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Calendar: Sept. 4-10

Events in the week to come



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Friday, Sept. 4

Busboys and Friends! Zoom Dinner presents writer and political analyst Anand Giridharadas tonight at 6 p.m. This event is free but attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Giridharadas’ works include “True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas” about a campaign to save Mark Stroman, a murderer of immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in revenge for the 9/11 terror attacks. Rais Bhuiyan survived one of Stroman’s shootings and the book explores his quest to forgive. To RSVP, visit this event’s Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

Off the Mall Tours (1455 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) presents Madams of D.C. tonight from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Guests will learn how Pennsylvania Avenue became D.C.’s most notorious red light district during an unprecedented rise in prostitution during and after the Civil War. for tickets and information visit

Saturday, Sept. 5

Brunch at Freddies hosted by National Landing BID, Go Gay D.C. and Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., S, Arlington, Va.) is today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is served on the patios and inside, or is available for curbside takeout. Call ahead to (703) 685-0555 for more information or visit

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Night is tonight at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe Washington D.C. (999 E St., N.W.). Tickets are $5 for this socially distanced event. Seating opens at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Masks and temperature checks required. This event is part of “Freddie for a Weekend” in celebration of Freddie Mercury of Queen’s birthday and ticket price includes guaranteed seating, soda and popcorn. For tickets and information, visit and

Sigma D.C.’s weekly Saturday Dungeon Party is tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. Entry is $20 for members and $30 for everyone else. Sigma D.C. (1636 R St., N.W.) is D.C.’s only all-male BDSM space, but they have reduced the total number of people allowed in the space and made other adjustments due to pandemic concerns. For more information on reservations and other COVID precautions, email [email protected].

Sunday, Sept. 6

A Baltimore Drag Brunch hosted by Bookmakers Cocktail (31 E Cross St., Baltimore) is today. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the show starts at 12:30 p.m. This event features a $35 brunch buffet, $4 Mimosas and Bloody Marys, drag performances, twerk contests and more. Reservations are required and can be made through

Monday, Sept. 7

Showtunes in the Streets hosted by JR.’s bar (1519 17th St., N.W.) is tonight at 8 p.m. This event includes content both video-streamed online via @JRsBar_DC on Twitter and in-person on a giant projector. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 8 p.m. to grab a seat, order a drink and enjoy the full show. Seating reservations are required through

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Second Tuesday Queer Trivia, hosted by A League of Her Own, is tonight from 7-9 p.m. This virtual event is an opportunity for queer participants to join in groups and share knowledge of women’s contributions to sports, literature and more. For more information, visit this event’s page on Facebook.

Rainbow Families Annual Conference is an all-day virtual event to connect businesses and service providers who work with the LGBTQ community with queer families, parents-to-be and allies. To register, and for more information on the scheduled events, visit

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Transmasculine and Nonbinary Social Hour is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.). This event is for those who are 17-and-up and are masculine of center but assigned female at birth, including trans men, AFAB nonbinary, two-spirit and gender queer folks. Friends and partners are welcome when accompanied by someone transmasculine. For more information, visit or the Facebook event page.

Get Empowered! A Self-Defense Happy Hour is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W., suite 105). This class is open to all genders. To register, visit or

Thursday, Sept. 10

Grupo LGBTQ en Centro Empoderate Washington, D.C. presented by La Clinica del Pueblo, Centro Empoderate is today from 5-7 p.m. via Facebook Live. Empoderate! Builds on La Clinica’s 20 year history of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Latinx community by tackling underlying issues of isolation, depression and more. For more information, visit this event’s Facebook page or email [email protected].

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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:

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 or

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: .

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 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:

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:

“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:

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:

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

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:

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

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



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

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts



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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