835 14th St. N.W. This will be an evening of dancing and performances, hosted by HAUS of Bambi Award-winning Performance Artist, BUMPER. Refreshments are also available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Support HIV research with a drag show

Tara Hoot, Evry Pleasure, TrevHER to perform

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Tara Hoot performs at Cherry Sundays on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

El Techo will host, in partnership with Cherry Fund, a special edition of “Cherry Sundays” on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. 

This event is a one-day fundraising bottomless brunch. There will be performances by Evry Pleasure, Tara Hoot and TrevHER, with DJ Lemz. All tequila shot purchases will be donated to the Cherry Fund.

The Cherry Fund raises money for LGBTQ non-profits whose primary goal is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS with prevention, treatment and education, and mental health services.

The event costs $45, inclusive of bottomless brunch on margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys and Tecates.

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MAL kicks off Jan. 11 with Bootcamp

Mid-Atlantic Leather begins with party at Bunker

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MAL Weekend kicks off next week. (Image courtesy of Bunker)

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend arrives next week with a kickoff event Thursday, Jan. 11 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Bunker. Organizers at Kinetic promise a surprise drill sergeant who will whip you into shape. Joshua Ruiz DJs the event. This event is for VIP pass holders only; visit kineticpresents.com for details.

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