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  1. I wonder whether there is any possibility of arranging for Paul Elliot Russell to speak at the festival. He is a professor at Vassar College and the author of several novels that I have recently read: “Immaculate Blue”, “Boys of Life” and “Salt Point” (which is on my reading list), among others. I am currently reading “The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabakov”. I finf his work to be extremely compelling.


  2. Definitely going to come out a help support when I can!!! Super excited now that I know the dates!!! Helped do this with family when I was just a kid!!! LOL can’t wait to tell my Mom I’m getting back into the swing of things.

  3. Good Morning,

    I would like to speak to someone regarding this event and potentially bringing several additional volunteers from an organization I work with to support! If possible please provide me with appropriate contact information so that I could reach out to discuss in further detail. Thank you!

    Tyson Morgan
    Apple Tysons Corner

    • Hi Tyson,
      Thank you for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Shareese is our peer educator; she can help you coordinate larger groups for the condom packing parties. She can be reached at We also have regular condom packing parties on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
      Thanks again!

  4. Is this event still open to volunteer, I live in Woodbridge and open to volunteer and meet people.
    Maurice Wiggins

    • Hi Maurice, thanks for reaching out. Currently for this volunteer night we are at capacity but you are welcome to sign up for the other upcoming volunteer nights.

  5. Odd that the senior members in the picture were not identified. I know three of the older men and know they are not closeted. The man on the right is also a friend of the group.

  6. Hi sir,
    Hope you are doing great today, I need your help to apply for LGBT Asylum, I have no job, please assist me to apply for LGBT Asylum, please reply to me. Thanks

  7. I am a trans women who works in Baltimore city and I would love to get your help on how and what things I need to do to start my own trans group ?

    • Hi Rhonda,
      Thank you for your comment and for reaching out to us. Have you contacted GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF BALTIMORE (GLCCB) in Baltimore? They are closer than the DC Center and might be able to better assist your effort.

  8. Hi,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    In the light of what is happening in the world of abuse and oppression against the LGBTQ in China, Lebanon, Russia and recently Chechnya to mention the few, I thought it was time I tackled this nightmare and helped the world open their eyes. I myself a great supporter of the community and have many gay friends with whom I always discuss the community in general and current issues in specific.

    Please let me introduce myself. My name is Tami and I am an author and a Civil Rights Advocate( currently working with SAN) and one of my books discusses at length a love story between two South Asian men.

    The book “Ocean in a Drop” has one major theme: freedom. The world is mesmerized and hypnotized by the media of only bad news. I believe my book does otherwise: it shares the story of children who want to break free from an oppressive and abusive culture; however, one of those children is gay. This character depicts what really goes on in a discrete gay man’s life: the struggle, the pain, and the sacrifices- a love story of two teenagers.

    Why would this book have an impact? When the reader picks up my book, they are thinking of one theme: Freedom. As the plot lays out the series of events, it vaguely introduces the love story. It does not matter of whether they are with or against the gay community, the chapter is a major part of the plot. As the story develops, the reader has no option but to continue reading the extended details of this love story, forcing them to live up close and personal the battle and the pain that no one parent would wish for their children.

    I would love to organize a book talk session at any of your venues. I think the world needs more literature and not just media to help unveil the truth about the LGBTQ communities in the third world countries.

    Please let me know what you think, and should you need further details, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on my phone number or email.

    Warm Regards,
    Tami Shaikh

    • Hello Kodiak, the Reeves Building which houses The DC Center is wheelchair accessible ,the main doors will open when you push the button, when you get in the building tho you would need someone to open the door to suite #105 . We have staff available that can open the door.

    • Hey Lloyd,

      It really depends on their situation, and there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. What state do they currently reside in and do they have a valid drivers license? Are they a Veteran, or on disability? Can they afford to rent a room and if so what is their budget? Do they qualify for Emergency Rental Assistance? So …… the best thing to do is to call the DC Center and have them talk to one our two amazing social workers and we can go from there!

  9. can you produce the newsletters, etc
    so the reader can toggle back and forth between the complete english version and the complete spanish version so that we can use it as a learning tool for the language that i am not completely familiar with….?

    • Hi tj,
      Unfortunately, at this time we do not have the staff capacity to translate our newsletter into Spanish.
      Thank you for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community!

  10. Greetings
    I work along with the aging and council ,iam intrested in coming to oone or several of you’re meetings there.
    I have one of many seminars for aging to to go to and present.

    Thank you


  11. It’s really nice to see Sam get recognized! I am lucky to work with Sam regularly through the DC Center’s Youth Working Group ( – Eddy Ameen, YWG chair

  12. Good afternoon , my name is Maria from RAICES, a non-profit agency providing legal services to underserved immigrants.

    One of our services is working with asylum-seeking mothers and children released from family detention centers. Some of these families are in need of shelter placement and we would like to know more about your organization and service population.”

