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10 LGBTQ events this week

Soccer tourney, a Cake celebration and bear cave among highlights



Events this week include the Federal Triangles Soccer Club's 'Turkey Bowl,' drag artist Cake Pop! featured at Cake anniversary party at the Black Cat and The Bear Cave at the Green Lantern. (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 the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Out Professionals Launch

Tuesday, November 15
6-9 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.

Out Professionals is holding a launch event and networking gathering at Number Nine on Tuesday. Looking for a business connection, a new hire, or an opportunity? This is a chance to meet up with other LGBTQ/ally professionals.

DC Boys of Leather November Happy Hour

Thursday, November 17
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Wear your gear and meet up with other leather enthusiasts at this safe and inclusive monthly happy hour. There will be a bootblack on the back patio.

Cake 1st Anniversary Party

Friday, November 18
9 p.m.
Black Cat
1811 14th Street, N.W.

First anniversary of the Cake party will be held on Friday. DJ Chord and Sean McClafferty bring the music and drag performer Cake Pop! will entertain.

Feast! A Drag Friendsgiving

Friday, November 18
10 p.m.
Songbyrd Music House
540 Penn Street, N.E.

A late night open stage drag variety show for Friendsgiving hosted by Doming0.

Turkey Bowl

Saturday, November 18
10 a.m.
Long Bridge Park (Boeing Field 1)
Arlington, Va.

Registration is closed, but you can go cheer on your mates in the Federal Triangles Soccer Club in the annual all-gender soccer event for the LGBTQ+ community.

A Drag Queen Christmas

Saturday, November 18
8 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, N.W.
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Join Trinity the Tuck with special guest Todrick Hall for a Drag Queen Christmas show at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday.

The Bear Cave

Saturday, November 19
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover

Hibernate in the Bear Cave with DJ Popperz and dancers MuscleDog Slayer, Helton and Antonio.

Con Acento

Saturday, November 19
9:30 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Celebrate hispanic heritage on Saturday at the Con Acento drag show and dance party at JR.’s hosted by Evry Pleasure featuring Ricky Rosé, Desiree Dik and Labianna.

Brewed Up Drag Brunch

Sunday, November 20
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
$25 (food not included in ticket price)
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Join Desiree Dik for a drag brunch at Red Bear Brewing on Sunday. The show features Bombalicious Eklaver, Evry Pleasure, Millie Meringue and Tip Boy Pup Indigo.

DC Royale Pageant

Sunday, November 20
9-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

The Imperial Court of Washington holds the DC Royale Pageant at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington, Va. on Sunday.


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The Rare Book Fair is coming to D.C.

Over 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to attend



The Capital Rare Book Fair arrives in May. (Photo by aramanda/Bigstock)

The Capital Rare Book Fair will bring more than 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to D.C. from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at the historic University Club at 1135 16th St., N.W.

This year, the fair will take over two floors in the illustrious mansion on 16th Street and showcase thousands of beautiful, notable, and rare books, maps, and historic documents from around the globe. Exceptional examples that will be offered include leaf 27 of a 40-leaf xylographic Biblia pauperum, a picture Bible from 1465 for $85,000 from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, among many other intriguing selections. 

Tickets are $50 and more information is available on the event’s website.

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Calendar: April 19-25

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, April 19

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “Drag Pageant” at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. Net proceeds from this event will benefit EQUALITY NoVa, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equality in Northern Virginia. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, April 20

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space that strives to be safe and judgment free. For more details, ​​visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. This fun weekly event brings the DMV area LGBTQ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 21

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Monday, April 22

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, April 23

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, visit or Facebook. 

Wednesday, April 24

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This 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 — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit [email protected].

Asexual and Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a space where people who are questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual and/or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences, and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, April 25

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5:00 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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Want to meet other queer individuals over some drag?

‘Everyone Welcome’ free variety show scheduled for Sunday



(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Mixxed/Be You will host “Everyone Welcome Drag Variety Show” on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Be You Social (2427 18th Street, N.W.).

This will be a night of fabulous performances and entertainment. Guests should come prepared to experience the magic of drag in person and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. 

This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. More details are available on Eventbrite.

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