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The Year in Preview 2019: Your Complete LGBTQ Community Guide

Every D.C.-area event you need to know about in 2019

Capital Pride Festival 2018 — Photo: Randy Shulman

All dates are subject to change at each organizer’s discretion. For more detailed information as events approach, check Metro Weekly‘s Community Calendar, your complete guide to local community events, in print and online at metroweekly.com.

JANUARY

Unspeakable Crimes: An LGBTQ Mystery Reading

Saturday, Jan. 5
Part of the OutWrite series.
6-8 p.m.
East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 100
thedccenter.org/outwrite

Torah and Sexuality Series: The Divine Eroticism of Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism

Tuesday, Jan. 8
7-8 p.m.
Sixth & I
600 I St. NW
edcjcc.org/community/gloe

Equality Virginia’s Kick-Off at the General Assembly

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Join Equality Virginia as they outline their priorities and plans for the upcoming General Assembly session.
Time TBD
Capitol Square
19th and Bank Streets, Richmond, Va.
equalityvirginia.org

Queer Book Club: Dodging and Burning

Thursday, Jan. 10
As part of the OutWrite series, The DC Center hosts a group discussion focusing on John Copenhaver’s book.
7-9 p.m.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/outwrite

Whitman-Walker’s 41st Birthday Celebration

Sunday, Jan. 13
Location and time TBD
whitman-walker.org

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
For times of individual events, visit leatherweekend.com.

MAL Weekend Sexshop Party

Friday, Jan. 18
Featuring DJs Alex Acosta, XGonzalez, and Joe Pacheco.
10 p.m.-7 a.m.
L8 Lounge
727 15th St. NW
lafantasyproductions.ticketleap.com
capitalpride.org

Women’s March on Washington 2019: The #WomensWave is Coming

Saturday, Jan. 19
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
March starts 11 a.m.
Rally starts 1:30 p.m.
March will start from Independence Avenue and 3rd Street, SW. Gathering point will be on the National Mall between 3rd and 12th Streets.
Rally will be held at Lincoln Memorial.
Womensmarch.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Monday, Jan. 21
Join The DC Center as it leads an LGBTQ contingent marching in the MLK Holiday Parade.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Anacostia Park
1900 Anacostia Dr. SE
thedccenter.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 21
Join in a service project or volunteer for a local community organization to help honor Dr. King’s legacy.
nationalservice.gov/mlkday

Team DC’s Winter Casino Night

Saturday, Jan. 26
Join your favorite D.C. area sports teams for a night of blackjack, craps and poker.
8 p.m.-midnight
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St. NW
teamdc.org

Equality Virginia’s Day of Action

Tuesday, Jan. 29
Join Equality Virginia as they lobby lawmakers in the General Assembly to support pro-LGBT bills. The day also includes workshops for activists and ends with a legislative reception featuring appearances by LGBT-friendly lawmakers.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St., Richmond, Va.
equalityvirginia.org

Capital Pride Reveal

Thursday, Jan. 31
Find out what Capital Pride has planned for its 2019 celebration.
7:30-11:30 p.m.
Location TBD
capitalpride.org

FEBRUARY

Brother Help Thyself Grant Awards Reception

Saturday, Feb. 2
7-9:30 p.m.
Belvedere Hotel
1 E. Chase St.
Baltimore, Md.
Brotherhelpthyself.net

Night OUT at the Capitals

Tuesday, Feb. 5
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
601 F St. NW
teamdc.org

Writing Workshop: Setting as Character

Wednesday, Feb. 6
A workshop for writers to hone their skills, led by author John Copenhaver.
7-9 p.m.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/outwrite

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, Feb. 7
aids.gov

Scarlet’s Bake Sale

Sunday, Feb. 10
Bake sale raising money for local nonprofits and charities. Special awards given based on creativity.
Noon-7 p.m.
The DC Eagle
3701 Benning Rd. NE
facebook.com/scarlets.foundation

Taking the Stage: Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence

Wednesday, Feb. 20
7-9 p.m.
Busboy and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
thedccenter.org

Mayor Bowser’s Black LGBTQ History Month Celebration of Excellence: Bayard Rustin & Audre Lorde Mixer

Thursday, Feb. 28
Location and time TBD
lgbtq.dc.gov

MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Parade

Sunday, Mar. 10
Join The DC Center as it leads an LGBTQ contingent marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 17th Streets
dcstpatsparade.com

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sunday, Mar. 10
aids.gov

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Celebration

Sunday, Mar. 10
Honoring the contributions of queer Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.
6-9 p.m.
Sax DC
734 11th St. NW
nqapia.org/wpp

Night OUT at the Wizards

Wednesday, Mar. 13
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
601 F St. NW
teamdc.org

