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CALENDAR: March 22-28

Concerts, parties and events in the week to come



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Ariana Grande brings her “Sweetener World Tour” to Capital One Arena, (Photo courtesy Republic)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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


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Pride Run 5K nearly sold out

Front Runners annual event to be held at Congressional Cemetery



Front Runners Pride Run 5K (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sign up now to join the annual Front Runners Pride Run 5K. The event is 85 percent sold out. The event is Friday, June 7 at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers as they kick off Pride weekend 2024. When registering please consider donating to one of the event’s charity partners. This year’s race proceeds benefit local LGBTQ and disenfranchised youth organizations, including the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship, Wanda Alston Foundation, Blade Foundation, Ainsley’s Angels of America (National Capital Region), Pride365 and SMYAL. Visit to register or to donate.

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Civil rights commission to celebrate queer life

Panel discussion to discuss progress in LGBTQ rights



(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights will host “Celebrating Progress and Centering Joy” on Thursday, June 6 at 12 p.m. virtually.

This event is a virtual panel discussion, as the commission celebrates the progress in LGBTQIA+ rights and center joy within the community. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: May 17-23

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, May 17

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults! Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Speed Friending” at 7 p.m. at Puro Gusto. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ+ community, including Allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, May 18

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 judgment free. For more details, ​​visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, May 19

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, May 20

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “Out and About in Shirlington LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. at Palette 22. About 30 LGBTQ folk are expected. Palette 22 offers modern street food spanning the globe served in a bustling art studio & gallery atmosphere. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Tuesday, May 21

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Bi Roundtable 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. For more details, visit Facebook or Meetup

Wednesday, May 22

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is 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 — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Asexual and Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a space where people who are questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual and/or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences, and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, May 23

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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