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Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties) offers space for queer women to socialize

Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties) hopes to counter the dwindling number of events geared toward queer women

Photo: Olesia Bilkei

Photo: Olesia Bilkei

“We need more queer women’s events in D.C.,” says Sam White, coordinator of Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties), a social discussion and activity group for queer women. “Because a lot of queer spaces for women have deteriorated recently, with Phase One closing and Glitter ending, some of the women decided to branch out on their own and create some new groups to try and make more events.”

A part of that push, White’s group meets at The DC Center on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. At a typical meeting, a volunteer moderator picks a topic, whether it’s an issue related to the queer community that’s making headlines or life experiences common to queer women’s lives. The moderator then helps facilitate discussion among group members. Following each meeting, participants go to dinner at a local restaurant, with some opting to visit nightlife spots afterwards.

On months with a fifth Friday, Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties) will arrange a joint event with Gay District, its male counterpart, says White. Some of those events have included attending “Jazz in the Garden” at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden or holding a “Game Night” where they play board and card games.

Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties) also strives to come up with outings for members, using its Facebook page to put together impromptu gatherings ranging from picnics during the summer months to after-work happy hours. White says there are plans to go water tubing in the future, and the group hopes to host an outing to Six Flags America in the spring of 2017.

Women in Their Twenties (and Thirties) holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at The DC Center, 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.

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John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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