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LGBT vets honored Nov. 11

Annual Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Congressional Cemetery

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The annual Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at Congressional Cemetery. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The annual wreath laying for LGBT veterans is at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon. 

The ceremony will be held at the grave of Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich in the LGBT section of the cemetery. Sgt. Matlovich was a Vietnam veteran and in 1975 became the first service member to come out as gay. The annual wreath laying honors all LGBT individuals who have served in the U.S. as soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guardsmen. 

For more information, search “annual wreath laying for LGBT veterans” on Facebook. 

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Sports, dancing and drag in the days to come

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Events this week include country western dancing, United Night OUT and drag shows. (Washington Blade file photos)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Stonewall Kickball League Social and Registration

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 1
6-8 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

Meet up with other new players and team captains on the second floor of Number Nine for a registration event.


Sleaze: Hot, Innit?

Thursday, August 4
Doors 9 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10
Facebook

Sleaze is a monthly LGBTQ+ party blending the darker sides of disco with forward-thinking techno. Hennessey and Jane Saw perform with music provided by DJs Room 12, Lemx and KeenanOrr.


OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
Website

This year’s OutWrite Festival features 70 LGBTQ+ authors with a full weekend of readings, panels and workshops. All events are livestreamed free and open to the public.


Slay Them Drag Competition

Slay Them Drag Competition (Blade file photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, August 5
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Desiree Dik hosts the drag competition “Slay Them” at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Friday.


Trade Yard Sale

Saturday, August 6
2 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Trade participates in MidCity Dog Days 23rd annual Sidewalk Sale with its own yard sale on Saturday. Find some crafts, drag and art that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else!


United Night Out

United Night Out (Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

Saturday, August 6
6:30-10 p.m.
Audi Field
100 Potomac Avenue, S.W.
$30
Facebook

Join Team DC and the Federal Triangle Soccer Club for United Night OUT.


DC Rawhides: Country Dance

(Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Saturday, August 6
7 p.m.
North Hall, Eastern Market
225 7th Street, S.E.
$5
21+
Facebook

The DC Rawhides invite you for a night of country western dancing at Eastern Market.


Dawg Days of Summer Bar Night

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

The Highwaymen TNT of Washington, D.C. will take over the second floor of Uproar Lounge.


RuPaul’s Werq the World Tour

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
The Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue
National Harbor, Md.
Tickets

Does this need an explanation? Get your tickets while you still can! More information here.


Dirtee Disco: Green Lantern Underwear Party

Sunday, August 7
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Enjoy disco music at this underwear party on Sunday.

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Silver Pride to return after two-year hiatus

Free dance party hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts a dance party at Silver Pride next month. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Whitman-Walker Health and Team Rayceen Productions will join forces to host the return of Silver Pride on Monday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. at Studio Theatre. 

This event is to celebrate senior members of the LGBTQ community. This is a free dance party hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis. The celebration will include live music and an interactive exhibition featuring Whitman-Walker and Team Rayceen’s community partners.

To RSVP, visit Rayceen.com

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RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour to stop in D.C.

Queens to whisk fans on a magical journey through iconic periods of history

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(Image courtesy of Voss Events)

RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour, “WERQ THE WORLD” will be in the D.C. area on Saturday, Aug. 6 at The Theatre at MGM National Harbor. 

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” favorites Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanjie, Asia O’Hara, and Jaida Essence Hall, and season 14 finalists Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Daya Betty, and Jorgeous will be performing.

In this year’s live production, an experiment gone wrong sends audiences spiraling through time with no way of returning to 2022. The queens will whisk fans on a magical journey through iconic periods of history in hopes of returning them safely home.

Tickets start at $48 and can be purchased on Voss Events’ website.

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