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Next weekend jam packed with Capital Pride, protest march and more



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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

It’s all Pride, all the time next weekend in D.C.

Victory Institute hosts Congressional Pride Reception at Rayburn House Office Building (50 Independence Ave., S.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, GLASS and the LGBT Congressional Staff Association will celebrate Pride in the foyer of the Rayburn building. Refreshments will be provided. For more details and to RSVP, visit

Capital Pride hosts its Rooftop Pool Party at Vida Fitness at the Yards (1212 Fourth St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $30. Admission includes two free drink tickets and light appetizers. For more information, visit

Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fiesta: “La Resistencia,” a Latinx LGBT dance party, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 8 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The party will honor past Project queens and will feature community performances. DJ El Especialista will spin tracks. Event is 18 and over. Admission is $10 at the door or online. For more details, visit

Uproar Lounge & Restaurant hosts Happy Pride Week, an extended happy hour, on Friday, June 9 from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. For more information, visit

The Dirty Goose (913 U St., N.W.) hosts Ladies of Pop: Pride Edition on Friday, June 9 from 5 p.m.-3 a.m.There will be surprise drink specials all night. Music playlist will be the biggest hits from pop divas. For more information, visit

D.C. Front Runners hosts its sold-out Pride Run & Walk 5K at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. There will be a Finish Line Party following the run. For more details, visit

The Washington Blade hosts Kate Clinton’s stand-up comedy show “Knock! Knock! Who’s There? Zombie Apocalypse!” at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) on Friday, June 9 from 7-8 p.m. VIP tickets are $100 and include front-row seating and a meet and greet. General admission tickets range from $40-60. For more information, visit

Capital Pride and Brightest Young Things hosts the official Pride 2017 opening party, Rainbow Resistance, at the Rainbow Warehouse (1585 New York Ave., N.E.) on Friday, June 9 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The “Star Wars”-themed party will feature live performances from Tiffany, Ultra Naté and Cupcakke. DJ Will Eastman, DJ Lemz and DJ Rosie will spin tracks. Tickets are $30. Day-of tickets will be available. For more information, visit

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Otter Crossing Pride on Friday, June 9 from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.Bright Light Bright Light will headline the event. Cover is $10. A portion of proceeds will benefit Immigration Equality. For more details, visit

DCMJ hosts Cannabis Pride All-Nighter at Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Circle, N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 at 9 a.m. until Sunday, June 11 at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event will feature speakers, DJs and a Liberty Pole to support cannabis pride. For more information, visit

Capital Pride Parade kicks off at 22nd Street and P Street on Saturday, June 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The route travels through the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The parade will include Capital Pride Heroes, Engendered Spirit awardees, floats, walkers, dancers, entertainment, politicians and more. There will be a Pride Parade VIP viewing stand on the corner of 14th Street and P Street. VIP tickets are $25. For more details, visit

Capital Pride Block Party will be on 15th Street N.W. between P Street and Church Street on Saturday, June 10 from 4-10 p.m. There will be a beer garden, food and entertainment. Entry is free. For more information, visit

Resist This hosts No Justice No Pride: D.C. Day of Action, a day of multiple events in resistance of Capital Pride, on Saturday, June 10. Direct Action March will be from 9 a..m.- 1 p.m. Location is to be determined. The Night March will follow that evening from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. on 18th Street. Resist This and Trans Women of Color Collective host QT Night of Healing and Resistance at the Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd., N.W.) from 7-10 p.m. There will be food, art, entertainment and an open mic for people to share their talents or reflections. For more details, visit

Capital Pride hosts Crack of Noon Pride Brunch at the Showroom (1099 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Crack of Noon Pride Brunch is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It includes a brunch buffet, open bar and meet and greet with Pride VIPs. Liquid Brunch is from 1-4 p.m. and features an open bar, light food and entertainment. DJ Matt Bailer will play music. Both events include bottomless champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys, cocktails and beer. Crack of Noon Brunch is $105 and includes access to the Liquid Brunch. Liquid Brunch tickets range from $70-80. For more information, visit

Lure D.C. hosts Fuse: Capital Pride’s Main Women’s Event, at the Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere, DJ Tezrah and DJ Elet()x will play music. The DystRucXion Dancers will perform with special guest Fierce Collabo. Drink specials all night. Admission is $15. For more information, visit

