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Pride, Pride and more Pride with events running through mid-June

Heroes Gala, Interfaith Service, Latinx Pride, parade, festival and more planned



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Pride Month kicks off with plenty of events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia throughout June.

Port City Brewing Company (3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va.) hosts Priday Night with AGLA on Friday, June 1 from 3-11 p.m. DJ Laura Lopez will spin tracks. There will be outdoor games and activities. A portion of sales will be donated to AGLA. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Jackson 20 (480 King St., Alexandria, Va.) hosts Rainbow Doggy Happy Hour every Tuesday in June from 4-7 p.m. There will be pup-tinis and doggie treats for the dogs and happy hour cocktails for the owners. For more information, visit

CrossFit Hierarchy Ivy City (1516 Okie St., N.E.) hosts OUTWOD D.C., a charity workout event, on Saturday, June 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. No experience necessary. Proceeds will benefit the OUT Foundation’s LGBTQ scholarship for young adults and trans athletes. Registration is $30. For more details, visit

The first Reston Pride Festival takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church (1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston, Va.) on Saturday, June 2 from 2-6 p.m. The family-friendly event will include 35 booths and exhibits, presentations from local political and faith leaders and performers. Mama Celeste will serve as emcee and also perform. For more information, visit

The Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fe: Belleza Latinx as part of D.C. Latinx Pride at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 2 from 5-7 p.m. There will be a bilingual panel moderated by Jose Gutierrez, founder of Latino History Project and D.C. Latinx Pride. Panelists will include Alexa Rodriguez from TransLatina, Gia Martinez from NOVASalud, Paty Hernandez from Casa Ruby, Ale Moz from La Clinica del Pueblo and Jesse Martinez from LULAC Lambda. Rev. Dwayne Johnson; Rev. Cathy Alexander; Nancy Cañas, president of the project; Ryan Bos, executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance; Rev. Jorge Delgado; Rev. Alberto Jose Najera; and Mr. D.C. Latinx Pride 2018 Benicio Arena Rodriguez, will also make appearances. Free admission. For details, visit

Whitman Walker Health hosts the 2018 Pride Womxn Kickoff Celebration at Big Chief (2002 Fenwick St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 2 from 7-11 p.m. For details, visit whitman-walker/org/pride-womxns-party.

Tagg Magazine hosts its annual Pride Ladies Tea at Hank’s Oyster Bar (1624 Q St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 3 from 3-5 p.m. DJ Honey will play music. There will be happy hour drink specials, a special Pride Punch and food specials. No cover. For details, visit

The Latino GLBT History Project hosts Latinx LGBTQ History Tour starting in Adams Morgan at the corner of Columbia Road and 18th St., N.W. on Sunday, June 3 from 3-5 p.m. Board member Jose Gutierrez will lead the bilingual, free walking tour. The tour will stop by El Faro, the first D.C. Latinx bar, Salud Inc., one of the first D.C. Latino HIV/AIDS organizations and more. For more information, visit

Team D.C. presents Night Out at the Nationals at Nationals Park (1500 S Capitol St., S.E.) on Tuesday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. followed by the game at 7:10 p.m. Ticket sales proceeds benefit Team D.C.’s student-athlete scholarships. For more information, visit

The Latino GLBT History Project presents La Platica as part of D.C. Latinx Pride at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Tuesday, June 5 from 6-9 p.m. The event will have a panel of experts and resources for the older LGBT community on financial security, health and housing. There will be food and drinks. For more details, visit

Washington Blade and DC Brau host #PridePils Launch Yappy Hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 6 from 6-9 p.m. The event is the launch of the #PridePils beer can. For more information, visit

Taylor Gourmet (1908 14th St., N.W.) and Washington Blade present Drag Bingo Night, hosted by Bombalicious Eklaver and Ba’Naka, on Thursday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. New games will begin every 45 minutes. There will be prizes and complimentary Taylor Gourmet salads and cocktails. For more details, visit Facebook event page HERE.

The Capital Pride Heroes Gala is at 880 P (880 P St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Capital Pride Heroes include Gregory A. Cendana, Jesse Garcia, Patrick Grady, Jorge Hernandez and Samantha Master. Engendered Spirits honorees include Karen Kendra Holmes and Linda Roberts. Tickets range from $65-85. For more information, visit

The Latino GLBT History Project hosts D.C. Latinx Pride’s official dance party Bellez Latinx at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 7 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Joe El Especialista will play music. Cover is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, visit

Washington Blade presents comedian Sandra Bernhard at Shakespeare Theatre on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

D.C. Front Runners hosts its sixth annual D.C. Pride Run 5K at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. After the race, there will be a Finish Line Party with beer for race participants, a live DJ, entertainment and awards for the race’s top performers. This year’s race benefits the Team D.C. Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Wanda Alston Foundation, Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center and SMYAL. For registration details, visit

