June 21, 2017 at 1:00 am EDT | by Michael Key
Check It Enterprises opens its doors
Check It Enterprises, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) cut a red ribbon for the grand opening of Check It Enterprises in Southeast D.C. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Check It Enterprises held a grand opening in Southeast D.C. on Tuesday, June 20. Speakers at the event included Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.).

Check It is comprised primarily of LGBT youth of color — young men and women who were formerly members of what was known as the Check It street gang. They transformed the gang into a business enterprise that specializes in merchandizing fashion clothing with the help of D.C. youth advocate Ron Moten.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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