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Calendar: Feb. 26-March 4

Events in the week to come



Nora Highland, gay news, Washington Blade
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Friday, Feb. 26

REEL Affirmations on Demand presents a preview screening of “Nora Highland,” a film exploring praise given to straight actors in queer roles, beginning Friday, Feb. 26 at noon. A $10 virtual ticket grants unlimited access to the film until noon on Saturday, Feb. 27. It also grants access to a pre-recorded Zoom Q&A with Director Ryan Spahn and the cast. Tickets and information are available at

Saturday, Feb. 27

The Women Veterans United Committee, Inc., honors D.C. and Maryland National Guard and Reserves service members as well as area First Responders for their work during the pandemic on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m via Zoom. This virtual event is part of the “COVID-19: Our Lives Matter” series, which includes a Black History program by the Coalition of Churches and Community on Sunday and a Homebound and Homeless discussion panel on Monday. All events start at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. For more information, email the group at [email protected] or at [email protected]

Sunday, Feb. 28

Global K-Pop sensation BTS hosts a free one-day online concert today at 5 p.m. Eastern via Facebook. Live Online Concert Hd and Live Stream Online Music presents this event and encourages early registration before access fills up. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

Monday, March 1

The 2021 Multicultural Womxn’s Conference hosted by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates launches Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m. and runs until Friday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. This free four-day event discusses issues and challenges common to womxn across cultures and backgrounds with a goal of elevating participants through mentoring and empowerment. There are also economic-focused discussions on the impacts of the pandemic, recognizing bullying and harassment, and a spotlight on community “sHEROs.” To register or learn more, visit the symposium’s pages on Facebook and Eventbrite. 

Tuesday, March 2

BookMen DC meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an informal group of men who are interested in sharing gay literature and mostly live in the D.C. area, but visitors from outside the Beltway are welcome. For more information and for the book schedule, visit

Wednesday, March 3

P&P Live! and the DC Public Library present a discussion with children’s book author Sharee Miller about her picture book “Michelle’s Garden” today at 4 p.m. This tale for young readers tells the true story of when local students, the White House staff and former President Barack Obama helped former First Lady Michelle Obama grow the biggest kitchen garden the White House had ever seen. More information is available at, Facebook and Eventbrite. 

Today at 7 p.m. P&P Live! also presents a discussion with Dave Zirin, the award-winning author of “Singled Out,” the story of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player who is credited with inventing the “high five.” Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live as a gay man until his AIDS-related death at 42. For more information on this free event, visit

Thursday, March 4

The Smithsonian American History Museum and the African Art Museum present “Saragua Mourning,” a short film by Nigerian-born artist Zina Saro-Wiwa about her murdered father political activist Ken Sara-Wiwa, today at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. This free screening will be followed by a conversation with the artists by curator Karen Milbourne as part of this Women’s History Month event. More information is available at

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Calendar: June 18-24

Events in the week to come



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

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:

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:

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



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



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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