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Calendar: May 21-27

Events in the week to come

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Friday, May 21

โ€œFriday Tea Time,โ€ a social hour for older LGBTQ+ adults, begins at 2 p.m. on Zoom. For access to the Zoom link and more information, contact [email protected].

Saturday, May 22

Food and Friends Inc. will host โ€œVolunteer with Food & Friendsโ€ at 219 Riggs Rd., N.E. starting at 9 a.m. This event will involve preparing and delivering meals and groceries to people living with HIV, cancer, and other life challenging illnesses. If you need a ride from the Fort Totten Metro, call the Food and Friends shuttle at 202-669-6437.

Sunday, May 23

Join Rainbow Families for its 18th annual conference, which will take place virtually, all day. Today will be the Sponsor Expo, and the all-new SCHOOL FAIR. Attendees can join education-related workshops as well as meet with sponsors, schools, and educators. For more information visit: rainbowfamilies.org/2021-family-conference.

Monday, May 24

LGBT Older Adults (and friends) are invited to join the DC Center at 10 a.m. for friendly conversations about current issues that you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging page.

Tuesday, May 25

GenderQueer DC will host a support group on Zoom at 7 p.m. for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether youโ€™re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that youโ€™re not 100% cis โ€“ this is your group. If you would like to use ASL interpreters, you have the option to check in with the interpreters by joining the meeting early, between 6:45 and 7. For more information email [email protected].

Wednesday, May 26

Join the DC Center for The Job Club via Zoom at 6 p.m. The Job Club is 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 โ€” allowing participants to move away from being merely โ€œapplicantsโ€ toward being โ€œcandidates.โ€ For more information about Center Careers, e-mail [email protected] or visit thedccenter.org/careers.

Equality Virginia will host โ€œAffirming Diverse Familiesโ€ at 12 p.m. via Zoom. This year, Virginia joined the ranks of 17 other states that allow โ€œconfirmatoryโ€ or second-parent adoption. This allows a non-biological parent to be listed as a childโ€™s legal parent even without being married to one of the childโ€™s biological parents. Equality Virginia will discuss why this law affirming and protecting diverse family types is necessary and what this means for families in Virginia. To register for this event, visit Equality Virginiaโ€™s website.

Thursday, May 27

DC Anti-Violence Project (formerly known as GLOV) will host a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This is an open meeting, and those interested in learning more and getting involved in lessening violence both within and directed towards the LGBT communities are welcome. For more information, visit Facebook or Twitter.

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Blade, Baltimore Banner explore state of LGBTQ community

‘State of the Community: LGBTQ+ Edition’ at Center Stage

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A fire that destroyed this home in Baltimore is being investigated as a hate crime. This and other community concerns will be addressed at a community event Wednesday in Baltimore. (Photo by Jim Becker)

The Washington Blade and the Baltimore Banner will join forces to host โ€œState of the Community: LGBTQ+ Editionโ€ on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at Center Stage, The Head Theater, in Baltimore.

The event is a platform for the LGBTQ community to express concerns about recent developments with the Supreme Court, the current political climate, monkeypox, and other issues. 

The event will be hosted by John-John Williams IV, DEI reporter for the Baltimore Banner, and feature Andre K. McDaniels, managing editor of the Baltimore Banner and Kevin Naff, editor-in-chief of the Washington Blade. 

The event is free but registration is required. Beer and refreshments will be on sale. For more details, visit Eventbrite.ย 

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10 LGBTQ events this week

A Gaga afterparty and a cardboard boat regatta among attractions

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(Washington Blade photos by Vanessa Pham and 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.


Reign

Logan Stone hosts ‘Reign’ on Monday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
8-11 p.m.
DIK Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W. (second floor)
Facebook

Join Logan Stone, Dabatha Christie and Hennessey for a fun-filled drag show at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar tonight at 8.


OMGaga Afterparty

Lady Gaga (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 8
10 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
Facebook

Did you catch the Gaga concert tonight? Whether you did or not, join the afterparty at Green Lantern. Show your ticket stub from the concert for a free drink on the dance floor.


Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Desiree Dik (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 9
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Join Desiree Dik for a game of bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday. Free to play.


Queer Trivia

Wednesday, August 10
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.
Facebook

The Mistresses lead a night of Queer Trivia on all things gay at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.


Thirst Trap Thursdays

Join Cake and the queens for Thirst Trap Thursdays. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 11
10 p.m.
Pitchers DC/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Venus Valhalla and Cake host the Thirsty Thursdays drag show at Pitchers/ALOHO on Aug. 11.


LGBTQ Social at Wild Days

Friday, August 12
7-9 p.m.
Wild Days Rooftop Bar at the Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street, N.W.
21+
Eventbrite

Have some casual conversations with new friends in the LGBTQ community over drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by Go Gay DC.


A Love Letter to RENT

Friday, August 12
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Free admission
Facebook

Watch a drag show dedicated to the hit musical RENT. If you miss the first show on Friday, come by on Saturday at 4 p.m. for an encore performance.


Lights On, Barks Out! Disco Heat Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 13
Seating 11 a.m./show 12 p.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.
$15 cover
Facebook

Join host Doming0 for the Disco Heat Drag Brunch on Saturday at Astro Beer Hall.


Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Lake Anne (Blade file photo by Vanessa Pham)

Saturday, August 13
2 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza
Reston, Va.
Facebook | Website

Watch a cardboard regatta race along Lake Anne in Reston, Va. Or, you could even participate (rules here)!


Mister & Miss AGLA Scholarship Fundraiser

Miss AGLA 2020-21 Ashlee Jozet Adams and Mr. AGLA 2020-21 Xavier Bottoms will be honored at the event alongside the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss AGLA 2022. (Photo via Facebook)

Sunday, August 14
7-9 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.
$10 donation requested
Facebook

Join a fundraiser for a good cause: a college scholarship for an outstanding Arlington County Public High School senior. Also, the 2022 Mr. and Miss AGLA will be crowned.


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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
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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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