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Calendar: Nov. 8-14

Parties, meetings and events in the week to come



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The Veterans Day Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for LGBT Veterans is to be held on Monday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Nov. 8

GLO’s underwear dance party returns to the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight starting at 10 p.m. This special Halloween edition features resident DJs Ultra and Phoenix. $5 admission includes free clothes check. More information on this and other events at

Women in their 20s and 30s, a queer discussion group, is tonight from 8-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Attendees meet for a social discussion followed by dinner nearby. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 9

The 11th Annual South African Bazaar is today from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring, Md.). This free event includes beaded crafts, South African art, Zulu baskets, jewelry and other original gifts in time for the holidays. Sponsored by the African Women’s Network International and the South African Bazaar Craft Cooperative. Email [email protected] for more information. 

Arty Queers: D.C.’s LGBTQ Art Market is today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., suite 105). This monthly indoor LGBTQ art market features original artwork for sale including paintings, pottery, photography and more. Tickets and information available at

GayC/DC, the all-gay AC/DC tribute band, performs tonight starting at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Now in their second year, the band scored a “pick of the week” in LA Weekly for being true to the original while changing lyrics for a gay crowd. Tickets are $18 on

Sunday, Nov. 10

All are welcome to attend the Transgender Veterans Dinner at the Chateau (3439 Benning Rd., N.E.) from 5-8 p.m. This event hosted by May is? “All About Trans” and We the People honors gender-nonconforming and other LGBT veterans and service members. Email [email protected] for more information.

The Flashy Veterans Day weekend party is tonight at 10 p.m. at Flashy Sundays (645 Florida Ave., N.W.). Cover is $20 with an extended bar until 4 a.m. DJs TWiN and Sean Morris will keep the beats flowing until 5. Visit for more information. 

LURe D.C. presents Spark tonight starting at 9 p.m. at A League of Her Own (2317 18th St., N.W.). There is no cover for this 21-and-up event featuring guest bartenders and community fundraising for the TAGG Scholarship Fund for future LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

Monday, Nov. 11

Center Military presents the Veterans Day Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony for LGBT Veterans today from noon-1:30 p.m. at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.). The public is invited to this ceremony and memorial service at the grave of Technical Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, a gay service member who publicly challenged the military’s LGBT ban in 1975. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). Free bingo with prizes each round and drag performers to entertain. Show starts at 7. Visit for more information.

‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy presented by Story District is tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Locals share true stories about misunderstandings in a mix of lighthearted and heartwarming tales. Tickets are $20. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Wednesday, Nov. 13

The Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour hosted by the D.C.-Area Transmasculine Society is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., S.E.). Friends and partners are welcome to this 17-and-up event when accompanied by someone transmasculine. More information available at and 

Lez Read is tonight from 7-8 p.m. at the Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). This book group reads a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction works on lesbian and queer themes or written by lesbian or queer-identified writers. Email [email protected] to learn more about the group or tonight’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 Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Trio Bistro (1537 17th St., N.W.). This week’s discussion will cover South Bend, Ind. Mayor and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg’s memoir “Shortest Way Home.” Email [email protected] for more information and to RSVP. 

Coven D.C. is tonight at 10 p.m. at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.). This party for queer womxn is the second Saturday of every month and is headed up by two queer womxn who call themselves The Coven. Visit for more information. 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Single Tingle: A Singles Happy Hour for LGBTQ Womxn presented by LezLink Social Club is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.). A happy hour space dedicated to local LGBTQ womxn looking to mix and mingle. Happy hour until 7 p.m. with specialty cocktails until 8. VIsit or for more information.

Queer Tango is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at BloomBars (3222 11th St., N.W.). All levels are welcome to this weekly class and dance experience. Come with or without a partner. Students are encouraged to switch roles and try something new. More information on this event and other classes is at

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Northam declares June LGBTQ+ Pride month in Va.

Virginians encouraged to participate in events throughout the Commonwealth



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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, shown here at NoVa Pride in 2018, announced a monthlong series of Pride events. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on June 4 officially declared June as LGBTQ+ Pride month to celebrate the commonwealth’s LGBTQ+ communities, their achievements and contributions, and their fight for inclusion and equality.

“This Pride month, we are reminded of the resilience of LGBTQ+ Americans and their fight for inclusion and acceptance and equal access to services and opportunities,” said Northam. 

Northam further encouraged Virginians to participate in Pride month activities that are to be hosted by his administration and community organizations taking place online and in-person throughout the Commonwealth. 

A comprehensive event schedule is available on the governor’s website.

