Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group Volunteer Opportunities

The DC Center for the LGBT Community has several recurring volunteer opportunities for groups and teams. In the past we’ve had many teams volunteer at the center including: fraternities and sororities, faith communities, employee resource groups, and sports teams. It can really be any group of people who want to give back to the community and build team spirit and connection through service. Here are some great opportunities for your team:

Your Team Can Host a Dinner for our LGBT Asylum Seekers

Center Global hosts a monthly dinner for LGBT asylum seekers typically on the third Saturday of every month. Our Asylum Seekers are folks who have fled their home countries and are seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. They come from many countries including Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Iraq, and Jamaica. The dinner is a great opportunity for them to find community and support; to share experiences; and to learn about the asylum process and establishing a new life here in the United States. Your team can provide the meal for approximately 20-25 individuals. You would provide and serve the meal here at the DC Center. (We only have a microwave here, so it would need to be prepared off site) If you are interested, please e-mail Don Driver at and CC

Your Team Can Join us for Volunteer Night

Volunteer Night is the first Monday night of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:30. Most volunteer nights are spent assembling safer sex kits. This is an activity you can do while sitting and talking with friends, as well as meeting new people. Spaces are limited, please click here to find and register for Volunteer Night spaces. If you are bringing more than 10 people to volunteer night as a group, please e-mail

Your Team Can Provide Dinner to Homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby

The DC Center recruits a team of volunteers every month to provide dinner to homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby on the third Sunday of every month. You and your friends can cook and deliver a meal to Casa Ruby.   If you are helping with this project please e-mail and cc

Your Team Can Provide Dinner to Homeless LGBTQ Youth at Wanda Alston House 

The DC Center recruits a team of volunteers monthly (starting September 2018) to provide dinner to homeless LGBTQ Youth at Wanda Alston House on the second Tuesday of every month.  You and your friends can cook and deliver a meal to the Wanda Alston House.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please e-mail our support desk at, and cc

Your Team Can Join us for a Packing Party

One of the easiest ways to help out around the Center is to attend one of our ‘Packing Parties’ and help assemble safer sex kits. Anyone can come to these events and it’s a great way to give back to our community. Parties are usually held on the third Tuesday night of the month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. Please click here to find and register for packing parties. Spaces are limited, so please register and reach out if you don’t get a response.

Your Team can provide lunch for our LGBT Seniors

LGBT Older Adults meet on the fourth Friday of every month for a lunch gathering. Socializing is very important for all older adults, but especially for LGBT older adults who more often feel isolated. We rely on volunteers to help us by providing a meal and by staying and hanging out for lunch. Sometimes groups will plan entertainment for the lunch, or bring games. Your team can prepare and serve the meal (remember, we have a kitchen, microwave, and heated buffet style servers, but no oven). If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail Adam Heller at and cc

Your Team can volunteer at Food and Friends

The DC Center recruits volunteers to work in the Kitchen on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in this opportunity sign up online at and if you have any questions, please e-mail David Cohen at and cc

Make ‘Clean the World’ Care Kits for Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Adults

The DC Center distributes care kits to homeless youth and adults. The kit includes information about local resources (where to find food, where to shower, where to get employment help) along basic toiletry items (toothbrush, shaving cream, lotion, razor, etc …). We can schedule a specific time for volunteers from your group to come assemble the kits. However, we would require a donation of $750 or more to assist in purchasing the supplies. We would partner with Clean the World (which collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry) to keep costs to a minimum and help your team make as many kits as possible. If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail

Your Team Can Host a Condom Packing Party
Can’t make it to the Volunteer Nights or regularly scheduled Condom Packing Party? If you would like to host your own packing party at the DC Center we can accommodate you! For a small donation of $500 we can supply you with the condoms, lubricant, and safer sex messages to create the kits. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. For more information please e-mail  Please note, we have limited capacity to schedule these events so we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

2018 Major Events in the DC LGBT Community

2018 Major Events

Included below are a list of major events taking place in 2018 at the DC Center as well as other major events in the local LGBT Community.  If you have an event you would like included on this list, please e-mail


MLK Day Holiday Parade – January 15th – website | facebook

Creating Change Conference in Washington DC – January 24th to 28th – website


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – February 7th


No events yet for March!


National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th

National Day of Silence – Date TBD


National Foster Care Month – May

Gay Day at the Zoo – May 6th – websitefacebook

International Family Equality Day – May 6th

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia – May 17th

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – May 19th


Capital Pride – June 7th-10th – website

TAVA Wreath Laying for Transgender Veterans – June 16th – website | facebook


No Events yet for July!


