DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

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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

 

Health and Wellness Festival Vendor Registration – Postponed

Hello friends,
In order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the DC Center is closed effective Monday, March 16th. To protect the health and safety of everyone we have decided to postpone our health and wellness festival. Please consider how you can help delay the spread of coronavirus by consulting sites such as https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ for more information.

On March 28th, the DC Center will host its first ever health and wellness fair, as we work towards putting the finishing touches on our programming schedule, we are encouraging small to large organizations, businesses and nonprofits to sign up for a table or sign up to become a partnering sponsor of this wellness event. So far, we have organizations and businesses from varied backgrounds that are partnering with us. This Health & Wellness Fair represents The DC Center’s commitment to a strong and healthy community and is part of our ongoing effort to provide a safe space for the LGBT community to access basic health screenings and important information. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We seek to provide a comprehensive offering geared towards the health and wellness of LGBTQ people in body, mind, and spirit as such we will be having several different workshops,pop-ups and panel discussion on LGBTQ health and wellness. We will have a day full of hands-on health and wellness activities including yoga, self-defense, tai chi, meditation, acupuncture, and massage. HIV testing, STI testing, and other health screenings will be available. Space is limited. Click the link below to register:
https://thedccenter.org/events/healthfest/

When: Saturday March 28, 2020
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: The DC Center for the LGBT Community
2000 14th St NW, Suite 105
Washington
DC 20009
Questions: supportdesk@thedccenter.org
202-682-2245

CALLING TRANSMASC PERFORMERS/ARTISTS!

Call for Performers

We are seeking transmasculine folx to perform at the Taking the Stage: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence speak-out open mic in the Spring. The event will happen on A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED (after the COVID-19 crisis), at The Outrage, 1722 14th St. NW. 

Theme: The topic is Transmasculine Survivors of Violence & Abuse. We chose The Outrage as a public, yet intimate space, with the intention that transmasculine folx feel safe enough in such a space to speak up/out about their experiences of violence and abuse including those that may have happened pre-transition — a timeline that many transmasculine folx do not share openly for reasons of stealth, privacy and/or danger.

3-5 minute slots. The mic will be open after the first 5 performers for anyone interested — on-site sign up list will be 1st come 1st served for the remaining time.

5-7 minute slots: We would like to have a small line-up of experienced performers to help set the stage as a place for authenticity and courage. If you are an experienced performer interested in one of the 5-7 minute slots on stage, please contact Christina Cappelletti at 202.682.2245 or christinac@thedccenter.org. We will offer a $50 honorarium/each for 5 transmasculine-identified performers.

Stage Host: We are also seeking a stage host, so please let us know if you have the knack for holding a safe, respectful, engaging space.

 

 

WETA Arts: Arty Queers Interview

Tune into WETA TV 26 at 8:30PM on Friday, June 21st to see an interview with our very own Kimberley Bush! The interview is part of a half-hour production showcasing LGBTQ visual and performing arts in the Greater Washington area. Kimberley will be discussing Arty Queers, a monthly art market featuring original works for sale by local LGBTQ artists. Arty Queers is held at The DC Center on the second Saturday of each month.

Meet the Staff: Kestrel

Welcome Kestrel to the DC Center! They are joining the DC Center as the new Center Arts intern. They look forward to connecting the LGBTQ community through art and events. You can meet Kestrel at the DC Center on weekdays! 

 

Birthdate, Astro Sign

August 11, Leo

 

Where are you originally from?

Falls Church, Virginia

 

Why did you start working at the DC Center?

My biggest hope for my life is to be able to contribute to the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

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

To be able to use my time contributing and connecting to an important cause beyond myself.

 

What is your music anthem?

Hey Jude by the Beatles… or Never Gonna Give You Up.

 

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

I love being part of the LGBTQ+ community because I feel connected to everyone, as if everyone is family, even when we are strangers.

 

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

Visiting the Natural History Museum is an exercise in nostalgia for me.

 

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

Red.

 

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

I look up to drag queens; I believe that blatant play with gender is what our society needs right now. I especially look up to the queens who are using their platforms to educate the public about LGBT issues, as it merges their entertainment and performativity with the very real consequences of queerness off-stage.

