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Independence Day protests and more in the week to come

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Independence Day — this Saturday — is shaping up to be a huge Black Lives Matter protest day in Washington. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Friday, July 3

“FilmFest DC at Home,” an international film festival in Washington, ends today, running since April 23. Viewing is free and current film offerings include “We Have Boots,” a new film on Hong Kong’s protests, and the “tenacious democratic aspirations of this semi-autonomous Chinese city,” according to the film description. Learn more by visiting filmfestdc.org

Saturday, July 4

A George Floyd Memorial March on Washington is today at 9:30 a.m. The event begins at Lincoln Memorial (2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, N.W.) with speeches, and the march will start at 10 a.m. The route continues down the National Mall to the Washington Monument (15th St., N.W.) before occupying The Ellipse south of the White House. 

All Americans Unite protesters will gather at 10 a.m. today at the Washington Monument in a show of solidarity across all communities regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or gender identity. 

We Won’t Stand for This, hosted by the Liberty University Black Law Students Association, is also today at 10 a.m. This will be a demonstration in honor of the several Black women whose lives were lost as a result of police violence. The protest will be at the Supreme Court of the United States (1 First St N.E.). 

Also at 10 a.m. today is the 10 Million Man March on Washington. It begins at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and ends at the U.S. Capitol. 

The Black Lives Matter Protest and Unity Human Flag commemorating the lives of George Floyd, Elijah McCain and others lost to violence is at 12:30 p.m. today at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.). Participants should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. to the Washington monument to assemble the human flag for the march. 

More information on these events can be found on their respective Facebook pages.

Sunday, July 5

The Sculpture Garden has reopened daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily with social distancing and required face coverings. The available monuments are located along Constitution Ave., N.W. between 7th and 9th Streets N.W. The East and West buildings are currently closed to the public. Visit nga.gov for more information. 

Monday, July 6

The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community hosts a “Center Aging Coffee Drop-In” via Zoom today and every Monday from 10 a.m.-noon. Older LGBTQ adults are invited to join the center for positive conversations or to talk about any hardships. Visit the Center Aging’s Facebook page to learn more. 

Tuesday, July 7

P&P Live! Presents a virtual book reading today at 4 p.m. for Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton’s first children’s book together, “Grandma’s Gardens.” A Q&A with Lissa Muscatine, co-founder of Politics and Prose, and the audience will follow the reading. Tickets are $18.99-24. Look for the event on Facebook for details. 

Wednesday, July 8 

A Kennedy Center “Couch Concert,” is today at 4 p.m., as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, the Kennedy Center spotlights a variety of different entertainers, including hip hop, comedy and D.C.-area artists to be streamed. Learn more by visiting kennedy-center.org/whats-on.

Thursday, July 9

The D.C. Area Transmasculine society is hosting a “Transmasc and Nonbinary Game Night at 7 p.m. tonight on Jackbox.tv, a multi-player video game tool. The audience will be polled at the beginning of the event with four options: Guesspionage, Tee K.O, Quiplash 2 or Trivia Murder Party. Learn more by visiting dcats.org

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Ladies Tea event to benefit SMYAL

Fall Edition held at Hank’s Oyster Bar

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“Ladies Tea: Fall Edition,” a fundraising event, will be hosted on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Hank’s Oyster Bar Dupont Circle. 

Ladies are encouraged to celebrate fall while mixing and mingling at the Up Bar and outdoor patio space of Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Proceeds from the event will go to SMYAL DC, which supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the D.C. region. 

Tickets for the event cost $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Calendar: September 30-October 6

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Friday, September 30

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more information, email Adam at [email protected] 

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City.” This event is ideal for making new connections and community building or just to unwind and enjoy extended happy hour. This event is free and more information is available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 1

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. You can RSVP for this event on the DC Center’s website.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space the strives to be safe and judgement free. There are all sorts of activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others.For more information, email [email protected]

Sunday, October 2

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

Monday, October 3

Center Aging Advocacy Meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Participants are welcome to provide guidance and feedback on programs and services for LGBT older adults here at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. For more information, email Adam at [email protected]

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. 

Tuesday, October 4

Center Aging: Women’s Social and Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. There will be discussion, activities, and a chance for guests to share what they want future events to include. For more information, visit the DC Center’s website. 

Wednesday, October 5

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 thedccenter.org/careers

BookMen DC will be at 7:30 p.m. in  person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is an informal group of men who are interested in fiction and non-fiction gay literature. For more information, visit BookMen’s website. 

Thursday, October 6

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

“Elements DC Throw It Back Thursdaze, an LGBTQ Night” will be at 8 p.m. at Elements DC. This event will have DJs, live music, happy hour specials and more. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

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CBC to host Newark mayor for doc screening

‘Why Is We Americans?’ to be shown at Planet Word

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The Congressional Black Caucus will host a screening of “Why Is We Americans” on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Planet Word.

The documentary is an intimate portrait of the family of Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras Baraka who merges art, culture, and politics in the fight for social justice.

There will also be a special presentation of “The Book of Baraka,” his Audible Original audio book that recounts his journey from poet to principal to peacemaker, through his own powerful, inspiring words.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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