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EXCLUSIVE: Former manager of Russian gay nightclub to seek asylum in U.S.

Arkady Gyngazov, Russia, Moscow, gay news, Washington Blade

Arkady Gyngazov arrived in D.C. last month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The former manager of a Russian gay nightclub that has been attacked several times over the last few months told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview on Thursday he plans to seek asylum in the United States.

Arkady Gyngazov and three of his friends arrived in D.C. on Dec. 14 after flying from Moscow to New York the day before.

He told the Blade he has obtained a pro bono lawyer through Immigration Equality and the D.C. Center who agreed to take his case. Gyngazov has also worked with Larry Poltavtsev of Spectrum Human Rights, an organization that monitors the Kremlin’s LGBT rights record, since he arrived in the nation’s capital.

Gyngazov said he will formally seek asylum once his visa expires in June.

“I’m not going to go back to Russia because I feel my safety, even my life, is threatened,” he said.

Gyngazov was managing the Central Station nightclub in Moscow on Nov. 16 when two men whom security personnel refused to allow inside the establishment opened fire. None of the estimated 500 people who were inside the club during the incident were injured, but the assailants destroyed its surveillance camera and left bullet holes in the building’s facade.

An estimated 500 people evacuated Central Station on Nov. 23 after a group of assailants launched poisonous gas into the club. The Moscow Times reported roughly 100 people on Dec. 14 “dismantled” the roof of the building in which Central Station is located and either damaged or stole some of the club’s equipment that had been stored in the attic.

Gyngazov told the Blade during an interview from Moscow after the Nov. 16 incident the owners of the building placed a large neon sign above the club’s entrance the month before that reads “gay club here.” It also contains an arrow that points toward the door.

“I’m afraid because I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, what will happen to me,” he said on Thursday. “I’m not going to hide all my life.”

Gyngazov, 32, grew up in the Siberian city of Tomsk. He moved to Moscow in 2006.

Gyngazov is not out to his two younger siblings or his grandparents, even though he said he realized he was gay when he was a child. His parents are deceased.

He said life for LGBT Russians was “easier than now” in the 1990s under then-President Boris Yeltsin, in part, because his government was struggling to rebuild the country’s economy after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Gyngazov told the Blade “he never thought” the Russian Duma would pass a bill that sought to ban gay propaganda to minors and that President Vladimir Putin would sign it into law.

“He’s making a dictatorship, like the Soviet Union two,” said Gyngazov.

Gyngazov said he recently read an article in a Russian newspaper in which government officials said the suicide bombers who killed 34 people in two separate bombings in Volgograd late last month targeted the city because the West has sought to export homosexuality to Russia. Authorities said two men tortured and killed Vladislav Tornovoi near Volgograd last May after he came out to them.

The Duma last month approved a sweeping amnesty bill that prompted the release of two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who had been serving two-year prison sentences for staging a protest against Putin inside Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012. Authorities in December also released a group of 30 Greenpeace members who had been in custody since they tried to board an oil rig in the Barents Sea in September and Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was serving a 10-year prison sentence after his conviction on fraud charges in 2005.

Gyngazov told the Blade he thinks Putin granted amnesty to members of Pussy Riot, the Greenpeace members and Khodorkovsky because he wanted to temper criticism of his country’s human rights record ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics that will take place next month in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. He said he remains fearful of what will happen to LGBT Russians once the games end.

“I’m afraid for my friends who stay there,” said Gyngazov. “When I talk to them, I can’t help them.”

10
Jan
2014

Calendar: Jan. 31

Regie Cabico, Don Michael Mendoza, calendar, gay news, Washington Blade

Regie Cabico, left, and Don Michael Mendoza, directors of LaTiDo. Its next installment is Monday at Black Fox Lounge. (Photo courtesy Mendoza)

Friday, Jan. 31

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts “Kickoff” featuring DJ Matt Bailer tonight from 10 p.m.-closing. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

The “Dollars for Dainty Burlesque Show,” a fundraiser for performer Dainty Dandridge to continue her LGBT health research in Washington, is tonight with two performances. Doors open at 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. at the Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.). Tickets are $15 (blackcatdc.com). For ages 21 and up.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today for the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Falls Church PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.) at 11:45 a.m. Participants will be paired with a dog on a leash to walk around and play with. Wear casual clothes. For more information, visit burgundycrescent.org.

The fifth annual Wig Night Out is at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 8-11 p.m. Wear your wig and support the Point Foundation, which provides scholarships and mentoring for LGBT college and graduate students. Doors open at 8 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation with all donations benefiting Point Foundation. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit towndc.com.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) presents “Funkytown” tonight at 10 p.m. The dance party features music from three decades of disco, new wave and synth pop-dance. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. Drinks are $3 before 11 p.m. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For details, visit towndc.com.

Stadium Club (2127 Queens Chapel Rd., N.E.) presents “Ladies Day” today from 3-9:30 p.m. Admission is $15 before 5 p.m. and $15 after. There is a cash bar, drinks specials and a food menu. For details, visit stadiumclubdc.com.

