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Viewings, parties and events in the week to come

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A ‘POSE’ viewing party will be held at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) Tuesday night at 10 p.m.

Friday, July 5

The Birds of Prey drag show is celebrating its one year anniversary at The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd, N.E.) tonight at 9:30 p.m.The group has been putting on the drag show and dance parties every Friday night. It features a rotating group of drag queens and DJs followed by an 18+ dance party.  Music will be provided by DJ C Dubz and drink specials will be available. The show starts at 10 p.m. sharp and tickets range from $5-10. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

Go Gay D.C. hosts an LGBTQ community happy hour social tonight at 6 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23 St., Arlington, Va.). All are welcome to enjoy the drinks while also meeting the founder of Go Gay D.C., TJ Flavell. The organization is the “newest sensation focused on friendship, leadership and service.” Casual dress is suggested. To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com.

Saturday, July 6

A Gaysian & Latinx fundraiser will be held at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd, N.E.) tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. AQUA D.C. (Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action) and LULAC Lambda D.C. are joining together for a special event for the community to get to know them and enjoy some drinks. There will be Jell-O shots and beer for purchase and all proceeds will benefit both organizations. Both groups serve to better connect the LGBTQ community within their respective communities. For more information, search “Gaysian & Latinx fundraiser” on Facebook. 

Rayceen Pendarvis will host Story District’s Out/Spoken tonight at the 9:30 club (815 V St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. The event will return its “signature blend of hilarious and heartfelt true stories that amplify LGBTQ voices and celebrates D.C. pride.” Story District is an organization that gives voice to the authentic experiences of ordinary people and builds community, according to their Facebook page. Tickets are $25. To purchase, visit ticketfly.com

Sunday, July 7

Tagg Magazine will host Ladies Tea 2019 at Hanks Oyster Bar (1624 Q St., N.W.) today at 3 p.m. This event is recurring on every first Sunday all summer long. It will include exclusive drinks and food followed by an optional dinner. Tickets are free but participants must register. Participants must be 21 years old or older to attend. To register, visit eventbrite.com.

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) will host its Sunday Cruise event today from noon-3 p.m. This is a recurring event on every Sunday and features affordable drinks and an outside patio. The D.C. Eagle is a historic leather and lesbian club that serves its patrons and their “selected family.” For more information, visit dceagle.com.

Monday, July 8

The Washington chapter of the Society for International Development (1129 20th St., N.W.) will meet today at 4 p.m. The Gender & Inclusive Development workgroup will plan events for the group next year. In the past, they’ve had events like Gender and Sexual Minorities in International Development and Digital Solutions and Integrating Gender from Design through Delivery. To register, visit sidw.org.

Speed D.C. Gay Date will host lesbian speed dating tonight at Bin 1301 Wine Bar (1301 U St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. It seeks to create a private club atmosphere and rewards its daters with discounts and complementary events. The ages its catering to is 22-44. For more information, visit speeddcgaydate.com

Tuesday, July 9

A “POSE” viewing party will be held at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight at 10 p.m. This is a weekly event that allows attendees to watch the hit show with two flatscreens. “POSE”  is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the 1980s. The show was also recently renewed for a third season. To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com.

The University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Washington is hosting a Pride happy hour at Northside Tavern D.C.(1726 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. The club will be honoring its LGBTQ friends and family all year. Tonight there will be speakers and light appetizers served. Tickets are $7. For more information and to register, visit umalumni.force.com

Wednesday, July 10

SMYAL’s (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) Young Donors Committee is hosting a happy hour for SMYAL Allies tonight at Red Brewing Co.(209 M St., N.E.) from 6-7:30 p.m. SMYAL Allies is a recurring gift program for young professionals. As an ally members have exclusive volunteer opportunities, receive special recognition and more. To learn more and become a SMYAL Ally, visit smyal.org.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets at the 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. 

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Trio Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.). They’ll be discussing the book “All That Heaven Allows: An Autobiography of Rock Hudson” by Mark Griffin which has been called the “definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s Golden Age,” according to Harper Collins Publishers. It will be made into a motion picture soon as well. Newcomers are always welcomed to join the group. For more information and to register, email [email protected]

Thursday, July 11

Thirst Trap Thursdays are back tonight at Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.) from 11 p.m-12:30 a.m. The host Venus Valhalla picks local talent to be showcased each night. Shows are held every Thursday and alcohol is available for purchase. For more information, visit pitchersbardc.com.

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Forget Santa Claus – Ginger Minj is comin’ to town

‘Drag Race’ alum’s Winter Wonderland Tour stops in D.C. Nov. 29 and 30

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Ginger Minj will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

Ginger Minj is a busy little elf.

From her new country album “Double Wide Diva” to sporadic stints in TV and movies to her upcoming book, “Southern Fried Sass” (which reportedly scored her a six-figure deal), the “Drag Race” diva is everywhere these days, including a venue near you. On Nov. 29 and 30, the new queen of Christmas will perform her holiday spectacular Winter Wonderland Tour at Miracle Theatre.

We recently caught up with the multitalented actress/comedian/singer to discuss her continued success, including making friends with Jennifer Aniston while filming Netflix’s “Dumplin,’” her take on the latest Dave Chappelle backlash, the best Christmas gift she’s ever received, and what exactly makes her the “nicest bitch” this side of the North Pole – but first, let’s take a sleigh ride back to the beginning.

BLADE: Tell me a bit about how you got started in drag and the genesis of Ginger Minj. 

