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Calendar: Nov. 13-19

Events in the week to come

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The DC Center, located in the Reeves Building, has a wide array of virtual events planned in the coming week. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, November 13

The DC Center is hosting a virtual Trans Support Group session today at 7 p.m. The support group is designed as a safe space for transgender people and those who may be questioning their gender identity or expression. For more details, visit the dccenter.org/events.

Friday Tea Time is a virtual social gathering at 2 p.m. for older LGBTQ adults via Zoom.

Participants are encouraged to bring their beverage of choice while socializing with friends. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/events.

Women in their Twenties and Thirties is a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area. They are meeting at 8 p.m. via Zoom. For the link to the meeting, email [email protected].

Saturday, November 14

Center Women and the Rainbow History Project are collaborating to create a virtual LGBTQ women’s history tour. Presenters will be Cassandra Ake from Rainbow History Project and Ty Ginter from DC Dykaries. Registration costs $5 and all proceeds go to the two organizations. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. to provide an outlet for LGBTQ people of color to talk about anything affecting them. For the Zoom link to the meeting, email [email protected].

Gay District is meeting at 8 p.m. today via Zoom. Gay District is a community-based organization focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity for LGBTQ+ men between the ages of 18 and 35. To ask for the Zoom URL, email [email protected].

The DC Center is hosting a Universal Pride Meeting at 1 p.m. The group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. The discussion could include the intersections between being disabled and being LGBTQ, dating and relationships challenges, and breaking down barriers for disabled members of the LGBTQ community. The code for the Zoom meeting can be found at thedccenter.org/events.

The Indian Cultural Association is distributing free fresh fruits and vegetables at the Miller Library in Ellicott City, Md., today starting at 10 a.m. All are welcome and no IDs are required to receive free produce.

Sunday, November 15

The DC Center and Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority are leading a Black Lesbian Support Group session today at 1 p.m. Attendees do not need to be members of the sorority to join. The information to join the Zoom session can be found at thedccenter.org/events.

The DC Center is hosting its monthly support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary over Zoom at 7 p.m. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday and third Mondays of each month. More information can be found at thedccenter.org/events.

Monday, November 16

LGBT Older Adults and friends are invited to join the DC Center at 10 a.m. for a Center Aging Coffee Drop-In. For more information visit thedccenter.org and Center Aging on social media.

Tuesday, November 17

KhushDC is hosting a virtual Happy Hour at 7 p.m. KhushDC is a social, educational, and advocacy community organization for South Asian LGBTQ people in the DC metro area. For more information about Happy Hour, visit thedccenter.org/events.

There will be a virtual Bi Roundtable Discussion at 7 p.m. today, held by The Center Bi. The discussion is intended for attendees to talk about issues related to bisexuality or talk as bisexual individuals in a private setting. Details can be found at thedccenter.org/events and on The Center Bi’s social media pages.

Wednesday, November 18

BookMen DC is holding a meeting today at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be an informal group of men who are interested in both fiction and nonfiction gay literature. According to their policy, new members do not have to commit to reading every book or coming to every meeting. Visit thedccenter.org/events for more details.

Thursday, November 19

Center Women and the DC Center are partnering to throw a bingo night in celebration of Tiera Craig’s birthday starting at 7 p.m. Craig is the DC Center Board of Directors treasurer. Suggested donations for the night start at $5.

The DC Center is holding a Poly Group Discussion at 7 p.m. to discuss all aspects of polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. More information can be found at thedccenter.org/events.

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Calendar: May 7-14

Events in the week to come

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Friday, May 7

The DC Center hosts “Friday Tea Time,” a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. For access to the Zoom link and more information, contact [email protected].

Saturday, May 8

Today, the DC Center will host a support group for LGBTQ people of color at 1 p.m. via 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 that strives to be safe and judgement-free. The event includes activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc, or email your interest to [email protected].

Join the DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) for a three-part storytelling workshop series focusing on the craft of storytelling. Today’s workshop is titled, “Beyond ‘Once Upon a Time’: Story Structure and How to Use It,” will be led by writer and communications consultant, Erin Becker. For more information, you can reach out to [email protected].

Sunday, May 9

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts “Partners of Transmasc Support Group” at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The group discussion creates a partner-only space where individuals can support each other through the unique issues they face. Partners of all genders and sexual orientations are welcomed. The group is facilitated. To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Monday, May 10

LGBT older adults and friends are invited to the “Center Aging Coffee Drop-In” at 10 a.m. via Zoom. This event is an opportunity to have friendly conversations and discuss current issues you may be dealing with. For more information, visit Center Aging’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 11

The DC Center’s Coming Out Discussion Group will be at 7 p.m. via Zoom today. This event is a peer-facilitated discussion group that discusses coming out experiences and topics as it relates to doing so. For more information, visit Coming Out Discussion Group’s Facebook page.

The Trans Support Group will be hosted virtually at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This event is intended to provide emotionally and physically safe space for trans-identifying people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. All who identify under the trans umbrella or are unsure, and seek to continually reinforce our principles of respect, acceptance and protection through ongoing input from our attendees are welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Wednesday, May 12

Today, Defend Yourself hosts “Get Empowered: A Self-Defense Happy Hour” at 6:30 p.m. at the DC Center. This self-defense class will cover how to respond to negative situations through verbal and physical self-defense methods. This class is open to all genders. To get registered, visit: defendyourself.org/find-a-class.

