Pride 2020 Community Calendar

Pride looks different this year, but Pride cannot be cancelled. We’ve compiled a list of community events happening in the coming weeks to help you stay connected to the LGBTQ+ community. Have an event you want added to the calendar? Email rebecca@thedccenter.org 

June 4
Out LGBTQ Dog Mushers In Alaska Share Stories & Answer Questions at 8:00 pm
FREE! Brought to you by Pride Outside

Blade Pride Chats Presented By The Ariadne Getty Foundation at 4:00 pm
Topic: Celebrate Your First Pride & Coming Out
FREE! Brought to you by Washington Blade, Blade Foundation and Los Angeles Blade

June 6
Virtual Dance Party 5.0 – PRIDE Night at 8:30 pm
Registration required; Pay what you can – minimum $1 donation!
Brought to you by Scorpio Entertainment

June 8
PRIDE Talks at 8:00 pm
FREE! Brought to you by Capital Pride Alliance

PRIDE Week Trivia at 8:00 pm
Tickets required >> $10
Brought to you by NoMa Business Improvement District, DC Beer and Red Bear Brewing

June 9
Second Tuesday Queer Trivia at 7:00 pm
FREE! >>> But please consider supporting the staff of A League Of Her Own & Pitchers DC
Brought to you by A League of Her Own

Story District’s Out/Spoken at 7:30 pm >>> POSTPONED
Registration required; Pay what you can!
Brought to you by Story District

June 10
DCPS Parent University: Loving with Pride at 2:30 pm
FREE! >> Registration required
Brought to you by DC Public Schools 

Outloud: Raising Voices – DC Episode at 8:00 pm
FREE! Brought to you by JJLA

June 11
Blade Pride Chats Presented By The Ariadne Getty Foundation at 4:00 pm
Topic: Pride in Business
FREE! Brought to you by Washington Blade, Blade Foundation and Los Angeles Blade

June 12
National Pride Shabbat at 7:00 pm
FREE! Brought to you by 6th & I; RSVP appreciated

June 13
DC Pride2020 March + Caravan at 2:30 pm
FREE! Brought to you by No Justice No Pride

TRADE Virtual Pride Show at 9:00 pm
FREE! Tips to the performers encouraged.
Brought to you by TRADE

June 14
Pride Yoga
FREE! Brought to you by Capital Pride Alliance

June 15
Pride Talks: Defund MPD – Educational Forum
FREE! Registration required. Brought to you by a coalition of DC LGBTQ+ organizations

June 17
La Plática – DC Latinx Pride 2020
FREE! Brought to you by the Latinx History Project

June 18
Blade Pride Chats Presented By The Ariadne Getty Foundation at 4:00 pm
Topic: Reflections of Pride
FREE! Brought to you by Washington Blade, Blade Foundation and Los Angeles Blade

Smut Slam DC: Queer Pride Online at 8:00 pm
Tickets required >> Pay what you can – $10 suggested donation
Brought to you by Smut Slam – International and Smut Slam DC

June 19
Virtual Pride Shabbat
FREE! Brought to you by GLOE, Bet Mishpachach, Nice Jewish Boys and Nice Jewish Girls

June 19 – June 22
Reel Affirmations XTRA Films On Demand Presents: Irving Park
Irving Park is the story of four gay men in their 60s, living together in Chicago, and exploring an unconventional lifestyle of master/slave relationships. A family based on free choice and the consent to lose one’s personal freedom in favor of the desire of the Other.
$12 Virtual Ticket >> Brought to you by the DC Center’s Reel Affirmations

June 20
Proud Memories – Preserving the Legacy of DC’s LGBTQ+ Community at 1:00 pm
FREE! Brought to you by DC Public Libraries

National Pride Inside at 6:00 pm
Registration required >> Donations encouraged!
Brought to you by the Victory Fund

June 25
SMYAL for Summer
$25 suggested donation; Brought to you by SMYAL

June 26
Blade Pride Chats Presented By The Ariadne Getty Foundation at 4:00 pm
Topic: Global Pride Preview
FREE! Brought to you by Washington Blade, Blade Foundation and Los Angeles Blade

June 26
14th DC Latinx Pride Official Dance Party: La Fiesta En Casa
FREE! Brought to you by the Latinx History Project

June 26 – June 29
Reel Affirmations XTRA Films On Demand Presents: Breaking Fast
Mo, a practicing Muslim living in West Hollywood, is learning to navigate life post heartbreak. Enter Kal, an All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the holy month of Ramadan. As they learn more about each other, they fall in love over what they have in common and what they don’t.
$12 Virtual Ticket >> Brought to you by the DC Center’s Reel Affirmations

