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Calendar: Dec. 6-12

Meetings, concerts and parties in the week to come



Miss Pixie’s Holiday Market is today (Blade file photo)

Friday, Dec. 6

Miss Pixie’s seventh annual Holiday Market is today from 5-8 p.m. at Miss Pixies Furnishings and Whatnot (1626 14th St., N.W.). About 15 local businesses are on display for a night shopping, jazz by The Bitter Dose Combo and vegetarian paella from the Barcelona Wine Bar. Raffle proceeds donated to Casa Ruby. Free tickets available at

The Dirty Nil with guests Single Mothers and Debt Crisis performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). This 2017 Juno award-winning Canadian punk rock band opened for The Who following their successful debut single “Fuckin’ Up Young.” Tickets are $12 on

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington sings Christmas songs tonight from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center (9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Md.). Register for free tickets at

Bearlesque is tonight at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Hosted by Josh Schonewolf and featuring Turnpyke, Derek Deposit and Thurston Trapp. Visit for more information on this and other events. 

Kylie Christmas 3 is tonight at 10 p.m. at JR.’s bar (1519 17th St., N.W.). D.J. Travis Island serves up all Kylie Minogue videos all night long to kick off the holiday season. More information at

Saturday, Dec. 7

Queer/Trans/Nonbinary Yoga is today from 2-4 p.m. At Lamont Dharma House (1719 Lamont St., N.W.) This class is a chance to dive deeper into yogic practices in a safe, friendly queer space. Tickets start at $15 on

The Christmas Revels presents “Celestial Fools” today at 2 p.m. hosted by Seth Kibel Music and Washington Revels (531 Dale Dr., Silver Spring, Md.). Featuring a night of music from around the globe including Arabic drumming and dance, Japanese dance and theater, Jewish song and more. Tickets start at $17 on

The Holi-Gay Party Fundraiser for Rainbow Families is tonight from 7-11p.m. at the Belgard (33 N St., N.E.). Cocktails and queer holiday cheer offered to help raise money for Rainbow Families, a nonprofit committed to supporting LGBTQ family building and parenting. Visit for more information. 

LGBTQ Youth Open Mic Night is tonight from 7-10 p.m. at the Montgomery County College (51 Mannakee St., Rockville, Md.). Co-sponsored by the MoCo Pride Center. Admission is free, snacks and beverages provided. More information is available on Facebook events.

Freddie’s Follies Drag Show is tonight form 8-10 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.). Show starts at 8, $5 cover. Visit for more information. 

AfroBeats, Hip Hop, Dancehall and Soca are the order of the night at Barcode (1101 17th St., N.W.) at 9 p.m. All are invited to celebrate a diverse club experience with an international mix of music. Tickets are available at on

Rewind: Request Line with D.J. Darryl Strickland is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern (1335 Green Court, N.W.). Featuring video hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s. No cover. Visit for more information on this and other events. 

The Planet: A Dance Party for the L Word is tonight at 11 p.m. at the DC9 (1940 9th St., N.W.). Music and dance to celebrate the return of “The L Word.” Tickets start at $5 at

Sunday, Dec. 8

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation 2019 World AIDS Day Concert is tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Saint Yves (1220 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). Food and drinks will be served during this commemoration for those lost and a promise to continue the fight. Register for free tickets on

Partners of Transmasculine Folx hosted by the D.C. Area Transmasculine Society meets today from 5-7 p.m. at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.). A participant-led group discussion for the friends and significant others of those assigned female at birth. For more information visit

ZooLights continues tonight 5-9 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). This free event features live music performances, food and holiday shopping. New this year are dozens of large, glowing animal lanterns. More information at national

The Human Rights Campaign of Greater Washington screens the premier of “The L Word: Generation Q” at A League of Her Own (2319 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. RSVP to watch the return of this critically acclaimed series at

Singer-songwriter Vienna Teng performs at The Hamilton Live (600 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. This straight artist’s songs “Inland Territory” and “City Hall” have been embraced by the LGBTQ community for their romantic queer themes. Tickets start at $28.75 on

Monday, Dec. 9

Coffee and Conversation for Older LGBT Adults is today from 10 a.m.-noon at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., Suite 105). Older LGBT and friends are welcome to enjoy friendly conversation and a free cup of coffee in the D.C. Center lounge. Visit the center’s Facebook page for more information.

