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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.

    Thanks,

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
      Best,
      Ping

    • 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 (www.thedccenter.org/youth). – Eddy Ameen, YWG chair

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

    Article
    “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:

    Books

    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)

    Film

    Orientations by Peter Fung (1986)

    Re: Orientations (2016)

    Organization

    Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA)
    Chengzhi,

    Robert
    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.

  8. 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.

    • As the sister of a Gay, Black, HIV+ male, where do we go so that he can meet others for friendship & possible relationships in Baltimore/Annapolis areas?
      Just asking because he’s a great man and deserves a great partner.

  9. Am a 33 year HiV+ survivor. Am very active with WWC, Hope DC.org. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 taylorboone.com

    Best,
    Taylor

  13. 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: http://www.covenantdc.org/
    Thanks again!

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

  15. Hi,
    My name is Alvin Bethea. I am the proud father of JaParker Deoni Jones, the Transgender who was killed at the bus stop while waiting for her bus. It would be my honor to serve on the DC Center Board of Directors.

  16. was searching for additional info about aging fb.com
    for example, where are the luncheons held?
    how many persons usually attend?
    topics covered, ?

    • Hi TJ,
      You can join the Center Aging Facebook group at fb.com/centeraging. The luncheon is held here at the DC Center (2000 14th St NW Suite 105, Washington, DC 20009), but the attendance varies.
      Thanks for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community!

  17. I would like to join your group. I moved to Washington DC from Florida August 2017 so I’m new to the area don’t know anyone. Please add me to your list lol

    • Hi Ann,
      Thanks for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community. I will add your e-mail address to the newsletter list.

  18. Hi Ladies!

    I’m an independent filmmaker currently working on a documentary about human sexuality. We have conducted shoots in Chicago, Los Angeles and are now prepping for our DC area shoot which will take place during the first week of December. Would you allow me to come by one of your meetings to give your group more information and inquire if any of the women would be interested in participating?

    Thanks!

    • Hi!
      Thank you for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Please feel free to e-mail me any promotional materials or information you have to chris@thedccenter.org and I will contact the group coordinator for you.
      Thank you!

    • Thank you for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community! The Gay District Thanksgiving Potluck will be 11/17/17 from 8:30-9:30pm.

  19. My name is Jasmine Ford and I am a nurse and HIV Medical Case Manager in the Northern Virginia area who also identify as a trans woman of color. I am a health educator/ public speaker and poet. If there is anyway I can assist you in your new position as Trans Health Coordinator, please do not hesitate to contact me or my organization. CONGRATS!!
    Fredericksburg HIV/AIDS Support Services (FAHASS)
    540-907-4555 EXT. 112

  20. Impressive list of offerings. Congratulations.
    Particularly the Nov 19th “Bystanders training…” course which is not taking any more registrants.
    Have you considered taking the material of this course and converting it into a “home course” so that people could use it on their computers. It may not be exactly the same as the actual attendance in a classroom setting; but it might be the next best thing…….. because it gives your organization a greater “public” reach on topics that have meaning to everyone…..
    not to mention, that a “stay-at-home” person getting access to such information would be very grateful…. an may even make a “healthier” contribution to the Center?

    • Hi Ted,
      Thank you for reaching out to the DC Center for the LGBT Community! Most of our programs are volunteer run and organized. We were not able to post more on the website, because it was not our training. Please keep checking the website for more events like these.
      Have a great day!

    • Hi Leigh,
      Thank you for your message. We are unable to edit the responses, but we will keep a note on that. In the meantime, could you go to the survey and see if you can edit your response?
      If you have any questions, please also feel free to email me at ping@thedccenter.org. Because your comment contains personal information (your email address), I will remove it after you have seen it. Let me know when you get the reply. Thanks -Ping

  21. I would like to have a appointment to meet up with Dr. Z. Clarke about a problem I am having with neighbors. I am a black male and I have a disability, in which they make fun of. My name is Mr. Gibbs. Give me a call at 301-808-4690 or email me, let me know when I can see you. Thank you