Closing due to weather

Closed due to weather

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The DC Center for the LGBT Community will be closed during regular business hours today, March 21, 2018 due to the hazardous weather. The DC Center will re open on March 22, 2018 for regular business hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Job Club is cancelled for March 21st.

Book Men DC is cancelled for March 21st.

Support Group Facilitator Training is cancelled for March 21st.


Closing Due to Weather

DC Center Logo

DC Center logo

The DC Center for the LGBT Community will be closed during regular business hours today, March 2, 2018 due to the hazardous weather. The DC Center will re open on March 3, 2018 for regular business hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gay District meeting is cancelled for March 2nd.

Trans Support Group meeting is cancelled for March 2nd.


Join our Professional Partners Program

Professional Partners
Join our Professional Partners Program

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to promote your business or product? Do you have trouble marketing your business or product? Look no further! The DC Center’s Professional Partners program is for you! For a small yearly donation of $250 the DC Center provides you with:

  • A spot in our Professional Partners business card holder wall. We see over 1500 individual visitors every year through our doors.
  • An ad in our newsletter. No ad? No problem. We will scan your business card! We have over 19,000 members to our weekly newsletter.
  • A place in our business organization directory on our website. Our website is consistently at the top of Google searches.

Contact Chris at chris@thedccenter today to become a Professional Partner!

OutWrite Presents An Evening of Queer One Page Plays

January 24, 2018

David Ring, OutWrite Chair

OutWrite Presents An Evening of Queer One Page Plays

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutWrite, Theatre Prometheus & DC Queer Theatre Fest will present the fruits of the 2017 A Queer One Page Play Competition for one night only upstairs at Ten Tigers Lounge on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.  The six winning plays will be put on alongside a performance by Regie Cabico of his solo show Faith, Hope & Regie.

Tickets can be bought through the venue here.  Please note that Ten Tigers is an intimate venue.

The six plays are:

  • Slur by Kate Bishop
  • Message from ‘The Legba’ by Rashid Darden
  • Reaction by Sophie Herreid (the 2017 OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival Crowd Selection)
  • Hispanos, Latinxs, Indígenas, y Culeros by Xemiyulu Manibusan
  • I Am Proud by Zachary Rosen
  • Goodnight Kiss by Kiera Whalen

“We’re so proud to present the work of these talented playwrights to the public,” said OutWrite Community Chair Dave Ring, who organized the competition in conjunction with support from Theatre Prometheus.  “We’ve never done anything like this before but the energy around the both competition and the upcoming performance has really been something special.  I’m so grateful to everyone who’s been a part of it.”

The plays will be directed by four DC-based directors, selected by Theatre Prometheus and DC Queer Theatre Fest:

  • Lauren Patton
  • Caitlin Partridge
  • Jon Jon Johnson
  • Aiyi’nah “SimplyNay” Ford

The winning plays were selected by a panel of local judges on the basis of “originality, representation, and relevance to the competition’s LGBTQ focus.”

The judging panel consisted of:

  • Tracey Erbacher, Artistic Director of Theater Prometheus
  • Lauren Patton, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Prometheus
  • Matt Torney, Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theater
  • Kirsten Bower, Literary Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Lonnell Butler, Programming Coordinator at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

More background on the competition can be found here:


About OutWrite

Outwrite is a program of The DC Center for the LGBT community that celebrates queer literature, authors, writers, and poets. The 2018 festival will kick off on Friday, August 3rd — details TBA! On Saturday, August 4th, there will be a full day of readings, panels, book sales, and exhibitors at the DC Center. To finish the weekend, a number of writing workshops will be held on Sunday, August 5th.  We are currently accepting proposals for our upcoming program.  Further information here:  Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Theatre Prometheus

Founded in 2013, Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of exploring and promoting woman-focused, diverse narratives. We believe in the power of local theater and are committed to providing opportunities to local artists, creating productions both by and for the communities we live in.

About DC Queer Theatre Festival

Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area. By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. More info at


Holiday Closings

Closed due to weather

Holiday Closings

The DC Center for the LGBT Community will be closed during regular business hours from 12.23.17 until 12.27.17. The DC Center will be open on 12.28.17 and 12.29.17. The DC Center will be closed for Office Hours on 12.30.17 and 1.1.18.

Bi Roundtable Discussion is meeting on 12.19.17

Coffee and Conversation is cancelled on Monday 12.25.17 and 1.1.18

Center Aging Lunch is not meeting on 12.22.17

Gay District is meeting on 1.5.17

GenderQueer DC is meeting on 12.26.17

Job Club is cancelled on 12.20.17 and 12.27.17

Volunteer Night is cancelled on 1.1.18

The Poly Discussion Group is meeting 12.21.17

Queer Women Working Through Trauma is meeting 12.19.17 and 1.2.18

Trans Support Group is Meeting on 1.5.17

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties is cancelled on 12.22.17

Happy Holidays from the DC Center for the LGBT Community!


Help Find LaKeisha Washington

LaKeisha Washington
LaKeisha Washington
LaKeisha Washintgton

UPDATE: MPD REPORTS THAT LaKeisha has been located.  

