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Association of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Supportive Employees of AT&T (LEAGUE)
Washington, DC
''Strives to foster an open, supportive, and respectful environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight-ally employees of AT&T.''

Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC 20038
Metro DC's LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Network of over 2,100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or advocate professionals who work for business, nonprofits, or government in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Washington, DC 20026-3922
Purpose is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the federal government based on sexual orientation by (1) developing and providing educational programs, materials and assistance mechanisms which address the distinctive concerns and problems of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals in the federal government and (2) educating the general public, policy makers, and federal employees about issues of concern.

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFFA)
Washington, DC 20036
''Representing the concerns of gay and lesbian personnel and their families in the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and other foreign affairs agencies and offices in the U.S. Government.''

GLBT Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Washington, DC
We meet monthly for social networking, to support existing volunteers, or to meet prospective volunteers. All former Peace Corps volunteers are welcome, regardless of country or dates of service. Friends, partners and prospective volunteers are also welcome. Also see:


Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc - Chesapeake Region (NOGLSTP)
Linthicum, MD
Chesapeake area chapter of ''professional society of National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc, an LGBT people employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.'' Also see:


NOVA Gay and Lesbian Professional Group
(Northern), VA
Engaging socials, fine dining aned adventurous events are the standards for The NOVA GLO Professionals. Our members are hard-working professionals share the same desire to enjoy the company of like-minded professionals in a relaxes, fun atmoshpere.



API Queers United for Action (AQUA)
Washington, DC 20026
All-volunteer organization serving the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the metro Washington, DC area.

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS)
Washington, DC
''An organization for API (Asian Pacific Islander) lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning women in the Washington DC metro area, focusing on queer issues, education, community and sisterhood.''

Asians and Friends
Washington, DC 20036
Group provides gay Asians and non-Asians a wide range of social, cultural and educational activities. Weekly Happy Hour meeting at Cobalt on 17th Street in DC.

Black and White Men Together (BWMT) - DC
Black and White Men Together
Washington, DC 20013
A social, support, service and educational group that promotes friendships and relationships among gay and bisexual men of all races, and the acceptance and welcoming of such relationships in the broader community.

Black Lesbian Support Group
Whitman-Walker Clinic
Washington, DC 20009
"Provide peer support through positive and stimulating tri-monthly group discussions geared toward addressing the needs of the Black Lesbians and Bisexual Women in the LGBT community."

Brazilian GLBT Group
Washington, DC
New (2007) group for gay Brazilians who live in the DC area.

Washington, DC 20036
Gayyim DC is a social group for Jewish gay/bi/trans men who live in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Washington, DC 20013
A social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for LGBTQ South Asians in the Washington, DC area.

Mediterranean GLBTQ
Washington, DC
Social group for Mediterranean GLBTQ people in DC metro area. Dining out, happy hours, movies, outdoors, museum visits, more.

The Stuart S. Kurlander Program for Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement (GLOE)
DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC)
Washington, DC 20036
''Provides social, cultural, educational and public policy programming that speaks to issues, interests, choices and concerns of the Washington DC gay and lesbian Jewish community.''


Black and White Men Together (BWMT) - Baltimore
Black and White Men Together
Baltimore, MD 21218
A social forum for interracial pride and interaction in the Baltimore area for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, African-Americans and Euro-Americans, as well as Asian-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.



Capital Metro Rainbow Alliance
Washington, DC 20013
''Caters exclusively to the needs and interests of the metropolitan D.C. area Deaf Gays and Lesbians.''



Gay Couples Meetup Group, Washington, DC Area
Washington, DC
We have been around since 2006, and we are a completely free (no dues, no membership fees) social group of area gay and lesbian couples who want to make new friends with other area gay couples. Couples can join us for our monthly activities by signing up (free) on our site.

Partners DC
Washington, DC 20037
''Supports committed gay and lesbian couples and fosters acceptance and understanding of these relationships in the GLBT community and society at large.''