Sunday, Feb. 2

Celebrate Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle Park (9 Dupont Circle, N.W.) today at 7:30 a.m. Groundhog Phil will predict if there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. There will be live music, dancers, a puppet show and more. For more information, visit dupontfestival.org.

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

Kabin Lounge (1337 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) hosts “Sunday Funday Happy Hour” today from 6-10 p.m. Rail drinks are $5, Stoli cocktails are $7 and Long Island drinks are $9. No cover all night. For details, visit kabindc.com.

Monday, Feb. 3

La-Ti-Do, a spoken word/musical theater cabaret performance group, performs at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from 8-11 p.m. Farrell Parker, Liz Hallacy and Christopher Harris are the musical artists-in-residence performing. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:55 p.m. For details, visit blackfoxlounge.com.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win prizes. Free to play. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a “Rap Group” today from 5-6:30 p.m. Discuss stressful issues like school, bullying, getting into college or finding a job in this support group. For more details, visit smyal.org.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly ”FUK!T Packing Party” from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses “Times Square Red, Times Sqaure Blue” by Samuel R. Delany, a non-fiction account of Delany’s sexual adventures in Times Square’s pornography movie theaters, at Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit bookmendc.blogspot.com.

Opera on Tap, a concert that features local opera singers performing in a non-traditional setting, presents ‘Love is in the Air” at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. For details, visit operaontap.org/dcmetro.

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.

Thursday, Feb. 6

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia presents the opening of the third annual “ReelAbilities: Disabilities Film Festival” at the Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent St., Arlington, Va.) tonight at 7 p.m. with the film “Come As You Are.” The festival runs through Feb. 13. Eighteen films are screened at 19 venues in the greater D.C. area. Ticket prices and location venues vary. For more details, visit reelabilties.com/greaterdc.

Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

30
Jan
2014

Green Lantern owner dies in Florida

Greg Zehnacker, Green Lantern, obituary, gay news, Washington Blade

Greg Zehnacker, 55, was the principal owner of the D.C. gay bar Green Lantern since 2001. (Photo courtesy of Green Lantern)

Greg Zehnacker, 55, the principal owner of the D.C. gay bar Green Lantern since 2001 and a popular figure in the D.C. LGBT community for more than 30 years, died Feb. 18 while on vacation near Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It is with overwhelming sadness that we share with you the death of Green Lantern’s beloved owner, Greg Zehnacker,” a statement released by the bar says. “It appears that he died peacefully in his sleep,” the statement says.

The statement, which was posted on the Green Lantern Facebook page, says Zehnacker was a fixture in the D.C.-area LGBT community since the 1980s, when he worked in several gay bars, including the Lost and Found, Pier 9, Rascals and Peppers.

“He was a supporter of D.C.’s many gay clubs and organizations, and routinely provided space at Green Lantern for charity events and meetings, including, among others, the D.C. Center’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Working Group, the Centaurs MC [motorcycle club], and the Washington Scandals Rugby Club,” the statement says.

“Greg loved bringing together people from all walks of life and ensuring they had a good time under the Green Lantern’s roof,” according to the statement. “In that spirit, and as a way of honoring Greg, we will be open during this difficult time and encourage all to come in, raise a glass to Greg, and share your favorite memories of our friend and colleague.”

Derrick Jones, the Green Lantern’s social media director, said Zehnacker was also involved in past years in real estate endeavors. Jones said Zehnacker was born and raised in the D.C. area.

Joel Weinstein, co-owner of the D.C. gay bar Fireplace, said he and his brother and business partner Steve Weinstein along with another partner first opened the Green Lantern in the early 1990s. He said he and his partners closed the bar around 1995 or 1996 due to, among other things, their opening and operating other gay bars in D.C. and Pennsylvania.

He said he was pleased to learn several years later that someone had opened a new gay bar in the same building and called it the Green Lantern. Although he didn’t know Zehnacker, Weinstein said he wished the new owner well in his effort to bring the establishment back to life.

The Green Lantern’s statement says further details regarding memorials and tributes to Zehnacker would be announced soon.

Zehnacker is survived by his partner, Tom Tarantino, who, along with Zehnacker, has lived in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood; his parents, Raymond and Charlotte Zehnacker; and his brother Mike Zehnacker and sister-in-law Carol.

19
Feb
2014

Queery: Tamara Pincus

Tamara Pincus, gay news, Washington Blade

Tamara Pincus (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Tamara Pincus has been out as bi since she was a teen. It took her many more years, though, to embrace her polyamorous side.

She and husband Eric have been married 11 years but she’s also had relationships with women. She also has a partner named James she’s been with two years. Eric has another partner as well.

Pincus, 37, was born in Seattle but grew up in Massachusetts and New York. She’s in private practice as a psychotherapist and sex therapist (tamarapincus.com) and also leads a monthly poly discussion group at the D.C. Center. It usually meets on the third Thursday of each month, though the March meeting will be March 27 because of a prior commitment. She came to Washington 16 years ago.

