Meet the Staff: Va

VA headshot

Welcome Virginia to the DC Center! She usually goes by Va. Va is excited to provide mental health services as a part-time social worker. She is excited to work here and hopes to continue to make the lives of LGBTQ people easier. You can meet Va at the DC Center in the evenings! Va is an Army Veteran, a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), and an LGBTQ Advocate.

Birthdate, Astro Sign
4 March, Pisces
Where are you originally from? 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Why did you start working at the DC Center? 
I started working at the DC Center because I believe everyone’s voice is important.
What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?
I love the community and my teammates that I work alongside. The vibe with the DC Center Staff reminds me much of family; wonky but we function.
What is your music anthem? 
Lloraras by Oscar D’Leon & My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 
The flavor, authenticity and community.
What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there? 
Bukom Cafe & Bossa Bistro. I love to dance salsa, merengue, bachata and afrobeats.
What is your favorite queer movie?  
Hands down “The Rocky Horror Picture Show!” I love the art, music and horror-comedy.
What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?  
White is fine #minimalism

Who do you look up to in the queer community?
I especially look up to transgender people of color as I feel they are stigmatized and treated the worst of the LGTBQ community. These beautiful people have the courage to be themselves and are met with immense difficulty. I admire their strength!

Meet the Team: Lisa

Meet the Team: Lisa

Meet Lisa, who is one of our new front desk volunteers. She is looking forward to helping the community, answering questions and directing them to as many resources as possible.

Birthdate, Astro Sign.

31 March, Aries.

Where are you originally from?

Originally from Seattle, but I have lived all over, which included 10 years in NYC. I arrived to D.C. via Belgium.

Why did you start working at the DC Center?

It’s a wonderful way to get to know the local community.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

Meeting people. Especially the international community.

What is your music anthem?

I am a musician myself and it’s hard to pick just one song. I’d say there are a few songs off Siouxsie Sioux’s last solo album that could fit!

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

How it is global. You can be anywhere in the world, join an LGBTQ+ event and meet people who understand you and you can relate too.

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

Well, I just arrived here and looking forward to warmer weather. I love playing sports, so hoping to find a softball field or an outdoor volleyball court to unwind.

 What is your favorite queer movie?

It’s not really a queer movie, but I enjoy comedies and California scenery, so I am going to say Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, ha!

 What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

Comfortable walking shoes.

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

I’ve worked on a few mosaic mural projects. I’d say get a fun group of people together and mosaic the entire White House inside and out with many colors!

 Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Many people I have met in my travels, no one specific. I’d say their key traits were modesty, compassion and their willingness to help others.


A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America

A Day in the Queer Life

A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America (ADQLAPA) is a new digital exhibition by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) documenting queer life in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the country.

An extension of APAC’s 2014 digital exhibition A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, ADQLAPA borrows the former exhibition’s attention to the everyday, its notion of examining life all across Asian Pacific America, including lesser-known geographic pockets and lesser-known dimensions of experience. ADQLAPA features both solicited and crowd-sourced media—video shorts, photography, boomerangs, video poems, and a longform essay—divided into several channels, to offer multiple entry points and a nuanced engagement with queer Asian American and Pacific Islander life.

View the Online Exhibit Here

Job Opportunity: Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager position

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences seeks a highly motivated Program Manager with specific responsibilities for managing the school’s pipeline programs.

“The Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides strategic assistance to leadership to create, develop and sustain innovative programs that work to advance the SMHS goal of creating a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment. The Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager is directly responsible for the development, management and execution of student and resident pipeline programs for those underrepresented in medicine.”

Here is the link to the job overview, the job details and the documents needed to apply.

Rainbow Youth Alliance Seeks Program Coordinator

The Rainbow Youth Alliance MD is currently seeking a new Program Coordinator.

About Rainbow Youth Alliance

Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA), a program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (UUCR), provides community support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning teens and their allies – known to us as rainbow teens. RYA envisions a future in which rainbow teens have access to safe, nurturing environments where they are respected, listened to, and given information and skills. Our mission is to provide safe places for rainbow teens to ask questions, find mutual support, and learn information pertinent to their lives.

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator provides clinical direction and support to RYA programming. They facilitate twice-monthly support groups, recruits and manages volunteer facilitators, and plans/oversees social events geared at increasing LGBTQ youth connection and community. The Program Coordinator reports directly to the supervisor designated by (and based at) UUCR. UUCR provides meeting space, other in-kind resources, and leadership for RYA. UUCR does not provide office space, computer support, or secretarial support for RYA. The Program Coordinator is expected to spend approximately 5 hours/week as an independent contractor. The hourly wage will be determined based on the individual’s training, experience, and expertise. Payment will
be provided monthly upon submission of an approved invoice. No benefits or insurance of any kind are included for this position. For licensed mental health applicants, they are expected to carry and show proof of their own malpractice insurance.