Rainbow Families DC
Washington, DC 20015
Social Support and Educational Programs for LGBT Parents and Prospective Parents in the DC Metropolitan area.


Gay Fathers Coaltion of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201
Gay adoptive and biological fathers coming together to give each other support and encouragement and also to have a little fun.



Ad Lib
Washington, DC
A group for scintillating, free-style conversation and coffee. Meets at Cosi at Conn/Q in Dupont in DC.

Baltimore Washington GLBT International Association
Washington, DC
A GLBT social group trying to bring Gays and Lesbians of the area closer. Meet people, make friends, participate in different activities.

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers
Washington, DC
Source of volunteers for local and national gay and gay-friendly community organizations in the Washington, DC area. Also bring gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender singles and couples together for volunteer activities that are social in nature. DC, MD & VA.

Go Gay DC
Washington, DC
Online group. Metro DC's LGBT Community Club - is the newest sensation focused on friendship, leadership, and service. Designed as a civic booster, it fosters gay community spirit. Join Go Gay DC for FREE and enjoy fabulous socials. This is for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT). It's "the Totally Hip and Happening Club" for Washington, DC-area gay folk and allies.

Lambda Bridge Club
Washington, DC 20003
Weekly bridge games, duplicate and social. Open to all members of GLBT community.

Straight Eights
Lambda Car Club International
Washington, DC
''Facilitatea social fellowship among gay men and lesbians who wish to share in the enjoyment and exchange of information about vehicles - old and new - that are of ''special interest'' to their owners.''


The R-Group
Baltimore, MD
"Dedicated to the gay community, our mission is to promote gay parties, dining, networking & social events, theatre, private shopping nights, products, services, and more!"


Greenbelt Pride
Greenbelt, MD 20768
"A community group for the gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer and transgendered persons of Greenbelt, MD (and surrounding areas), and their allies/supporters. Our goal is to provide the GBLT community an opportunity to network and socialize, and also to participate in various community service projects in Greenbelt and beyond."


Dulles Triangles
Reston, VA 20190
A well-rounded social club for area gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and their family and friends whose purpose is to offer an alternative outlet for social activities.



Boys of Leather
Washington, DC 20009
''Provides leatherboys a forum to have fun, learn, educate, socialize, contribute and support each other and their community.''

Centaur Motorcycle Club (Centaur MC)
Washington, DC 20013
''A group of men with an enthusiastic interest in motorcycles, leather and other men.'' Also, coordinators of Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend:

DC Bear Club (DCBC)
Washington, DC 20013
"Promotes fellowship among bears, cubs, levi/leather and other diverse members of the District of Columbia Gay/Lesbian Community." Coordinates events like annual ''Bear Invasion'' (

Defenders Leather/Levi Club - Washington DC
Washington, DC 20003
Promotes leather, social, spiritual, charitable, and recreational activities for the Metro DC and Baltimore GLBTI community. Coordinates events like an annual “Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) Christmas Ornament Sale” in the fall and a “Leather Flea Market” in the spring.

Gen-X DC Bears
Washington, DC
''Online Gay Bear Social Community''

Highway Men TNT
Washington, DC 20044
Develop and maintain friendships among members. Collectively strive to obtain mutual feelings of support, respect, honor and comradery. To promote better inter-club relations with Leather/Levi communities and to encourage a more favorable public image.

MAsT: Washington
Washington, DC
"Support group for men, gay, straight or bisexual, involved in, or interested in, the Master/slave lifestyle." Includes hosting of MASTER/slave Conference -

Potomac Motorcycle Club (Potomac MC)
Washington, DC 20056
Leather motorcycle club.

SIGMA (Special Interest Group Men's Association)
Washington, DC 20013
Men into ''alternative sensual experiences.''