She says the LGBT movement should be open to less “heteronormativity.”

“I understand why the gay marriage movement has tried to make it look like we’re all just like you with two very normal looking white men with this happy little family, but we also need to be accepting of people who are different too,” she says. “You silence a lot of voices when you say, ‘We’re all just like you.’”

Pincus has two sons, ages 5 and 7 and lives in Alexandria. She enjoys board games and spending time with her family in her free time.

 

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? 

I came out as bi at 16 and as poly three years ago. The hardest people to tell were definitely parents of my kids’ friends, one of whom ran into my husband when he was on a date with someone else. It hasn’t really been hard to tell people I’m bi.

 

Who’s your LGBT hero?

Buck Angel, Diana Adams, Anita Wagner Illig I could go on. I have a lot of heroes.

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

My house.

 

Describe your dream wedding.

Well, I had a big wedding at a resort in Leesburg complete with my red velvet dress. My grandmother said I looked like I belonged in a bordello. I don’t think I would want to get married again.

 

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

I am working really hard to make a more sex-positive world. I think accurate sex ed covering issues like consent would go a long way to ending child sexual abuse. I think addressing sexual shame would decrease so-called sex addiction and other problematic sexual behaviors. There are so many places where our culture’s being completely shut down around sexuality is harming us. Abortion rights for instance? Access to birth control? I could go on and on.

 

What historical outcome would you change?

If you change history then you change the present and I have no idea where we would be if what has happened hadn’t. Still if I had to pick one it would be nice if the Holocaust hadn’t happened.

 

What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

No idea. I would say some big influences have been “The Princess Bride” and “Rocky Horror.”

 

On what do you insist?

Consent! For instance I recently had to stop a stranger at a party from tickling my child without consent.

 

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?

I took the Muppet quiz and found out that I am Kermit. Usually I post a lot of articles about trans issues, poly issues and sex worker rights.

 

If your life were a book, what would the title be?

“Lately, Coming Out Poly.” (Which, as it turns out, is the title of the book I’m working on with my brother-in-law — formerly my brother-out-law. Thanks, legalized gay marriage in New York.)

 

If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

I love being able to love everyone. I wouldn’t change it.

 

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

I believe there are energies that science has not quite gotten a grip on yet.

 

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

The more inclusive the better. I’ve felt kind of left out in a lot of ways even though I was very active in the LGBT movement in high school and college.

 

What would you walk across hot coals for?

World peace? A person I love? Who comes up with these scenarios?

 

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

The stereotypes about bi women that they will have sex with everyone or that they are just here to provide sexual entertainment for straight men.

 

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

It’s a toss up between “But I’m a Cheerleader” and “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love.” There has yet to be a movie that comes close to covering the queer poly kinky world in which I live.

 

What’s the most overrated social custom?

All the ones where you try to look like everyone else or portray “normal” are highly overrated.

 

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

The “Vicki” Sexual Freedom Award given to individuals or organizations whose work and/or life embodies the mission and vision of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance to affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.

 

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

That it is really OK to be different and let others see your imperfections.

 

Why Washington?

Well, if there’s a place that needs sex therapists, this is it. But really it’s because the people I love are here and I wouldn’t want to leave them.

26
Feb
2014

And the Oscar goes to ….

Oscar watch party, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

D.C. Film Society hosts “And the Winner Is…,” an Oscars broadcast party, at Arlington Cinema and Draft House (2903 Columbia Pk., Arlington, Va.) Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. Come watch the Oscars on the cinema screen. Tickets are $21. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit arlingtondrafthouse.com.

D.C. Shorts hosts “Snuggle with the Stars,” an Oscars-watch pajama party, at the U.S. Navy Memorial ‘s Burke Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) Sunday at 6 p.m. The awards show will be shown on a two-story HD screen. There will be champagne, cocktails, snack food and pizza. Guests must be 21 and over. General admission tickets are $25 and V.I.P tickets are $50 and include a special gift. For more information, visit snuggle.dcshorts.com.

The D.C. Center presents “Glamour, Glitter and Gold,” its annual Oscar gala, at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) Sunday night at 7 p.m. General admission is $15. V.I.P. admission is $45 and includes V.I.P. seating, swag bags, hors d’oeuvres and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thedccenter.org.

Commissary (1443 P St., N.W.) hosts its second annual Oscar viewing party, with a complimentary Oscar cocktail, tonight from 4-11 p.m. The extended happy hour is from 4-8 p.m. and includes a viewing of the red carpet. Enjoy Oscar’s movie-themed cocktails and food including the cocktail Rosalyn’s Nail Polish from “American Hustle” and Texas Red Chili from “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” There will also be prizes and a gourmet popcorn bar with flavors such as Cinnamon Bun and Siracha. For details, visit commissarydc.com.

Helix Lounge (1430 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) has an Oscars happy hour today from 5-11 p.m. Watch the show on a flat screen T.V. while enjoying Oscar-themed cocktails and burger sliders. For details, visit hotelhelix.com.