Queer Book Club:

Bury When I’m Dead

Thursday, March 14
As part of the OutWrite series, the DC Center hosts a book discussion on the novel by Cheryl Head.
7-9 p.m.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/outwrite

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, Mar. 20
aids.gov

APRIL

Dining Out for Life

Approximately 75 restaurants throughout the greater D.C. area donate between 25% and 110% of the days’s receipts to Food & Friends
Date TBD
foodandfriends.org

The Ask Rayceen Show: Mini-Ball

Wednesday, April 3
6-9:30 p.m.
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch

Sunday, April 7
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
victoryfund.org

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, April 10
Aids.gov

CherryPop Weekend 2019

Thursday-Monday, April 11-15
Times TBD
Multiple venues
cherryfund.org

Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner

Saturday, April 13
Join the Commonwealth’s major LGBT rights organization as it celebrates pro-LGBT progress and the allies who have made it possible. Proceeds benefit Equality Virginia.
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Time TBD
403 N. Third St., Richmond, Va.
equalityvirginia.org

Team DC’s Night of Champions Awards Dinner

Saturday, April 13
Location and time TBD
teamdc.org/champions

National Rainbow Seder

Sunday, April 14
Join members of the LGBTQ Jewish community as they enjoy a special Passover meal and rituals, co-presented by GLOE, the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center and the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith program.
Time TBD
Location TBD
edcjcc.org/community/gloe

National Transgender HIV Testing Day

Thursday, April 18
aids.gov

Rayceen, Fix Me Up! Spring Mixer

Thursday, April 18
7-10 p.m.
XX+ Crostino
1926 9th St. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

DC Front Runners Pride Fund 5K Fundraiser

Saturday, April 20
Entertainment, raffle prizes, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Casa Ruby, the Team DC Scholarship Fund, and The Wanda Alston Foundation.
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St. NW
dcfrpriderun.com

National Day of Silence

Sunday, April 21
The brainchild of GLSEN, the Day of Silence is used to protest the silencing of the LGBT community due to harassment, bullying, and abuse in schools.
dayofsilence.org
glsen.org

Team DC’s Spring Casino Night

Saturday, April 27
Join your favorite D.C. area sports teams for a night of blackjack, craps and poker.
8 p.m.-midnight
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St. NW
teamdc.org

MAY

Night OUT at the Prodigy

Date, time and location TBD
teamdc.org

Capital Pride Heroes Gala

Date, time and location TBD
Event honors those who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community and to Capital Pride.
capitalpride.org

Trans Equality Now Awards

Hosted by the National Center for Trans Equality
Date, time and location TBD
transequality.org

Whitman-Walker Health’s “Going the Extra Mile” benefit

This cocktail reception honors Whitman-Walker’s pro bono legal volunteers, recognizes allies , and raises money to help Whitman-Walker provide free legal services to its clients.
Date, time and location TBD
whitman-walker.org

The Ask Rayceen Show: Community Forum

Wednesday, May 1
6-9:30 p.m.
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

Gay Day at the Zoo

International Family Equality Day

Sunday, May 5
Family Equality Day events take place as part of Gay Day at the Zoo.
9 a.m-4 p.m.
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
thedccenter.org/events/gayday2019

Queer Book Club:

Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was

As part of the OutWrite series, The DC Center hosts a book discussion on a novel edited by Dave Ring.
Thursday, May 9
7-9 p.m.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/outwrite

Silver Pride

Friday, May 10
Time TBD
Enjoy socializing, dancing, fun, and friends at this free LGBTQ seniors’ event, co-sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health.
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
capitalpride.org
whitman-walker.org

Taking the Stage: Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence

Thursday, May 9
7-9 p.m.
Busboy and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
thedccenter.org

Team DC’s Quarterly Sports Mixer

Wednesday, May 15
Location and time TBD
teamdc.org

Writing Workshop: Query Writing

Wednesday, May 15
A workshop for writers to hone their skills, led by author John Copenhaver.
7-9 p.m.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/outwrite

Capital TransPride

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
Events include the DC Trans Ball
Location and time TBD
Capitalpride.org

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Friday, May 17
dayagainsthomophobia.org

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

Saturday, May 18
aids.gov

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sunday, May 19
Banyantreeproject.org

National Hepatitis Testing Day

Sunday, May 19
cdc.gov/hepatitis/testingday

DC Black Pride’s Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 21
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location TBD
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride

Thursday-Monday, May 23-27
Multiple venues
Host hotel: Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
For a list of events, visit dcblackpride.org.

