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Hudson Taylor to headline MCC event

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Hudson Taylor will discuss the future for LGBT athletes on Sept. 18 in Baltimore. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally and former wrestler at University of Maryland-College Park, will be the main speaker at the Maryland Corporate Council’s business over breakfast meeting on Sept. 18. The event will take place from 8-10 a.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore St.

The theme for the meeting is “Leaving It All Out on the Field.” There will be an opportunity to network with Maryland’s business and political leaders and learn about the impact of inclusiveness on professional sports. The issue of what the future holds for LGBT athletes will be discussed.

The cost is $75 for members and  $90 for non-members. To register, visit


Calendar: Nov. 1

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‘Forever Tango’ explores the history of the tango at the Strathmore. (Photo courtesy of the Strathmore)

Friday, Nov. 1

Adodi D.C., a black same-gender-loving men’s social/spiritual group, hosts its bi-monthly potluck discussion at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Please bring food to share. For details, call 202-360-1143 or email

D.C. Aquatics Club hosts its “November Happy Hour” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) from 6-9:30 p.m. The upstairs bar will be reserved and there will be drink specials. For details, visit

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

Saturday, Nov. 2

Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers today at Food and Friends (219 Riggs Rd., N.E.) from 8-10 a.m. Come help with food preparation and packing groceries. Coffee and donuts will be provided. For details, visit

Metro Cooking D.C. hosts “The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show” at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy samples and tastings from more than 40 chefs and restaurants, 300 vendors and cooking demonstrations from local chefs and workshops. Tickets range from $24.50-$63. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Run or Dye, a tie-dye 5k race, comes to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium (2400 East Capitol St., S.E.) today from 9 a.m.-noon. All ages and levels of fitness welcome. Team registration is $52 per person and individual registration is $57 per person. For registration, visit

JR.’s Bar and Grill (1519 17th St., N.W.) host a scavenger hunt and trivia challenge from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today to raise money for Stonewall Kickball’s official charity The D.C. Center. Meet at JR.’s at 11 a.m. for instructions and teams have until 3 p.m. to earn points. At 3 p.m., meet at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) for an after party and prizes. Entry fees are $50 per two-person team. Registration includes one free drink at Cobalt, 25 percent off food at Level One (1639 R St., N.W.) and happy hour pricing. For registration, visit

Jinkx Monsoon performs her cabaret show with Major Scales “The Vaudevillains” at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, open seating tickets $35 and open seating and meet-and-greet tickets are $50. For details and to purchase tickets visit

fallFRINGE, a festival that brings back seven of the top shows from this summer’s Fringe Festival, kicks off this weekend. An opening party with an “all souls potluck” is tonight at 8 p.m. at Fort Fringe: The Shop, Redrum and Bedroom (607 New York Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $20 or $15 with a Fringe button. Visit for details on returning shows and more information on the opening party. The festival runs through Nov. 17.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Chick Chat, a singles group for lesbians ages 50 and over, meets at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) today at 2 p.m. for a walk rain or shine. Event is free. Please RSVP to

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

Converge D.C., a new LGBT-inclusive church, holds its official launch at First Congregational United Church of Christ D.C. (945 G St., N.W.) tonight from 6-7 p.m. For more information, visit

SMYAL hosts its 16th annual “Fall Brunch” at the Mandarin Oriental (13300 Maryland Ave., S.W.) today at 11 a.m. There will be a cocktail reception and a silent auction. Ally Sheedy will be honored as a community advocate. Tickets are $150. For details, visit

Monday, Nov. 4

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

The D.C Center (1318 U St., N.W.) hosts a volunteer night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight. Come check out the new facilities, meet new people and give back to the local community center. Activities may include sorting through book donations, cleaning up around the center and taking inventory for FUK!T packets. For details, visit

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Maryland Corporate Council hosts a look forward at 2014 legislative session with Michael Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, at Ballard Spahr (300 East Lombard St., Baltimore) today from 8-10 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. For details, visit

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 6

The Lambda 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 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

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 or call 202-446-1100.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Bookmen D.C., an informal men’s gay literature group, discusses “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It” by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin at Tenleytown Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For details, visit

Sphinx Virtuosi, an ensemble comprised of alumni from the Sphinx Competition for young black and Latino string players, performs at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32. For details, visit or call 202-785-9727.

Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) presents Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango” tonight at 8 p.m. for one night only. The Tony-nominated show tells the history of tango with a cast of 14 Argentine dancers and an 11-piece orchestra. Tickets range from $36-$78. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


MCC presents ‘Business Over Breakfast’

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Brian Moulton (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Maryland Corporate Council—a non-profit organization that provides business networking opportunities for LGBT and straight ally professionals — is holding a breakfast meeting on June 5. The event, titled “Getting Ready for Change,” will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 2 North Charles St. in Baltimore.

Brian Moulton, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, and Anastasia Khoo, marketing director for HRC will be the guest speakers. The main topic will be a behind-the-scenes look at the recent marriage equality victory in Maryland.

“Everyone is invited,” Ted Hart, co-founder and chair of the organization told the Blade. “The Maryland Corporate Council is the new standard in Maryland LGBT and straight ally business and corporate networking. That’s because we bring together top business owners, entrepreneurs and decision-makers.”

For more information and to register, visit


Busch to preview 2014 Md. session

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Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch will address an LGBT networking group on Nov. 5. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Maryland Corporate Council, an LGBT professional networking group, and Ballard Spahr will host a briefing on the results of the 2013 legislative session and to hear House Speaker Michael Busch’s perspective on what to expect in 2014.  The event takes place Nov. 5 from 8-10 a.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, 300 East Lombard St. in Baltimore (street and garage parking nearby).

Members of the MCC and guests are admitted free. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. To register, visit


Chase Brexton CEO to address LGBT group

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Chase Brexton Health Services marching at Baltimore Pride. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Maryland Corporate Council, in partnership with Chase Brexton Health Services, will host a Network & Nosh event on Jan. 17. Chase Brexton CEO Richard Larison will speak on LGBT health issues.

The event, which is free to members and their guests, takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine provided by Sasha’s will be served. Music will be provided by Mark Meadows. Registration is required; visit to register or become a member.