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Calendar: April 30-May 6

Events in the week to come

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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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10 LGBTQ events this week

Sports, dancing and drag in the days to come

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Events this week include country western dancing, United Night OUT and drag shows. (Washington Blade file photos)

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.


Stonewall Kickball League Social and Registration

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 1
6-8 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.
Facebook

Meet up with other new players and team captains on the second floor of Number Nine for a registration event.


Sleaze: Hot, Innit?

Thursday, August 4
Doors 9 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10
Facebook

Sleaze is a monthly LGBTQ+ party blending the darker sides of disco with forward-thinking techno. Hennessey and Jane Saw perform with music provided by DJs Room 12, Lemx and KeenanOrr.


OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7
Website

This year’s OutWrite Festival features 70 LGBTQ+ authors with a full weekend of readings, panels and workshops. All events are livestreamed free and open to the public.


Slay Them Drag Competition

Slay Them Drag Competition (Blade file photo by Zach Brien)

Friday, August 5
9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Desiree Dik hosts the drag competition “Slay Them” at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Friday.


Trade Yard Sale

Saturday, August 6
2 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Trade participates in MidCity Dog Days 23rd annual Sidewalk Sale with its own yard sale on Saturday. Find some crafts, drag and art that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else!


United Night Out

United Night Out (Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

Saturday, August 6
6:30-10 p.m.
Audi Field
100 Potomac Avenue, S.W.
$30
Facebook

Join Team DC and the Federal Triangle Soccer Club for United Night OUT.


DC Rawhides: Country Dance

(Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Saturday, August 6
7 p.m.
North Hall, Eastern Market
225 7th Street, S.E.
$5
21+
Facebook

The DC Rawhides invite you for a night of country western dancing at Eastern Market.


Dawg Days of Summer Bar Night

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
Uproar Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

The Highwaymen TNT of Washington, D.C. will take over the second floor of Uproar Lounge.


RuPaul’s Werq the World Tour

Saturday, August 6
9 p.m.
The Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Avenue
National Harbor, Md.
Tickets

Does this need an explanation? Get your tickets while you still can! More information here.


Dirtee Disco: Green Lantern Underwear Party

Sunday, August 7
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Enjoy disco music at this underwear party on Sunday.

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Silver Pride to return after two-year hiatus

Free dance party hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts a dance party at Silver Pride next month. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Whitman-Walker Health and Team Rayceen Productions will join forces to host the return of Silver Pride on Monday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. at Studio Theatre. 

This event is to celebrate senior members of the LGBTQ community. This is a free dance party hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis. The celebration will include live music and an interactive exhibition featuring Whitman-Walker and Team Rayceen’s community partners.

To RSVP, visit Rayceen.com

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RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour to stop in D.C.

Queens to whisk fans on a magical journey through iconic periods of history

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(Image courtesy of Voss Events)

RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour, “WERQ THE WORLD” will be in the D.C. area on Saturday, Aug. 6 at The Theatre at MGM National Harbor. 

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” favorites Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanjie, Asia O’Hara, and Jaida Essence Hall, and season 14 finalists Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Daya Betty, and Jorgeous will be performing.

In this year’s live production, an experiment gone wrong sends audiences spiraling through time with no way of returning to 2022. The queens will whisk fans on a magical journey through iconic periods of history in hopes of returning them safely home.

Tickets start at $48 and can be purchased on Voss Events’ website.

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