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Calendar: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Parties, shows and events in the week to come



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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is slated for an appearance at the National Book Festival Saturday (photo courtesy Library of Congress)

Friday, Aug. 30

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts Queer Tango Class tonight from 7-9 p.m. The class teaches beginner students basic tango vocabulary and technique. There will also be a discussion on the assumptions of gender in dance. Attendees can experiment dancing in both gender roles. Liz Sabatiuk of Tango Mercurio leads the class. There is a requested $10 donation to support the D.C. Center. Sliding scale tickets are available by request. For more information, visit

“Gone Fishin,’” a play by out playwright Steve Langley, runs as part of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival at the Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.) tonight at 8 pm. Set in the ‘90s, a grieving father meets a stranger at a fishing hole where he discovers his deceased son was in a romantic relationship with another man. Axandre Oge, Sebastian Leighton and Melvin D. Smith star. Gregory Ford will direct. Tickets range from $22-25. For details visit,

Saturday, Aug. 31

The Library of Congress hosts its 2019 National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt Vernon Pl., N.W.) today from 8:30 a..m.-8 p.m. Guest speakers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David McCullough, Michael Beschloss, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, celebrity chef José Andrés, graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier and Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction recipient Richard Ford. Admission is free. For a complete list of events, visit

The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) hosts Brut, a Labor day weekend party, tonight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. DJ Peter Napoli and DJ Dan Darlington will play music. Dress code is flexible with or without gear. Tickets are $25 online. Door sales will also be available. For more information, visit

Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (2475 18th St., N.W.) hosts Superstar,a new drag show, tonight from 9-11 p.m. Spots are open for drag performers all night. New drag performers looking to practice their skills and seasoned performers looking to make more tips are welcome to perform. Bombalicious Eklaver hosts the show. No cover. Visit for more details.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts an underwear dance party tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cover is $5. For more details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Qwerty, a gay dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Dvonne and DJ Jeff Prior will spin tracks. Claudia will serve as guest DJ. Summer Camp will perform. No cover. For more information, visit

Sunday, Sept. 1

The BackRoom (715 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Electric Rainbow: Back from the Beach, a gay dance party, tonight from 5-10 p.m. DJ Chord will play music. KC B. Yoncé and Jazzmin will perform. The party is through the freezer door at Capo. For details, visit

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) presents Sunday Best, a drag show, tonight from 9 p.m.-2:45 a.m. Sylvanna Duvél and Jaxknife Complex will perform. Tammy Kunté and Vagensis will host the event. Ms. Rose, Wess the DJ and Lemz will spin tracks. There will be a walk-off contest at 11 p.m. For more information, visit

Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Flashy Labor Day Weekend tonight from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The Barber Streisand will spin tracks on the roof and Bill Spieler will play music on the first floor. DJ Twin and DJ Sea Morris will spin tracks on the main floor until 5 a.m. Bar is open until 4 a.m. Cover is $20. For more details, visit

Monday, Sept. 2

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Labor Gay, a day party for “working girls,” today from 2-7 p.m. There will be popsicles, performances and a raffle for tickets to Capital Pride’s “Music in the Night” event in October. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Grammy winner Mary J. Blige performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Bookmen D.C., an informal gay men’s literature group, discusses “Such Times” by Christopher Coe at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, visit

JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St., N.W.) celebrates Beyoncé’s birthday with its second annual B-Day Kiki: Oh My Beyoncé Edition tonight from 8-11 p.m. KC B. Yoncé and Cocoa Godiva will perform. DJ Wess spins tracks all night. There will be $4 drink specials. $2 Jell-O shots will be on sale with proceeds donated to SMYAL. For details, visit

Thursday, Sept. 5

A support group for the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Community meets at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-8 p.m. The group is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society D.C. and Asian Queers United for Action. For more details, visit

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Calendar: May 7-14

Events in the week to come



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Friday, May 7

The DC Center hosts “Friday Tea Time,” a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. For access to the Zoom link and more information, contact [email protected].

Saturday, May 8

Today, the DC Center will host a support group for LGBTQ people of color at 1 p.m. via 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 judgement-free. The event includes activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit or, or email your interest to [email protected].

Join the DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) for a three-part storytelling workshop series focusing on the craft of storytelling. Today’s workshop is titled, “Beyond ‘Once Upon a Time’: Story Structure and How to Use It,” will be led by writer and communications consultant, Erin Becker. For more information, you can reach out to [email protected].

Sunday, May 9

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts “Partners of Transmasc Support Group” at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The group discussion creates a partner-only space where individuals can support each other through the unique issues they face. Partners of all genders and sexual orientations are welcomed. The group is facilitated. To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, May 10

LGBT older adults and friends are invited to the “Center Aging Coffee Drop-In” at 10 a.m. via Zoom. This event is an opportunity to have friendly conversations and discuss current issues you may be dealing with. For more information, visit Center Aging’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 11

The DC Center’s Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. via Zoom today. This event is a peer-facilitated discussion group that discusses coming out experiences and topics as it relates to doing so. For more information, visit Coming Out Discussion Group’s Facebook page.