Shipmates of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21203
''A Gay Leather Levi Social Club''


Beltway Bears
College Park, MD 20740
Build and maintain a welcoming group of bears, cubs and admirers, to celebrate bears and shine a positive light on the bearish condition, to promote a bear community in the National Capital Beltway area, to support and connect with the larger GLBTQI community, to provide activity opportunities for members, guests and interested persons.


The Black Rose
Arllington, VA 22210-4222
Pansexual BDSM group providing environment to meet others of like mind. "Organization which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play." Includes Queer SIG Group.



Gay District
Washington, DC 20009
A weekly (non-church affiliated) discussion and social group for gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning men in their 18 to 35. (Formerly known as the Twenties Group.)

Prime Timers of DC
Washington, DC
A social organization for older gay and bisexual men and their admirers. Regular meetings at DIK Bar on 17th Street in Dupont in DC. Also try Bill, 703-671-2454.

Washington, DC
''A group of diverse Gay male nudists proudly celebrating our bodies in a host of relaxing environments throughout the metropolitan area of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland.''


Lambda Soleil
Rockville, MD 20849-1526
''A male naturist [nudist] organization for the Washington, DC and metropolitan area.''


LGBT Doggy Style: DC
, DC
A Washington DC-based social and support network for dogs and their LGBT owners. We are primarily a social meet-up group that organizes dog-friendly excursions in the DC metro area.



Metropolitan Retirees
Washington, DC
Metropolitan Retirees is a social group for gay men and lesbians over 50. We usually meet once a month for dinner at a local restaurant, and periodically we take day trips and tour museums. If you're interested in keeping your computer skills current or taking in a movie, we have subgroups for those activities as well. For more information, visit our web site.



DC Area Transmasuline Society (DCATS)
Washington, DC
''A peer-facilitated social and support group in the DC area for anyone on the transmasculine spectrum. We are persons born or assigned female at birth and feel that this is an inaccurate or incomplete description of who we are today.''

The Imperial Court of Washington, DC
Washington, DC
The mission of the Imperial Court of Washington, DC (ICWDC) is to raise funds for organizations, including but not limited to those supporting just the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community: HIV/AIDS services organizations, social service organizations and youth enrichment programs. We seek to provide a safe, social environment for people with the same interest as those of the membership and to create and promote positive community awareness of the ideals of the International Court System.


The TransGender Education Association of Greater Washington, DC (TGEA)
Arlington, VA 22215
Serving MD, NoVA, & DC since 1982 our non-profit has provided support & education to the community on transgender topics. We meet on the evening of the first Saturday of each month, at a private in Arlington VA, to provide an opportunity for members of the transgender community to socialize & received information.



Washington, DC
An accepting, encouraging environment for bisexual women regardless of the gender of their partner or what they are looking for, meet other cool bi women, and affirm the existence of the bi identity.

Women in Their 20s (WiTT)
Lesbian Services of Whitman-Walker
Washington, DC 20009
''A social/discussion & dinner group in Washington, DC.... WiTT is a great way to make new friends and meet other queer women in a fun and friendly setting


Baltimore Women Out and About
Baltimore, MD
A social group for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who want to meet new people while doing fun stuff!


Older Wiser Lesbians - Greater Capitol Area (OWLS)
Ellicott City, MD 21041



Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
Washington, DC 20003
Promotes and supports self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth as they journey from adolescence into adulthood.


Sufficient As I aM (SAIM)
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB)
Baltimore, MD 21201
Provides space for GLBT youth (24 yrs and under) to have discussions with and meet other young people with similar feelings and questions: Coming out, health education, self-esteem, positive role models.


Rainbow Youth Alliance
Columbia, MD 21045
''Provides a safe space for youth (up to age 22) who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered (GLBT), as well as their allies.''

Note: These dynamic community groups can grow, switch leadership, move or disband quickly. Locations and information may have changed since this Directory database was last updated. See their official web site and contact them before visiting their locations for participation. Information may have been culled from multiple public sources, and Metro Weekly assumes no affiliation with or responsibility for the organizations themselves.