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Calendar: Nov. 15-21

Parties, events and the observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance among this week’s highlights

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The D.C. observation of the Transgender Day of Remembrance is Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, Nov. 15

LGBTQ Youth Friday is tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center (99 Adams St., Manassas Park, Va.). Facilitators lead queer and trans-centered programming and a chance for queer youth to meet in an affirming environment. Email program organizer Tony Thomas [email protected] for more information. 

The Annual Womxn’s Party presented by The D.C. Center and Center Women is tonight from 7-10 p.m. at The Outrage (1722 14th St., N.W.). Standard admission is $25 and includes one drink ticket. Cash bar, complimentary food and a silent auction with proceeds to benefit support and social programming at The D.C. Center. All genders welcome. For tickets and information, visit thedccenter.org.

The 2019 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference presents Women Out to Win, a “party with a purpose,” tonight from 7-10 p.m. in the Living Room D.C. (1008 Vermont Ave., N.W.). Attendees can engage with women leaders who make up 40 percent of all LGBTQ elected officials serving nationwide. Tickets start at $50 and are available at secure.everyaction.com.  

Trans and Genderqueer Game Night is tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the D.C. Center. The third Friday of the month is a time for a relaxing, laid-back evening of games and fun in an inclusive environment. All are welcome. For more information, visit thedccenter.org

Blowout Baltimore hosted by Bombalicious Eklaver is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Grand Central Nightclub (1001 North Charles St., Baltimore). Music by top local DJs, provocative drag performances and an all-inclusive dance environment. Visit Facebook events and grandcentralclub.com for more information. 

Saturday, Nov. 16

Female DJ Herstory VI: A Celebration of Women and Girls Who Spin presented by TMF1 Productions kicks off from 3-9 p.m. today at the Bravo Bravo (1001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Cost is $5 until 4 p.m. and $10 after. A celebration of female DJs spinning their own styles. More information at facebook.com/bravobravohh

Freedom: An Evening of LGBTQ Storytelling presented by FreeState Justice is tonight from 7-10 p.m. at Baltimore Center Stage (700 North Calvert St., Baltimore). Eight LGBTQ storytellers share a glimpse into their worlds following the theme of freedom. Preceded by a cocktail hour featuring live music. Tickets are $10 on eventbrite.com

What’s Your Rising Sign: A Deep Lez Dance Party hosted by Night Shift LGBTQ and Clifton Pleasure Club is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Clifton Pleasure Club (1725 Ponca St., Baltimore). Featuring DJ ReEduk8, GoGo dancers and drag king performances. No cover before 9 p.m. $10 after. Visit Facebook events for more information. 

The Peach Pit ‘90s Dance Party is at 10:30 p.m. tonight at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). DJ Matt Bailer spins a new playlist of Peach Pit-approved ‘90s hits each month. Cost is $5 before midnight and $8 after for this 21 and up event. Visit dc9.club for more information. 

District Queer Comedy Festival After-Party is tonight at 11 p.m. at the 18th and U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.). Guests are invited to eat, drink and be merry with festival comedians. Proceeds benefit Casa Ruby. RSVP at comedicpursuits.com

Sunday, Nov. 17

Bingo with the Sisters is today from 1-4 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). The D.C. Sisters begin their monthly bingo at 2 p.m. sharp. $20 for six rounds, each with a $100 cash prize. Event includes a raffle, food and beverages for purchase, a “TV Land” costume contest and more. Proceeds benefit HIPS. Visit dcsisters.org for more information. 

God Loves LGBT Asians hosted by the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105) is today from 2-4 p.m. A workshop on religious acceptance for LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Visit thedccenter.org for more information. 

The D.C. Concert Orchestra presents a free concert today at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.). Program includes Farrenc Overture No. 1, Brahms Symphony No. 3 and more. Donations accepted. RSVP at dccos.org/performances

Pretty Boi Drag Presents #SundayService tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, Brookland (625 Monroe St., N.E.). Tickets start at $20. This annual drag church event is a celebration of community through song, dance and performance, but not religion. Dress up and show out, but leave the Bibles at home. For more information, visit eventbrite.com

Stomping Out Violence Against the LGBTQ Community is tonight from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets (5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.). This discussion presented by the Institute for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence and various agencies in the D.C.-area also features live entertainment, food and information sharing on violence prevention. Tickets are $25 on eventbrite.com.

Monday, Nov. 18

Singing with the Sisters weekly karaoke with the D.C. Sisters is at 9 p.m. tonight at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., NW). Performances starts at 9:30 p.m. Happy hour prices run all night. Visit dcsisters.org for more information. 

Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Queer Caucus Monthly Happy Hour hosted by the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America is tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.W.). Open to the public and membership is not required to socialize. For more information, visit mdcdsa.org

Wednesday, Nov. 20

The Trans-Atlantic LGBT Business Dialogue is today from 3-5 p.m. at the Swiss Embassy (2900 K St., N.W.). A valid government ID is required for entry to this free event. The Scandinavian LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Equality Chamber of Commerce for the D.C. Metro Area host a joint panel talk with a networking reception at 5 p.m. Register at eventbrite.com.