The Trans Support Group will be hosted virtually at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans-identifying people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce our principles of respect, acceptance and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Wednesday, May 12

Today, Defend Yourself hosts “Get Empowered: A Self-Defense Happy Hour” at 6:30 p.m. at the DC Center. This self-defense class will cover how to respond to negative situations through verbal and physical self-defense methods. This class is open to all genders. To get registered, visit:

Thursday, May 13

Taiwanese American Professionals Washington, D.C. area (TAP DC) hosts a free online mental health talk beginning at 7 p.m. The event features Claudia Nguyen, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor based in D.C. In this session, Claudia will guide attendees through topics such as racial trauma and dismantling racism. To register for the event, visit:

Friday, May 14

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties (WiTT) hosts a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area that begins at 8 p.m. This event will provide participants with the opportunity to make new friends, have new experiences, and explore the city with other great queer women. You can find more information by joining WiTT’s closed Facebook group:

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Calendar: April 30-May 6

Events in the week to come



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Friday, April 30

REEL Affirmations screens “A Boy Like That” from today at 12 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Virtual tickets are $10 for this film about a Mexican theater acting coach who travels to New York and obsesses over a youth he believes is the reincarnation of his first love. The cost includes access to the film as well as a pre-recorded Q&A with the director and cast via Zoom. For more information, visit

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the D.C. Public Library host the #DCQueerFlix virtual viewing of “Reaching for the Moon” tonight at 7 p.m. This biographical drama imagines American writer Elizabeth Bishop’s relationship with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo in the 1950s. Participants will watch the film together via Kanopy and chat interactively on Twitter using #DCQueerFlix and #ReachingForTheMoon. To register for this free screening, visit the event’s pages on Eventbrite and on the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Facebook page.

The May is Trans Kick Off Event: Meet and Greet Cocktail Party is tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. This free event hosted by Stoli is an opportunity for attendees to celebrate and socialize with the sponsors, panelists, moderators and everyone who contributed to the month of upcoming events to honor trans lives. To RSVP, visit

Saturday, May 1

A transgender youth town hall is today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This event is part of the month-long series of educational and entertaining discussions and more for May is Trans. Visit to RSVP for this free event.

The LGBTQ People of Color virtual support group is today at 1 p.m. This peer support group is an affirming and judgement-free space for queer people of color to watch movies, enjoy poetry events, and more. More information is available at and at

Sunday, May 2

DC Gaymers hosts a virtual Dungeons and Dragons One Shot event today at noon. Level 1 games are for newer players while level 3 are for the more experienced. Participants need to create a character, sign up for Discord and Roll20, and sign up for a game before noon on game day to play. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Sharing our Stories: Conversations with LGBTQIA+ Parishioners hosted by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church is today at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This event is facilitated by members of the parish’s Restorative Justice Group and will feature members of the LGBTQ ministry sharing stories about what it is like to be queer in the Catholic Church. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Monday, May 3

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service Planning Meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Planning meetings take place on the first Monday of every month between March and May. Visit for details.

Trans Activist Charley Burton shares his story at the Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction session of the May is Trans series tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to this session on experiencing addiction and recovery. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 4

The May is Trans month series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with a virtual discussion with the transmen and transmasculine communities. This discussion is hosted by Mavrick Hill and includes panelists Sam Davis, Luckie Fuller and August K. Clayton. Also at 7 p.m. is a community discussion for transwomen and transfeminine folks with panelists Sharon-Franklin Brown, Diana Feliz Oliva and Bianca Humady Rey. Both discussions are followed by a Q&A. For more information and to RSVP, visit

East City Bookshop presents “Finding Junie Kim” author Ellen Oh in conversation with Hena Khan and Linda Sue Park tonight at 7 p.m. Oh is also the president and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and this book shows the strength of a young girl who experiences racism in middle school but is inspired by her mother’s real-life experiences during the Korean War. Registration is required to attend this event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 5

May is Trans presents Stop killing Us! Now this has got to Stop, a panel discussion about ongoing violence against the transgender communities. More information is available at

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This informal group of men meets the first and third Wednesdays monthly for about an hour to discuss gay literature. Most members live in or near D.C., but visitors and those from outside the area are welcome to join the discussion. More information is available at

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts a virtual social hour today at 8 p.m. Participants do not have to be in the DC area to join, and the event is open to all trans, nonbinary and gender diverse individuals aged 17 and up. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 6

The Asian Pacific Islander Queer Support Group is tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This support group for the API queer community meets the first Thursday of every month and is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society DC and Asian Queers United for Action. For more information, visit or email [email protected] to join the meeting.

May is Trans hosts a mental health in the transgender community discussion tonight at 7 p.m. Details on this session are available at

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Out/Spoken 2021 streams live worldwide May 14

LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and Krylios



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Story District and Team Rayceen Productions present the 11th annual Out/Spoken 2021 on Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m. via livestream from Union Stage (740 Water Street S.W.).

Tickets are $20 for this LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and The Ask Rayceen Show Announcer Krylios. Ticketholders can access the live show and the recording for a 24-hour period.

This year’s program honors the District’s Pride celebrations, including Capital Pride, DC Black Pride, Capital Trans Pride, DC Latinx Pride, Youth Day and Silver Pride.

Story District’s mission is to teach and showcase the art of autobiographical storytelling in order to inspire, connect and build a diverse community of voices in the D.C. area and beyond.

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