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.

OutWrite Presents An Evening of Queer One Page Plays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 24, 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:
David Ring, OutWrite Chair
outwritedc@gmail.com

OutWrite Presents An Evening of Queer One Page Plays

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutWrite, Theatre Prometheus & DC Queer Theatre Fest will present the fruits of the 2017 A Queer One Page Play Competition for one night only upstairs at Ten Tigers Lounge on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.  The six winning plays will be put on alongside a performance by Regie Cabico of his solo show Faith, Hope & Regie.

Tickets can be bought through the venue here.  Please note that Ten Tigers is an intimate venue.

The six plays are:

  • Slur by Kate Bishop
  • Message from ‘The Legba’ by Rashid Darden
  • Reaction by Sophie Herreid (the 2017 OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival Crowd Selection)
  • Hispanos, Latinxs, Indígenas, y Culeros by Xemiyulu Manibusan
  • I Am Proud by Zachary Rosen
  • Goodnight Kiss by Kiera Whalen

“We’re so proud to present the work of these talented playwrights to the public,” said OutWrite Community Chair Dave Ring, who organized the competition in conjunction with support from Theatre Prometheus.  “We’ve never done anything like this before but the energy around the both competition and the upcoming performance has really been something special.  I’m so grateful to everyone who’s been a part of it.”

The plays will be directed by four DC-based directors, selected by Theatre Prometheus and DC Queer Theatre Fest:

  • Lauren Patton
  • Caitlin Partridge
  • Jon Jon Johnson
  • Aiyi’nah “SimplyNay” Ford

The winning plays were selected by a panel of local judges on the basis of “originality, representation, and relevance to the competition’s LGBTQ focus.”

The judging panel consisted of:

  • Tracey Erbacher, Artistic Director of Theater Prometheus
  • Lauren Patton, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Prometheus
  • Matt Torney, Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theater
  • Kirsten Bower, Literary Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
  • Lonnell Butler, Programming Coordinator at the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

More background on the competition can be found here:  https://onepageplay.tumblr.com/

 

About OutWrite

Outwrite is a program of The DC Center for the LGBT community that celebrates queer literature, authors, writers, and poets. The 2018 festival will kick off on Friday, August 3rd — details TBA! On Saturday, August 4th, there will be a full day of readings, panels, book sales, and exhibitors at the DC Center. To finish the weekend, a number of writing workshops will be held on Sunday, August 5th.  We are currently accepting proposals for our upcoming program.  Further information here:  www.outwritedc.org.  Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Theatre Prometheus

Founded in 2013, Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of exploring and promoting woman-focused, diverse narratives. We believe in the power of local theater and are committed to providing opportunities to local artists, creating productions both by and for the communities we live in.

About DC Queer Theatre Festival

Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area. By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. More info at www.dcqueertheatrefest.org

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Arts and Cultural Programs at the DC Center

Arts and Cultural Programs at the DC Center
Arts and Cultural Programs at the DC Center
Arts and Cultural Programs at the DC Center

2017 was an exciting year for arts and culture at the DC Center.   For the first time ever, the DC Center appointed a Director of Arts and Cultural Programs.   Kimberley Bush, who was previously the Director of our film festival, Reel Affirmations, stepped into this new role and worked with our dedicated and amazing chairpersons and volunteers to coordinate all of our arts programming including:

  • Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Monthly Film Series
  • OutWrite: Our LGBTQ Literary Book Festival
  • DC Queer Theatre Festival
  • Center Arts Gallery: Our LGBTQ Visual Arts Space
  • Ignition: The Spoken Word Series

2017 brought the 24th Annual Reel Affirmations Film Festival which was held for the 3rd year at the historic Gala Hispanic Theater. We screened over 40 films over the course of 4 days ( up from 3 days in 2016) to hundreds of LGBTQ individuals, our allys and supporters. Over the course of the 4 days, over 10 filmmakers participated in Filmmaker TalkBacks/Q&A with a catered meet and greet reception. Ticket sales was not as fruitful as originally expected mostly due to the myriad of events occurring on the same weekend including Howard University’s 150th Anniversary/Homecoming and the Marine Corps Marathon just to name a few.

RA also held its first ever collaboration screening with The Studio Theatre of the film “Kiki” in conjunction with The Studio Theatre production “WigOut” in June as well as a LGBTQ film showcase during their “Taste Of Studio” celebration in August.

RA XTRA experienced huge success with 13 screenings, typically one per month and on one occasion two in one month. RA also held, apres film screening, a quarterly, multicultural director/producer Talkback/Q&A with catered cocktail reception. This year, RA introduced its’ Countries and Closets Sub-Series, which explores films that depict the lives of individuals who live in countries where to be LGBTQ is illegal or banned. We also held our first Reel Trans Film Festival during Captial Trans Pride and 2017 will mark our 3rd annual World Aids Day Film Screening.

Outwrite was extraordinarily successful with over 300 attendees over the course of 3 days in August 2017 with over 40 well received presenters/speakers and 25+ literary vendors. Many of our readings/presentations were sold out/at capacity.

The 5th annual DC Queer Theatre Festival took place October 13th and 14th at the Anacostia Arts Center and featured six talented performers in solo plays.   Our artists were Elizabeth McCain, Christopher Prince, DeLesslin George-Warren, XemiyuluManibusan, J. Scales, and Regie Cabico.

Center Arts Gallery opened in April 2017 featuring all genres of art created by LGBTQ Artisans. Our Grand Opening Reception of our first installation, in April, was free and open to the public. Our full-color exhibit showcased 14 pieces of visual art created by the group members The Art and Peer Support Group facilitated by Antonio Pineda. Mr. Pineda is a Treatment Navigator at the Infectious Disease Clinic at MedStar Health Research Institute at Washington Hospital Center, NW Washington D.C., where he specializes in helping clients who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Our next exhibit in Dec 2017, will feature the work of Jo Martinez. Jo’s art centers primarily on topics of sexuality, psychological and gender identity with recurring themes of power, vulnerability, domestic violence and the sway between them.

Finally this year’s Capturing Fire Poetry Slam took place June 9-11th.   The DC Center is proud to have been the first home for the Capturing Fire slam, founded by Regie Cabico.   We are equally excited that the slam will continue, now as an independent project, under Regie’s Leadership.

Our new spoken word initiative, Ignition, was developed in 2017 and will officially launch next year.   The Spoken Series seeks to empower Trans & Queer people through spoken word art culture. The genres include performance art, poetry slam, story telling. Ignition seeks to fuse the spoken word with all genres of expression. Ignition The Spoken Series programs are open to all Trans & Queer Allies. Look for more information about this new initiative soon.

Center Arts received generous support this year from AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Cherry Fund, the Mayor’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  We also received generous in-kind support from the Human Rights Campaign as well as Tito’s Vodka, Barefoot Wine and Lagunitas Beer.

And of course, none of this work would be possible without generous supporters like you.

Donate now to support Arts and Cultural Programs at the DC Center.