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Calendar: Feb. 12-18

Events in the week to come



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The African American History and Culture Museum presents Historically Speaking: An Evening with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday. (Washington Blade archive photo by Jim Marks)

Friday, Feb. 12

REEL Affirmations On Demand hosts a virtual screening of “Love the One You’re With,” a Black History Month celebration of queer Black love, beginning today at noon. Virtual tickets are $10 and grant access to the film until noon on Saturday. For more information, visit

Red Bear Brewing (209 M St., N.E.) hosts RuPaul Viewing tonight at 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy beer, food, and cocktails while watching contestants claw their way to victory on the big screens. Visit for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 13 (Galentine’s Day / Palentine’s Day)

The D.C.-area Transmasculine Society Pal-entine’s Day: Self Love virtual event is today at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Both cis and trans folks are invited to this creative event, which includes a guided card-making activity. Individuals who register for this free event can receive a downloadable affirmations journal and a Valentine’s Day card. For more information and to register, visit or their Facebook event page.

It’s the Year of the Ox and the Smithsonian American Art Museum,the Chinese Cultural Institute and the Chinese Embassy host free virtual celebrations today beginning at 10 a.m. For more information on crafts, video performances and more, visit the SAAM Family Zone at

Sunday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day)

Lesbians in Love hosts a virtual Valentine’s Day LGBTQ+ Partner Yoga Date tonight at 6 p.m. This a free couples event and all genders and levels of yoga experience are welcome. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 15

Click in With Coach hosted by A League of Her Own and Em Bank continues tonight at 7 p.m. This weekly “bar talk” virtual event is a chance for regulars and newbies to meet and continue to build a community. Venmo will also be available to tip the bartender. More information is at

Tuesday, Feb. 16

The African American History and Culture Museum presents Historically Speaking: An Evening with the Rev. Jesse Jackson tonight at 7 p.m. online. This free-to-attend conversation with Jackson and his biographer David Masciotra discusses Jackson’s history and views on the present within the context of his latest biography “I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters.” Visit for more information on this and other Black History Month events.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an informal group of men interested in gay literature and new members are welcome to drop in and join the discussion. Visit for more information.

A virtual queer / trans femmes meetup hosted by Queer in Oakland and Femme4Femme is tonight at 9 p.m. For tickets and information, visit their Eventbrite page.

Thursday, Feb 18

The Anacostia Community Museum presents a virtual presentation on John R. Kinard, the first African American director of a Smithsonian museum today at 2:30 p.m. This free event is led by his daughter Dr. Joy G. Kinard and details his innovations which serve as a model for museums around the world. For more information and to register for this Zoom discussion, visit

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Parties abound with Silver Pride, the ASANA Series and more



From left, join the Nice Jewish Boys for a happy hour, watch Brooklyn Heights host the Trailer Park Ball and catch a drag show hosted by Rickey Rosé this week. (Blade file photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Silver Pride

Rayceen Pendarvis hosts Silver Pride. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

UPDATE: Silver Pride was postponed; a new date is expected to be announced soon.

Join host Rayceen Pendarvis for ‘Back for the First Time: Silver Pride 2022″ at Studio Theatre this afternoon for a celebration of senior members of the LGBTQ+ community.

ASANA Series Opening Party

Tuesday, August 16
6:30-11 p.m.
Pitchers / ALOHO
2317 18th Street, N.W.

The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America kicks off its ASANA World Series in D.C. with a party at Pitchers/ALOHO on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Ba’Naka and features special guests DJ Tracy Young, Tatiyanna Voché and E-Cleff.

NJB Hot Boy Summer Happy Hour

Nice Jewish Boys held the “Mr. Nice Jewish Boy” competition last month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 18
6:30-9 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.

The Nice Jewish Boys hold a happy hour on Thursday at Number Nine.

Kaftan Couture Happy Hour

Thursday, August 18
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

The D.C. Boys of Leather mix it up with a kaftan party at Trade on Thursday.

LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Friday, August 19
7-9 p.m.
Moxy Washington
1011 K Street, N.W.
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Go Gay DC! hosts a meet-and-greet at Moxy on Friday. Come by to make some new friends in the LGBTQ community.

We The Kingz: Wet n’ Wild

Ricky Rosé (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover

Rickey Rosé hosts the We The Kingz show featuring Artemis Demon, Atom Glambert, Baphomette and Phoenix King at JR.’s on Friday.

discoVERS Anniversary

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
734 11th Street, N.W.

discoVERS returns to SAX for its one year anniversary with DJs Robbie Leslie and Alexis Tucci. There will be a special performance by KC B. Yoncé. The event will sell out, so get your tickets now.

ASANA Series Closing Party

Saturday, August 20
5:30-11 p.m.
DC Brau Brewing Company
3178 Baldensburg Road, N.E., Suite B

The ASANA World Series finishes with a bang. The Closing Party will be held at DC Brau on Saturday.

Miss Gay Eastern States America

Saturday, August 20
7-11 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Are you in Rehoboth this weekend? Catch a drag competition at the Convention Center on Saturday.

The Trailer Park Ball

Sunday, August 21
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

The Trailer Park Ball will be held on Sunday at Freddie’s. All Tips and donations are to benefit the Imperial Court of Washington and Reign X Charities.

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Award-winning gay comedian returning to D.C.

Sampson McCormick performs at Comedy Loft



Sampson McCormick brings his latest comedy show to D.C. later this month. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

D.C. native and award-winning comedian Sampson McCormick will perform in a series of shows from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27 at the DC Comedy Loft. 

The themes of the shows will include cancel culture and sensitivity —especially as they relate to the rise in violence against comedians — LGBTQ issues and probe many of the other current topics that have been circulating in the news and in conversations on social media and among the public.

Tickets are available on DC Comedy Loft’s website.  

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Reel Affirmations to screen new film

‘Sweetheart’ to run at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema



A scene from 'Sweetheart.' (Production still courtesy of Reel Affirmations)

Reel Affirmations, a branch of the DC Center for the LGBT Community that platforms LGBTQ film, will screen “Sweetheart” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema. This film will be screened as part of its monthly series. 

“Sweetheart” is a coming-of-age film about a socially awkward and environmentally conscious teenager who meets a carefree lifeguard while on holiday with her family. 

In-person tickets cost $15 and virtual tickets cost $10. Virtual tickets can be purchased on this link. 

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