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Calendar: April 23-29

Events in the week to come

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Friday, April 23

The Japan Information and Culture Center hosts a virtual screening of “Tamako Love Story” for its April Animezing! film series. This free anime film features the story of young Tamako who is excited that high school is ending, but fears getting older and losing touch with friends. For more information, visit watch.eventive.org and the JICC Facebook page.

Saturday, April 24

The Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America host a virtual socialist feminist reading group today at 2 p.m. Visit actionnetwork.org or their Facebook page for more information on this free event.

ForestPlanet hosts a virtual Global Earth Day Retro Dance Party beginning today at 3 p.m. and running until Sunday at 3 a.m. This free event celebrates Earth Day with a 12-hour virtual music and dance marathon featuring Funk, Disco, New Wave, Glam Rock and other dance music video genres from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. For tickets and information, visit retroearthday.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, April 25

The inaugural Sinhalese and Tamil New Year event organized by the Sri Lankan American Action Coalition is today at 2 p.m. via Zoom. This free event honors a segment of the AAPI community through a virtual cultural celebration. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Lez Hang Out Virtual Trivia: “The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor” is today at 3 p.m. Tickets for this event range in price from $5 to $10. For more information and for help forming teams, email [email protected].

Monday, April 26

The DC-area Transmasculine Society virtual transmasculine and nonbinary chat, chill and game night is tonight at 5 p.m. For more information about this free event, visit dcats.org.

SONiA Disappear Fear: A Concert for Lesbian Visibility Day is tonight at 8 p.m. via Facebook. For details on this lesbian musical celebration, visit soniadisappearfear.com and facebook.com/disappear.fear.

Tuesday, April 27

Love Blooms: An HRC Cooking Class is tonight at 6 p.m. Events for this virtual class with local Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang and Marcelle Afram includes a mealkit pick up at 1351 H St., N.E. Further instructions will be sent via email prior to the event. For more information, visit hrc.im/loveblooms or email [email protected].

P&P Live! presents a discussion on poverty, policing, incarceration and enforced masculinity with “Bird Uncaged” author Marlon Peterson tonight at 8 p.m. During a period of incarceration, Peterson, a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity and a 2015 recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship, immersed himself in anti-violence activism, education and prison abolition work. Visit politics-prose.com for more information on this free event.

D.C. Gaymers hosts virtual events every Tuesday for LGBTQ gamers in and around the D.C. region. For more information, visit facebook.com/groups/dc.gaymers.

Wednesday, April 28

The Job Club, a weekly LGBTQ job support program hosted by the D.C. Center, is tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/careers.

Thursday, April 29

Facebook Live presents Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing and Criticism tonight at 7:30 p.m. This discussion on the blending of theory and philosophy with autobiography and memoir features a talk by Che Gossett, a Black femme critical theoriest and a graduate fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. For more information on this free virtual discussion, visit the Facebook event 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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/may-is-transpride.

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 thedccenter.org/poc or facebook.com/centerpoc.

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: . mayistransdc.com/event-details/movie-night.

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 genderqueerdc.org 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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/trans-led-organizations.

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: facebook.com/centerbiplus.

“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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/ask-me-about-my-pronouns-1.

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: mayistransdc.com/event-details/allies-of-the-transgender-community.

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

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: thedccenter.org/events/poly-group-discussion-2021-05-20.

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MCBC honors veterans with free COVID testing

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

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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 AAHPcovid.com.

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NAMI in conversation about managing mental health

Guided discussion and Q&A with a panel of experts

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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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