Bet Mishpachah holds its National Pride Shabbat on Friday, June 8 at Sixth & I Synagogue (600 I St., N.W.) starting with a happy hour at 6:15 p.m. The service starts at 7:15 p.m. Dinner, dessert and a stand-up set by Stacey Axler will follow starting at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for the meal. Service is free to attend without meal if desired. Details at

Capital Pride hosts its Crack of Noon Pride Brunch at Human Rights Campaign (1630 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be gourmet brunch tasting stations and complimentary mimosas and vodka drinks. Pride Parade grand marshals, Pride honorees and other Pride 2018 specials guests will attend. Tickets are $50. Guests must be 21 and over. For more information, visit

Washington Blade hosts Pride on the Pier at Wharf D.C. (1100 Main Ave., S.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from noon-3 p.m. The Pride Parade pre-party will feature specially-themed cocktails at a waterfront beer and wine garden and a live DJ. Admission is free. For more details, visit

The Capital Pride Parade kicks off at P and 23rd Streets N.W. and runs through 14th and R Streets on Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. A family area will be located on Stead Field and a block party with a beverage garden and entertainment will take place adjacent to the parade route. For details, visit

Washington Blade hosts Pride Parade Viewing Party at Studio Theatre  on Saturday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m.  For more details and tickets, visit

D.C. Black Pride hosts a pool party at Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards (1212 4th St., S.E.) on Saturday, June 9 from 7-10 p.m. There will be cocktails and a DJ spinning tracks. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

Capital Trans Pride hosts its second annual Trans Pride Pool Party at Vida Fitness (1612 U St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 7:30-11 p.m. Taylor Lianne Chandler and Consuella Lopez will host the event. Light food will be provided. The first 100 attendees will receive a free drink ticket. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more details, visit

LURe D.C. hosts Fuse, the Capital Pride main women’s event, at Biergarten Haus (1355 H St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 9 from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere and DJ Honey will play music. Drink specials run all night. Cover is $15. For more information, visit

The Capital Pride Festival takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue from 7th to 3rd Streets N.W. on Sunday, June 10 from noon-10 p.m. Exhibitors, including local community groups, businesses and organizations, will be on display from noon-7 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be open from noon-9:30 p.m. Entertainment runs from noon-10 p.m. and includes headlining acts Troye Sivan, Alessia Cara, MAX, Keri Hilson, Kim Petras and Asia O’Hara. The concert will be followed by the Sunset Dance Party from 8-10 p.m. Concert is free. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a private bar, complimentary beer and wine and more. VIP ticket proceeds benefit Capital Pride Alliance and LGBT partner organizations. For more information, visit

Center Faith hosts its 35th annual Capital Pride Interfaith Service at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The service’s theme will be “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Speakers will include the founders of the service Joe Pomper, Allan Armus and Charles Kenner. The LOVE Gospel Choir and Interfaith Community Choir will perform. Event is free. For more information, visit

Brentwood Gay Pride Day is Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Bartlett Park (4300 39th Pl., Brentwood, Md.). There will be a picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa and soft drinks. Guests are invited to bring a covered side dish to share. For more information, visit

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Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs screens ‘Eat With Me’

David Au’s directorial debut presented



In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DC Public Library, and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs host a screening of “Eat With Me” for May’s #DCQueerFlix on May 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Eat With Me,” David Au’s directorial debut, features the story of a mother and her gay son learning to reconnect while trying to keep their business afloat. The film offers a novel take on love, life, and food in the center of Los Angeles.

“Eat With Me” will be available on the Kanopy streaming service and is free for D.C. library patrons.

To register for this virtual event, visit the Eventbrite page.

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Virtual panel tackles Va. trans student policies

Equality Virginia event to dissect VDOE guidance



inclusive curricula, Frederick County School Board, transgender students, gay news, Washington Blade

Equality Virginia hosts a virtual panel focused on dissecting the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) newly released guidance concerning the treatment of transgender and non-binary youth in schools. This event will be on May 12 at 6 p.m.

Perspectives from LGBTQ youth, parents, legal experts, and community leaders will be shared to shed light on VDOE’s new policies set to go into effect during the 2021-2022 school year.

Event registration is available here.

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DC Asian Coalition centers stories of activism in DMV

Event commemorates API Heritage Month



The Friendship Archway in D.C.'s Chinatown.

To commemorate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Act to Change, AQUA DC, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Program join forces for a free virtual event that highlights stories of Asian American history and activism in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area on May 11 at 7 p.m.

The event will include discussions about the rise and fall of D.C.’s Chinatown, student activism that demanded Asian American studies at the University of Maryland, and intersections with other social movements.

Local Asian American community leaders and advocates will share anecdotes of their experiences and how their work persists today. Audience members will also be invited to participate as well.

To register, visit the Facebook event page.

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