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Calendar: April 16-22

Events in the week to come



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Friday, April 16

The Japan Information and Culture Center presents a virtual screening of “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” for their April J-Film selection tonight at 7 p.m. This free film is about an orphan girl who transforms the life of a boatman facing modernization to his valley and it features many cameos by highly regarded Japanese actors. Viewer discretion is advised for depictions of graphic violence. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Saturday, April 17

A free discussion of Dr. Alisha Lola Jones’ book “Flaming?: The Peculiar Theo-Politics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance” is tonight at 7 p.m. on the African American History and Culture Museum Facebook page. This conversation explores the ways male gospel performers negotiate identity in Black religious spaces. For more information, explore the event calendar on

DJ Travis Island and VJ Tre present Nicks Flix: Mac Attack Saturday, April 17 at 9 p.m. via Twitch. This free virtual event features all Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks music videos. For more information, visit DJ Travis Island on social media or

The 20th Anniversary Depeche Mode Dance Party hosted by the Black Cat via Twitch is tonight at 9 p.m. This free virtual event, also celebrating 20 years of FYM Productions, streams live and features a special 4-hour DJ set of deep-cuts and favorites. For more information, visit and the Facebook event page.

Sunday, April 18

A Black lesbian peer support group hosted by the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Beta Phi Omega Sorority is today at 1 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit

The American Indian Museum presents Indigenous Poetry: Resilience, a free on-demand event via the SmithsonianNMAI YouTube channel. During the presentation, Indigenous poets offer inspiration while reciting their works about resilience. More information is available at

Monday, April 19

The monthly GenderQueer DC support group meeting for people who identify outside of the gender binary is tonight at 7 p.m. More information is available at or at

Tuesday, April 20

Sonora Jha, author of “How to Raise a Feminist Son,” discusses issues of motherhood, culture and masculinity on P&P Live tonight at 6 p.m. The book follows one mother’s journey to raise a feminist son as a single immigrant woman of color in America. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 21

BookMen DC, an informal group of men who are interested in gay literature, meets today at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This group consists mostly of members in the DC area, but visitors for other places are welcome to drop in and join the discussion. For more information, visit

P&P Live! presents “Crying in H Mart” author Michelle Zauner tonight at 7 p.m. Zauner, a singer, songwriter and guitarist shares her story about growing up as one of the few Asian American kids in her school in Eugene, Oregon, precious moments spent with her grandmother in Seoul, Korea, and the feeling of losing her “Koreanness” even while finding musical success. Free tickets and information about this discussion are available at

Thursday, April 22

The DC Public Library presents “On Poetry and Activism: an Evening with Clint Smith” tonight at 6 p.m. via Facebook and YouTube. This award-winning author’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and more. He currently teaches writing and literature at the DC Central Detention Facility and his debut nonfiction book “How the Word is Passed” explores how historical sites recon with their relationship with the history of slavery. More information is available at and on the event’s Facebook page.

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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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