Wicked Bloom Mondays continues from 5-10 p.m. tonight at Wicket Bloom (1540 North Capitol St., N.W.). DJ Mim spins music to liven up your post-holiday Monday. For more information on the venue, visit

Whitman-Walker’s Community Volunteer Night is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W., 6th floor). Volunteers are invited to help assemble STI self-testing kits with health center staff. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]

Fake President: Conversation with Ralph Nader, Mark Green and Andy Shallal is tonight at 6 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (2012 14th St., N.W.). Nader and Green, both leading consumer advocates, discuss their new book about Trump. More information on

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Happy Hour and Bingo for Rainbow Youth Alliance is tonight from 6-10 p.m. at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) Have a drink and play drag bingo to support LGBTQ youth. All are welcome. Visit for more information on this and other events. 

Cher’s “Here We Go Again” Tour is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Capital One Arena (601 F St., N.W.). Joining this legendary entertainer are special guests Nile Rodgers & Chic, known for hits such as “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” Tickets start at $29.95 on Ticketmaster.

Busboys and Poets Open Mic Night is tonight from 9-11 p.m. at Busboys and Poets (2012 14th St., N.W.). A diverse chorus of voices deliver the unexpected. $5 cover. Visit for more information. 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

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., N.E.). Friends and partners are welcome when accompanied by someone transmasculine to this 17-and-up event. More information at

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at 1800 K St., N.W., Suite 1800. Tonight’s book is Andre Aciman’s “Find Me,” the sequel to the bestseller “Call Me by Your Name.” Email [email protected] to RSVP. Newcomers welcome. 

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

Lez Read meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Politics and Prose coffeehouse (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). This group reads a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction books on lesbian and queer themes written by lesbian or queer-identified authors. For questions on the selection, email [email protected].

Thursday, Dec. 12

Thirst Trap Thursdays hosted by Venus Valhalla is tonight at Pitchers (2317 18th St., N.W.) at 11 p.m. Cocktails and music while drag artists entertain. Show starts at 11. Visit for more information. 

Single Tingle: A Singles Happy Hour for LGBTQ Womxn is tonight at XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.). Happy hour until 7 p.m., specialty cocktails until 8. A space dedicated to local LGBTQ womxn looking to mingle, mix and more. More information on


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NLGJA to host annual Pride happy hour 

LGBTQ journalist group to hold event at Kiki



The Association of LGBTQ Journalists will host “NLGJA-DC’s Pride Happy Hour 2023” on Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at Kiki. 

This annual event is open to members, their guests and all others interested in attending.

Attendance is free of charge and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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Calendar: May 26-June 1

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, May 26

Center Aging Monthly Yoga & Lunch will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Lunch will be held in the climate-controlled atrium at the Reeves Center. To RSVP for this event, visit the DC Center’s website

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This event is a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area and a great way to make new friends and meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting. For more details, join WiTT’s closed Facebook group.

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

Saturday, May 27

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breathwork, 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 pm the day before.

