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Calendar: June 7-13

Parties, meetings and events in the week to come



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There are more events in D.C. this week beyond Capital Pride.

Friday, June 7

Go Gay D.C. is hosting is hosting a Pride Happy Hour Social at Pinzimini Lounge (801 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Go Gay D.C., Metro DC’s LGBTQ Community Hub, is the newest sensation focused on friendship, leadership and service. It’s designed as a civic booster to foster gay community spirit. All are welcome to the social to enjoy the cash bar and meet new people. There is no cover charge and casual attire is appropriate. For more information and to register, visit

The Washington Blade is teaming up with Barry’s Bootcamp D.C. (1345 19th St., N.W.) to host Dupont After Dark Pride Class tonight at 8 p.m. The class will feature a live DJ Pride theme and the 2019 D.C. Brau Pride Pils cans that benefit the Blade Foundation and SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). The Blade Foundation’s mission is to fund enterprise journalism projects focused on LGBTQ and other underrepresented communities and to create scholarships for LGBTQ journalists. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, June 8

The Jung Society of Washington will host its In Defense of Anger workshop today at 10 a.m. at the American University (4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) in the Butler Boardroom. It will feature guest speaker John Hill, a Jungian scholar, who will teach attendees how to “embrace the dark aspects of survival.” Tickets are $75. To register, visit

Celebrate Ireland at D.C. Pride 2019 is today from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Embassy & Consulates of Ireland USA (2234 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.). Ireland became the first country to have a public vote in favor of marriage equality back in 2016. This year the Embassy will join in celebrating Pride and Irish Pride as well. Irish musicians and dancers are being requested to showcase their talents the day of. To register,

Sunday, June 9

Annapolis Pride is hosting a Drag Brunch: Show Us Your Pride event today at 12:30 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage (31 West St., Annapolis, Md.). The show will feature Victoria D. Bohmore and Miss Gay United States 2010 winner, Adrianna P T Fuentes. Annapolis Pride will have a table at Capital Pride and have its parade on Saturday, June 29. To purchase tickets, visit

Republic Restorative (1369 New York Ave., N.E.) is having a Not the White House PRIDE Party today at its distillery from noon-4 p.m. They’ll be drinking and celebrating TransLAW (Trans Legal Advocates of Washington) and LGBT44, the unofficial network of Obama administration LGBTQ alumni. The event will include DJ Tezrah and food from the gay-owned BBQ Bus. Reproductive Restorative is D.C.’s only women and LGBTQ-owned distillery. Tickets are $20 and all profits go to TransLAW. To purchase, visit

Monday, June 10

Yoga for Every Body is headed to the Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE Hotel D.C. (1770 Euclid St. N.W.) in support of Pride month tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. This class is designed for people of color, LGBTQ+ people and anyone who has ever felt out of place. Ben Takai will instruct the class with the understanding that this space is intentionally created to serve the community. Yoga for Every Body is a safe space for marginalized people to find stillness in the mind and strength in the body. For more information, search Yoga for Every Body D.C. on Facebook. 

Diversity Declaration will hold a diversity matters planning meeting tonight at the Women’s National Democratic Club (1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.) from 6:15-7:30 p.m. The meeting will cover planning upcoming actions supporting candidates championing diversity and inclusion in 2019 and 2020. Diversity Declaration is a group of concerned citizens who believe America’s strength lies in its diversity. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 11

Desiree Dik is hosting drag BINGO tonight at Red Bear Brewing Co. (209 M St., N.E.) starting at 7 p.m. The night will include six games with plenty of drinks and prizes. Red Bear Brewing Co. hosts drag bingo every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, visit

Equality March for Unity and Pride is hosting Queer Resistance Bootcamp Day of Action at Calvary Baptist Church (755 8th St., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The bootcamp will provide practical education the LGBTQ movement, tools to resist backward policies and opportunities to connect local and national allies. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is about mobilizing LGBTQ communities, loved ones and allies with particular focus on those who have been actively silenced and neglected. For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 12

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club will be playing duplicate bridge games and newcomers are welcomed. The group hosts games every first and third Wednesday of the month and serves gay bridge players. No reservation is required. To find a partner, call 202-841-0279. 

Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Trio Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.). Members will discuss the book “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer which follows a gay man through his romantic relationships. It was the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction. Newcomers are always welcomed to join the group. For more information and to register, email [email protected]

Thursday, June 13

The D.C. Eagle’s (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) Blackout Thursdays are back tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Happy Hour ends at 9 p.m. with $2 off every drink, $10 bottomless Bud and $12 bottomless draft beers. For more information, visit

The National Law Enforcement Museum (444 E St., N.W.) presents the Stonewall Riots: 50 years of Change for Law Enforcement and LGBT Community event tonight at 7 p.m. The event will include panelist to give more information on the riots and discuss how the relationship has changed since then. Lt. Brett Parson who manages the Metropolitan (DC) Police Department’s LGBT Liaison Unit will also attend. The National Law Enforcement Museum dynamically engages the audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. The event is free with admission to the museum. For more information, visit


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History conference to explore D.C.’s complicated past

Queer icon William Dorsey Swann remembered



Excerpt from the National Star on Jan. 13, 1896. (Image courtesy of the National Archives)

The DC History Center, DC Public Library and HumanitiesDC will join forces to host the 49th Annual DC History Conference with a series of panels beginning on Thursday, March 23 and ending on Saturday, March 25 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The program will feature more than 100 presenters across 25 sessions, panels, and presentations that focus on disenfranchisement, Black women’s experience under slavery, displacement, and the fight for disability rights, among others. 

On Friday, March 24, there will be a panel titled “Swann Queen: Remembering DC’s first Black Queer Icon, William Dorsey Swann” taking place at 10:15 a.m. Following that, other panels of interest to the LGBT community on Saturday, March 25 include: “The Repersaissance: Honoring DC’s First and Last Professional Black Theater Company” at 10:15a.m., “Queer Rights, Policing, and Public Activism in Lafayette Park As told through the history of the Lafayette Park Lodge” at 11:45 a.m., and “The LGBTQ Significance of Lucy Diggs Slowe: African American Educational Leader” at 3:30 p.m.”

For more information, visit the conference’s website.

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Calendar: March 24-30

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, March 24

Center Aging Monthly Lunch and Yoga will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Lunch will be held in the atrium at the Reeves Center. To RSVP, visit the DC Center’s website.

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties will meet at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a social discussion group for queer women in the Washington, D.C. area and a great way to make new friends and meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. For meeting updates join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans* people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Saturday, March 25

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 pm the day before.

Black Lesbian Support Group will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This is a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black Lesbian. For more details, email [email protected]

Sunday, March 26

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to meet new faces in the LGBTQ community. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.  

Go Gay DC will host “Drag Show for Charity” at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Tips to the drag performers will benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center, which feeds those in need by providing dignified access to nutritious supplemental groceries. Tickets are free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, March 27

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Queer Book Club will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This club to discuss queer books by queer authors. The book to read for this meeting is The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, March 28

Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This peer-facilitated discussion group is a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. For more information, visit Facebook

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This support group is for people who identify outside of the gender binary, whether bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just not 100% cis. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, March 29

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

Comedy & Cocktails – Open Mic Wednesdays will be at 7:30 p.m. at Pure Lounge. This event is an open mic featuring comedians from the DMV. There will be drinking games, free prizes and music by DJ K-OZ. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

Thursday, March 30

“Wasted & Gay Thursdays” will be at 9 p.m. at Wasted Lounge. The event will be hosted by Nelly Nellz and there will be a music performance by DJ Ro. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, dancing and kite flying among highlights



Events this week include, from left, an AGLA/Go Gay DC-sponsored Drag Show for Charity at Freddie's Beach Bar, Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy party, and Bombalicious Eklaver brings her show to Cambria Rooftop. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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.

Drag Queen Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, March 21
7 p.m.
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, N.W.
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Tara Hoot leads a game of trivia at Slash Run on Tuesday.

Daddy Issues

Wednesday, March 22
9 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.
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Crystal Edge leads the weekly drag show at Kiki on Wednesday.

DC Boys of Leather – March Happy Hour

Thursday, March 23
6-9 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Grab your gear and make your way to Trade for the March Happy Hour of the DC Boys of Leather.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, March 24
8 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Citrine leads the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Party at JR.’s Bar on Friday.

Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy! Blacklight-Glow Paint Party

Friday, March 24
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover

Kicks & Giggles bring you a glow-tastic time on Friday with a blacklight-glow paint party at the Green Lantern. There is a clothes check and there are free rail drinks if you are painted with glow paint between 9 and 10 p.m.

Good Times (Disco House Party)

Friday, March 24
11 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10 advance / $15 door
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Cake Pop! and DJ Matt Bailer entertain on Friday with a feel good Disco House Party at DC9 Nightclub.

Candela! UPROAR’s Latinx Party

Saturday, March 25
9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.

UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant hold a Latinx party on Saturday with a performance by Ivanna V Love.

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival (Photo by 3000ad/Bigstock)

Saturday, March 25
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington Monument
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The annual kite festival is back on Saturday by the Washington Monument.

Cambria Drag Brunch

Sunday, March 26
11 a.m.
Rooftop Cambria Capital Riverfront
69 Q Street, S.W.

Bombalicious Eklaver leads a fun drag brunch on Sunday with performers Jalah, Nadia and Amara. $35 covers the buffet and show, but bring your dollar bills to show your support to the performers.

Drag Show for Charity

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, March 26
8-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

AGLA and Go Gay DC present a drag show for charity at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Sunday.

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