2019 Major Events in the DC LGBTQ Community

DC LGBTQ Community Events

Here is a list of major events coming up in 2019 for our local LGBTQ community in the District of Columbia.  We have included the dates we are currently aware of, but if you have more events you would like to see added to the list, please e-mail the support desk at supportdesk@thedccenter.org.


LGBT Contingent in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 
January 21st, 2019
website link | facebook event page

Winter Casino Night at Buffalo Billiards
January 26th, 2019


Night OUT at the Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks
February 5th, 2019

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Scarlet’s Bake Sale
February 10th, 2019
facebook event page


Night OUT at the Wizards vs. Orlando Magic
March 13th, 2019


National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
April 10th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Day of Silence
April 12th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Night of Champions Awards Dinner
April 13th, 2019

Spring Casino Night at Buffalo Billiards
April 27th, 2019


Gay Day at the Zoo
May 5th, 2019
website link | facebook event link 

International Family Equality Day
May 5th, 2019
(events taking place as part of Gay Day at the Zoo)

Quarterly SportsMixer
May 15th, 2019

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
May 17th, 2019
(no local events taking place at this time)

Capital Trans Pride
May 17th – May 19th, 2019

Black Pride 
May 24th – May 27th, 2019

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV AIDS Awareness Day
May 19th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Foster Care & Adoption Information Night (National Foster Care Month)
May 29th, 2019
website link | facebook event link


Night Out at the Nationals
June 4th, 2019

Capital Pride Parade
June 8th, 2019

March with the DC Center in the Capital Pride Parade
website link | facebook event page

Capital Pride Festival
June 9th, 2019

Volunteer with the DC Center in the Capital Pride Festival
website link | facebook event page

Capital Pride Interfaith Service
June 11th, 2019
website link | facebook event page


Night OUT at the Mystics vs. Phoenix Mercury
July 30th, 2019


OutWrite LGBT Book Festival
August 2-4, 2019
website link | facebook event page

Summer Casino Night at Buffalo Billiards
August 10th, 2019


Quarterly Sports Mixer
September 16th, 2019

Bi Visibility Day
September 23, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

HRC National Dinner
September 28th, 2019


Fashion Show/Team Fundraiser
October 5th, 2019

National Coming Out Day
October 11th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

National Latino HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
October 15th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

SMYAL Brunch
October 20, 2019

Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival
October 24, 2019 – October 27, 2019

Miss Adams Morgan Pageant (32)
October 26th, 2019


Fall Casino Night at Buffalo Billiards
November 2nd, 2019

Veterans Day Annual LGBT Wreath Laying Ceremony
November 11th, 2019
website link | facebook event page

Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20th, 2019
website link | facebook event link

Thanksgiving at the DC Center
November 28th, 2019
website link | facebook event page

Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Shop
November 30th, 2019
website link | facebook event page


World AIDS Day
December 1st, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Holiday SportsMixer
December 6th, 2019

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17th, 2019
(no local events planned at this time)

Holiday Closings

Holiday Closings

The DC Center will be closed on:

December 24th

December 25th

We will resume regular hours (12 pm –  6 pm) on December 26th.


The DC Center will also be closed on:

December 31st

January 1st, 2019

We will resume regular hours (12 pm – 6 pm) on January 2nd, 2019.


On December 24th and December 31st, Coffee and Conversation will be cancelled, as will the Gender Queer Discussion on December 25th.


We at the DC Center for the LGBT Community Wish you all a Happy Holidays!

Center Global Volunteer Opportunities

Center Global: Help LGBT Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Benefits of Sharing Your Expertise

Sharing your talents with Center Global and our program participants/asylum seekers is a chance to learn about your LGBTQI peers from areas including: Africa, Latin America, West Indies, the MENA Region, Eastern Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia. You’ll experience a diversity of cultures and customs while gaining life-altering experiences and meeting new Center Global folks.

There are multiple ways and time commitments for which you can volunteer – share your skills in as much or little time as you prefer.

Volunteering Categories:

  • Volunteer Coordination/Committee
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising
  • Media/Marketing/Communication
  • Programming
  • Legal Consultation
  • Housing Support
  • Community Outreach and Education

Each role includes coordinating with a Center Global leader to plan and execute each area.

Areas starting below in rank order of priority:

Volunteer Coordinator/Committee

Seeking an individual or committee to follow up with volunteer “leads,” track them in a volunteer database and ultimately match them to Center Global projects. We get one-five volunteer requests per month via our website and community outreach efforts. We can rely on the volunteer database to provide support during events, e.g., the monthly support dinner, annual reception/fundraising events and ad-hoc community outreach activities.

Administrative Support

Provide administrative support and liaison between the Center Global leadership and the DC Center staff in maintaining program participants’ files, scheduling meetings/events and support to program participants. This position requires working some regular hours at the DC Center.

Community Outreach and Education

Center Global’s mission also includes engaging the local community to raise awareness of international human rights transgressions for the LGBTQ asylum community.

We receive invitations to speak to community/faith groups and business organizations about Center Global’s work. We also conduct an Asylum 101 session to give volunteers an overview of the asylum-seekers’ process and challenges; plus we coordinate and sponsor a panel discussions to address the broader social issues impacting our asylum seekers – these are open to the larger DC community, not just volunteers.

There are opportunities to help organize, coordinate and lead both the Asylum 101 and the Panel Discussion/Town Hall format.


Center Global is funded by individuals’, community organizations’/faith communities’ and private businesses’ contributions. You can assist in building support for Center Global via:

  • A planning committee for the May 2019 Annual Reception at Room & Board on May 9th. We need an individual to lead this planning effort.
  • Working with our Grants Team to identify potential grant making organizations and prepare appropriate proposals
  • Design and implement a program for individual gift solicitation throughout the year.
  • Coordinate with Center Global partners to plan and execute marketing or fund-raising activities (i.e., a book-signing event).


Our Center Global community of LGBTQ asylum seekers is a hallmark of our organization. We help our participants to socialize, meet and work with one another in their new DC home.

We need volunteers who can:

  • Liaise with community, corporate sponsors, and faith leaders to plan topics and execute topics for the monthly Program Meeting that informs and educates our volunteer pool.
  • Develop community resource materials that help to educate program participants about their adjustment to life in America and living in the region.
  • Create a mentoring program to work one-on-one with individuals as they assimilate to their new life in the United States.


Coordinate with Center Global leadership to reach out to DC-regional and LGBTQ-focused media contacts to raise awareness of Center Global and the issues faced by LGBTQ asylum seekers.

  • Write or co-author articles for the media
  • Craft marketing content for the CG website
  • Develop content for our social-media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

For More Information

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please e-mail centerglobal@thedccenter.org.