Submissions Open for OutWrite’s 2019 Chapbook Competition

OutWrite Chapbook Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 1, 2019
MEDIA CONTACTS:
dave ring, OutWrite Chair
outwritedc@gmail.com

 

Submissions Opened for OutWrite’s 2019 Chapbook Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutWrite is pleased to announce its first Chapbook Competition, running from April 1st to May 25th, 2019.  The winning chapbooks will be published the first weekend of August 2019, to coincide with the 2019 OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival. Submission details are included at the end of this text.

Each winner will receive 25 copies of their winning chapbook, an offer of print publication, and an opportunity to read from their work at OutWrite 2019 on Saturday, August 3rd.

Winning chapbooks will be selected in three categories by the competition judges:

NONFICTION: Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter’s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She’s a bimonthly columnist for Literary Hub and her work has appeared at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, PBS Newshour, McSweeneys, Electric Literature, Bennington Review, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, will be published by Tin House Books in June 2019. You can find her on twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett.

FICTION: JY Yang

JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, The Descent of Monsters and The Ascent to Godhood). Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda Literary and World Fantasy Awards, while their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons.  JY is queer, non-binary, and lives in Singapore. Find them online on Twitter: @halleluyang.

POETRY: Wo Chan

Wo Chan is a queer poet and drag performer living in Brooklyn. They are the author of the chaplet ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Wo is standing member of the Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, and has performed at venues including The Whitney, MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Wo was born in Macau, China. Check them out @theillustriouspearl.

There is a $5 entry fee, which can be paid through OutWrite’s website.

Please follow these guidelines in preparing your submission:

  • Chapbooks may be submitted in three categories:  fiction, nonfiction & poetry.
  • We accept submissions in all three categories in English.
  • OutWrite is a celebration of LGBTQ literature; entries that explore aspects of LGBTQ culture or identity are encouraged.
  • Thematically-linked works are encouraged, but not required. There are no limitations regarding genre.
  • Manuscripts should be no shorter than 20 pages and no longer than 40 pages. This does not include the table of contents or title page.
  • Manuscripts can be collections as well as single pieces.
  • Submissions are open from April 1st to May 25th 2019.
  • Each writer may only submit one entry per category.
  • There is a $5 reading fee.  If the fee for entering is an economic hardship, please contact us at outwritedc@gmail.com.  A limited number of entry fees have been sponsored by donations.
  • Your manuscript should be in a standard font, size 12. Please single-space poetry and double-space prose. Please include a title page and a table of contents; do not include an acknowledgements page (winning entries will be given the opportunity to adjust front and back matter before publication).
  • The collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual poems/stories may be previously published (as long as relevant rights have reverted)
  • We will be accepting simultaneously submitted work. All semi-finalists will be required to remove their work from simultaneous review upon notification.
  • We expect to announce the semifinalists in June.  Winners will be announced in July. Publication will be at OutWrite, August 2-4 2019.

Entries must be submitted no earlier than April 1st, 2019 and no later than May 25, 2019. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

Send all submissions to outwritecontest@gmail.com.

Each entry must include the following:

  • A subject line including your last name and the words ““<Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry> Submission: <Your Title> by <Your Name>.”
  • In the body of the email: the title of the collection; your name, your contact information (phone number and email address), and the PayPal Transaction ID for your entry fee.
  • It may also include a brief bio.

Any updates to these guidelines will be posted here:

About OutWrite

OutWrite is a celebration of LGBT literature, held annually the first weekend in August in Washington, D.C. The 2019 festival will kick off on Friday, August 2nd. On Saturday, August 3rd, there will be a full day of readings, panels, book sales, and exhibitors. To finish the weekend, a number of writing workshops will be held on Sunday, August 4th.  For more information, visit: thedccenter.org/outwrite.

About the DC Center

The DC Center for the LGBT Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building. We envision communities where LGBT people feel healthy, safe, and affirmed.

Cedar Lane UU Presents Trans Photo Exhibit

Pioneering Voices

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church presents the photo exhibit Pioneering Voices.

Pioneering Voices is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are transgender and some of their partners and children. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate people about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people.

The exhibit is on display in the vestibule through the end of December, 2018.  An opening reception takes place November 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Cedar Lane UU Church is located at 9601 Cedar Lane in Bethesda, Maryland.