LGBT Activist LaKeisha Washington was reported missing to the MPD on December 3rd.  Keisha was last seen on November 29th on the Unit Block of Galveston Place, SW.

In 2014 LaKeisha challenged discrimination against transgender women at the John L. Young Center for Homeless Women.  LaKeisha, the DC Trans Coalition, DC Trans Coalition attorney Jeffrey Light were successful in forcing the shelter to end their policy of excluding transgender women.  (click here to read the Washington Blade Story).

Help us find LaKeisha

  • If you have information please call the MPD at 202-727-9099 or text 50411
LaKeisha Washington
LaKeisha Washington





Four Used Floating Tables Available for Pick-Up

4 tables
4 tables
4 tables

Hello everyone! The D.C. Center has recently received new furniture, including six tables for both the conference room and the meeting room. This leaves the four previously used  open for any person(s) or organization to stop by the center and pick them up.

Note: The tables are in used condition, and loading and transportation of the tables will be up to the party who claims them. You can take all four, or just one, whatever you prefer.

Please contact to take these tables off our hands.


Posted below is a photo of the four tables.

Thank you!

Meet Ping-Hsuan

This is a weekly newsletter to put a face to the staff at the DC Center. Every week we will be featuring a staff member. This week, meet Ping! Ping is our general intern. This summer Ping has been working with Shareese on End Violence Against Sex Workers and with Dee Curry on Solutions to Wellness Conference and Awards Banquet.

Ping-Hsuan Wang

July 12, Cancer
Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I started out volunteering and soon I grew to love the feeling of being part of the community by participating in the events. I wanted to do a little bit more by joining the team and helping organize some of the events, where I get to interact with awesome people in real life.

What is music anthem?

Jie Mei (姊妹) by A-Mei (1996). It’s the anthem for many gay men in Taiwan, I believe. The heartwarming message unites us.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

The activism. Every time I look back on the progress we’ve made over time, I feel pumped to go even further. The energy coming from all of us as a community even in times of setbacks keeps me motivated. This collective endeavor to make lives better continues to inspire me.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

Roosevelt Island. It’s on Potomac River but it’s still part of DC. It’s a great place for a walk to escape the city, even when it’s pouring. I love taking a walk or jogging or simply sitting on a bench somewhere to enjoy the time alone.

What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?

Communication. We have such diversity within the community that sometimes there are misunderstandings that stands in the way of accomplishing great work. I think communication is the key to having all the different voices being heard, from which we can start to address the different needs and concerns our members have to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment. 

What is your favorite Queer movie?

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled/帶我去遠方 (2009). I didn’t know it was a Queer movie when I went to the cinema but I was bawling when I left as the sense of loss and not fitting in resonated so much.

What has been your favorite moment while working in The DC Center?

That moment when someone from Alaska visited the Center and I showed her around and provided some resources she was looking for, I felt how directly impactful the work we are doing is on people’s lives.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

I love layers. If I have to pick just one item, it’d be vests. They’re versatile; casual yet professional. I also love the feeling of being hugged tightly around my waist (by a vest).

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?

Navy blue. I just love that color.

Who do you most look up to in the queer community?

My professors at National Central University, including Fifi Ding and Hans Huang, who are as actively involved and outspoken in the classroom as they are on the street as activists.


Meet David

This week we are switching things up a bit. Rather than our usual “Meet the Staff” feature, we will be focusing on one of our donors this week. David Merrill has been a long time supporter of The DC Center, and will be reaching a milestone with us very soon!

David Merrill

November 18, Scorpio
What inspired you to become involved with The DC Center?
I’ve always believed in supporting our community, and I believe in supporting local organizations, so of course The DC Center has had my support for many years.

What is your music anthem?

I don’t have an anthem, but I do always have a song playing in my head, pretty much 24 hours a day. I wake up and it’s already playing.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

The leather community, where I found a group of wonderful people who welcomed me just as I am.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

I love the Smithsonian museums, which are just one of the things that make The District a great place to live. My parents let me go by myself since I was eight years old, and to this day I visit on a regular basis. I especially enjoy The National Portrait Gallery and The Museum of American Art. I plan to visit The Museum of African American History and Culture this very afternoon as I write this.

What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?

I’ve seen an alarming trend in recent years toward heteronormativity and cleaning up the image of queer people by sanitizing our sexuality. I’m proud to be queer, I have a poly family, and I have no desire to copy the lifestyles of straight people.

What is your favorite LGBTQ+ movie?

Orlando (1992)

What’s a memorable event that you supported at The DC Center?

My favorite events at the center are all of the little events that happen all week, every week that make our community work. From “Rainbow Family Story Time” for queer families, to the “Poly Discussion Group” for people living in alternative family structures. Whatever your lifestyle or interests, there is something for you at the center.

How has the LGBTQ+ community changed in recent years?

We are mainstreaming. Our gay bars are losing customers as we migrate to straight bars and integrate. This is both a good thing, and a bad thing. We are victims of our own success, but I am not one who fears the end of gay culture. It will change, but we are too strong to lose our culture so easily

What color would you paint The White House, given the chance?

White. I respect tradition.

Who in the LGBTQ+ community has been an inspiration to you?

Oh there are so many, but if I had to pick one it would be Cleve Jones.