DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

Image of the Coronavirus and the works COVID-19

Taking guidance and recommendations about social distancing from the DC government and the CDC, effective Monday, March 16th, The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s office will be closed. Staff are still working remotely, and will be checking emails and voicemails multiple times each day. Please reach out to supportdesk@thedccenter.org to connect with the DC Center, as we are still able to provide services and support.

If you are interested in attending support groups remotely, please reach out to your facilitator or supportdesk@thedccenter.org and we can provide options for remote meetings using conference lines.

The situation is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC’s website and coronavirus.dc.gov for up-to-date information on what you can do to help prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The DC Center team will be meeting regularly to assess the situation and rest assured that we will open as soon as it is safe to do so, as we know that many of our clients and participants are vulnerable and will need support. If you are able, please consider donating and supporting organizations that provide food, medicine, and other support to marginalized populations. 

 

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Service

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Choir

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of our faith, exposing the lie that anti-gay fundamentalists have a monopoly on faith and religion. We take pride that our community expresses its religious faiths in a myriad of ways, each sacred and revered with years of tradition. This event is with input from across the community annually by Center Faith. The 37th Anniversary Pride Interfaith Celebration will feature the theme that coincides with the Capital Pride celebration.

We are looking for volunteers to help plan the event, as well as help promote the event and provide support during the service.

For more information Contact: Eric Eldritch, (202) 309-5486     e.eldritch@thedccenter.org

To know more about Center Faith, to volunteer in a variety of ways visit thedccenter.org/faith.

This is a free event. If your church, temple, synagogue or faith community would like to sponsor the Pride Interfaith Service you may sign up and make your donation below.   Alternatively, you can mail a check made payable to the DC Center (attention Center Faith) to The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105, Washington DC  20005.

Join the Rainbow History Project’s Board of Directors!

Rainbow History Project (RHP) is seeking a few more passionate and hardworking people to join their Board of Trustees.

About Us
The mission of the RHP is to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington DC.  In pursuit of this, RHP collects and maintains an archive of historic documents, audio and video recordings, oral histories from community members and other materials; maintains a database of places and spaces of significance to our community; and presents public panels on topics of historic significance.

We Value Diversity
RHP’s mission can be accomplished only if their collection, volunteer corps, leadership and programming reflect and represent the full diversity of those communities and their allies. They are committed to seeking out the active participation and involvement of individuals of all backgrounds — particularly those from under-represented groups — who agree with and are committed to carrying out the goals of the organization.

How to Apply
To apply for consideration for a seat on the RHP Board, please send an email describing your interest and relevant experience, or a resume, to info@rainbowhistory.org.  Please also provide three references who can vouch for your talent and dedication.

More information about Rainbow History Project can be found at www.rainbowhistory.org

Job Opportunity- National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Intern

Creating Change 2019 Paid Internship Available!

 

The National LGBTQ Task Force seeks an intern to work with the Creating Change Conference team to bring Creating Change 2020 to Dallas, Texas, January 15th-19, 2020. This position is in our Washington, DC office.

 

Availability: November 4, 2019 – Feb. 14, 2020, inclusive of on-site work at Creating Change 2019

The Creating Change Intern works on a variety of tasks, including participation in planning meetings for Creating Change, management of inventory and supply lines and data management pertinent to the Conference. Candidates with a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality who are also enthusiastic, strategic thinkers, have a detail oriented work ethic and are self-motivated are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a paid internship at $15/hour for up to 100 hours a month.

 

To Apply:                                                              

Please submit a cover letter stating:

  • Why you would like to work as a Creating Change Conference intern with the National LGBTQ Task Force
  • What you think you can contribute to the Task Force through your work on the Creating Change Conference
  • If you have attended the Creating Change Conference, please share your impressions about the experience
  • The days of the week and hours of the day during which you are available

Please email documents to the attention of creatingchange@thetaskforce.org by October 4, 2019.

Include in the subject line: Creating Change Intern Application.

 

Planned Parenthood in Residence Event Series!

For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (PPMW) has provided high quality, affordable reproductive health care to the Washington, DC community.