DC Black Pride’s Unity Ball

Thursday, May 23
8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride Exhibit Hall and Workshops

10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride’s Sexual Health Symposium

Saturday, May 25
4-6 p.m.
Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride Poetry Slam

Saturday, May 25
7-9 p.m.
Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride Interfaith Service

9-11 a.m.
Marriott Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW
dcblackpride.org

DC Black Pride Health & Wellness and Cultural Fair

Monday, May 27
12-10 p.m. (Fair runs 12-6 p.m.)
Location TBD
dcblackpride.org

The DC Center’s Foster Parent and Adoption Information Night

Wednesday, May 29
Presentations from current foster parents and representatives of the Latin American Youth Center’s Child Placement programs.
6:30-8 p.m.
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org/events/fosterandadoption

JUNE

United Night OUT

Date, time and location TBD
teamdc.org

Pride Womxn’s Kickoff Celebration

Saturday, June 1
A pride kickoff dance party for the LBTQ women of greater D.C., presented by the Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health
Time TBD
Big Chief DC
2002 Fenwick St. NE
capitalpride.org
whitman-walker.org

Casa Ruby’s Anniversary Party

Monday, June 3
Location and time TBD
casaruby.org

Night OUT at the Nationals

Tuesday, June 4
7 p.m.
Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. SE
teamdc.org

GLOE’s Jewish Pride Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 5
Location and time TBD
edcjcc.org/community/gloe

HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

Wednesday, June 5
aids.gov

DC Latinx Pride Official Dance Party

Thursday, June 6
Time and location TBD
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party and Rally

Thursday, June 6
VIDA Penthouse & Pool Club at the Yards
1212 4th St. SE
capitalpride.org

DC Front Runners Pride 5K Run

Friday, June 7
7-9 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery
1801 E St. SE
dcfrpriderun.com

Capital Pride and BYT Opening Night Party: Earth, Wind, Glitter & Fire

Friday, June 7
9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE
capitalpride.org

Nice Jewish Boys Pre-Pride Parade Mixer

Saturday, June 8
Location and time TBD
facebook.com/NJB.DC

Capital Pride “Crack of Noon” Brunch

Saturday, June 8
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride Block Party

Saturday, June 8
4-10 p.m.
15th Street NW, between P and Church Streets
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride Women’s Main Event

Saturday, June 8
Location and time TBD
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride Parade

Saturday, June 8
Join Capital Pride for its signature event, featuring marching contingents and floats representing the best of D.C.’s LGBT community.
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Parade route starts at 22nd and P Streets, NW. Ends at 14th and R Streets, NW
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride and DC Black Pride Post-Parade Pool Party

Saturday, June 8
Location and time TBD
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride and Capital Trans Pride Post-Parade Pool Party

Saturday, June 8
Location and time TBD
capitalpride.org

Official Saturday Night DC Pride Party

Saturday, June 8
Location and time TBD
capitalpride.org

Capital Pride Festival & Concert

Sunday, June 9
Celebrating the 44th anniversary of Pride in the Nation’s Capital, featuring entertainers, booths for local organizations, food, and live music
Noon-10 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW
Capitalpride.org

Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction

Monday, June 10
A festive evening celebrating community and cuisine with innovative tastings from the region’s hottest chefs benefitting Food & Friends.
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
foodandfriends.org

Capital Pride Interfaith Service

Tuesday, June 11
7:30-9 p.m.
Adas Israel
2850 Quebec St. NW
capitalpride.org

Baltimore Pride Block Party and Parade

Saturday, June 15
Time TBD
Station North Neighborhood
For a list of events, visit baltimorepride.org.

Baltimore Pride in the Park

Sunday, June 16
Druid Hill Park
900 Druid Park Lake Dr.
For a list of events, visit baltimorepride.org.

District of Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists and Talent

Saturday, June 22
Location and time TBD
lgbtq.dc.gov

National HIV Testing Day

Thursday, June 27
aids.gov

JULY

Night OUT at the Kastles

Date, time and location TBD
teamdc.org

The Ask Rayceen Show: #AskRayceen Poetry Slam

Wednesday, July 3
Audience’s favorite poet receives $100 cash prize. Doors open at 6 p.m., with free catered food, cash bar, and vendors/exhibitors. Event will feature live music, burlesque, interviews, competitions, and more.
6-9:30 p.m.
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

The Mr. Nice Jewish Boy Pageant

Sunday, July 14
Time TBD
Location TBD
facebook.com/NJB.DC

Team DC Community Service Project

Monday-Saturday, July 15-20
Team DC’s members organizations are encouraged to do service projects benefiting the larger community.
Multiple locations and times
teamdc.org