Thursday, May 13

Taiwanese American Professionals Washington, D.C. area (TAP DC) hosts a free online mental health talk beginning at 7 p.m. The event features Claudia Nguyen, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor based in D.C. In this session, Claudia will guide attendees through topics such as racial trauma and dismantling racism. To register for the event, visit: facebook.com/TaiwaneseAmericanProfessionalsDC.

Friday, May 14

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties (WiTT) hosts a social discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area that begins at 8 p.m. This event will provide participants with the opportunity to make new friends, have new experiences, and explore the city with other great queer women. You can find more information by joining WiTT’s closed Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/womenintheir20s.

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Calendar: April 30-May 6

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Friday, April 30

REEL Affirmations screens “A Boy Like That” from today at 12 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Virtual tickets are $10 for this film about a Mexican theater acting coach who travels to New York and obsesses over a youth he believes is the reincarnation of his first love. The cost includes access to the film as well as a pre-recorded Q&A with the director and cast via Zoom. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the D.C. Public Library host the #DCQueerFlix virtual viewing of “Reaching for the Moon” tonight at 7 p.m. This biographical drama imagines American writer Elizabeth Bishop’s relationship with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo in the 1950s. Participants will watch the film together via Kanopy and chat interactively on Twitter using #DCQueerFlix and #ReachingForTheMoon. To register for this free screening, visit the event’s pages on Eventbrite and on the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Facebook page.

The May is Trans Kick Off Event: Meet and Greet Cocktail Party is tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. This free event hosted by Stoli is an opportunity for attendees to celebrate and socialize with the sponsors, panelists, moderators and everyone who contributed to the month of upcoming events to honor trans lives. To RSVP, visit mayistransdc.com.

Saturday, May 1

A transgender youth town hall is today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This event is part of the month-long series of educational and entertaining discussions and more for May is Trans. Visit mayistransdc.com to RSVP for this free event.

The LGBTQ People of Color virtual support group is today at 1 p.m. This peer support group is an affirming and judgement-free space for queer people of color to watch movies, enjoy poetry events, and more. More information is available at thedccenter.org/poc and at facebook.com/centerpoc.

Sunday, May 2

DC Gaymers hosts a virtual Dungeons and Dragons One Shot event today at noon. Level 1 games are for newer players while level 3 are for the more experienced. Participants need to create a character, sign up for Discord and Roll20, and sign up for a game before noon on game day to play. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Sharing our Stories: Conversations with LGBTQIA+ Parishioners hosted by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church is today at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. This event is facilitated by members of the parish’s Restorative Justice Group and will feature members of the LGBTQ ministry sharing stories about what it is like to be queer in the Catholic Church. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Monday, May 3

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service Planning Meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Planning meetings take place on the first Monday of every month between March and May. Visit thedccenter.org for details.

Trans Activist Charley Burton shares his story at the Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction session of the May is Trans series tonight at 8 p.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to this session on experiencing addiction and recovery. For more information, visit mayistransdc.com.

Tuesday, May 4

The May is Trans month series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with a virtual discussion with the transmen and transmasculine communities. This discussion is hosted by Mavrick Hill and includes panelists Sam Davis, Luckie Fuller and August K. Clayton. Also at 7 p.m. is a community discussion for transwomen and transfeminine folks with panelists Sharon-Franklin Brown, Diana Feliz Oliva and Bianca Humady Rey. Both discussions are followed by a Q&A. For more information and to RSVP, visit mayistransdc.com.

East City Bookshop presents “Finding Junie Kim” author Ellen Oh in conversation with Hena Khan and Linda Sue Park tonight at 7 p.m. Oh is also the president and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and this book shows the strength of a young girl who experiences racism in middle school but is inspired by her mother’s real-life experiences during the Korean War. Registration is required to attend this event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 5

May is Trans presents Stop killing Us! Now this has got to Stop, a panel discussion about ongoing violence against the transgender communities. More information is available at mayistransdc.com.

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This informal group of men meets the first and third Wednesdays monthly for about an hour to discuss gay literature. Most members live in or near D.C., but visitors and those from outside the area are welcome to join the discussion. More information is available at bookmendc.blogspot.com.

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society hosts a virtual social hour today at 8 p.m. Participants do not have to be in the DC area to join, and the event is open to all trans, nonbinary and gender diverse individuals aged 17 and up. For more information, visit dcats.org/socialhour.

Thursday, May 6

The Asian Pacific Islander Queer Support Group is tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This support group for the API queer community meets the first Thursday of every month and is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society DC and Asian Queers United for Action. For more information, visit thedccenter.org or email [email protected] to join the meeting.

May is Trans hosts a mental health in the transgender community discussion tonight at 7 p.m. Details on this session are available at mayistransdc.com.

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Out/Spoken 2021 streams live worldwide May 14

LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and Krylios

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Story District and Team Rayceen Productions present the 11th annual Out/Spoken 2021 on Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m. via livestream from Union Stage (740 Water Street S.W.).

Tickets are $20 for this LGBTQ storytelling event hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis and The Ask Rayceen Show Announcer Krylios. Ticketholders can access the live show and the recording for a 24-hour period.

This year’s program honors the District’s Pride celebrations, including Capital Pride, DC Black Pride, Capital Trans Pride, DC Latinx Pride, Youth Day and Silver Pride.

Story District’s mission is to teach and showcase the art of autobiographical storytelling in order to inspire, connect and build a diverse community of voices in the D.C. area and beyond.

For tickets and information, visit unionstage.com or storydistrict.org.

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