Also, the National Archives is screening all the nominated documentary and short subject features again this year through Sunday at the William G. McGowan Theater. Several nominated films have already been shown, but the screenings continue all weekend. Free tickets are handed out at the special events entrance on Constitution Ave. an hour before start time. Visit archivesfoundation.org/event/Oscars for full details.

27
Feb
2014

Calendar: April 11-17

Kelly Mantle, RuPaul's Drag Race, gay news, Washington Blade, calendar

Kelly Mantle from the current season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is at Town Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Mantle)

Calendar for the week ahead in LGBT D.C. events:

Friday, April 11

 

Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St., N.E.) hosts “Bear Happy Hour” tonight from 6-10 p.m. There will be $4 rail drinks, $3 draft pints, $7 draft PBR pitchers and more. For more details, visit rockandrollhoteldc.com.

Siren hosts its fourth annual “Robyn Riot” at Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be an open vodka bar from 10-11 p.m. Music will be mostly Robyn with a few other artists mixed in. DJ Majr, DJ Delia Volla and DJ Sam Blodgett will spin tracks with a performance by Pussy Noir. For more details, visit greenlanterndc.com.

Women in Their 20s, a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and all women interested in women, meets today at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 8-9:30 p.m. All welcome to join. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.) hosts a happy hour today from 5-9 p.m. All drinks are half price. Admission is free. For more information, visit numberninedc.com.

 

Saturday, April 12

 

Washington Humane Society hosts “Fashion for Paws Eighth Annual Runway Show” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert St., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight. Cocktail attire is required. Dinner begins at 8 p.m. and the runway show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets start at $100.

Kelly Mantel from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season six comes to Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. Drinks are $3 before 11 p.m. The drag show starts at 10 p.m.

“Pink and Drink,” a Dupont Circle bar crawl, returns today from 1-9 p.m. There will be music, raffles and prizes. Drink specials include $4 pink 52 shots, $3 Finlandia Vodka drinks, $3 Southern Comfort and more. Wear pink to help raise breast cancer awareness. Participating bars include The Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.), Rumors (1900 M St., N.W.) and many more. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. Tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pinkanddrink.com.

Countdown to Yuri’s Night, a commemoration of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic first manned space flight, is tonight at 8 p.m. at Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road, S.E.). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Shuttle service will be provided to the Eastern Market and Anacostia Metro stations free. Visit c2yn.com for details.

 

Sunday, April 13

 

Special Agent Galactica performs with guitarist Peter Fields at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Galactica mixes music with anecdotes about her life and people she has met as a cadet. There is no cover charge. For more details, visit shawstavern.com.

Chick Chat, a lesbian 50-and-over singles group, tours the Cylbum Arboretum (4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore) today from 2-3 p.m. To RSVP, email woernerc@yahoo.com. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts a drag brunch today with two shows at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

 

Monday, April 14

 

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win prizes. Free to play. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

 

Tuesday, April 15

 

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly ”FUK!T Packing Party” from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts a MENA discussion forum today at 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion topic is LGBT issues in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

 

Wednesday, April 16

 


The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.

The D.C. Center hosts “Woman to Woman,” a support group for HIV-positive women who love women, today at the Women’s Collective (1331 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.) from 5:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts free and confidential HIV testing today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses two novellas by Allan Gurganus, “Preservation News” and “He’s One, Too” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at AFSA headquarters (2101 E St., N.W.). All welcome. Visit bookmendc.blogspot.com for details.

 

Thursday, April 17

 

Whitman-Walker Health presents “Be the Care,” its annual spring affair, at National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) tonight at 6:30 p.m. Jeffrey Crowley, program director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, will be presented with the “Partner for Life” award. There will be a cocktail reception. NBC 4 news anchor Pat Lawson Muse will emcee the event. Tickets start at $75. For more details, visit whitman-walker.org.

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts its monthly Poly Discussion Group at 7 p.m. People of all different stages are invited to discuss polyamory and other consensual non-monogamous relationships. This event is for newcomers, people in established polyamorous relationships and open to folks of all sexual orientations. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

The D.C. Center and Professionals in the City host speed dating for women in their 20s and 30s at Finn and Porter located inside the Embassy Suites Hotel (900 10th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. Dating is approximately one hour. After enjoy a mixer with fellow speed daters. Cash bar. Check in is at 7 p.m. and dating begins at 7:20 p.m.  Complimentary valet parking offered to anyone who purchases two drinks or other items from the bar or restaurant. Cost is $30. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

10
Apr
2014

Calendar through October 3

Lady Bunny, gay news, Washington Blade

New York City drag performer Lady Bunny comes to Town (Photo courtesy of Town)

Friday, Sept. 27

The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) and Imperial Court host their USO-themed Show at Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St., Arlington, Va.,) tonight at 8 p.m. The show is a tribute to the United States military and a celebration of the second anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” There is a suggested door donation of $10. For details, visit their Facebook events page.

Whitman-Walker hosts free HIV testing at Town (20009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 8 p.m.-midnight for National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For more details, visit towndc.com.