Night OUT at the Mystics

Tuesday, July 30
7 p.m.
Capital One Arena
601 F St. NW
teamdc.org

AUGUST

Night OUT at the Washington Spirit

Date and time TBD
Maryland SoccerPlex
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, Md.
teamdc.org

OutWrite DC Book Festival 2019: A Celebration of LGBT Literature

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 2-4
Reeves Center
2000 14th St. NW.
Times of readings and exhibits TBD
Volunteers asked to email outwritedc@gmail.com.
thedccenter.org/outwritedc

Team DC’s Summer Casino Night

Saturday, Aug. 10
Join your favorite D.C. area sports teams for a night of blackjack, craps and poker.
8 p.m.-midnight
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St. NW
teamdc.org

Taking the Stage: Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence

Thursday, Aug. 15
7-9 p.m.
Busboy and Poets
2021 14th St. NW
thedccenter.org

East of the River Fall Festival

Friday, Aug. 23
Time TBD
Max Robinson Center
2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE
whitman-walker.org

SEPTEMBER

Team DC’s Quarterly Sports Mixer

Monday, Sept. 16
Location and time TBD
teamdc.org

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Wednesday, Sept. 18
aids.gov

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, Sept. 27
aids.gov

HRC National Dinner

Saturday, Sept. 28
5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
hrcnationaldinner.org

OCTOBER

Center Global Reception

Date, time, location TBD
thedccenter.org

Transgender Information & Empowerment Summit

Date, time, and location TBD (will be held on a Saturday)
Richmond, Va.
equalityvirginia.org

Whitman-Walker’s LGBTQ Cultural Competency Summit

A convening of LGBTQ cultural competency thought leaders and professionals for the second year in a row.
Date, time, and location TBD
whitman-walker.org

The Ask Rayceen Show: Game Night

Wednesday, Oct. 2
6-9:30 p.m.
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention

Thursday, Oct. 3
Wear blue in a show of solidarity against bullying.
stompoutbullying.org.

Team DC Fashion Show and Fundraiser

Proceeds go toward the Team DC
Saturday, Oct. 5
Time and location TBD

Capital Pride’s Music in the Night

Monday, Oct. 7
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Show starts 8 p.m.
Hamilton Live
600 14th St. NW
capitalpride.org

National Coming Out Day

Friday, Oct. 11
hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, Oct. 15
latinoaids.org

Rayceen, Fix Me Up! Autumn Mixer

Thursday, Oct. 17
7-10 p.m.
XX+ Crostino
1926 9th St. NW
TeamRayceen.eventbrite.com

SMYAL Fall Brunch

Sunday, Oct. 20
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW
smyal.org

Whitman-Walker’s Walk & 5k to End HIV

Saturday, Oct. 26
7:30-11 a.m.
Freedom Plaza
13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
walktoendhiv.org

Whitman-Walker’s Brunch to End HIV

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 26-27
Participating restaurants
walktoendhiv.org

17th Street High Heel Race

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
17th Street NW, between Church and S Streets
Parade of costumes starts 6 p.m.
Race starts at 9 p.m.
lgbtq.dc.gov

NOVEMBER

Night OUT at the NFL

Date and time TBD
FedEx Field
1600 Fedex Way
Landover, Md.
teamdc.org

Veterans Day LGBT Wreath Laying Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 11
A memorial ceremony honoring LGBTQ veterans, held at the gravesites of Technical Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, the first out LGBTQ service member, and former D.C. area LGBTQ rights activist Frank Kameny
12-2 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery
1801 E St. SE
thedccenter.org/events/vetsday2019

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, Nov. 20
5-9 p.m.
For Washington, D.C., event will take place at Metropolitan Community Church.
474 Ridge St. NW
tdor.info

Bad & Beaujolais: A Beaujolais Day Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 21
Join The DC Center’s Center Women Group as they celebrate their annual beaujolais wine sampling party.
7-10 p.m.
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Thedccenter.org

NGLCC’s National Dinner

Friday, Nov. 22
National Building Museum
Time TBD
nglcc.org

Thanksgiving at The DC Center

Thursday, Nov. 28
The DC Center holds a Thanksgiving meal for those without plans or a place to go during the holidays.
The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 30
Join members of The DC Center as they patronize small businesses in D.C. and do some early holiday shopping.
Meeting Place: The DC Center
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105
thedccenter.org

DECEMBER

Capital Pride Holiday Heatwave Party

Date and time TBD
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
capitalpride.org

World AIDS Day

Friday, Dec. 1
For specific events and times, see listings on blog.aids.gov

Team DC’s Holiday Sports Mixer

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Location and time TBD
teamdc.org

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Tuesday, Dec. 17
december17.org

Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel: A Hanukkah Happy Hour

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Time TBD
Location TBD
facebook.com/NJB.DC

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

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