To announce the launch of two new health care offerings, gender affirming care and primary care, PPMW has teamed up with The Outrage, an activist apparel company.

The Outrage Store
1722 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • Sept 23, 6:00pm-7:00pm – My Body. My Care. Gender Affirming Care with Dr. Serina Floyd, Medical DirectorPPMW
  • Sept 24, 6:00pm-7:00pm – Transforming Health Care: Announcing PPMW Primary Care with Dr. Ryan Montoya, Program Director, Primary Care ServicesPPMW
  • Sept 25, 4:30pm-5:30pm – How to be Engaged in Fighting for Access to Reproductive Health with Betsy Harned, VP Public Affairs, PPMW

For RSVP and more info, go to bit.ly/PPatOutrage

Meet the Staff: Ragya

Welcome Ragya to the DC Center! They will be joining the team as a fall intern. They currently attend the University of Texas at Dallas and are majoring in International political economy! They look forward to working at the DC Center and getting to know DC, as they have only recently moved here. You can meet Ragya at the DC Center Monday through Friday.

Birthdate, Astro Sign

June 8th, Gemini
Where are you originally from? 

Reno, NV! #homemeansnevada

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

To do work that actually benefits the LGBT community and to meet more friendly faces.

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

Getting to know the other people who work here! Such sweet individuals.

What is your music anthem? 

Monotony by Jozy. A small story of prioritizing yourself 🙂

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

The feeling of understanding and kinship. You can reach out to people who might experience the world in similar ways to you.

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

I like to pack a meal and sit in the flowers at the arboretum. It’s very calm and warm.

What is your favorite queer movie?  

Moonlight, but I’m much more into music than movies and shows.

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

Maybe purple?

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

My best friend, Jada. They’ve taught me so much about love and understanding and I don’t know where I would be without them.

Job Opening at the DC Center: Social Worker/Therapist- Position Filled

Job Opportunities at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

***This position has been filled***

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is hiring! We are looking for a full-time social worker/therapist. See below for details.

Social Worker/Therapist Position:

The DC Center for the LGBT Community has a mission of educating, empowering, celebrating, and connecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Washington, DC. The Social Worker/Therapist helps to achieve this mission by providing mental health support services to survivors of violence, crime, and trauma. These services are available free-of-charge to our community members due to grant funding from the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). The Social Worker/Therapist will see clients individually and in group settings, as well as in a couples/collateral therapy capacity, if requested. The person who fills this position is also responsible for other related projects, such as quarterly reporting and management of the OVSJG grant, outreach and education in the LGBTQ community, and assisting the mission, vision, and values of The DC Anti-Violence Project (DC AVP). The Social Worker/ Therapist will report to the Executive Director. 

Special Skills:

The Social Worker/Therapist must have the appropriate licensure to practice in DC (LGSW or LICSW) and have at least 2 years’ experience working as a clinician with a diverse client population. They must also have a demonstrated ability to work with LGBTQ+ adults, to work well in a team, to problem solve and communicate at all levels verbally as well as in writing. Must be self-motivated and be able to build and maintain relationships, both with colleagues and with key stakeholders in the larger victim-serving network of Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have prior nonprofit/grant management experience and is well adept at multitasking in a fast-paced environment. Bilingual capabilities are strongly preferred, but not required. Please note that this position does not have on-site supervision hours, so should candidate want to pursue clinical supervision, they must do so off-site with financial support from DC Center. 

Functions and Duties

Social Worker/Therapist: Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual, couples, and group mental health support services to a caseload of 25-35 unique clients
  • Conduct intake assessments with all new potential clients to assess safety, job status, financial resources, living arrangements, current support system, type and history of victimization, legal issues, related medical history, and clinical symptomatology for the past 30 days.
  • Provide clients with LGBTQ-friendly and affirming referrals to community-based services, aimed at assisting individuals affected by crime, violence and trauma
  • Assess clients and provide necessary intervention in crisis situations (safety plans, hospitalization, referrals, etc.)
  • Keep current and accurate records of all clinical interactions in our clinical database system
  • Collaborate with DC Center staff to provide community-based education and outreach opportunities in line with OVSJG grant requirements 
  • Write quarterly reports and manage grant deliverables for the OVSJG grant throughout the fiscal year
  • Deliver trauma-informed, culturally competent assessment and treatment techniques to all survivors seeking support services, and serve as a resource for all individuals seeking support through The DC Center
  • Work in partnership with The DC Anti-Violence Project members to further the mission, vision, and values of DC AVP
  • Work well with a diverse staff to facilitate an open, supportive and warm environment for all individuals who visit The DC Center

Please send qualified resumes to  justin@thedccenter.org before Monday, August 19th. Salary Range is expected to fall within $52,500 – $55,00. 

