July 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm EDT | by Yulani Rodgers
Calendar: July 12-18
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Baltimore rapper DDm plays the 9:30 Club’s monthly gay party ‘BENT’ Saturday night. (Photo courtesy 9:30)

Friday, July 12

GAMMA meets tonight at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. It’s a peer support group for gay and bisexual men who have been or are currently in relationships with women. The group meets every second and fourth Friday of the month. They also have meetings in Vienna, Va., and Frederick, Md. For more information, visit gammaindc.org.

The Backstreet Boys play Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. With the iconic boy band reuniting back in 2012 and producing a new album, the “DNA World Tour” will feature new songs along with the classics like “I Want It That Way.” Baylee Littrel, son of country artist Brian Littrel, will open. Tickets start at $39.50. To purchase, visit ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, July 13

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) offers its monthly Arty Queers event today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Every month the center provides local LGBTQ artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork at the indoor market with items such as paintings, pottery, jewelry and clothing. It occurs every second Saturday until December. Art space is available to purchase for $20 per table. Any interested artists are encouraged to email kimberley@thedccenter.org

The 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) presents its LGBTQ dance party BENT tonight at 10 p.m. For the first time, a rapper will be featured by the name of DDm. He is a Baltimore native whose sound includes aggressive raps, animated beats and big personality. He’s opened for people such as Big Freedia and Cupcakke. Tickets are $20. To purchase, visit ticketfly.com.

Sunday, July 14

Channel Devereaux and her team of drag queens host a drag brunch today at 11 a.m at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. N.W.). Participants will enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet along with a free mimosa or bloody mary. Featured brunch items will include roast pork, vegetarian pasta, cheesy grits and seasonal fruit. Tickets are $41.91. Visit eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

The D.C. Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) is hosting a nonbinary transition meetingtoday at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.) at 5 p.m. Members will discuss AFAB (assigned female at birth) nonbinary social and medical transitioning. Along with the discussion there will be a binder exchange and a needle/syringe exchange. These meetings are “open to those who are AFAB but believe this is inaccurate or incomplete description of themselves.” For more information, visit dcats.org.

Monday, July 15

Sew Queer returns with its most popular class “My Gender Is Pockets” at the Lemon Collective (808 UpshurSt., N.W.) this evening at 6:30 p.m. This version of the class will focus on the inseam pocket which is particularly good for skirts. It’s a bring-your-own-skirt event but all other materials like sewing machines and fabric will be provided. This is a beginner level class and is open to all genders. Tickets are $30. Visit eventbrite.com to purchase. 

The GenderPro Summit begins today at Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall (2201 G St., N.W.) at George Washington University starting at 9 a.m. The Global Women’s Institute is in partnership with UNICEF to host the summit and will serve as the culmination of the GenderPro Capacity Building course. The week will include speakers and panelists from a variety of backgrounds and fields. This is a free event and all panels are open to the public. For more information, visit genderpro.gwu.edu.

Tuesday, July 16

“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 Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) of Washington has its monthly meeting at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Visit glaa.org for more details. 

Wednesday, July 17

The legendary Puerto Rican artist Jennifer Lopez performs at Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Fans can expect the“It’s My Party Tour” to be filled with  “a nonstop party mix of Jennifer’s new and classic anthems, showstopping choreography and dancers, dazzling wardrobe” and more according to a press release.This will be her first North American tour in six years and will feature some of the World of Dance stars to open and provide workshops in exclusive packages. Tickets start at $49. For information and to purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com

Bookmen D.C. meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The informal men’s gay literature group will discuss “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” by Lillian Faderman. They meet every first and third Wednesday of the month. Participants do not have to commit to attending every meeting or reading each book the group reviews. For more information, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, July 18

Thirst Trap Thursday’s are back tonight at Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.) from 11 p.m-12:30 a.m. Hostess 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.

Goethe-Institut Washington (1990 K St., N.W.) will present its Kino-Q series tonight at 6:30 p.m. The series includes showing films from Germany and North America that highlight aspects of queer rights movements followed by an expert-led discussion. Tonight they’ll be showing part one of “The AIDS Trilogy,” “Silence=Death” directed by Rosa von Praunheim. Joanne Sincero and Randy Pumphrey, long-time Whitman-Walker Health staffers, will answer questions. For more details, visit goeth.de/washington.

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