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Celebrating Rayceen

‘Living Black History’ event is Feb. 20

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“Rayceen Pendarvis is Living Black History,” presented by Team Rayceen Productions and the D.C. Public Library, is Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Public Library (3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W.). All are welcome and admission is free.

This special LGBTQ-inclusive Black History Month event features live music, interviews and more, including an artwork showcase with exhibits by Black Broadway on U, Rainbow History Project and other special exhibitors. Scheduled performers include KiDe Music with Kia Bennet and Desiree Jordan, Nia Simmons, Moon Newbill and Micah Powell.

For free tickets and information, visit teamrayceen.eventbrite.com

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Mayor’s office offers tech training for trans job seekers

Program trans and non-binary individuals interested in building skills

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The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs in conjunction with BYTE BACK will offer a program titled “Transgender Pathway Project: a Free Top Notch Computer Training + Employment Readiness Program” for transgender and non-binary-identifying individuals interested in building essential skills in tech and earning the associated recognized certifications.

The program will offer opportunities to learn essential skills in computer foundations courses; obtain recognized Microsoft and CompTIA certifications; and get hired in an administrative or IT career job.

Admission to the program is competitive with priority given to career-seekers. To register, you must meet the eligibility requirements and pass an assessment test. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 202-903-3958. 

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Inaugural #RainbowRideDC set for June 26

Event to raise awareness, funds for HIPS

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The ANC Rainbow Caucus, GGWash, WABA, members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Lime will host the inaugural #RainbowRideDC on Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. 

The event will celebrate queer liberation history on a ride throughout the District and raise awareness and funds for HIPS, an organization that has promoted the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. 

To attend the event, please RSVP. Donations to HIPS can also be made on HIPS’s website.

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Md. civil rights commission hosts LGBTQ health event

Communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers’

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On Monday, June 28, the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights will host a virtual event titled “A Hidden Health Crisis: Health Disparities Facing the LGBTQ Community” to celebrate Pride month and “[stand] as allies and in support of the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community.”

The statement released by the commission reads, “Progress has been achieved in Maryland. Yet the arc of justice must continuously bend towards supporting all historically excluded communities, often while combating against intolerance.  In Maryland, LGBTQ+ communities ‘continue to face significant and disturbing barriers in almost every facet of their lives, including public health, employment, community safety and housing.’  Maryland must identify and address disparities.”

This free virtual event begins at 12 p.m. and registration is available on Eventbrite.

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