Statement on Gay Games 2022

The Washington DC Bid Committee is honored to be one of three finalists, along with Guadalajara (MX) and Hong Kong (CH), to be considered as the Host of Gay Games XI in 2022.

The support for this effort has been tremendous from local LGBTQ sports teams (who have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities over the years) to community groups to government entities. We are confident that if chosen, Washington, DC will host a fantastic event that will bring 12,000-15,000 athletes here to compete under the banner of “Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best,” the motto of the Federation of Gay Games.

Part of the planning for this Bid included a pledge of support from the District government of $2M to help finance the Games. These funds would only be requested if we are successful in winning the Bid and, just like any other request, would still have to move through the regular budget process of the city. It is not uncommon for cities to invest in ventures that derive such substantial benefits.

Based on previous Games, it is estimated that this event could generate between $120M – $140M for the region. We share calls that more resources, particularly those raised through this effort, be used to combat LGBTQ homelessness and other serious issues facing our community including the larger issues of racial and social injustice. This would include any funds remaining from the event as was done in Cleveland in 2014.

The Bid Committee is also committed to working with community leaders to ensure that the Host Organization that would run the Gay Games is diverse and representative of all parts of our community.

Similarly, we are committed to developing policies that ensure sponsors of the Gay Games support the LGBTQ movement and are committed to a fairer, more just world.

The Bid Committee has always understood that sports and culture present unique opportunities to transcend differences not only in our community, but in society in general. The Gay Games are a great way to unite our voices in solidarity as we work together towards a more tolerant and accepting world.


Brent Minor
Chair, Washington DC Gay Games XI Bid Committee

The DC Center Team: Meet Jazmin

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 Jazmin! Jazmin is in charge of coordinating much of the day to day activities here at the center. Without Jazmin at the office there is no way that The DC Center would be able to function as smoothly as it does.

Jazmin Sutherlin             

December 6, Sagittarius
Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I started working at The DC Center because I wanted to make a difference and be a visible example to my community and the world that we all matter and have a place in the journey to equality and justice.

What is your music anthem?

Jennifer Holiday – Woman’s Got the Power

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

My favorite part of the LGBTQ+ community is the compassion and creativity that we provide and share with each other and the world.  We have been through so much as a community but yet we love and live and support each other unconditionally.

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

My favorite spot in DC is the Tidal Basin, with all of it’s glorious monuments. I go there to think and dream, plotting out my own legacy one step at a time.

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

We have found common ground in our identities and individual journeys  but now it is time to deal with the issues we face concerning class, race, respect and true equality. There is a major need to acknowledge and focus on the struggles and history of the transgender community of color for their sacrifices because they are responsible for many of the benefits that the LGBT community are able to take advantage of today.

What is your favorite Queer movie?

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

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

My favorite moment has been watching the peer educators grow and blossom into full fledged activists.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

I love all types of clothing, my must have list will always include eye lashes….Yes to me, make-up is clothing, final answer (lol)

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

I would paint the White House white, pink and blue for the trans flag. The colors aren’t too complicated and they mean so much to me and my community.

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

There is no doubt in my mind, Earlene Budd is my personal hero!  Knowing her and working with and for her down through the years has shaped my personal advocacy journey so much.  Her leadership, professionalism, boldness and compassion continues to inspire me  each day. Grace comes from experience and endurance,  and I can only hope to be so graceful as I grow as an advocate day by day.

Exciting things are happening at the DC Center with Capital Bikeshare


Great news for our community members. The DC Center will embark on expanding its Capital Bikeshare community partners program to include community members. Previously Capital Bikeshare memberships were only given to Center Global participants due to the needs of the people Center Global served. We believe that as a center for the community, we should do everything we can for members who may need assistance. The DC Center is able to offer our clients a Capital Bikeshare annual membership for only $5. Clients with this membership will receive extended ride times, classes with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and, of course, a free Capital Bikeshare helmet.

DDOT Director Leif A. Dormsjo said in a statement, “It is critical that those with the most need are able to travel quickly and economically to and from their appointments, jobs, training and classes. By including need-based Capital Bikeshare annual memberships, we are ensuring that all District residents can use this healthy, affordable and efficient means of travel.”
Services like the Capital Bikeshare Community Partners Program go a long way in helping our clients succeed. Capital Bikeshare is a regional bike sharing system jointly owned by the District of Columbia, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria and Montgomery County and operated by Motivate International, Inc. Launched in September 2010, the system gives members access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations.


How does this work

To be eligible you would be required to be an active member of one of the groups that meet at the center, for example : The youth working group, HIV Working Group , PFLAG, Gay District, Poly and Bi groups.

