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Calendar: Oct. 4-10

Parties, shows and events in the week to come



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‘Slay Them’ (Washington Blade photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, Oct. 4

The Outrage (1722 14th St., N.W.) hosts the 50 Years of Queer D.C. Photo Exhibit tonight from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition includes a one-of-a-kind journey through Washington Blade archival photos and features remarks by Council member David Grosso. Photos will be auctioned off at the Washington Blade 50th Birthday Gala on Oct. 18. Tickets and information at

Ladies Night in the Park hosted by Sarah Fraser is tonight from 6-9:30 p.m. at various venues along Park Potomac Avenue. Tickets are free, but register to attend. Participating restaurants include Addies, Founding Farmers and SUGO. The Wine Harvest will provide wine and beer for purchase, and area DJs will provide the music. Also available will be Putt Putt, lawn games and raffles to support charity partner I Support the Girls. Visit for tickets and information. 

Desiree Dik hosts “Slay Them!” tonight from 9-11 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St, N.E.). Performers are invited to bring their friends to this drag competition happening the first Friday every month. Fans of queer art and drag are encouraged to come out and vote for their favorite performer each month. For more information, visit

The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) hosts its monthly First Friday Social at Pinzimini at the Westin Hotel (801 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.) tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. AGLA social events enable Arlington LGBTQ and ally neighbors time to relax and spend time together. Attendees are invited to bring friends, enjoy cash bar drinks and meet new people from around the community and the world. More information is available at

The Pride Center of Maryland (2530 N. Charles St., 3rd Floor, Baltimore) hosts Giovanni’s Room Open Mic tonight from 7-10 p.m. This event is a monthly open mic that seeks to support Baltimore’s LGBTQ artists and entrepreneurs by providing a platform to share, sell and support one another. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 7:30. Hosted by DaTruth DaPoet and featuring Hip-Hop artist Malcolm Ivanon. Visit for more information. 

Ladies First Fridays Super Happy Hour is tonight and every first Friday at Club Elevate (15 K St., N.E.) from 5-9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5. Hosted by Shari Dee and featuring music by DJ Styles, the venue provides happy hour food, drink specials and hookahs as well as House music, Reggae, line dance and more. More information available at

Saturday, Oct. 5

The Center Arts Gallery Opening Reception for Veyron Pax is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). Pax is an Iranian-American artist, filmmaker and human rights activist currently based in D.C. For more information about this free public event, visit

Sheila E. Performs tonight at the Howard Theater (620 T St., N.W.) at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. For tickets and information, visit

Run the Rainbow Pride 5K in Virginia Beach is today starting at 5:30 a.m. at 2200 Parks Avenue in Virginia Beach, Va. This 18-and-up event is to celebrate the Hampton Roads LGBTQ community through fun and visibility. For more information, visit

Avalon Saturdays presents Daddy Issues with DJ’s Steve Sidewalk and Sean Morris tonight starting at 10 p.m. at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.). Tatianna from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” hosts this 21-and-up event. Tickets start at $10 with $4 Absolut drinks served from 10-midnight. Drag show runs from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Visit for details. 

The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia meets today from 4-6 p.m. at the LGBT Life Center (247 W. 25th St., Norfolk, Va.) to discuss ways to combat homelessness within the transgender community in Virginia. TAP VA is an all volunteer, trans-led non-profit organization created to provide educational opportunities around the intersectionality between homelessness, discrimination, socioeconomic status and racism within the trans community in Virginia. For more information, visit

Sunday, Oct. 6

“Cats” ends its run at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) with today’s 1:30 p.m. performance. Tickets start at $49. Tickets and information available at

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) presents the Fierce Women 2.0 tour today from 1-2 p.m. No reservations are required, but space is limited. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour to sign up at the information desk. Tour departs from the Great Hall. For more information, visit

Drag Queen Tiny Kitten Bingo hosted by Caring Hands Animal Support and Education and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington is tonight from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Drafthouse CInema (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.). The Imperial Court of Washington will be on hand to bring sparkle while raising funds for animals in need. Tickets are $25 and include admission and your first bingo card. For more information visit a

The D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host their second annual Lavender Mass today at 3 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St., N.E.). The public is invited to join the Sisters as they celebrate and fight for social justice and LGBTQ rights. This year’s mass will feature the D.C. Sisters’ sainting of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg for her lifeline commitment to advancing civil rights. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sister Mary Full O’Rage at [email protected].