SMYAL hosts “The Body Party” at Foundry Methodist Church (16th and P streets N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. The party celebrates the end of #SafeSextember and is open to LGBT and allies. The winner of tickets and transportation to Six Flags Fright Fest will be announced. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Saturday, Sept. 28

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club hosts its 37th Annual Leaderships Awards Reception at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar (223 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) today from 2-4 p.m. D.C. leaders who have contributed to policies protecting transgender people, young queer people of color and older LGBT Americans will be honored. Light food and drink will be served. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online and at the door. For more details, visit steindemocrats.org.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts its Out of the Darkness Community Walk at Constitution Gardens (17th St. and Constitution Ave.) today at 5 p.m. Registration is from 3-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. For more information, email simone.poetscher@gmail.com or visit afsp.donordrive.com.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its “CTRL” dance party tonight from 10 p.m-3 a.m. Cover is $5. There will be $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks and $4 Jameson shots. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

Legendary drag entertainer Lady Bunny performs at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight. Doors open at 10 p.m. Drag show begins at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. $3 drinks before 11 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Sunday, Sept. 29

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Special Agent Galactica (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Johnson)

Special Agent Galactica begins her four-week run with guitarist Peter Fields at L’Enfant Cafe (2000 18th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. A mix of jazz, blues and today’s hits will be performed. Admission is free. For details, visit lenfantcafe.com.

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

Adventuring, an LGBT outdoors group, host a bike ride along Mt. Vernon Trail meeting at Columbia Island Marina (George Washington Memorial Pkwy., Arlington, Va.,) near the snack bar today at 11 a.m. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your own lunch or buy it during the planned stop at Firehook Bakery (430 S Washington St., Alexandria, Va.,) or at the Mount Vernon concessions. Helmet is required but any type of clothing may be worn. For more information, visit adventuring.org.

Monday, Sept. 30

PEN/Faulkner, Folger and Library of Congress host “District of Literature” today at Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., S.E.) in the Thomas Jefferson building and The Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St., S.E.) from 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. There will be readings from writers Dolores Kendrick, George Pelecanos and Elizabeth Alexander among others. A public reception at Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St., S.E.) in the Exhibition Hall will be from 9-10 p.m.  Admission for all events is free. For more details, visit folger.edu.

Frank Bruni , The New York Times first openly gay op-ed columnist, speaks at Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium (1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Baltimore) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit goucher.edu/tickets or call 410-337-6333.

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Men’s Circle for gay, bi, trans and questioning men is tonight from 7-9:30 p.m. at a location near the Convention Center. The men meet to discuss thoughts, feelings and life in general. To RSVP and find out location, e-mail Randy Marks at rmarksftc@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) hosts “A Fall Party” for its 30th anniversary at former Councilmember of D.C. Carol Schwartz’s home (2029 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $30. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit pflagdc.org or call 202-638-3852.

D.C. Strokes, a LGBT rowing club, hosts a meet and greet happy hour at Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. Meet current teammates and those curious about rowing. For details, visit dcstrokes.org.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly FUK!T Packing Party tonight from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Bookmen D.C., an informal gay men’s literature group, discusses Tom Spanbauer’s novel “The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). All are welcome. Visit bookmendc.blogspot.com for details.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts the “Semi-Annual D.C. Gay Flag Football League and Stonewall Sports Mixer” tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wearing your league T-Shirt/jersey is encouraged. There is a $10 suggested donation that will benefit the Team D.C. Scholarship Fund and the D.C. Center. For more information, visit towndc.com.

The Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) hosts happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. today. All drinks are half price. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is free. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) hosts a support group for black men living with HIV/AIDS tonight from 7-9 p.m. For more details, visit uhupil.org or call 202-446-1100.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Author Juan Ahonen-Jover reads from his book “The Gay Agenda 2013: All In” at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. He will discuss both LGBT equality in D.C. and in New York City. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

NOVA Dynamic Lesbians host its monthly happy hour at the Pinzimini  Lounge at the Westin Hotel (801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.,) at 7 p.m. tonight. Valet parking is free with a validated ticket. For more details, visit meetup.com/dynamic2595.

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2013

Calendar: Nov. 29

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Max Ryder will be at Town this weekend with Ricky Roman and Levi Karter. (Photo courtesy Ryder)

Friday, Nov. 29

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts “Bear Under Blacklight,” a glow-in-the-dark dance party, tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Layla Lounge (501 Morse St., N.E.) hosts “Black Friday Ladies Bash: Thanks for Women” tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 before midnight and $15 after. VIP tables are $75. For details, visit layladc.com.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts “Kickoff” featuring DJ Matt Bailer tonight from 10 p.m.-closing. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts adult entertainment stars Ricky Roman, Max Ryder and Levi Karter tonight. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. Drinks are $3 before 11 p.m. The drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts its “CTRL” dance party tonight from 10 p.m-3 a.m. Cover is $5. There will be $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks and $4 Jameson shots. For details, visit cobaltdc.com.

