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CALENDAR: March 22-28

Concerts, parties and events in the week to come

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Friday, March 22

Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.) hosts Desiree Dik’s Odd Ball tonight from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Odd Ball will feature odd drag performances that will include blood, burlesque and gross elements. Performers include Sasha Mann, Virya Shavasana and Buhnana Gunz. Desiree Dik hosts the show. Showtime is at 11 p.m. Cover is $5. For more information, visit facebook.com/slashrun.

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Phunked Up tonight from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Diyanna Monet and DJ StrikeStone will spin classic funk, disco, soul and more. No cover. For more details, visit facebook.com/trade.dc

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Ottermatic/Otterotica, a dystopian-themed party, tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $5. Grant hosts the party. Matt Strother and Scott M. Douglass will bartend for the night. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.

Gamma D.C., a support group for men in mixed-orientation relationships, meets at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) today from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The group is for men who are attracted to men but are currently, or were at one point, in relationships with women. For more information about the group, visit gammaindc.org

Saturday, March 23

The D.C. Boys of Leather host Spring is Hung at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The suggested dress code is gear or underwear. Guests wearing pastel gear or underwear will receive three free Jello shots. For more details, search “Spring is Hung” on Facebook. 

GLOE hosts Pride of Purim, a masquerade party, at Mission (1606 20th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear drag or other costume. There will be food and discounted drinks at a private bar. Anyone interested who would like to speak with a member of GLOE in advance can email GLOE Program Manager Ariel Weinstein at [email protected]. Tickets are $10 online and $15 in person. For more information, visit facebook.com/edcjcc.gloe.

D.C. Progressive Dinner presents SMYAL for Spring at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.) today from 2-5 p.m. The event will say goodbye to winter and welcome spring by supporting LGBT youth. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more details, visit smyal.org.

Church presents Midnight Mass at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Performers will include The House of Sonique with Chaz Sonique, Rigatoni, Butterknife Decadence and Sippi. DJ Jesse Jackson and WesstheDJ will play music for the night. Geneva Confectionn will host the party. For more information, visit facebook.com/trade.dc.

Millennial Pink, a party for transgender and queer people, is at the Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St., N.E.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Alex DB, Blaq Dinamyte, Buhanna Gunz, Chaz, Divoid and more will perform. For more details, visit facebook.com/millennialpinkdc.

The Ivy Project presents Gays Gone Wild, a spring break party, at RedRocks (1348 H St., N.E.) tonight from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Eletrox and DJ Milko will spin tracks. Britney Marie and Hellablond will perform. There will be beer bongs, beer pong and flip cup. For more information, visit facebook.com/ivyprojectdc.

D.C. Rawhides, a LGBT country western dance group, meets at Secrets/Ziegfelds (1824 Half St., S.W.) tonight with a lesson from 7-8 p.m. Open dancing is until 10:50 p.m. Cover is $5 until 9 p.m. and $10 after 9 p.m. For more details, visit dcrawhides.com.

Sunday, March 24

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Sunday Cruise, a weekly event, today from noon-2 a.m. There will be drink specials including $10 and $12 bottomless beer mugs, $3 off all whiskeys and bourbons and $5 Chivas Regal all day. All other drinks will be discounted $2 until 9 p.m. For more details, visit dceagle.com.

Monday, March 25

Ariana Grande brings her “Sweetener World Tour” to Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39.95-279.95. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Monday Night Skating, an LGBT skating group, hosts a St. Patricks’s Day skate at Laurel Skate Center (9890 Brewers Ct., Laurel, Md.) tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear shades of green. Activities will include the limbo, a congo line, a raffle with a door prize of a 90-minute massage and more. Visit facebook.com/mondaynightskating for more details. 

Tuesday, March 26

Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) hosts its National Dinner Kick-Off tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meeting will cover how interested participants can volunteer to be a part of the HRC National Dinner. For more information, visit hrcnationaldinner.org.

Wednesday, March 27

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Karaoke Wednesdays tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Karaoke night will be hosted by D&K Sounds. Drink specials include $3 rail cocktails and domestic drafts and $4 wines. For more details, visit dceagle.com.

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Womxn Crush Wednesday tonight from 6-10 p.m. This is a monthly happy hour for LBT and all female-identifying people. For more information, visit facebook.com/trade.dc.

The Washington Blade hosts 40 under 40: Queer Women of Washington Awards Reception at Google (25 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. Join the Blade, the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the Office of Women’s Policies and Initiatives as they celebrate 40 queer women who have made a difference in their community in political activism, business leadership, cultural innovation and more. Admission is free. For more details, visit facebook.com/washingtonblade.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations required and new comers welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.

Thursday, March 28

D.C. Lambda Squares hosts an open house at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit dclambdasquares.org.

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Mayor’s office offers tech training for trans job seekers

Program trans and non-binary individuals interested in building skills

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The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs in conjunction with BYTE BACK will offer a program titled “Transgender Pathway Project: a Free Top Notch Computer Training + Employment Readiness Program” for transgender and non-binary-identifying individuals interested in building essential skills in tech and earning the associated recognized certifications.

The program will offer opportunities to learn essential skills in computer foundations courses; obtain recognized Microsoft and CompTIA certifications; and get hired in an administrative or IT career job.

Admission to the program is competitive with priority given to career-seekers. To register, you must meet the eligibility requirements and pass an assessment test. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 202-903-3958. 

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Inaugural #RainbowRideDC set for June 26

Event to raise awareness, funds for HIPS

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The ANC Rainbow Caucus, GGWash, WABA, members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Lime will host the inaugural #RainbowRideDC on Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. 

The event will celebrate queer liberation history on a ride throughout the District and raise awareness and funds for HIPS, an organization that has promoted the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. 

To attend the event, please RSVP. Donations to HIPS can also be made on HIPS’s website.

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Md. civil rights commission hosts LGBTQ health event

Communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers’

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On Monday, June 28, the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights will host a virtual event titled “A Hidden Health Crisis: Health Disparities Facing the LGBTQ Community” to celebrate Pride month and “[stand] as allies and in support of the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community.”

The statement released by the commission reads, “Progress has been achieved in Maryland. Yet the arc of justice must continuously bend towards supporting all historically excluded communities, often while combating against intolerance.  In Maryland, LGBTQ+ communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers in almost every facet of their lives, including public health, employment, community safety and housing.’  Maryland must identify and address disparities.”

This free virtual event begins at 12 p.m. and registration is available on Eventbrite.

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