Distrkt C hosts a two-day music festival and dance party at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). On Saturday, June 10 the party is from 10 p.m.-8 a.m. DJ Jared Conner, DJ Joe Gauthreaux and DJ Grind will play music. Inaya Day will perform. On Sunday, June 11, doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a live concert outside with Crystal Waters, Kristine W and Kim English at 8:30 p.m. Amuka will perform inside at 10 p.m. DJs for the day evening include DJ Billy Carroll, DJ X Gonzalez, DJ Twisted Dee Martello and more. Ms. Brittany Lynn hosts both days. Saturday tickets are $80 and Sunday tickets are $85. Two-day passes are $150. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Mixtape hosts its Pride Party at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 10 from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Shea Van Horn and DJ Matt bailer will play a mix of indie dance, electronic and house. Cover is $15. Event is all ages. For more details, visit

The Equality March for Unity and Pride is on Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The route begins on I Street and 17th Street N.W. and will head south on 15th Street N.W. to Constitution Avenue.The march ends on the National Mall at Seventh Street N.W. Line-up begins at 9 a.m. on I Street between 14th Street and 17th Street. For more details, visit

Capital Pride Festival is on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between Third Street and Seventh Street N.W. on Sunday, June 11 from noon-7 p.m. There will be 300 exhibitors featuring local and community groups, businesses, food vendors and more. Exhibit hours are from noon-7 p.m. The Capital Pride concert will feature performances from Miley Cyrus, the Pointer Sisters, Tinashe and VASSY. Concert hours are from 1-9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Capital Pride hosts its free Sunset Dance Party in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday, June 11from 8-9:45 p.m. DJ Tracy Young will play electronic music. For more details, visit

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence holds a candlelight vigil to remember Pulse at the fountain in Dupont Circle (1 Dupont Circle, N.W.) on Monday, June 12 from 7-8 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own candle as there will be a limited supply. For more information, visit

Team D.C. hosts Night Out at the Nationals versus the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park (1500 S Capitol St., S.E.) on Tuesday, June 13 from 7:05-10:05 p.m. Happy hour begins at 4 p.m. and pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $28. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Team D.C.’s Student-Athlete Scholarships. For more information, visit

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  1. joe salazar

    June 2, 2017 at 9:23 am

    God forgive you all gays for the detestable things you sick people do against God your creator and may God forgive our country for our past leaders permitting these detestable things to go on in the United States of America.

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Must-attend events in D.C. this fall

Mix of in-person and virtual exhibits, brunches, and more



fall LGBT virtual events, Washington Blade
SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir addresses the crowd at the 2018 Fall Brunch. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Last year, the pandemic forced many event planners to cancel their projects or move everything entirely online. However, this year, with the number of vaccinated people increasing and the mask mandate in place, events are slowly returning to the in-person format. Check out the list below for a good mix of both in-person and virtual events to watch out for this fall:

Smithsonian Associates will be hosting “Palestinian Embroidery 101: The Tatreez Sampler Series” on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. This online event teaches the art of Palestinian embroidery including the basic Palestinian cross-stitch and how to create a tatreez sampler, using Aida cloth fabric. The class will be taught by Wafa Ghnaim who began her training in embroidery with her mother at age 2. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information.

Join Capital Pride Alliance virtually to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. This event will focus on “[supporting] the continuous fight for full inclusion for transgender and intersex servicemembers.” Keynote speakers include former Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, and Jennifer Dane, Air Force veteran and Executive Director of the Modern Military Association of America. Guests will get to hear extraordinary stories from service members of all branches and learn more about the fight for the codification of transgender military service and the effort to lift the ban on service for intersex individuals and folks living with HIV. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

The 2021 LGBTQ Intergenerational Symposium will be on Thursday, Sept. 23. This is a free two-day virtual event sponsored by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Villages and is open to LGBTQ individuals and allies of all ages. There will also be a virtual kickoff for attendees, speakers, and organizations that are involved to get to know each other. Each day will include two health and wellness sessions, one panel, and breakout session.

The Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host New Vistas in Astronomy: Imaging a Black Hole on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. This event will celebrate the 51st year of the New Vistas in Astronomy lecture series at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO). There will be speakers from across the many scientific divisions of the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian led by founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Shep Doeleman. 

DC Front Runners will host its 40th anniversary party on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 3 p.m. This event will be held outside on the large roof deck. Tickets for this event are $35 and cover two drinks, passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. You are welcome to open a tab at the bar after your drink tickets have been used. Drink tickets for paid attendees will be available starting mid-September at the runs, and also available day of the event by contacting Josh Yankovic. More information about this event is available on DC Front Runners’ website.

All Things Go and the Capital Pride Alliance are joining forces to launch “Club Pride”, a third stage and dance party at the All Things Go Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This all-day event will feature special intimate artist performances, DJ sets, special guests and more throughout the day. Access to Club Pride is included with all festival tickets. Club Pride is located at Merriweather Post Pavilion’s 9:32 Stage. For more information, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Capital Pride Alliance will host the first ever “Colorful Fest” that will include a block party and street fair on Sunday, Oct. 17. The Street Fair will feature small independent businesses, community groups, artisans, and food along 15th Street. The Block Party will include entertainment, an As You Are Bar pop-up, and dancing throughout the day for guests 21 and over. For more details, visit Capital Pride Alliance’s website.

