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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 portcitybrewing.com/the-brewery/events.

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 jackson20restaurant.com.

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 outwod.com/events/outdc18.

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 uureston.org/reston-pride.

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 facebook.com/latinoglbthistory.

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 facebook.com/taggmagazine.

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 facebook.com/latinoglbthistory.

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 teamdc.org.

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 facebook.com/latinoglbthistory.

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 PridePils.com

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 facebook.com/capitalpridedc.

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 facebook.com/latinoglbthistory.

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

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 dcfrpriderun.com.

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 sixthandi.org.

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 facebook.com/capitalpridedc.

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 PrideOnThePierDC.com.

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 capitalpride.org/parade.

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 BladeFoundation.org/pride.

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 facebook.com/dcblkpride.

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 facebook.com/capitaltranspride.

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 facebook.com/lurewdc.

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 capitalpride.org/events/concert-2018.

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 thedccenter.org/events/prideinterfaithservice.

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 brentwoodmd.gov.

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Calendar: July 23-29

Events in the week to come

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‘Stepping OUT on Faith’ features speakers addressing their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed on the National Mall 1987. (File photo courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation)

Friday, July 23

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email [email protected].

“Trans Support Group” will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for transgender people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join in community and learn from one another.  All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce principles of respect, acceptance, and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome.

Saturday, July 24

The “Gay District Meeting” will be at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Gay District is a community-based organization focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity, awareness of community events and civil rights for gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and inter-sexed men between the ages of 18 and 35 in the D.C. metropolitan area. For more information, visit gaydistrict.org

Join the DC Center in volunteering at Food & Friends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 219 Riggs Road, N.E. Food and Friends prepares and delivers meals and groceries to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life challenging illnesses. Up to five volunteers are needed every month. If you need a ride from the Fort Totten Metro, call the Food and Friends shuttle at 202- 669-6437.

Sunday, July 25

“Crafternoons with Shop Made in DC!” will be at 12 p.m. at 1353 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Guests are encouraged to bring a project or come and make one at Shop Made in DC’s classroom table. There will be various art supplies available. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, July 26

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or website.

Tuesday, July 27

Join Center Faith for Intersectional Faith Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this Forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. For more information, visit Center Faith’s Facebook page.

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

Wednesday, July 28

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Friendship Place’s LGBTQ+ will host the final session of a free webinar series titled “Advocacy, Resistance, and LGBTQ+ Resilience” at 12 p.m. This event will be a panel conversation focused on the vital work of advocacy and resistance to ensure access and rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The panel will also touch on the importance of self-care in the work of advocacy and resilience that comes from community. For more information, visit capitalpride.org.

Thursday, July 29

“Queer Book Club” will be at 7 p.m. via Skype. This month’s book discussion will be “Black Boy Out of Time” by Hari Ziyad. If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected]

The Mayor’s Office will host a “Veterans Roundtable” on Thursday, July 29 at 12 p.m. This event aims to connect the District’s veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. 

It will be an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the veteran or their family in a positive capacity.

The event will be hosted in person and will highlight BIPOC Veteran Mental Health Awareness with speakers from the DC VA Medical Center. For more information, visit Eventbrite.

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Calendar: July 16-22

Events in the week to come

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Friday, July 16

The National Museum of African Art will reopen its doors today. Visitors will be able to engage with African art and history dating back centuries. The National Museum of African Art provides a comprehensive look at the history of expressions on the African continent, using a fascinating creative lens. For information regarding hours and entry, visit the museum’s website.

Friday Tea Time and social for older LGBTQ adults will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. For access to the Zoom link, email: [email protected].

Saturday, July 17

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ people of color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgement free. There will be many activities including watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc

Khush DC will host a South Asian LGBTQ Support Group at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for South Asian-identified LGBTQ individuals to come and talk about anything affecting them. It’s a secure, judgement-free environment to discuss relationships, sexuality, health, well-being, identity, culture, religion, and many other topics. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Sunday, July 18

The DC Center and Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will have a peer-led Black Lesbian Support Group at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This support group will discuss the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. You do not need to be a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter or the Beta Phi Omega Sorority in order to join, but they do ask that you either identify as a lesbian or are questioning that aspect of your identity. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Monday, July 19

Genderqueer DC support group will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. All those who identify as bigender, agender, genderfluid, or are not 100% cisgender are welcome to attend. For more information visit genderqueerdc.org or Genderqueer DC’s Facebook

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-in will be at 10 a.m. at the DC Center. LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited for friendly conversations and current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information visit Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, July 20

Center Faith will host Interfaith Intersectional Forums at 7 p.m. online. In this forum, attendees will hear from panelists who participated in the LGBT history event “Stepping OUT on Faith” in 2014. These pioneers will speak about their interfaith spiritual experiences of the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the Names Project Foundation displayed on the National Mall 1987 that led to establishing Center Faith. To sign up to watch the livestream, visit: facebook.com/centerfaith

The Center Bi monthly round table will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is an opportunity for people to gather in order to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as Bi individuals in a private setting. Visit Center Bi’s Facebook or Meetup for more information.

Wednesday, July 21

Join the DC Center for its virtual job club, a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Join BookMen DC for an informal discussion of gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction). Attendees mostly live in or near D.C., but a few members bring a breath of fresh air to meetings from outside the Beltway. Visitors to D.C. are always welcome to drop in and join the discussion. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 22

The DC Anti-Violence Project will have an open meeting on Zoom at 7 p.m. The primary mission of the DC Anti-Violence Project is to reduce violence against LGBT individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education, and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. The DC Anti-Violence Project also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support. To access the Zoom link, email [email protected].

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BMA’s ‘Now is the Time’ exhibition closing soon

‘Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection’ to run through July 18

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The Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Now is the Time: Recent Acquisitions to the Contemporary Collection” exhibition will run until Sunday, July 18. 

The exhibition offers an insightful snapshot of the BMA’s curatorial effort, led by Asma Naeem, Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, and Katy Siegel, Senior Programming and Research Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University, to identify artists deserving of greater scholarly research and public attention, placing the highest priority on those artists who are also women, Black, Indigenous, self-trained, and/or have connections to Baltimore.

For more information regarding “Now is the Time,” visit the BMA’s website.

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