Primary Essential Duties

  • Oversee clinical aspects of RYA programming, including support groups, social events, and other areas as
    need arises
  • Facilitate twice-monthly support groups (1st and 3rd Sundays, 3:45 – 6 PM) for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
    transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their allies ages 13-18
  • Plan and oversee youth social events and activities outside of RYA support meetings
  • Recruit and manage volunteer adult facilitators for RYA programming, including support groups and social
  • Develop and conduct volunteer trainings on topics such as trauma-informed practices, group facilitation
    skills, crisis response, mandated reporting, confidentiality, LGBTQ youth
  • Manage RYA Program Coordinator email and phone account, including responding to all inquiries within
    2 business days
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all support groups and socials, including youth sign-in sheets
  • Attend bi-monthly RYA Advisory Council and provides Program Coordinator report to include clinical
    updates and upcoming events
  • Work with RYA Advisory Council to identify areas for performance improvement and professional
  • Attend external trainings, workshops, and conferences for professional development and keeps abreast of
    changes and innovations in the field
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Required

  • Requires Masters-level education in Social Work, Counseling, or other related mental health field
  • Knowledge of and experience with adolescents, including adolescent development, trauma-informed care,
    and group support
  • Knowledge of and experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth
  • Clinical licensure in Maryland, or license-eligible preferredThe above job description is designed to indicate a general sense of the duties and expectations of this position.
    It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required. As the nature
    of our business demands change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this position. You may be
    required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

To apply, please send the following items to

  •  CV/resume
  •  Cover letter highlighting relevant experiences and education
  • 3 professional references

(UUCR-Rainbow Youth Alliance is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. UUCR-RYA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.)

Center Global to be Honored by GLAA

GLAA to Honor Center Global

GLAA, one of the US’ oldest LGBTQ advocacy organizations, will honor Center Global, with its Distinguished Service Award during GLAA’s 48th Anniversary Reception on April 18, 2019. The GLAA cited Center Global for its unique support model, its aid to over 300 asylum seekers, and its creation of an LGBT-safe community. Center Global began in 2012 when Matt Corso and Eric Scharf co-founded the program, a part of the DC Center for the LGBT community. Tom Sommers, chair and Eric Scharf, vice-chair lead Center Global with the help of many volunteers and their time.

Find out more about the GLAA Awards Reception Here.

Meet the Team: Jules

Meet Jules! This Spring, Jules will be working with the Professional Partners, the Health Working Groups and on the Gay Day at The Zoo Event. He is very excited about meeting new people, and visiting the United States and particularly Washington D.C.

Birthdate, Astro Sign
31 March 1997, Aries

Where are you originally from?
I was born in Dijon but I live in Brest, Britanny, France.

Why did you start working at the DC Center?
It all started because I had to do an internship for my university. But now, I think I’m going to have a great time working at the DC Center.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?
I really like greeting people at the front door. They are all so different and kind.

What is your music anthem?
I am found of the group Years and Years, starring gay singer Olly Alexander.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
I like the fact that it is an international community. Even if I come from Brest I can communicate, have fun and identify with people in DC.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
I like the bar Wonderland. I hang out with friends there.

What is your favorite queer movie?
The name of the movie in French is Le Secret de Brokeback Mountain.  (Brokeback Mountain).

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?
I always wear my piercings.

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?
Blue. My favorite color of all times.

Who do you look up to in the queer community?
Neil Patrick Harris.


Employment Opportunities: Whitman Walker Care Navigators

Whitman Walker Health is offering 3 new job opportunities, as detailed below.

Whitman Walker is continuously working to:

  • Hire and mentor a workforce that reflects the patients and clients that we serve and supports goals related to equity in our organization;
  • Develop individual team members into the next generation of management and leaders;
  • Foster understanding and respect for the psychosocial, spiritual and cultural values of employees and patients/clients; and
  • Celebrate our differences and recognize that they are a source of strength for Whitman-Walker.

For more information on each position and to apply, follow the links below:

Recovery & Meeting Information

LGBTQ Recovery




Using SAMSHA’s behavioral health treatment locator : You can search for facilities by entering your zip code, clicking the substance abuse (SA) checkbox, then checking “lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) clients.”

You also can search for AA meetings to attend and discuss with recovered LGBT people in your area:

Councilmember Trayon White Calls for Funds for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing

Councimember Trayon White (Ward 8) has submitted budget FY 2020 Budget Requests to Mayor Muriel Bowser and they include funding for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing.

The Budget request includes $500,000 for grants to non-profits through DHCD to support organizations that are working to provide housing security to LGBT seniors and homeless youth.

Councilmember White stated in his announcement: “As I fight to keep the above mentioned initiatives a priority in the final FY20 budget, I encourage you to testify at the upcoming public hearings and participate in the process. It is a pleasure to serve the residents of Ward 8.”

See all the recommendations below.

Trayon White Budget Reccomendations
Trayon White Budget Recommendations