GINGER MINJ: Like most good show-tune-loving queers, I stumbled into drag through musical theater. I auditioned for a show that required either full-frontal nudity or drag, and I figured I would fare better in a wig and heels than nothing at all. I got the role and really took to it quickly. I felt more free and honest as a performer than I ever had before, and I realized I could make a livable income doing something that I was wholly responsible for creating. 

BLADE: How has your appearance on “Drag Race” helped your career, and what are your top takeaways from your time on the show?

GM: It’s an international platform that allows us to introduce ourselves to the entire world. It got me a seat at the table with people and places that refused to even open the door for me in the past. I think there was – and maybe still is sometimes – this initial assumption that drag artists are limited in their talents, but we have been able to show the world that we are just as talented and capable as any other entertainer. I don’t wear a wig as a gimmick. I wear it as an accessory, and it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be taken as seriously as any other actor, singer, etc. “Drag Race” is doing a great job of showing the world that – and I’ll forever be grateful.

BLADE: If folks didn’t catch you on “Drag Race,” they might recognize you from the 2018 Netflix movie “Dumplin’” starring Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. What was your experience like on set, and do you have any other TV/film projects in the works?

GM: “Dumplin’” was the single best experience of my life! Jennifer Aniston brought me coffee every morning, and Kathy Najimy had my trailer moved next to hers so we could listen to Beyoncé and play with makeup. That entire cast and crew treated all of us queens with unbelievable respect. It really gave me a passion for filmmaking and, yes, I’m happy to say there are a few more projects – big screen and small – coming your way soon.

BLADE: What makes you the “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet?”

GM: It’s like those good ole’ southern church ladies who will give you the shirts off their backs but read you to filth for not bringing one of your own. The only thing bigger than my mouth is my heart and the “shady” things I say should never be taken seriously. 

BLADE: As a comedian yourself, what are your thoughts on the latest Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy?

GM: I’ve always felt like comedy and drag go hand in hand: It’s an outrageous way to start a conversation and make people confront their own feelings about anything and everything. That being said, I think there’s a way to do that without disparaging and discrediting an entire group of human beings. I think it’s shameful that someone with that great of a platform would choose to punch down. 

BLADE: Your new single “Walk Tall” is about growing up gay in the South – and it’s a very good song. Radio worthy even, but a hard sell, given its content, to a country-music audience. How do you think that changes? Will LGBTQ+ country artists ever enjoy the kind of success their straight counterparts do?

GM: I think so. To be completely honest with you, I’ve gotten much more support for that album from the country community than I have from the drag world. The message is so universal, and we were very careful to do it in an authentic, simple way. When we stop focusing on our differences and start embracing our similarities, the world can change. I just do the things that make me happy and hope it finds the people who need to hear it. 

BLADE: Christmas is just around the corner – do you prefer giving or receiving? What’s your most prized Christmas present from the past?

GM: I’m definitely a giver! I drive myself crazy for months researching and planning and looking for the perfect gifts for everyone. It’s my way of showing the people I care most about that while I may be busy, I’m listening. I hear them, I see them, and I appreciate them. The best Christmas present I ever got was a cheap plastic pair of ruby slippers from my mama when I was a kid. I still have them. That moment changed my life forever. It’s what actually inspired “Walk Tall.”

BLADE: Like Santa Claus himself, the Ginger Minj Winter Wonderland Tour 2021 is coming to town. What do you have in store for audiences this holiday season?

GM: What don’t we have in store?! There are 20 costume changes, instructional videos gone terribly wrong, singing, dancing, magic tricks, fog machines, comedy, and it even snows over the audience! This is the biggest, prettiest, most ambitious show we have ever put together.

BLADE: Looking forward to 2022, what’s in the works? What are a few of your New Year’s resolutions?

GM: So many great things — more music, some movies, some TV, a stage production of “La Cage aux Folles” in Chicago, and my book “Southern Fried Sass” will hit the shelves. It’s a great time to be the “Glamour Toad,” and I am grateful every single day. 

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels.

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Children’s Beach House to host holiday fundraiser

Music by artists Pamala Stanley and 2nd Time Around

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Pamala Stanley performs at a fundraiser for the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., on Dec. 3. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Children’s Beach House in Lewes, Del., will begin its weekend-long fundraiser with an annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include a live auction, cocktails, dinner by Touch of Italy and music by artists Pamala Stanly and 2nd Time Around. This fundraiser will help support CBH’s work with children and families. Tickets are $150.

The celebrations will continue with a “Santa’s Workshop” event on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. This event will include cookie decorating and making holiday crafts, among other events. There will also be a cash bar available with bloody mary’s and mimosas for those 21 years and older. Tickets cost $30.

CBH will end the weekend with “Happy Hour With the Boy Band Project” on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. This event will be a musical performance by an electric boy band cover group, which was named “Best Group” by the 2019 Broadway World Awards that re-imagines the sound, movement, and energy of NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and more. Tickets are $150. Visit cbhinc.org for more information.

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Clarksburg church to host Trans Day of Remembrance

Rev. Erica Saunders will be a guest speaker

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Hyattstown Christian Church will host a service of remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in person at 26012 Frederick Rd., Clarksburg, Md., and on Zoom. 

Rev. Erica Saunders will be a guest speaker at the event. Saunders is pastor of Peace Community Church in Oberlin, Ohio. 

She is one of the first openly trans women ordained in Baptist life and serves on the executive council of Christian Feminism Today. 

For more information about the service, visit [email protected]

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