OutWrite LGBT Book Festival – August 3-5 – websitefacebook

DC Queer Theatre Festival – August – Dates TBD


National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – September 18th

Celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Day – September 23rd

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – September 27th


LGBT History Month – October

National Coming Out Day – October 11th

National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – October 15th

Spirit Day – October 16th

National LGBT Community Center Awareness Day – October 19th

Intersex Awareness Day – October 26th

Reel Affirmations Film Festival- October – Date TBD

SMYAL Brunch – October  – Date TBD


Veterans Day Annual Observance – November 11th – website | facebook

Beaujolais Nouveau DC Center Women’s Event – November 15th – website | facebook

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th – website | facebook

Thanksgiving – November 22nd – website | facebook

Small Business Saturday


World AIDs Day – December 1st

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – December 17th

Holiday Closings

Holiday Closure Notice

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





Age-Friendly Pride Initiative.

Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative

CenterLink (The National Association of LGBT Community Centers) is partnering with The Center for Black Equity, InterPride, and SAGE on an age-friendly* Pride initiative.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage the inclusion of older LGBT individuals in all aspects of Pride parades, marches, and festivals and we need your help! Below is a link to two surveys that we are hoping you will push out. One is for participants, and one is for people who have a Pride planner, sponsor, or organizer role.

The results of these surveys will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit (a set of tools, such as guidelines, resources, and checklists) that we hope will increase the age-friendliness of Pride parades, marches, and festivals nationwide. The audience for the toolkit are organizers, sponsors, and providers responsible for planning and implementing Pride-related activities.

We would be grateful if you took a few minutes to complete a brief survey. The results will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit, which we hope will be used to increase the age-friendliness of Prides across the country. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback!

Pride Participant Survey

Pride Planner, Sponsor, and Organizer Survey

Standing with LGBTQ Dreamers

Dream Act
Dream Act
LGBTQ Dream Act

The DC Center is proud to be one of 127 LGBTQ and allied organizations calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act in the following letter.    (You can also download the entire letter with footnotes and signatories here)

The undersigned 127 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and allied
organizations call on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year. Congress
has no excuse not to pass the Dream Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill has the support of a
majority of Americans, including those who identify as Trump supporters. Congress has a
responsibility to address this issue and to be in solidarity with immigrants by passing the Dream
Act without harmful provisions such as increased border or interior enforcement as well as any
cuts to other immigration categories, such as refugees, diversity visa lottery recipients, and green
card holders.

Dreamers are a part of the American family and help make our communities vibrant. Moreover,
passing the Dream Act would add a total of $22.7 billion to the United States’ GDP every year;
gains that could add up to as much as $1 trillion over the next decade when including the
productivity bump that would result from dreamers’ increased educational attainment.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), thousands of LGBTQ
people have been able to pursue higher education, improve their economic security, and live
securely with their families and in their communities.4 Additionally, DACA has empowered a
number of its recipients to come out as LGBTQ to authentically live their lives. If deported,
many LGBTQ people will find themselves in a country where they have little to no legal rights
and are more likely to experience anti-LGBTQ violence and possibly death. Nearly 80 countries
criminalize same-sex relationships and many without explicit laws remain very dangerous for the
LGBTQ community. For example, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported that nearly 600 people died from anti-LGBTQ violence in Latin America between January 2013
and March 2014.

Adding increased enforcement provisions to the Dream Act is unacceptable because those
measures will further endanger LGBTQ asylum seekers seeking protection. Additionally, they
will increase the risk of profiling, detention, and deportation for LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S.
Because the LGBTQ community faces discrimination in many aspects of life (i.e. being fired or
not hired, or being refused housing), they face higher incarceration rates than those who are not
LGBTQ. Given these forms of discrimination, many LGBTQ people have a higher rate of
contact with law enforcement, and are therefore at higher risk of deportation because of 287(g)
agreements and policies which encourage local jails to identify and hold immigrants for
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The President’s decision to end DACA is an attack on immigrant young people and families
living in our communities, as well as on our values of fairness, equality, and opportunity. The
decision has left many individuals feeling helpless and powerless over their future, and fearing
that they may be taken from their families and communities at any moment. For example, the
Trevor Project has received multiple contacts from those experiencing suicidal ideation and crisis
due to the immigration policies that would return LGBTQ youth to their potentially anti-LGBTQ
countries of origin. These calls to national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention services continue to
occur as the immigration policies remain uncertain. You have the power to restore to these
individuals the hope and opportunity that should be hallmarks of our country.
We call on Congress to be on the right side of history by passing a clean Dream Act before going
home for the holidays. The time is now.

Interest Survey: Support Group for LGBTQ People of Color


The DC Center for the LGBT Community is considering starting a support group for LGBTQ people of color. The aim of this group is to support and address the issues that people of color in the LGBTQ communities may be struggling.