The D.C. observation of the Transgender Day of Remembrance is tonight from 6-8:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.). This annual observation commemorates those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred and serves as a reminder that most anti-transgender murder cases remain unsolved. Visit thedccenter.org for more information. 

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses Lillian Faderman’s “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). All are welcome. More information at bookmendc.blogspot.com

Thursday, Nov. 21

The Queer Book Club discusses “Destroy All Monsters” by Sam J. Miller tonight from 7-9 p.m. in the lounge of the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). Wine and snacks provided. For more information, look for the event on Facebook. 

Opera Lafayette opens its 25th anniversary season tonight DETAILS with a performance of the 1683 work “Venus and Adonis,” a French-inspired chamber opera by composer John Blow and librettist Anne Kingsmill. It will be sung in English by leads Lea Desandre and Douglas Williams. Tickets range from $60-105. Details at operalafayette.com

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Calendar: May 15-20

Events in the week to come

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SaVanna Wanzer is the activist behind May Is: All About Trans. (Photo courtesy Wanzer)

Saturday, May 15

May Is Trans DC will host a free virtual event, “May Is: Trans Pride” at 10 a.m. The event, curated by SaVanna Wanzer, will focus on addressing the critical gaps in information, services, and visibility of the transgender, gender non-conforming and gender expansive communities in the DMV. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/may-is-transpride.

The DC Center will host online support for LGBTQ+ people of color via Zoom at 1 p.m. 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. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, May 16

The DC Center and the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority will host a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian via Zoom at 1 p.m. You do not need to be a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter or the Beta Phi Omega Sorority in order to join, but they do ask that you either identify as a lesbian or are questioning that aspect of your identity. For more information, email [email protected].

May Is Trans DC will host a movie night over Zoom at 5 p.m. The movie will focus on stories about the transgender community. Grab your PJ’s, a blanket and pillow and cozy up for a relaxing night of fun. To RSVP, visit: . mayistransdc.com/event-details/movie-night.

Monday, May 17

Join GenderQueer DC for their monthly support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis – this is your group. The event will be on Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit genderqueerdc.org or their Facebook page.

Join May Is Trans DC for “Trans Led Organizations via Zoom at 7 p.m. The event will feature panelists Queen Victoria Ortaga, Jevon Martin, Kayla Gore, and Lee Blinder who will discuss how to observe the unique needs of transgender communities to create non-profit organizations. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/trans-led-organizations.

Tuesday, May 18

The DC Center will host “Bi Roundtable Discussion” via Zoom at 7 p.m. This monthly event will be an opportunity for people to gather to discuss issues related to bisexuality or as bi individuals in a private setting. For more information visit Center Bi’s Facebook page: facebook.com/centerbiplus.

“Ask Me About My Pronouns” will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. Join Will Wanzer III, Grayson Baker, and Marian Cooper for an educational conversation about how to use pronouns and best practices if you do not know someone’s pronouns. To RSVP, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/ask-me-about-my-pronouns-1.

Wednesday, May 19

“Allies of the Transgender Community” is an online panel that will be hosted on Zoom at 7 p.m. This event, organized by May Is Trans DC, will discuss the ins and outs of transgender allyship. The featured panelists are Justin Woods, Stephania Mahdi, and Jewel Addy. For more information, visit: mayistransdc.com/event-details/allies-of-the-transgender-community.

Join BookMen DC as they discuss gay literature over Zoom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit: bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Thursday, May 20

The DC Center will host an online Poly Discussion group starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is designed to be a forum for people at all different stages to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. Newcomers will be given a basic introduction into what polyamory is and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are. Attendees who are already in relationships will also be given the opportunity to discuss their situations and get advice from the group if they feel that would be helpful. This group is open to people of all sexual orientations and people who are interested in non-monogamy in both kinky and non-kinky relationships. For more information, visit: thedccenter.org/events/poly-group-discussion-2021-05-20.

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

Event sponsored by African American Health Program, National Center for Children and Families

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Montgomery County Black Communities hosts “Veterans Celebration!” at Montgomery College (Rockville Campus) on Saturday May 22 at 10 a.m. The event, associated with the catchphrase “Don’t Stress. Take the Test,” will salute veterans by providing free on-site COVID-19 testing, bags of food, COVID-19 swag, and on-site vaccine pre-registration. This event is sponsored by organizations such as the African American Health Program and the National Center for Children and Families. For more information visit AAHPcovid.com.

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts the fourth edition of “NAMI Ask the Expert Help Not Handcuffs,” a webinar dedicated to addressing mental health crises with effective community responses. During this webinar, community experts provide an overview of the crisis model being developed and implemented in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and offer background on how to get started locally on implementation of a new crisis system.

Following the presentations, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will lead a guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts including Mary Burckell, Director of Safe Haven, Nick Richard, Executive Director of NAMI St. Tammany, Tom Rowan, Project Director and Peer Support Specialist Supervisor of NAMI St. Tammany, and Judge Alan Zaunbrecher, 22nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana. To register, visit NAMI’s website.

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