Adventuring, an LGBT outdoors group, hosts its annual post Thanksgiving hike to Overall Run Falls today at 8:30 a.m. The hike begins from Hogback Overlook along Skyline Drive and continues into the Falls where there will be a break for lunch. The return hike goes through Mathews Arm Campground. The hike is 8.5 miles total with 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the East Falls Church Metro Kiss and Ride lot (2001 N. Sycamore St., Arlington, Va.). Bring lunch, beverages and boots. Cost is $20. For more information, visit adventuring.org.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

Al Sura Inc. presents “World AIDS Day Sunday Sip” at Tattoo Bar (1413 K St., N.W.) from 6-9 p.m. tonight. Come learn about upcoming events and how to become a volunteer over drinks. For details, visit alsura.org.

The D.C. Center hosts “World AIDS Day Edition of SPARKLE,” an open mic poetry event, at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St., N.W.) from 8-10 p.m. tonight. Featured poet Adam Stone will perform as well as members of the Brave Soul Collective. There is a $5 cover. Tickets can be purchased online at busboysandpoets.com/events/info and in the restaurant.

Monday, Dec. 2

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W..) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St., N.W.) hosts poker night tonight at 8 p.m. Win prizes. Free to play. For more information, visit nelliessportsbar.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) offers all drinks half price tonight until 2 a.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is free. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts its weekly ”FUK!T Packing Party” from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or greenlanterndc.com.

Bonobos Guideshop (3320 Cady’s Alley, N.W.) hosts a trunk show to benefit Point Foundation, a LGBT national scholarship fund. Holiday shop for yourself or the special men in your life. Fifteen percent of sales up to $250 and 20 percent of sales over $250 go to support Point’s Foundation. There will be complimentary beer and wine. Point Foundation trustees and a Point scholar will also be available to answer questions about the Foundation. For details, visit bonobos.com/guideshop.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

The Tom Davoren Social Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for social bridge. No partner needed. For more information, call 301-345-1571.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Join LGBT Jews for “Oh Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel! Queer Chanukah Happy Hour” at Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) tonight from 7-10 p.m. For details, visit duplexdiner.com.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) presents its fifth annual “Holiday Employee Show” tonight. Watch your favorite staff members perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. There is no cover. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Capitol Pride and the D.C. Center host “Heatwave” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight from 7 p.m.- midnight. Enjoy a holiday beach party with music by DJ Chord Bezerra and performances by Ba’Naka and the cast from Town. There will be a holiday underwear fashion show, a best male and female swimwear contest, drink specials, food, games and prizes. Tickets are $10 and $5 of the ticket price will be donated to the D.C. Center. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs “The Sound of Music Live!” at a free viewing party at The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) tonight from 6:30-11 p.m.. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails. The show starts at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission. For more information, visit thelincolndc.com.

Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.

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2013

Local LGBT groups assist with Obamacare

David Franco, gay news, Washington Blade

Local businessman David Franco was among several D.C.-area advocates who spoke at a news conference at the National Press Club on Tuesday to draw attention to what they consider the strong advantages of the Obamacare program. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

At least seven D.C.-based LGBT or LGBT-friendly organizations sprang into action on Tuesday to help members of the LGBT community and people with HIV choose a health insurance plan under the controversial U.S. Affordable Care Act that’s better known as “Obamacare.”

Similar to reports surfacing from across the country, officials from the local groups said some of their clients encountered computer glitches on the website for D.C. Health Link, the city’s online health insurance marketplace or “exchange” on its first day of operations on Tuesday.

But all of the officials contacted by the Blade said they were optimistic that the exchange program in D.C. and those in neighboring Maryland and Virginia would soon be operating smoothly and would be an important resource for LGBT people looking for health insurance.

“I’m excited about it,” said Ron Simmons, executive director of the D.C.-based Us Helping Us, an HIV services organization that reaches out to black gay men.

“We have so many clients who don’t have health insurance,” Simmons said. “If you are HIV positive you need a certain type of insurance, and we are ready to help people choose the best policy suited for their needs.”

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Ron Simmons, president/CEO of Us Helping Us (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Us Helping Us is one of five D.C.-based organizations that received a grant from the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority to recruit members of the LGBT community to sign up for insurance under the Obamacare program. The grant calls on the five groups — as well as another 30 organizations that received grants to work with other constituencies — to help their clients navigate the complicated process of choosing the best possible insurance plan.

The other organizations that received grants to work with the LGBT community on the Obamacare program are Whitman-Walker Health, D.C. Care Consortium, Damien Ministries and Health HIV.

Health HIV, a new national AIDS advocacy organization located in the Dupont Circle area, applied for its grant in partnership with the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community and Westminster Presbyterian Church’s START program. The START program provides HIV/AIDS-related services with a special outreach to people with substance abuse problems.

“This is an important opportunity to engage our communities in a conversation about healthcare and for us all to better understand the changes that are taking place in the healthcare system,” said David Mariner, executive director of the D.C. Center.