We are excited about this opportunity, and we hope you are, too! Please take a few minutes to answer the questions. Your responses will help us gauge general interest and help shape the structure of the support group.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please also feel free to email Ping,


Photo credit: What’s Happening Tulsa

Meet Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke

September 4,  Virgo

Dr. Clarke is a staff social worker at the Center. They provide counseling services for individuals, couples and groups. They also offer consulting and training services for the support groups held at the Center. They conduct social work assessment and check-ins for Center Global clients.

Dr. Clarke’s work is made possible with support from the Centerlink-Johnson Family Foundation Mental Health Initiative.

Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I am committed to serving communities that have historically been marginalized and face multiple oppressive forces. I specialize in human sexuality and gender diversity and am passionate about  improving the wellbeing for individuals, couples (& polycules), and families living their truth and loving despite heterosexism, homonegativitiy, patriarchy, bi-erasure, monosexism etc..

What is your  music anthem?

I enjoy listening to the radio as I like knowing that I am not the only one jamming to a specific song in the moment but sharing tunes with my community simultaneously.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

I love the love. I love to see couples/lovers/polycules  love each other despite society telling them they should  not.

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

I am still new to the area and have much to explore. I have been enjoying the aesthetic of the architecture and monuments as well as the river. I love watching planes fly by while overlooking the Potomac river at Gravelly Point Park.

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

There are still oppressive forces at work in the community. Eliminating racism, cissexism, monosexism, biphobia, transphobia etc both internally and within the community should be prioritized.  I would like to see more work on creating inclusive spaces and events. For example,  if bisexuals/pansexuals/omnisexuals/queer folks happen to have partner(s) of a different gender they can be excluded from some queer events. Also in spaces for all “women” or “men” it tends to leave out non-binary folks, genderqueers, two-spirit, intersex and people of trans experience. Dominant narratives of LGBT+ folks seem dominated by white cisgender mononormative representations; I would love to see more diverse representations of the community including in leadership positions.

What is your favorite Queer movie?

Some good ones that come to mind are: I am Not Your Negro, Stud Life, Pariah, Naz and Maalik, Blackbird, Still Black:A Portrait of Black Transman, 195 Lewis ….

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

I love to transform people’s affect and inspire epiphanies, breakthroughs, and healing in my clients recovering from trauma committed to self-growth.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

Stilettos and bowties – sometimes my femme or androgynous self likes to dress up.

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

I think it would be fun to feature different  artist’s  work be displayed (murals, mosaics, paintings etc.) on the outside every month.  

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

I admire the queer people who inhabitat nations with compulsory heterosexuality and where laws deny their right(s) to love, safety and respect. There are still many areas where it is extremely dangerous for people to exist and live their truth. I admire those who risk death simply by being authentically themselves.  


District of Columbia Trans Survey Data

DC Transgender Data
DC Transgender Data
DC Transgender Data

The National Center for Transgender Equality has released a new fact sheet with the District of Columbia results of the 2015 US Transgender Survey, which documents widespread discrimination against the transgender community in employment, housing, healthcare, and public accommodations.

Of the over 27,000 respondents from across the country, 214 were Washington DC residents

Among the findings:

Identity Documents: Only 16% of respondents reported that all of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred, while 49% reported that none of their IDs had the name and gender they preferred.

Health: In the past year, 24% of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to because of fear of being
mistreated as a transgender person, and 32% did not see a doctor when needed because they could
not afford it

Police Interactions: Respondents experienced high levels of mistreatment and harassment by police. In the past year, of respondents who interacted with police or other law enforcement officers who thought or knew they
were transgender, 44% experienced some form of mistreatment. This included being verbally harassed,
repeatedly referred to as the wrong gender, physically assaulted, or sexually assaulted, including being
forced by officers to engage in sexual activity to avoid arrest.

Employment: 10% of respondents in Washington, D.C. were unemployed  26% of respondents who have ever been employed reported losing a job in their lifetime because of
their gender identity or expression

The full Washington, DC Report is available on the National Center for Transgender Equality website:

Click here to read the full Washington DC Report

Volunteer or Host an Attendee for Creating Change

Creating Change
Creating Change
Creating Change

The 30th Creating Change Conference returns to Washington DC on January 24-28 at the beautiful and spacious Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Woodley Park neighborhood.

Be part of the magic of Creating Change 2018.

How? Read on, friend.

  • Volunteer for CC18. We need 500 DMV volunteers to provide essential on-site people power for this year’s conference: the nation’s largest annual conference of the LGBTQ movement. In exchange for every 4-hour volunteer shift, we invite you to attend the rest of the day’s program! That’s right: volunteer and help us out for four hours and then attend any of the sessions that interest you at no charge.
    Click here to register and get more info.
  • Host an Out of Town Attendee. For some Creating Change attendees, the cost of a hotel stay exceeds their ability to pay. We need spaces for at least 75 people, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the exhilarating and life-changing 2018 Creating Change Conference. There is no friendlier way to say “Welcome to DC!” than to open your home to a traveler.
    Click here for much more information and to register as a Community Housing Host!