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Calendar: July 3-9

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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Calendar: June 18-24

Events in the week to come

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Friday, June 18

Join the National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives as they present their LGBTQ+ archive collections virtually at 8 a.m. In this event, Vicky Iglikowski-Broad from The National Archives and Stefan Dickers from Bishopsgate will explore the different strengths of their collections, to reflect on how they can be used together to build a fuller picture of LGBTQ+ lives. Event registration is available on Eventbrite.

“DISDance, Pride Edition- Still We Dance” will be at 6:30 p.m. Join the D.C. Public Library and show your Pride by dancing with the Library’s Freegal music collections. Post a video or photo of you and your crew dancing or lip-syncing to Instagram and tag D.C. Public Library on Instagram (@dcpubliclibrary) using the tags #DCPLDanceParty and #StillWeDance. The library’s favorite videos will be shared, and crown the video with the most likes the virtual Queen of Pride. All four Pride playlists are available on Freegal with the names Still We Lead, Still We Live, Still We Laugh, and Still We Love.

Saturday, June 19

Join the DC Center for its 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].

Sunday, June 20

Join the DC Center and the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority for a peer-led support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. 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. This event will be hosted on Zoom at 1 p.m. More details are available here.

Monday, June 21

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, visit Center Aging’s webpage.

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

Tuesday, June 22

The European Union Delegation to the United States will host “Joining Forces for LGBTI Rights Around the World” virtually at 9:30 p.m. This event is a discussion on how the international community can help advance LGBTI rights around the world and will feature panelists: Mark Bromley, chair of The Council for Global Equality, Olena Shevchenko, director of Insight, and Urooj Arshad, senior program manager of Dignity for All: LGBTIQ+ Assistance Program, Freedom House. Registration for this free event is available on Eventbrite.

“Rainbow Challah Tutorial and Discussion” will be at 5 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome to attend this event. Challah is a type of bread traditionally baked to celebrate the Jewish sabbath. Attendees will be provided with the recipe and materials list in advance if they would like to make it at home. There will also be a discussion about food, identity, and community. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-543-1778 x204.

Wednesday, June 23

Capital Pride Alliance and Hook Hall will host “Hooked on Capital Pride” at 2 p.m. There will be drink specials, music, and celebration of all things LGBTQ+. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support the Capital Pride Alliance and partner Pride organizations responsible for producing Youth Pride, Silver Pride DC, DC Black Pride, DC Latinx Pride, Capital AAPI Pride, and Trans Pride, through the GivePride365 Fund. Every reservation will include a bottle of Rose Bubbly, and cabana reservations will come with a bonus celebration kit! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Join the LGBTQIA Alliance Washington National Cathedral for a free webinar featuring Billy Curtis, director, Gender Equity Resource Center UC Berkeley on Zoom at 8 p.m. Curtis is a community activist and advocate who was hired as UC Berkeley’s first full-time director for LGBT Resources in 1999. Curtis is currently the director of the university’s Gender Equity Resource Center. To register for this event, visit: capitalpride.org.

Thursday, June 24

Join the DC Public Library for a poetry reading with Micah Powell from his book “Things No One Else Wants to Say.” Micah will read from his book and join a conversation with DC’s own Regie Cabico, poet and director of Capturing Fire Press. The event will be hosted on Facebook and YouTube at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit the library’s website.

Hope in a Box will host “Books That Make Us: A Pride Month Celebration of LGBTQ+ Stories” online at 8 p.m. The event will feature a number of notable figures including Jahana Hayes, member of Congress (D-Conn.) and 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Zach Stafford, columnist for MSNBC and former editor of the Advocate. Tickets are available at: hopeinabox.splashthat.com.

The DC Anti-Violence Program will have an open meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. At this meeting, there will be opportunities to learn more and get involved in lessening violence both within and directed toward the LGBT communities. To access the Zoom link, email [email protected].

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Blade live chat with ‘Real Housewives’ author Moylan

Interview to ‘spill the tea’ on all aspects of hit Bravo franchise

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Join the Washington Blade for a live interview with Brian Moylan, a former Blade staffer and author of the new book “The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives.” The book explores the origins and ongoing popularity of the franchise. Moylan will be interviewed by his former boss, Blade editor Kevin Naff. The two promise to “spill the tea” Housewives-style about all aspects of the hit Bravo franchise, including whether or not the shows are scripted and just how controlling Bravo is when it comes to marketing the Housewives.

The interview will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 and will stream on all Blade social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The interview will be uploaded to Instagram after it concludes.

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SAAM celebrates drag culture, American art

Virtual bingo night hosted by KC B. Yoncé

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “Virtual Drag Queen Art Bingo Night” on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by DC drag diva KC B. Yoncé.

Event attendees are encouraged to register now and request 1 to 4 printable bingo cards featuring artwork by American artists who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

D.C.-area registrants are eligible to get 10% off Red Bear Brewing’s official 2021 Pride Helles lager, Smash Me With A House. This offer is available for pick up only while supplies last. Must be 21+ with proper ID and show SAAM coupon to Red Bear Brewing staff to apply the discount.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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