June 27
Global Pride 2020

June 28
FB Live DC Center Drag Brunch Fundraiser at 12:00 pm
FREE! Tips to performers and donation to the Center encouraged!
Brought to you by the DC Center & Capital Pride Alliance

Capital Pride in the City – #StillWe Entertain at 7:00 pm
FREE! Brought to You By Capital Pride Alliance

Throughout the month:

The DC Center Center Arts Virtual Gallery
The Virtual Art Gallery of Mixed Media Muralist Laya Monarez’ Work.
Laya Monarez is a 36 year old bisexual transgender latinx artist based out of Washington DC.
FREE! Brought to you by The DC Center’s Center Arts Gallery

MoCo Pride Center #PostYourPride Challenges

Have an event you want added to the calendar? Email rebecca@thedccenter.org 

The DC Center Stands in Solidarity with the BLM Movement

As we begin Pride Month this year, we have been confronted with multiple visible acts of violence and police brutality, caused by the widespread systems of white supremacy and racism in our country. That is why The DC Center for the LGBT Community joined together with over 500 LGBTQ+ and civil rights organizations across the country to stand in solidarity with our Black siblings and reaffirm that Black Lives Matter. We also recognize that speaking up alone is not enough. The DC Center recommits to challenging and confronting anti-Blackness, and to working to be more intentionally anti-racist in our work. We cannot forget that the first Pride was an uprising against policy brutality and harassment led by Black and Brown trans and butch women. Intersectionality is critical to our movement – none of us have justice until we all do. 

In Solidarity,

The DC Center Board of Directors

 

You can read the full letter and see all the organizations who have signed on here.

 

Updates from the DC Center

The DC Center continues to bring essential services to the LGBTQ+ community during this challenging time. We have paused our Executive Director search given the current situation, but our phenomenal staff have continued to step up to ensure the Center is thriving! While our building remains closed, we are very much open and here to serve you.

So what’s been happening at the Center lately?

  • Many of our social, peer and support groups have been meeting via video chat including Center Aging, Job Club, Center GenderQueer, Center Trans, Women in their Twenties & Thirties, LGBTQ People of Color, the DC Antiviolence Project, and more! Visit our calendar for a complete list of upcoming virtual events>>.

  • Center Arts is finding creative ways to bring cinematic LGBTQ Lifestories to your home. Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival and Monthly Film Series will continue with a virtual film screening THIS Friday, April 24th. Get your tickets now! 
  • Be on the lookout for our launch of our Virtual Center Arts Gallery where you can check out our current artist’s video message and view and purchase her work.

  • Unfortunately, Gay Day at the Zoo has been canceled, but you can still spend some time with the pandas, cheetahs, elephants, lions or naked mole rats via the zoo cam.

  • Our blog continues to have helpful COVID-19 related resources! Read about legal rights, unemployment support and more here.

  • Our support desk is still open! You can email us at  supportdesk@thedccenter.org or call 202-682-2245. Is there anything else we can do to help you during this challenging time? Let us know!

The DC Center Board announces Kimberley Bush as Interim Executive Director

The DC Center is proud to share that Kimberley Bush, the Center’s Director of Arts & Cultural Programs, will serve as the Interim Executive Director while the Board of Directors conducts a search for a new Executive Director. Kimberley also oversees, manages, and co-curates Center Arts Gallery, Arty Queers: DC’s LGTBQ Indoor Art Market, Outwrite: DC’s LGBTQ LIterary Festival, DC Queer Theatre Festival,  Reel Affirmations: DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival and Monthly Film Series. Kimberley previously filled the Acting ED role while David was on sabbatical for three months in 2018.
In her role as Director of Arts & Cultural Programs, Kimberley has demonstrated a sense of innovation and ambition in the projects she has taken on. The Reel Affirmations program, which Kimberley has been involved with for more than 15 years, has been ranked in the top three LGBTQ film festivals in the country. Arty Queers, an LGBTQ Art Market, that Kimberley established more recently, has already become a recurring event which draws patrons to the Center every month.
Though a New York native, Kimberley has lived in the DC area for thirty years and has become an accomplished leader in the community. In May, she was recognized as one of the 2019 Capital Pride Heroes.
We are appreciative of Kimberley’s willingness to step up and serve the DC Center as the Interim ED. We know the Center is in great hands and we look forward to her leadership in the months ahead!