“Our goal is to help 300 individuals enroll in a healthcare plan and to make the process as simple as possible for them,” Mariner said.

Simmons of Us Helping Us said his group has a goal of helping to enroll 1,000 people on a health insurance plan through the D.C. Health Link system during the nine-month-long grant period.

“We will have town hall meetings,” said Simmons. “We will go to the clubs. Our purpose is to help people enroll in the plan best for them.”

Under the Affordable Care Act’s various provisions, Tuesday, Oct. 1, became the first day that the health insurance exchanges opened for business, enabling people to review dozens of options for insurance plans. Consumers may sign up for a plan between now and next March during the program’s first annual open enrollment period. Insurance policies won’t go into effect until Jan. 1.

In order to receive a policy that begins Jan. 1, people must sign up and pay their first monthly premium by Dec. 15, government officials in charge of the program said. People may still sign up between Dec. 15 and March 31, with their policy taking effect at the first day of the following month. After the March 31 deadline, enrollment in the program will be closed until October 2014.

Experts monitoring the system have said the cost of premiums and additional payments such as deductibles and co-payments for doctor visits and prescription drugs vary widely with the different options available. But those familiar with the program say the costs so far appear to be significantly lower than health insurance available in the past in the private market.

Carl Schmid, deputy director of the AIDS Institute, a national AIDS advocacy organization, noted that low-income people may now enroll in Medicaid in the states that have agreed to expand their Medicaid programs under a non-mandatory provision of the Affordable Care Act. D.C. and Maryland opted to become part of the expanded Medicaid program while Virginia declined to do so.

Schmid points out that prior to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid provision, which took effect last year, low-income people with HIV who didn’t have private health insurance were not eligible for Medicaid unless they were medically disabled with an AIDS diagnosis.

“So now people with HIV who don’t have full-blown AIDS qualify for Medicaid,” Schmid said. “Our goal, of course, is to keep these people healthy.”

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AIDS Institute Deputy Executive Director Carl Schmid (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Schmid and others familiar with the Obamacare program note that in Virginia and other states that chose not to participate in the expanded Medicaid program, people with incomes below a certain federally defined level are eligible for federal subsidies to help pay for their insurance premiums and co-pays.

Erin Loubier, director of public benefits and senior managing attorney for Whitman-Walker Health, said people with HIV and LGBT people whose income levels may not make them eligible for the subsidies will benefit from another provision of the healthcare law already in effect.

“Anyone living with HIV or another chronic health condition will be able to get insurance,” she said, noting that prior to the Obamacare law insurance companies routinely rejected people with a pre-existing condition.

She said the generally lower prices for premiums through the exchanges will also benefit those who aren’t eligible for subsidies.

Under its grant from the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, Whitman-Walker will provide its clients as well as non-clients the services of trained “navigators” or “assisters” to help people choose the best insurance policy through D.C. Health Link. According to Loubier, Whitman-Walker will also provide training for people to become navigators and, similar to Us Helping Us, will reach out into the community to recruit people to sign up for insurance under the Obamacare program.

“The role of these assisters is critical,” she said. “Even computer savvy people may not be able to navigate the system by themselves.”

Guy Westin, executive director of D.C. Care Consortium, which provides services to people with HIV, said his group is providing navigator services to individuals as well as non-profit community organizations about the enrollment process for Obamacare.

D.C. gay businessman David Franco, owner of the clothing store chain Universal Gear and the real estate development company Level Two, said he was pleased to discover that prices announced so far by insurance companies offering employer health plans for small businesses are lower than previously available plans.

“I was able to see in a matter of 15 minutes with a couple of clicks on my keyboard what my rate would be and compare that to an equivalent plan and see the savings that are offered by different insurance companies,” Franco said.

“So the fact that you’ve got this open, free market has really created this price competition, and it’s going to drop the overall cost for the plan for all of my employees,” he said.

Franco was among several D.C.-area advocates who spoke at a news conference at the National Press Club on Tuesday called by D.C. Health Link and the healthcare consumers’ group Families USA to draw attention to what they consider the strong advantages of the Obamacare program.

Similar to Americans across the country, local LGBT advocates working on the Obamacare program say some LGBT people will likely be surprised and put off when they realize they will be subjected to a $95 tax penalty from the IRS in 2014 if they don’t have insurance and fail to buy a policy under the new program.  The penalty for not having insurance in 2015 goes up to $700.

Federal officials in charge of Obamacare point out that people who already have insurance either through their employer or on the private market and people already on Medicaid or Medicare will not be required to do anything under the new program. Their insurance status will remain as it is, officials said.

Following is a list of the seven D.C.- based organizations known to be providing services to the help the LGBT community and people with HIV access the Obamacare program, including the process of singing up for an insurance plan. Officials with the groups say it’s preferable to call first for an appointment but walk-ins are accommodated when possible.

 

Whitman-Walker Health

1701 14th St., N.W.

202-745-7000

 

Us Helping Us

3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.