 

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!

Welcome to the DC Center’s New Board

the DC Center 2019 Board of Directors

The DC Center Board Announces New Co-Chairs, New Members


CONTACT INFORMATION:
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Rebecca Bauer, Chief Communications Officer
202-682-2245
rebecca@thedccenter.org

RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2019
THE DC CENTER BOARD ANNOUNCES NEW CO-CHAIRS, NEW MEMBERS

Jonathan Gilad & Rehana Mohammed to lead the DC Center as Co-Chairs

[WASHINGTON, DC, February 1] — Jonathan Gilad and Rehana Mohammed begin as the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s first Board co-chairs. Rehana, a Muslim bisexual woman, and Jonathan, a Jewish gay man are proud that the co-chair model enables diversity at the organization’s highest level of leadership.

Jonathan and Rehana succeed Michael Fowler, who has served as the DC Center Board Chair for the last five years. Executive Director, David Mariner shared, “I am grateful for the many years of service Michael Fowler has given our community, both as a board member and board chair.  We are fortunate that Michael will remain on the board this year to assure a smooth transition while welcoming new ideas and energy. The DC Center and our community is lucky to have Rehana, Jonathan, and our entire leadership team.”

Jonathan Gilad joined the DC Center Board of Directors in December of 2016 and was elected Chief Communications Officer. While on the Board, Jonathan has revitalized programs for the DC Center, including the annual Gay Day At The Zoo, and event which quickly became one the Centers’ signature fundraisers. Prior to his work with the DC Center, Gilad was active in the Washington DC Jewish LGBTQ community, serving as the Chair of Nice Jewish Boys DC (NJB), a social group that serves GBTQ men in their 20’s and 30’s. He also served on the Programing Committee of the Washington DC JCC’s Kurlander Program for LGBTQ Engagement. Jonathan is a communications and advocacy professional, currently working at MCI-USA, where he is a Senior Programming and Communications Manager. He has a master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate of Political Management, where he focused on digital advocacy. Jonathan moved to DC after completing his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2008 from Queens College, City University of New York.

Rehana Mohammed is a passionate leader and management professional with a background in public policy.  She has served on the DC Center Board of Directors since June 2018 and was elected Secretary in August 2018. Prior to joining the Board, Rehana was a 2017 Victory Empowerment Fellow with the LGBTQ Victory Institute. Rehana is Director of Program Development at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) where she oversees change management, data analysis, and outreach for the Rural Health Care program. Previously, she was a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  She has a MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is originally from Takoma Park, MD and currently lives in Washington, DC with her wife and two cats.

In addition to the leadership transition, the Board welcomed two new members, Tiera Craig and Luke Scuitto. Tiera Craig, a Detroit native, is an experienced LGBT activist, advocate, and change agent with a passion for LGBT veterans. A United States Army Disabled Combat Veteran, she currently works at the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more than 15 years, Tiera has volunteered with several organizations serving on boards and committees including Equality Michigan, Motor City Pride, National Black Justice Coalition, Harlem Pride, and LOCS Network. Tiera is also a founding member of The Garden Collective, serving as the Board Vice President. Luke Scuitto is the Development Associate for the Council on Foundations. Luke is a part of Council on Foundations’ DEI Advisory Group, which executes a series of internal and external events, policies, and procedures in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space. Prior to joining the Council, Luke was the Senior Class Gift Coordinator at the George Washington University for the Class of 2018 and worked as a Development Intern at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. He is excited to return to the DC Center as a Board Member.

 

To learn more about the DC Center for the LGBT Community, visit www.thedccenter.org