    Our service population: Mothers and children (<18 yrs), Majority Central American (Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala), Most Spanish-speakers, some indigenous languages

    Thank you

    • Hi Maria,
      The DC Center operates a program called Center Global. Since 2012, Center Global has served 200 LGBT individuals from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union countries and Russia seeking asylum in the United States. A program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Center Global provides a welcoming environment to LGBT asylum seekers, and works to address individual legal and social needs. Where possible, Center Global can provide short-term financial assistance, legal referrals, general and mental health services referrals, and other social support referrals during the asylum process.
      Thank you for your inquiry!

  13. While reading this narrative, it seemed to me that it needed some “humanity”. Maybe a short story of a particular couple, with names blocked, but the warmth and “human-ness” in order to make the write up feel more personable to the reader?

  14. Ni hao Ping,
    Thank you for writing about inclusivity. Studies confirm anecdotal experience that gay men under thirty do not even care about let alone respect gay men over sixty. I have even been told by young gay men that I am not welcome in gay bars which is ironic given that I am a Stonewall veteran. The fact that the Center has a group for senior does not change this.

    “Yet Another Problem for Older Gay Men: “Internalized Gay Ageism” by J. Bryan Lowder
    Fortunately, the researchers identified one factor that shows promise in at least partially softening the “social stress” of IGA: mattering. “Mattering,” according to the paper, “refers to the degree to which people feel they are an important part of the world around them.” It goes on: “People with a high sense of mattering feel that others think about them, seek their advice, or care about what happens to them.” A sense of mattering could come from a variety of sources, but one that immediately comes to mind is for young gay men to make a point of spending time and developing friendships with older gay men. There’s something of a taboo on this within the community—partially due to the (sometimes true) idea that older gay men are only after sex and partially because younger gay men can be incurious, historically ignorant babies—but it’s one we have to overcome. I have long encouraged cross-generational conversation as a way of transmitting and preserving our history—but now we know it’s also essential to the health of the guys who made it possible for us to be out in the first place.

    To their credit, the paper authors recognize the injustice inherent in having our heroes think they don’t matter because they are no longer idealized young studs: “These men have traversed unparalleled, personally relevant historical changes across their adult lives and have paved the way for younger generations of sexual minorities to live in a time of less institutionalized discrimination,” they write in the conclusion. “Still, they are subject to feeling socially invisible and depreciated in their later years, especially within the gay male community.” This is shameful—the very place they should feel at home and cared for should not be a source of stress. We can and must do better.

    May I recommend the following:


    Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China by Brett Hirsch (1992)
    Gay and Lesbian Asia: Culture, Identity, Community by Gerard Sullivan and Peter A. Jackson

    Taiwanese Culture, Taiwanese Society by Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong (2008) (authors are gay)


    Orientations by Peter Fung (1986)

    Re: Orientations (2016)


    Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA)

    Member of Executive Committee and Washington Liaison for Stonewall Veterans Association

    • Hi Robert,
      Thank you for your comment and for the useful references! I am in fact a member of AQUA.
      I’m sorry about what you experienced. We definitely want to work on improving building better connections and establishing relationships among community members. I hope you would be interested in some of our events and together we can address this issue.

  15. This is great for people like me who are afraid to come out to my family I want to tell my partner and soon to be husband Antrone Woody that I love him forever.

  16. Am a 33 year HiV+ survivor. Am very active with WWC, Hope Am presently working with the DOH Ryan White Counciling Board. Planning to have a monthly discussion group for Long Term Survivors. Will update when i know more specific. Thank you

  17. Hi, The DC Center!

    Hope all is well. I just wanted to ask if I need to register for WiTT or I can just walk in on that day to join the group?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

  18. Hello DC Center,
    I look forward to attending this meeting on September 27.
    I serve as the senior director of the research department at Whitman-Walker Health and very interested in discussing this report on LGBT Health in DC.
    I am fairly recent transplanted from LA where I worked as a researcher st UCLA and with the LA GLBT Center.

  19. Hi. I have a group of about 20 interested in putting together safer sex kits on the evening of October 19th. Please let me know if this is something the DC Center would allow us to do on a night not designated for a packing party. Thank!

    • Hi Sophia,
      We have a discussion group meeting that evening. So unfortunately we cannot accommodate your request. However, feel free to come to any of our designated condom packing nights (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month). If you expect to bring a large group please e-mail our Peer Educator, Shareese at
      Thank you!

    • Hi Des,
      Thanks for reaching out the the DC Center for the LGBT Community. The Genderqueer DC discussion group is for individuals 16 and older. Those under 16 can attend with a legal guardian.

  20. I would love to get involved speaking to the LGBT community. As a gay out woman, I want to help others discover their voice, talents, and purpose.

    My work can be viewed at


  21. Thanks for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community. We aren’t directly affiliated with this organization. I would contact them to see what accessibility they provide. Here is a link to their website:
    Thanks again!

  22. Hi, I’m currently trying to gauge interest within my LGBTQ+ advocacy group for volunteering at this event. Are there still spots open? How may we get in contact?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jenny,
      Registration is not required for this event. If you expect having a larger group attend, please send our peer educator Shareese an e-mail at to let her know.
      Thank you for your interest in the DC Center for the LGBT Community.

  23. Are there still tickets for the DC Queer Theater festival on Saturday..I would want 2 tickets if you aren’t sold out. Thanks