Visit our Free Food Pantry

Please stop by our Free Food Pantry. With the ongoing food shortages and struggles with Covid if you’re in need please pick up some food from the DC Center Free Food Pantry. We have all kinds of food ranging from green beans, tuna, corn, soups, pastas, to cereals and more. All of our food have expiration dates clearly marked. Don’t go hungry this winter. We have 2 cabinets full just like the one in this picture. We’re here to help everyone in our LGBTQ family. All are welcome! 

Meet the Staff: Sarah

Welcome Sarah to the DC Center! She’s our new Development Intern. Sarah [she/her] looks forward to learning all about DC and engaging with the LGBTQ community. You can meet Sarah at the DC Center on weekdays and some evenings. Sarah [she/her] is looking forward to connecting with donors and participating in events with the DC Center.

 

Birthdate, Astro Sign

12/16/99, Sagittarius 

 

Where are you originally from? 

San Diego born and raised! Though I’ve lived in Davis for college for the last 4 years.

 

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

I was inspired by the DC Center’s focus on community support and artistic expression.

 

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

I’ve only just started, but I can say that it has been wonderful to have been greeted with nothing but friendly faces.

 

What is your music anthem? 

For the last couple of weeks it has been Absentee by Jack Campbell.

 

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

The desire for authenticity, the subsequent unbounded creativity, and the unconditional support of each other.

 

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

I’ve only just arrived, but I love the Korean War Memorial. I find the statues to be haunting and disconcerting in a very intriguing way. 

 

What is your favorite queer movie?  

I don’t watch a lot of movies, but my favorite queer show is called Within the Wires. It’s a chilling and poetic take on an alternate history’s dystopia. 

 

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

I’m a fan of the classic white, but I would not say no to a holographic effect that displays diverse imagery of the country depending on what angle you looked at the white house from.

 

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Yasmin Benoit and David Jay! Both are such influential and integral voices in the aromantic and asexual communities. 

Meet the staff: Brenda

Welcome, Brenda to the DC Center! I am a social media intern. Brenda She/Her looks forward to helping celebrate the community. You can meet Brenda at the DC Center on weekdays and some evenings. Brenda, she/her is looking forward to creating a more open and honest form of communication through social media to help people in the community.

 

 

 

Birthdate, Astro Sign

09/30/1999, Libra

 

Where are you originally from? 

Moreno Valley, CA

 

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

I thought the organization was cool and they did a lot for the community so I wanted to be part of an organization like it.

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

I haven’t started yet but the staff seems very welcoming.

What is your music anthem? 

Achilles come down by Gangs of Youth and Mikrokosmos by BTS

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

There is a sense of comradery you can get with people.

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

I haven’t been here for long but I have enjoyed goingKramers to hang out with people and the farmers market.

What is your favorite queer movie?  

Book smart

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

Periwinkle or a sage green

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard 

Mental Health Resources: Staying Safe and Connected During the Holidays

Dear All,

We recognize that many of us in the LGBTQ+ community struggle during the holidays. We hope that during this time, you can connect with loved ones for support and community. Here are some helpful suggestions from PFLAG for LGBTQ+ folks, and our families and allies, for getting through family gatherings.

If you are having an emergency, please see these options for assistance:

LGBTQ National Help Center: 888-843-4564 or www.glbthotline.org (all ages–various lines/hours)
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ+ folks under 25–Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
Virginia Mobile Crisis: 703-573-5679
DC Counseling Access Helpline 24/7: 888.793.4357
DC Victim Hotline: 1.844.4HELPDC (443-5732) 24/7 confidential info & referral
DC LGBT Special Unit of the MPD: 202.506.0714

Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors & NEW Advisory Council

The DC Center invites you to get more involved in our work by applying to join the Board of Directors or our new Advisory Council.

Why apply?

  • Contribute strategic counsel to the DC Center’s organizational priorities, financial decisions and long-term vision
  • Contribute to a future where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people feel healthy, safe, and affirmed
  • Advance the Center’s mission of educating, empowering, celebrating, and connecting the LGBT communities.
  • Deepen relationships within the DC LGBT community

For the Board of Directors, we are seeking candidates with experience and/or interest in fundraising, finance, operations, communications or strategic planning who can commit 1-3 hours per week to this role.

If you are interested in supporting the DC Center, but do not have the time to support efforts, consider joining the Advisory Council.

Board of Directors Application

Advisory Council Application

Please send your completed applications to nominations@thedccenter.org.

DC Center Relocating by December 2022

October 27, 2021

Have you been back to the DC Center yet? We reopened our doors earlier this month, inviting community members to explore our new set up, and experience our newest Center Arts Gallery exhibit by Julian Vankim. We are once again offering access to our cyber center, library, food pantry and a new clothing closet, as well as some in person, virtual and hybrid support groups and events. The Center was also part of a successful advocacy effort to secure funding from the DC government for a new space for a community center.

As we look towards this exciting future, we are writing to share that the DC Center will relocate by December 2022, due to the renovation of the Reeves Center. The Board of Directors is working with other community leaders and organizations on a long term strategy for the permanent location of the DC Center.

While the DC Center staff and volunteers did a fantastic job providing support and services virtually for over a year and half,  the pandemic has also reminded us of the importance of gathering in person. Having a community center is essential not only as a place to congregate and experience a sense of belonging, but also as a place to distribute essential resources. 

