As a result of an investigation into the incident, D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has referred Nellie’s Sports Bar to the office of Attorney General Karl Racine, setting into motion an investigation that could lead to the LGBTQ sports bar being fined or losing its license.
For 14 years we’ve opened our doors at Nellie’s to welcome everyone — and we always will.
On June 12 (sic), Keisha Young, one of our customers, was treated inappropriately, unsafely and disrespectfully by a security vendor. As previously stated, the individual and his company responsible for that incident were terminated with immediate effect. The regulatory and possible legal matters surrounding the incident with Ms. Young are still evolving, and we will share additional information if and when we are able. To be clear, we are very sorry that this horrible incident occurred, and we are sorry for what happened to Ms. Young, and we apologize to her for how she was treated.
In addition to the termination of the security vendor, Nellie’s temporarily paused operations to allow for a thorough review of the incident to be conducted. We also used the time to add additional resources so that nothing like this happens in the future. We are committed to restoring our customers’ and community’s faith in Nellie’s to always be a safe and welcoming space for all of our guests
To that end, we want to inform our customers and community of the following actions:
Nellie’s has named Ruby Corado as our new manager and Director of Community Engagement. Ms. Corado, who also serves as the executive director of Casa Ruby, has a 29-year career as a passionate advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She will assist in ensuring that all of Nellie’s staff receive ongoing diversity sensitivity and inclusion training — with a focus on the concerns of LGBTQ+ people of color.
Since our opening more than a decade ago, Nellie’s has given more than $1 million dollars to the community in direct and in-kind support to a wide array of organizations. We will continue to proactively support diverse organizations – especially those nonprofits aiding marginalized neighbors and residents.
We have created a customer feedback page on our website, and any concerns reported will be acted upon within 72 hours.
All of our managers and staff have completed professional conflict de-escalation training, and regular and routine training of this nature is now a part of our onboarding process for any employee.
During the ongoing pandemic, Nellie’s was forced to close like many other businesses, but dedicated itself to being a vital part of the community by using its own resources to provide free meals to first responders and other workers involved in serving the community during the health crisis. This work will continue.
Nellie’s staff is racially, ethnically and gender-identity diverse. It always has and always will. As we reopen to serve the community and ensure continued employment of our team of 50 employees — all of us at Nellie’s renew our mission to be an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for women, for all people of color, for the entire LGBTQ+ community and for all our neighbors and friends. We also recognize that being an inclusive business is an ongoing process, and we pledge to continue to investigate ways to do better.
We promise to see you, to listen to you, to embrace you and to welcome you each night.
Christy Goldsmith Romero and Jed Kolko will join a number of other out officials, if confirmed by the Senate.
By Rudy Malcom
September 23, 2021
Last week, President Joe Biden announced nominations to 10 key posts. If confirmed by the Senate, two of the nominees, Christy Goldsmith Romero and Jed Kolko, would join a number of out LGBTQ officials in the Biden administration.
Goldsmith Romero, who is bisexual, is poised to become one of five commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), an independent agency that regulates various American markets.
Since 2012, Goldsmith Romero has served as Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), leading investigations into fraud, money laundering and corruption at the federal level.
Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ people say they're behind on rent, and nearly 1 in 10 fear they'll be evicted within the next two months, according to a new survey.
The survey, conducted by the Williams Institute, an LGBTQ think tank at the UCLA School of Law, found that 19% of LGBTQ respondents said they were behind on rent payments, compared to 14% of non-LGBTQ respondents.
Breaking those numbers down by race, 30% of LGBTQ people of color say they're behind on rent, while only 1o% of LGBTQ white people say the same.
One of the factors contributing to fears about housing instability is whether a person owns their home (either by purchasing it in cash or paying via monthly mortgage payments) or rents, which tends to exacerbate a person's level of insecurity. The other factor is an individual's personal financial situation, including the frequency with which they are paid.
The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League, D.C.'s LGBTQ+ softball organization, is recruiting new members for its "Fall Ball" season, scheduled to start on Saturday, September 18.
The abbreviated season will run for six consecutive weeks, with two games held each Saturday through October 23. Games for the abbreviated season are played at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Registration costs $30 per person, and will remain open until Wednesday, September 8.
Unlike CAPS' longer spring-summer season, which features a more competitive level of play, Fall Ball is a recreational season, with teams arranged by the CAPS executive board to ensure an equal playing field based on abilities.
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