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GLBT History Month Calendar

Events by the Rainbow History Project

The Rainbow History Project, an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to “collect, preserve and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington,” is offering a full slate of events to mark October as GLBT History Month. For more information about these listings, visit the Rainbow History Project online at or call 202-821-7532.

Community Pioneers Portraits, Oct. 1-31
Each year, the Rainbow History Project names “community pioneers.” Photo portraits of the pioneers by Patsy Lynch, herself a pioneer, hang in the Langston Room of Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.

Researching D.C.’s Gay History, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2-3 p.m.
Mark Meinke, chair and founder of the Rainbow History Project, presents a survey of local archival materials at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW.

Gay Dupont Tour, Sunday, Oct. 4, 12-2 p.m. (approx.)
This tour, with American University’s GLBTA Resource Center, begins at 1724 20th St. NW.

D.C. Queer History Discussion, Monday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.
This informal survey of D.C.’s GLBT history is offered by Philip Clark, Rebecca Dolinsky, Patsy Lynch and the University of Maryland Pride Alliance. The discussion will be on the University of Maryland campus, room 3207, Art-Sociology Building.

Thirty Years Later, Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, Steve Ault, Amin Ghaziani and Patsy Lynch participate in a panel discussion exploring the Columbus Day Weekend 1979, which saw the first gay March on Washington and the 3rd World Conference. At the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

Fifth Annual Benefit for the Rainbow History Project, Sunday, Oct. 18, 3-6 p.m.
The Washington Academy offers an afternoon of fabulous drag performances and a silent auction to benefit RHP at Ziegfeld’s, 1824 Half St. SW. Admission is $10.

Community Pioneers Reception, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m.
The Rainbow History Project honors this year’s 20 Community Pioneers in the Langston Room of Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.