Although we do not yet have a new address to share yet, we are confident that our new home will enable us to fulfill that purpose. We look forward to a new building that will enable us to offer our current programs — and possibly some new ones —  to the LGBTQ+ community of the DC metro area.  We will keep the community aware of any updates as they develop. 

If you have any questions or thoughts regarding the DC Center’s future home, please contact Board Chair, Rehana Mohammed, at rehana@thedccenter.org.

 

Job Opening at The DC Center: Front Desk Support Team Member

Job Opportunity at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

Full Job Description

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.

To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & peer support, and advocacy and community building.

Our Front Desk Support Team member helps to achieve this mission by being the first person our community members connect and engage with to gain access to our supportive services and resources.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Answer phone calls and routinely check voicemail during The Center hours Mon-Fri.
  • Forward info from voicemail to appropriate team member during The Center hours Mon-Fri.
  • Review and address all emails during Center hours Mon-Fri and within 24 hours.
  • Forward emails appropriately during Center Hours Mon-Fri and within 24 hours.
  • Provide resources and problem solve appropriately all incoming calls/emails and address all visitors to the DC Center as well as connect community members with DC Center programs. In addition will provide community members unfamiliar with the DC Center’s facility, tours of our Center.
    • Have a personal and deep understanding of issues that impact LGBTQIA+ communities.
    • Fully knowledgeable of all of our programs, supportive services and offerings and be able to articulate/speak on our services.
    • Be highly self-motivated, independent thinker as well as a team player able to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
    • Assist in maintaining our website, events calendar and create/post some social media messaging including checking The DC Center Calendar for daily events and post those events on social media daily.
    • Maintain a general knowledge of community partners, organizations and resources for community member referrals.
    • Provide support to evening virtual support/peer group meetings
    • Provide appropriate general support as requested by team members.
    • Work with interns to make sure they are adequately trained and provide assistance when requested.
    • This is a full-time, staff position that will require 40 hours of work per week
    • The Front Desk Support Team member will report to the Executive Director.

 

To Apply Click Here 

Introducing Lydia!

Welcome Lydia Turner-Little to the DC Center! Lydia will be our development intern for the fall and will be working with our professional partners and donors. She is looking forward to planning new and exciting fundraising events. You can meet Lydia at the DC Center on most weekdays and some evenings. She is looking forward to meeting and forming connections with members of the local community! 

Birthdate, Astro Sign

October 3- Libra

Where are you originally from? 

Damascus, Maryland but I go to school in southwestern Virginia 

Why did you start working at the DC Center? 

I started working at the DC Center because I wanted to be able to do work that directly helps the LGBTQ+ community. 

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

My favorite part has been interacting with others because everyone here is so friendly! I also love how I am allowed to be creative. How many other jobs do you get to spend time thinking about drag shows and it be considered on task?

What is your music anthem? 

My go-to is usually whatever song Lil Nas X has most recently released, but I like all types of music from Motown to 80’s power ballads to musical theater to rap and, yes, even some country

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

My favorite part is the sense of community and how when I’m interacting with other LGBTQ+ folks there tends to be a stronger connection right off the bat. It’s also easier to talk about my own experiences with other LGBTQ+ folks and I appreciate feeling that same trust from others. 

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

Being from Maryland, I’ve been a Washington Nationals fan since I was young so I would have to say that my favorite spot is Nats Park. Going to a baseball game in person is so much fun and even people who aren’t baseball fans can have a good time. 

What is your favorite queer movie?  

I was super excited for this question because the movies I watch are almost exclusively queer-themed, but my all-time favorite is a tie between Pride (2014) and Maurice (1987). Pride is about the real-life group of gay and lesbian activists who supported the striking miners in Wales in 1984 and the unlikely relationship that formed between the two groups. Maurice is based on the novel by E. M. Forster and tells the story of a gay man coming to accept his sexuality and the relationships he forms with others. The movie also features young Hugh Grant which I find to be a very compelling selling point.

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

I would have some very smart scientist invent a paint that makes things clear and paint that on the White House. Some may call it a security risk, but I call it a way to fix the lack of transparency in DC.

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Dr. Jamison Green is an activist based in California who has been fighting for the rights of trans* people for decades. He was an integral part of bringing about legal changes that make it easier for anyone to obtain a legal name change, and he currently works to help workplaces create better environments for LGBTQ+ employees. He was kind enough to let me interview him for a school project several years ago and I am forever grateful to him and in awe of all of the challenges he has overcome. 

Intergenerational Hangout (Virtual)

A Zoom event by The DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL)

Join us on Saturday, July 31st from 1pm – 3pm ET for a special Zoom event brought to you by The DC Center’s seniors program (Center Aging) and DACL. Join us in discussion between LGBT older adults and LGBT younger adults as we chat about everything and anything in the hopes of building bridges between generations and providing some laughs along the way! For more information please reach out to adamheller@thedccenter.org. We hope to see you there!

 

To register for this event, click HERE

 

Additionally, we would like to send $50 Uber Eats gift cards to a limited number of attendees (via the registration link above) to help folks enjoy the event. To qualify for a gift card, you must be a senior (60+) and DC resident.