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Sampson celebrates 20th anniversary at DC Comedy Loft

Award-winning Black gay comedian returns

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Out comedian Sampson McCormick returns for a local engagement Aug. 27-28. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

Award-winning Black gay comedian and D.C. native Sampson McCormick will be returning to the DC Comedy Loft for four shows on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

McCormick’s return will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking career in comedy and place a special emphasis on Black LGBTQ stories on film. He will be promoting his latest film “Love The One You’re With” (2021), which he wrote and executive produced and an upcoming film “Velvet Jesus,” co-produced by McCormick and written by Charles McWells.

Additionally, McCormick will partner with havegoodsex.org to offer free at home HIV/STD testing kits primarily to Black queer and transgender individuals who are sexually active and prefer to test in the privacy of their own homes. The test can be returned via priority mail and results provided via phone or text message.

For more information, visit sampsoncomedy.com

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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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Baltimore Museum to host Pride party

Ridin’ the Rails features RuPaul’s Queen of Flips

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The B&O Railroad Museum will host “Ridin the Rails: Pride Train & Party” on Friday, June 14 at 8:00p.m. in collaboration with the Pride Center of Maryland and Stonewall Sports.

This event will kick off Pride events in Baltimore.  This year’s Ridin’ the Rails features Season 16 Rupaul’s Drag Race Queen “The Queen of Flips” Mhi’ya Iman Le’Paige and local Baltimore queens, with meet-and-greets available. The party will be filled with music, food, and drinks under the stars surrounded by trains.

Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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