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12 LGBTQ events this week

Parties, panels and parades to celebrate Pride



(Washington Blade photos by Molly Byrom and Michael Key)

It is time for the Capital Pride Parade, Capital Pride Festival and several parties in and around D.C. For information on Capital Pride official events, click here. For information on Latinx Pride events, click here. For information about Pride parties on Saturday, click here. 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.

JR’S Monday Night Showtunes: Pride Edition

Citrine will perform for Monday Night Showtunes: Pride Edition at 10:30 on Monday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, June 6
8 p.m. – midnight
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Join Citrine for a Pride Edition night of showtunes with music by Landon Cox.

FTSC Summer of Freedom Opening Party

Federal Triangles Soccer Club Summer of Freedom. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, June 7
6-9 p.m.
Kiki (second floor)
915 U Street, N.W.

The Summer of Freedom league play for the Federal Triangles Soccer Club begins with an opening party at Kiki on Tuesday.

RENT Singalong celebrating Capital Pride

Wednesday, June 8
8 p.m.
Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Avenue, N.W.

Celebrate Capital Pride with a RENT musical singalong at Shaw’s Tavern on Wednesday. Song sheets are available if needed.

Live at the Library: “Secret City” discussion with James Kirchick

(Book cover image via Amazon)

Thursday, June 9
7 p.m.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Coolidge Auditorium
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.

Join the Library in Celebrating Pride Month with a discussion from journalist James Kirchick on his new book, “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington,” and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Visitors can also explore Library collection items that Kirchick consulted in researching his book.

D.C. Dyke March

2019 Dyke March. (Washington Blade file photo by Molly Byrom)

Friday, June 10
6 p.m.
Franklin Square
1332 I Street, N.W.

The D.C. Dyke March returns this year. Activists will march for “body liberation and saying Hands Off Our Bodies!”

Drag Underground

Shi-Queeta Lee performs at Dupont Underground. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Friday, June 10
8:30 p.m.
Dupont Underground
19 Dupont Circle N.W.

Drag is back at Dupont Underground every Friday in June. Performers that evening include Shi-Queeta Lee, Logan Stone, Crimsyn and Pico Rico!

Futures Cypher: Pride 2050

Friday, June 10
6:30 p.m.
Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, S.W.

The Arts + Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution hosts an interactive discussion and performance art exchange about the future of Pride.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Interactive panel featuring: editor and co-owner of the Washington Blade, Kevin Naff; founder of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Elle Moxley; interdisciplinary spoken word artist and filmmaker, The Dainty Funk; and intimate performances by queer pop performer, Be Steadwell.

7:30-8:30 p.m. Immersive DJ + rhythm experience featuring DJ Alex Love and Twink Drumz

8:30-9:15 p.m. Performance by The CooLots

9:30 p.m. Closing performance

Capital Pride Weekend Drag Brunch

(Image courtesy of The Hamilton)

Saturday, June 11
Two shows: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The Hamilton Live
600 14th Street, N.W.

The Hamilton Live is partnering with Tito’s and Ommegang Brewery for an all-you-can-eat drag brunch experience. Tickets include a brunch buffet and your choice of a Tito’s Bloody Mary, Ommegang beer, or a soft drink. Tito’s will donate $1 of every cocktail sale to the Capital Pride Alliance. Ommegang will donate $1 of every beer sold to the Cyndi Lauper Foundation.

Pride on the Pier & Fireworks Show

Pride on the Pier (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, June 11
2-9 p.m.; Fireworks at 9p.m.
The Wharf
101 District Square, S.W.
Free & Open to the Public. VIP Tickets Available.
VIP Tickets

The Washington Blade, in partnership with LURe DC and The Wharf, is excited to announce the 3rd annual Pride on the Pier and Fireworks. Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of LGBTQ visibility to the bustling Southwest waterfront with an exciting array of activities and entertainment. The event will include the annual Pride on the Pier Fireworks Show presented by the Leonard-Litz Foundation at 9 p.m.

Mosaic Pride Parade

Saturday, June 11
6-7:30 p.m.
2910 District Avenue
Fairfax, Va.

Are you in Fairfax and don’t feel like braving the crowds into D.C.? The inaugural Mosaic Pride Parade will begin at 6:00 pm in front of Praline Bakery and will end at Mom & Pop. Hang around for a post-parade celebration on Strawberry Lane with drag queens, a performance by Kazaxe, pretzels, and more!

Lights On, Barks Out! Pride Brunch & Tea Dance

Sunday, June 12
11 a.m.
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G Street, N.W.

Join Doming0, Bootsy Omega, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson, Chata Uchis, Velassa Rapta and Sahava Novaj for a Pride Drag Brunch at Astro Beer Hall on Sunday.

Yes Homo! Pride Edition

Sunday, June 12
12:30-3:30 p.m.
St. Vincent Wine
3212 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
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Watch a hilarious lineup of queer comics and enjoy a Pride brunch at St. Vincent Wine on Sunday.

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday



Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment



Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday



The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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