Smithsonian Associates presents “The Philosophical Thought of Thomas Aquinas” on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will be hosted online and Aquinas scholar Gregory T. Doolan will explore Aquinas’s philosophical thought. Thomas Aquinas’s work presents one of Western civilization’s most comprehensive philosophical systems. Although a theologian by profession, this man of faith dedicated much of his vast writings to discerning what the human mind can learn independently of faith. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website. 

“SMYAL’s Annual Fall Brunch” will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis. This event ​​includes a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of the LGBTQ community’s most inspiring leaders. This event will bring together LGBTQ individuals and allies, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day. For more information, visit SMYAL’s website.

DC Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) will host “Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing Company. At this social hour, DCATS will be accepting binder donations and will also give out needles to those who are in need. All partners and friends are required to be accompanied by a transmasculine individual. The event is reservation-only, and you can RSVP online on Eventbrite. 

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Arts & Entertainment

Lil Nas X heads up new role at Taco Bell

The 22-year-old musical artist, now riding the success of two global No. 1 hits was an hourly wage earner as part of a Taco Bell team in 2017



Lil Nas X (Screenshot courtesy of Taco Bell)

The iconic American fast-food chain serving Mexican-inspired fare such as tacos, quesadillas and nachos has a new pitchman, former Taco Bell employee and now Grammy award winning rapper & singer-songwriter Lil Nas X, (real name Montero Lamar Hill).

In an announcement Monday, Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell commented that “Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” King added; ““This unique partnership will deliver on more than just marketing, allowing us to tap into the genius of Lil Nas X to inspire our team members and align with our commitment to unlocking opportunities for young people.”

As a cultural icon with an insider’s perspective on the Taco Bell team member experience, Lil Nas X has been appointed the title of ‘Chief Impact Officer,’ a newly created role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience from the inside out.

The 22-year-old musical artist, who catapulted to fame and now is riding the success of two global No. 1 hits in “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” was an hourly wage earner as part of the Taco Bell team at an Atlanta-area restaurant in 2017.

Two years later as a successful up and coming musical artist, on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, he came out publicly as gay tweeting: “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨”

(Courtesy of Taco Bell)

In today’s announcement the company acknowledged his ascendency to artistic celebrity as well as his sexual orientation.

Back in 2017, Lil Nas X laid down roots working at an Atlanta-area Taco Bell as a team member and less than five years later he’s ascended to stardom by defying conventions, charting his own course and remaining authentically true to himself – all things that Taco Bell stands for in its own way.”

As part of his new role, Lil Nas X will support the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission and help announce awards to recipients of the Live Más scholarship to enable them to pursue their creative passions. The Taco Bell Foundation breaks down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders.

Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in Live Más Scholarships and grants to youth-serving nonprofit organizations focused on education and career readiness.

The artist’s “expertise in understanding social media and youth culture alongside his skills in creating great music makes this partnership with Taco Bell exciting, brave and one of the most innovative campaigns I’ve had the pleasure of creating,” said Jennifer Frommer, senior vp brand partnerships & commercial sync at Columbia Records.

As one of his first initiatives, Lil Nas X will make a cameo in Taco Bell’s breakfast campaign, which kicks off today, as the brand brings its breakfast offerings back to approximately 90% of restaurants nationwide by mid-September.

According to music industry trade magazine Billboard, in June, the rapper revealed his highly anticipated first full-length album would be “coming soon,” though a release date has not been announced.

Lil Nas X x Taco Bell:

From the press release:

As a brand known for its late night Fourth Meal, Taco Bell is celebrating fans who begin craving and planning for their morning meal in the evening to remind them that Taco Bell breakfast awaits come morning.

Breakfast, In Bedtime Stories – Toasted Breakfast Burritos (Commercial) |Taco Bell:

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Music & Concerts

Erasure’s ‘Neon Tour’ coming to The Anthem

Features out lead Andy Bell



Erasure (Photo courtesy of The Anthem)

Erasure will play The Anthem on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band features lead singer Andy Bell who is openly LGBTQ and HIV positive.

Tickets cost between $69.50 and $89.50. Super Excellent Seats are non-transferable. The ID of the original purchaser must be presented to pick up the tickets, and also, Super Excellent Seats will be made available for will call pick up no earlier than 30 minutes prior to doors. 

For more information, visit The Anthem’s website.

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