202-446-1100

 

D.C. Care Consortium

7059 Blaire Road, N.W., Suite

202-223-9550

 

Health HIV

2000 S St., N.W.

202-232-6749

 

Damien Ministries

2200 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.

202-526-3020

 

D.C. Center for the LGBT Community

1318 U St., N.W.

202-682-2245

 

START Program at Westminster Presbyterian Church

400 I St., S.W.

202-863-8450

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2013

Calendar: Dec. 6

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JD Samson & Men, a queer band, play Comet Ping Pong Sunday. (Photo courtesy BMF Media)

Friday, Dec. 6

 

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts a trans support group, a peer-facilitated discussion group, tonight at 7 p.m. The group is open to all members of the transgender community as well as partners, friends and allies. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

Gay District, a facilitated group discussion focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity for men ages 18 through 35, at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts Bear Happy Hour tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) hosts free vodka Friday tonight from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Free rail vodka 11 p.m.-midnight. Two DJs on two floors. Cover is $10. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.

Bachelor’s Mill (1104 8th St., S.E.) holds a happy hour from 5-7:30 p.m. tonight with all drinks half price. Music begins at 11 p.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.

“Best of Burlesqueer: The Queerlesque Revue” is tonight at 8:45 and 11 p.m. at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, N.W.) with a show called “Down and Dirty Holigay Blues.” Performers Cherie Nuit, Glam Gamz, DoctorGinger Snapz, Velvet Kensington and Dutch Oven will perform. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ages 21 and up. Visit blackcatdc.com for details.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

 

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers for Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) tonight from 8-10 a.m. Volunteers will chop vegetables and pack groceries. To volunteer, email jonathan@burgundycrescent.org. For more details, visit burgundycrescent.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts “World AIDS Day Drag Show” from 1-4 p.m. This annual drag show for youth welcomes beginner and veteran drag performers for a make over and chance to perform on stage. For details, visit smyal.org.

Wolf Trap has its annual Holiday Sing-A-Long today at 4 p.m. at the Filene Center (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.) featuring the U.S. Marine Band along with several choral groups from the region. Guests are encouraged to bring a candle, a bell and a “Toys for Tots” gift. This is a free event. Visit wolftrap.org for details.

Broadway performer Jackie Hoffman brings her one-woman show “Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol” to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax) tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34. Visit jccnv.org for details.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

 

JD Samson & MEN perform at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. For details, go to cometpingpong.com.

The D.C. Center hosts “A Question of Marriage: Financial, Legal and Practical,” a discussion that looks at marriage’s federal and state implications for people in the DMV, at 6901 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda, Md. today from 1-3 p.m. Refreshments and child care will be provided. There is free parking. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

KhushDC and The D.C. Center present a film screening of “My Brother…Nikhil” in honor of World AIDS Day at The Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl., N.W.) today from 1-3 p.m. Donations accepted at the door. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly “Sunday Drag Brunch” today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.

 

Monday, Dec.9

 

The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts coffee drop-in hours this morning from 10 a.m.-noon for the senior LGBT community. Older LGBT adults can come and enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other community members. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

Us Helping Us  (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) holds a support group for gay black men to discuss topics that affect them today, share perspectives and have meaningful conversations. For details, visit uhupil.org.

Brave Soul Collective (BSC) performs “Passages” at the Warehouse Theater (645 New York Ave., N.W.) tonight from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details and to purchase tickets, visit thedccenter.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

 

A Transgender Community Celebration is at MOVA Lounge (2204 14th St., N.W.) with a happy hour reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy free champagne from 5-6 p.m. and happy hour prices until 8 p.m. Proceeds go to support Maryland Trans Unity. For more information visit movalounge.com.

D.C. Bi Women hosts its monthly meeting in the upstairs room of Dupont Italian Kitchen (1637 17th St., N.W.) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. For more details, visit thedccenter.org.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) hosts a “Rap Group” today from 5-6:30 p.m. Discuss stressful issues like school, bullying, getting into college or finding a job in this support group. For more details, visit smyal.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

 

Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 1155 F St., N.W. Suite 200 at 7 p.m. to discuss ”Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mike Walsh, a story about a boy growing up in a Roman Gypsy family and deciding whether to stay in that secluded community or venture elsewhere. For details, email biggaybookgroup@hotmail.com.

SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides free and confidential HIV testing drop-in hours today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.

Rainbow Response, an LGBT intimate partner violence prevention group, meets in the third floor conference room at 5 Thomas Circle N.W. today from 6-7 p.m. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th Street, S.E., across from the Marine Barracks) for duplicate bridge. No reservations needed and newcomers welcome. Call 703-407-6540 if a partner is needed.

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

 

Ama tu Salud, a Latino-focused health fair, is at Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia Ave., N.W.) today from 5:30-8 p.m. The community health fair will have panel discussions, STD testing, health screenings and LGBT and Latino focused health resources. There will be food and giveaways. For details, visit thedccenter.org.

Rude Boi Entertainment hosts “Tempted 2 Touch,” a ladies dance party, tonight at Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.). Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.

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Dec
2013