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

Sunday, May 28

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to meet new faces in the LGBTQ community. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

“Largest LGBTQIA+ Singles Flamingle” will be at 7 p.m. at THRoW Social DC. Guests can enjoy signature cocktail and wine specials, food, games, and live music while mingling with single people in the local LGBTQ community. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, May 29

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

AYA Art Collective will host “AYA Art Exchange” at 6 p.m. at Eaton House. This event will be an evening of Afrocentric Performance Art and will be centered around Black queer and trans performers in the DMV area who will showcase their artistic talents and gifts. Tickets start at $7.77 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, May 30

Institute for Sexual & Gender Minority Health will host “Inclusion and Advancement of LGBTQ+ People in STEM Fields” at 1 p.m. at American Association for the Advancement of Science. The goal of the festival is e to educate attendees about the current landscape impacting LGBTQ people in STEM, share the personal and professional experiences, and offer real and actionable ideas for addressing disparities. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “Creative Connections – Collaborative Drawing w/ the Washington Spirit” at 5 p.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs. This event will be a chance to draw on a decal that will be showcased on the sidelines during the Washington Spirit Game. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the office’s Pride Night Out at Audi Field. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, May 31

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

Thursday, June 1

API Queer Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Community co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society DC and Asian Queers United for Action. For more details, email [email protected]

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Check out these D.C. Black Pride events

Here’s where to celebrate Blackness and queerness in the city



D.C. Black Pride arrives this weekend. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Pride festivities in the capital city will kick off this weekend with D.C. Black Pride. Below is a partial list of events you can attend to get your energy revved up for a month of activities:

Welcome To DC Happy Hour will be on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at 640 Rhode Island Ave., N.E. This kickoff event will allow guests to drink and mingle with friends while celebrating Black Pride. There will be music by DJ MoMoney. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

The 4th Annual DC Black Pride Unity Ball will be at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Washington, D.C. The Capitol Ballroom Council in collaboration with Icon Charles West, Legends Twiggy Garcon, Duante’ Balenciaga, and Domo Alpha Omega will come together to celebrate D.C.’s ballroom community. There will be more than $3,000 in cash prizes across various categories. For more details, visit DC Black Pride’s website.

For The Culture Brunch Cruise will be on Friday, May 27 at 12 p.m. at 580 Water St. This Saturday Morning at the DC Wharf will have food, bottomless drinks, and amazing music. Tickets start at $125 and include bottomless mimosas, bottomless Bloody Marys, a brunch buffet, sounds by DJ Obie, and a live performance by Le’Andria Johnson. Le’Andria will be performing on Deck 1. 

Rainbow Row: Organization & Vendor Expo will be at 5 p.m. at Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown. This event will be a vendor and organizations expo to support the Black community. For more details, visit DC Black Pride’s website.

DMV Black Pride Gospel Explosion 23 will be on Sunday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. at The Community Church of Washington, D.C. United Church of Christ. There will be music performances from DMV gospel artists, churches, singers and the DMVP Mass Choir. Offerings collected at this event will be donated to a local nonprofit. For more information, contact Deidre Gay at 301-383-3850. 

The Finale Rooftop Day Party will be on Sunday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Twelve After Twelve. This indoor and outdoor experience will feature multiple rooms with multiple DJs and drink specials. Advance tickets cost $15. For more details, email [email protected].

Pride Super Party (Wet Dreamz) will be at 10 p.m. at The Park at 14th. This event will be hosted by Daryl Wilson Promotions. There will be a stage show, food trucks, frozen drinks and more. For more details, visit Daryl Wilson’s Instagram.

Brunch & Babes: 2nd Annual DC Black Pride Iconic Drag Brunch will be at 12 p.m. at Hook Hall. This event will be hosted by the iconic Sophia McIntosh and feature the icons of “Atlanta” including Stasha Sanchez Garcon and Raquell Lord Balenciaga. There will also be appearances from Exotic Lord Mugler, Syria Synclaire, Paris Brooks-Bonet Ebony and Haven Garcon. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

PRIDE In The Park will be on Monday, May 29 at 12 p.m. at Fort Dupont Park. At this festival, guests will be treated to free food, games, axe throwing, henna tattoos, and more, all for free. There will be a lineup of performers, including Reesa Renee, Deja B. and Meeche Korrect. The event will be hosted by Royce and MC Boom.

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