Facilitators of The DC Center groups are able to recommend participants who may need access to this service. This is fairly new and we are working on some of the details. For now facilitators of these groups can write a letter of recommendation as to why each member should be enrolled, participants will then visit the center on a Monday or Wednesday with letter in hand to enroll,along with their $5 membership fee. Memberships are not determined based on income, membership is based on your participation in these groups.


For questions please email

An Exemplary Community Volunteer


The DC Center would like to thank Sam Ritholtz for his devotion to volunteerism. Sam volunteered to help provide meals to residents at the Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center shelter , since the DC Center started it’s project to help provide meals to Casa Ruby through community members, Sam has been there since inception with his monthly meal donations. Sam the meals you provided is more than filling the bellies of those housed , you’re showing them that people do care, and gives them hope. Sometimes hope is just what people need to try and change their lives. Sam recently moved away and we would just like to say thank you and good luck and continue being the awesome super star you are for the LGBT community.

To learn how to get involved contact

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June 15, 2017

David Ring, OutWrite Co-Chair

OutWrite and Theatre Prometheus Launch A Queer One Page Play Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutWrite and Theatre Prometheus have joined forces to raise up underrepresented voices in the DC Theater scene.  Together, they are launching a Queer One-Page Play Competition to run from June 15th until July 15th.  The winning plays will be put on in conjunction with Theatre Prometheus in the fall/winter of 2017. Submission details are included at the end of this text.

The winning plays will be selected by the competition judges:

  • 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

Four winning plays will be selected by the judges.  An additional winning play will be selected by attendees of the 2017 OutWrite LGBT Book Festival on August 5th at the DC Center.

There is a $5 entry fee, which can be paid through OutWrite’s website here:

Please follow these guidelines in preparing your submission:

  1. Each submission can be only one page.  The play must fit on one side of one page of letter-size white paper, with a one half-inch margin on all four sides. The page must not be folded but may be decorated in any two-dimensional way, and the text must be legible without the use of a magnifying glass.
  2. This contest is restricted to plays written in English and/or Spanish.
  3. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission requires a separate entry fee.
  4. Submissions should be saved in .pdf format.
  5. In addition to writing quality and the feasibility of a play to be put on, judges will be especially interested in three criteria:  originality, representation, and relevance to the competition’s LGBTQ focus.
  6. Judges reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason.

Entries must be submitted no earlier than June 15, 2017 and no later than July 15, 2017. The submission window closes at midnight, July 15 EST.

Send all submissions to

Each entry must include the following:

  • A subject line including your last name and the words “One Page Play Competition Submission”
  • In the body of the email: the title of the play; your name and contact information (including street address, phone number, and email address), a brief biography, and the PayPal Transaction ID for your entry fee
  • Your submission attached in .pdf format without your name or contact information

Any updates to these guidelines will be posted here:

About OutWrite

Outwrite is a celebration of LGBTQ literature, authors, writers, and poets. This year’s festival will kick off on Friday, August 4th with an event in collaboration with Smut Slam DC — location and details to be announced soon! On Saturday, August 5th, 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 6th.  OutWrite 2017’s keynote speaker is Cecilia Tan.  Cecilia is an author, editor and publisher at Circlet Press, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  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. Theatre Prometheus is a sponsored program of Fractured Atlas and has been awarded a residency at the Anacostia Arts Center, to take place in November and December of 2017.





The DC Center Team: Meet Lucius



Each week over the summer we will be highligbt a different member of our team.  First up is Lucius Campany.  Lucius is our summer Advocacy intern and will be working with several DC Center Programs including the DC Anti-Violence Project, the Youth Working Group, and Center Global.  Lucius is also taking the lead on organizing this year’s Veterans Day Memorial Service.

Lucius Campany

April 22, Taurus

Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I wanted to get involved in issues that affect people in the DC LGBTQ+ community, specifically working with issues in advocacy and representation.

What is music anthem?

Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runner or anything by Carley Rae Jepsen the queen of pop

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

The culture that has grown among queer people #MakeNelliesQueerAgain

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

Nellie’s Sports Bar…when they take my song requests.

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

We need to have more accepting views of gender presentation and expressions.

What is your favorite Queer movie?

The Way He Looks (2014)

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

As corny as it sounds, getting to know the staff and marching in the Pride Parade with the center.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

Anything and everything that is skin tight enough to start cutting off my circulation.

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

Millennial Pink

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

Perfume Genius because I feel like in both their music and life they are a strong representation of what it means to be Queer.



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