Monday, Oct. 7

The Staunton Public Library (1 Churchville Ave., Staunton, Va.) hosts a screening of the American Experience film “Stonewall Uprising” tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. The film explains the history behind the event launching the modern LGBTQ rights movement as well as the history leading up to the uprising. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 8

The National Press Club (529 14th St., N.W.) presents Fired for Being Gay: The State of LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace today from 1-2 p.m. This free event is held on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia which may determine whether sexual orientation discrimination by an employer is prohibited under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This event is in the Club’s First Amendment Lounge and is open to credentialed media and members of the National Press Club. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Lez Read is tonight, and the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. at the Politics and Prose bookstore’s coffeehouse, The Den (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Group members read a wide selection works with lesbian and queer themes or written by lesbian or queer-identified authors. Email [email protected] for more information or to see this month’s selection.

The Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations are needed and newcomers are welcome. Phone 202-841-0279 if you need a partner. 

The D.C. Area Transmasculine Society (DCATS) hosts its monthly Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the Red Bear Brewing Company (209 M St, N.E.). Red Bear is a queer-owned brewery that serves food, drinks and has board games. The venue is open to all ages, but the DCATS social hour is a 17-and-up event. Friends and partners are welcome when accompanied by someone who is transmasculine. Visit for more information. 

The Big Gay Book Group will meet and discuss “Leading Men” by Christopher Castellani tonight at 7 p.m. at 1800 K Street, N.W., Suite 1000. “Leading Men” tells the story of Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo in a tale of desire and ambition set against an exotic backdrop of 1950s Italy. For more information and to RSVP, email [email protected]. Newcomers welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 10

“Judy Chicago — The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction” continues today through January 20, 2020 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.). For more information, visit


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CAMP Rehoboth’s final concert of the season is almost here

Chorus performs ‘Music of the Night’



CAMP Rehoboth Chorus is ready to close out another season.

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will perform “Music of the Night” on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. 

The chorus will sing more than 36 song selections, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Could’ve Danced All Night” and “In the Still of the Nite.”

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on CAMP Rehoboth’s website.

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LGBTQ science fans, gather here

‘Building Space & Amplifying Voices’ event held at AT&T Forum



“LGBTQ+ in STEAM: Building Space & Amplifying Voices” will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at AT&T Forum.

This event will celebrate and empower LGBTQ individuals in the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics fields. There will be a diverse range of speakers who will share their experiences and insights on how to create more inclusive spaces and amplify LGBTQ voices in the STEAM industry. 

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

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Calendar: September 22-28

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, September 22

“Center Aging Monthly Luncheon with Yoga and Bingo” will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Bingo will be hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. To RSVP, visit the DC Center’s website

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Dupont Circle. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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

Women in their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This is a discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area. For more details, visit WiTT’s closed Facebook group

Saturday, September 23

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ folk. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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

Sunday, September 24

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is ideal for those looking to make new friends & connections in the DMV’s LGBTQ community. Admission 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, September 25

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 month’s reading is “Ace: What Sexuality Reveals About Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex” by Angela Chen. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, September 26

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ+ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. This event is a weekly cocktails and dinner social mixer for the LGBTQIA community in Frederick, Md. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside the gender binary, whether bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, visit

Wednesday, September 27

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 & Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom and in person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is a place where people questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, September 28

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. 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 p.m. the day before.

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