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Calendar: June 4-10

Events in the week to come



Friday, June 4

DC Public Library will host “DISdance Pride Edition — Still We Dance” at 6:30 p.m. Show your Pride by dancing with the Library’s Freegal music collections. You can dance to one or all 30-minute playlists. Post a video or photo of you and your crew dancing or lip-syncing to Instagram and tag DC Public Library on Instagram using the tags #DCPLDanceParty and #StillWeDance. DC Public Library will share its favorite videos and crown the video with the most likes the virtual Queen of Pride. You can find all four Pride playlists on Freegal with the names Still We Lead, Still We Live, Still We Laugh, and Still We Love. 

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

Saturday, June 5

Join Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for “Viewer’s Advisory: Rainbow Cartoons” virtually at 11 a.m. This event will dive into a discussion on positive and problematic LGBTQ+ representation in cartoons, anime, and graphic novels for teens and tweens.

Cheverly Pride will host a car parade at 3 p.m. The parade begins at the Community Center for a flag raising, some words of welcome, and a remembrance for lives that have been lost. Cars will proceed from there in a parade (decorations encouraged and a prize will be awarded) to the Legion, with a quick stop at Legion park to raise another flag. At the Legion there will be food, music, and fun. For more information, visit Cheverly Village online.

Sunday, June 6

The DC Center for the LGBT Community, TERRIFIC, Inc., Capitol Hill Village, and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) will host a virtual drag show and discussion panel moderated by Devon Trotter at 2 p.m. The event will begin with performances by Pussy Noir and Blaq Dynamite followed by a conversation with them moderated by Devon Trotter. For more information, reach out to [email protected].

Virtual Travel Adventure Show has an LGBTQ travel segment at 5 p.m. The event will explore top vacation options from around the world catering specifically to the LGBTQ community at the Virtual Travel & Adventure Show. You’ll find thousands of vacation options from top destinations, cruise lines and tour operators, expert travel content, and thousands of dollars in travel savings all in one place. The event is free and tickets are available online on Eventbrite. For more information, visit

Queen City Kings Drag will host “Flame: A Worldwide Pride Show” virtually at 9 p.m. This event will feature 16 performers who were selected from a worldwide pool of submissions to entertain and inspire. Be prepared to laugh, cry, party, and rejoice when drag artists Interrobang the Dragon, Dik Carrier, Lottie Flick, Semicolon, Rye, Fannie Fullenweider, Fox Squire, Black Battie, Mercury Divine, Just JP, Nick D’Cuple, Nitrix Oxide, Perka $exx, Shea Hazard, Camden Summers, and Fly-Guy Shawn hit the virtual stage with Myster E as your host. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

Monday, June 7

The Center Aging Coffee Drop-In will still take place virtually at 10 a.m. via Zoom. LGBT Older Adults (and friends) are invited to have friendly conversations about current issues they might be dealing with. For more information, click here.

Join the DC Center for their virtual job club, 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. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 8

Meryl Wilsner on “Something to Talk About,” co-presented with DC Public Library, will be hosted virtually at 7 p.m. Author Meryl Wilsner will discuss their work and hit debut novel, “Something to Talk About” (2020), with staff from PGCMLS and DC Public Library in commemoration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. More information is available here.

The Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. 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 to attend. Email [email protected] to access the Zoom link. 

Wednesday, June 9

Join Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for “Lenny Duncan ‘United States of Grace’ with Teddy Reeves” virtually at 7 p.m. United States of Grace is a love story about America, revealing the joy and resilience of those places in this country many call “the margins” but that Lenny Duncan has called home. The event will be livestreamed on Youtube and Facebook on the @PGCMLS account. For more information, click here.

Join the DC Center for their virtual job club, 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. The event begins on Zoom at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

Thursday, June 10

Join The Residences at Thomas Circle for “Let’s Flamingle!” at 4 p.m. on 1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. This event will celebrate silver pride with a rooftop barbecue. Guests are encouraged to dress as flamboyantly as they can. To RSVP, contact Denise by calling 202-628-3844 or send an email to [email protected].

FreeState Justice will host a storytelling night virtually at 6 p.m.  The event will include LGBTQ storytellers who will provide personal takes on what Pride means to them. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. General admission to this event is free, however, you can donate $10 to the organization through the Eventbrite link as well. For more information, visit

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Joy Ladin delivers 2021 OKC Pride lecture

Ohr Kodesh Congregation event on Zoom



The LGBTQ Inclusion Task Force will host the Ohr Kodesh Congregation Pride Month Lecture, which will be delivered by Joy Ladin, Ph.D., on Sunday June 6 at 7:15 p.m. on Zoom.

Ladin is a teacher, essayist, poet, and literary scholar. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York City. She is also a nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues and on gender and Jewish identity. Ladin has been featured on the NPR program “On Being with Krista Tippet” and gave a TedX talk titled “Ain’t I a Woman?”

In addition, Ladin has authored the books: “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God” and “Torah from a Transgender Perspective and Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.”
To attend, register at the LGBTQ Inclusion Task Force website.

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