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PHOTOS: Gay Games Bid Rally

Speakers included Mayor Bowser and former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) speaks at a VIP reception before the 2022 Gay Games Bid Rally on the roof of the National Museum of the American Indian. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A rally supporting the bid for the 2022 Gay Games to be held in D.C. was held at the National Museum of the American Indian on June 28. Speakers included Mayor Muriel Bowser and former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Entertainment at the rally was provided by DJ Say What?, Cheer D.C., the D.C. Different Drummers, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington and the D.C. Front Runners. 2022 Gay Games, gay news, Washington Blade (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Miss Gay Maryland 2022

Amethyst Diamond crowned pageant winner

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Amethyst Diamond is crowned Miss Gay Maryland 2022 on Oct. 1 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Md. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The winners and alternates of Miss Glamour Girl, Miss Gay Freestate and Miss Gay Western Maryland competed for the title of Miss Gay Maryland America 2022 at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Special guest performers included Miss Gay Maryland 2021 Maranda Rights and Miss Gay America 2022 Dextaci.

Amethyst Diamond was crowned the winner with Dezi Minaj designated the first alternate. Both are eligible to compete in the Miss Gay America pageant in Little Rock, Ark. in January, 2023.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Virginia Pridefest

Richmond LGBTQ celebration held on Brown’s Island

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2022 Virginia Pridefest (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2022 Virginia Pridefest was held on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: SMYAL Fall Brunch

25th annual event raises money for LGBTQ youth services

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The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. was honored at the 2022 SMYAL Fall Brunch at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 25th annual SMYAL Fall Brunch was held at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Sept. 24. SMYAL, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, is a D.C.-area LGBTQ youth services organization.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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