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10 LGBTQ events this week

A drag pageant, a gala dinner and lots of parties in the days ahead



(Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in D.C. that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Not Another Drag Show

A scene from a previous “Not Another Drag Show.” (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, May 9
8-10 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar
1637 17th Street, N.W.

This weekly drag show is the perfect way to cure the “Mondays.” Door to DIK bar is just to the right of Dupont Italian Kitchen proper along 17th Street. Go up the stairs and enjoy the show!

Noches Locas

(Promotional poster via Facebook)

Tuesday, May 10
10 p.m.
The Majestic
7203 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Va.

Join Kimberly, Jocelyn and Marisela for an evening of fun at NOVA’s latinx LGBTQ+ night.

The Palace Presents: Gender F*ck

Performers from last month’s ‘Broadway Beauties’ show at Earp’s Ordinary. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, May 10
Doors 8:30 p.m. / Show 9 p.m.
Earp’s Ordinary
3950 University Drive, Suite 210
Fairfax, Va.
$15 cover

The hottest drag show in Fairfax is sure to pack Earp’s Ordinary in Fairfax City again on Tuesday. Bring dollar bills to tip the performers!

50th anniversary of Fryer speech

John Fryer, on right, spoke in disguise at the American Psychiatric Association’s 1972 national convention. (Photo by Kay Tobin Lahusen via New York Public Library)

Thursday, May 12
Reception 6 p.m. / Panel discussion 7 p.m.
The Corner at Whitman-Walker
1701 14th Street, N.W.
Facebook | Eventbrite

There will be a panel discussion at The Corner at Whitman-Walker on the 50th anniversary of John Fryer speech to the APA, which led to the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness.

The panel discussion will feature four experts on the topic: Dr. Saul Levin, CEO and Medical Director of the APA; Dr. Karen Kelly, a friend and mentee of Dr. Fryer; Katherine Ott, Ph.D., a curator in the history of medicine at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she documents LGBTQ+ history; and Dr. Amir Ahuja, president of the Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists (AGLP).

Annapolis Pride Proclamation Party

Annapolis Pride (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, May 12
5-7 p.m.
Graduate Annapolis, the Trophy Room
126 West Street
Annapolis, Md.

The community is presented with proclamations declaring June LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Pick up your Annapolis Pride swag and find out how you can get involved with Annapolis Pride.

Reignited and Resilient

Friday, May 13
5:30-7:30 p.m.
640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

Join the National LGBTQ Task Force, including Executive Director Kierra Johnson and Deputy Executive Director Mayra Hidalgo Salazar for a fundraising social event. RSVP here.

Miss Gay DC America

The crowning scene from Miss Gay DC America 2010. This year’s pageant is on Saturday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, May 14
Doors 4 p.m. / Pageant 5 p.m.
As You Are Bar
500 8th Street, S.E.

Miss Gay DC America returns for a pageant at As You Are Bar on Saturday. “There’s No Place Like Home” will feature Miss Gay America 2022 Dextaci.

Cop Cakes for a Cause

Saturday, May 14
6-9 p.m.
Hook Hall
3400 Georgia Avenue, N.W.

Annual fundraising event benefits the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.

GMCW Spring Affair

A scene from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Spring Affair in 2012. This year’s event is on Saturday. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, May 14
Cocktails and silent auction 6:30 p.m. / Dinner 8 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton
1150 22nd Street, N.W.
Website | Facebook

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington holds their gala awards dinner “Spring Affair 2022: Once Upon a Time . . .” at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday.

Stonewall Kickball Closing Party

Stonewall Kickball (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, May 15
4-8 p.m.
1420 K Street, N.W.

Following an eventful season of kickball, its time to party with vogue performances, drag and DJs. You must be a registered Sunday Spring 2022 Player/Friend Of and wear your Spring 2022 Stonewall shirt.

If you would like to let us know about an upcoming event, email [email protected] with details.

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PHOTOS: Virginia Pridefest

Richmond LGBTQ celebration held on Brown’s Island



2022 Virginia Pridefest (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2022 Virginia Pridefest was held on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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25th annual event raises money for LGBTQ youth services



The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. was honored at the 2022 SMYAL Fall Brunch at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 25th annual SMYAL Fall Brunch was held at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Sept. 24. SMYAL, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, is a D.C.-area LGBTQ youth services organization.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Music & Concerts

DC Different Drummers Jazz Band to perform ‘Oasis’

Performance by combo ‘2nd Independence’ scheduled



The DC Different Drummers Jazz Band will perform on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Central Library.

This concert, titled “The Oasis,” will feature the 20-person big band playing jazz pieces in a variety of styles, from swing to bossa nova to jazz fusion and more. There will also be a performance from the improvisational jazz combo, 2nd Independence.

Admission is free and more details are available on the event’s website

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