DC Center’s Day of Thanks & Zoom Hangout

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To allow staff and board members time to reconnect and recharge, we will be offering takeout meals for Thanksgiving this year. The meals are provided in partnership with Wegmans, and we are currently planning to have them available for pickup on Wednesday, November 22nd.

We are going to be providing approximately 40 meals for folks who register, as well as exploring whether to schedule a Zoom hangout on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re interested in either, please fill out this google form, and if you have any questions, please drop us a line at supportdesk@thedccenter.org

Also please acknowledge we are on Nacotchtank, Piscataway and Pamunkey Nations land.


ALL MEALS ARE SPOKEN FOR – if you want to be on the waitlist, you can fill out the form above and we will be in touch on Monday, November 20th with more information.


Gay Day at the Zoo 2023

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Gay Day At The Zoo is next month on May 7th at the Smithsonian National Zoo! Have fun with the DC Center for the LGBT with interactive music, games, and dance! 

The annual Gay Day at the Zoo is a DC favorite for the LGBTQ community! For one day, hundreds of LGBTQ folks, families, and allies come together to show their pride and enjoy the animals and sights at the National Zoological Park. 

Fittingly the event takes place every year on International Family Equality Day and is a staple on the calendar for many LGBTQ families.

Let’s fill the Zoo with rainbows! Wear rainbow to represent our community and show you are a part of the event!

Support the work of the DC Center which educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities this weekend!

Make sure to reserve your free tickets before hand here!


We Are Moving!!! Read Our Press Release About Our New LGBTQ+ Community Center

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We’re so excited to share the big news!

We’re Moving!

Check out all the details about our new location in our press release and watch this space for more details to come!

This amazing next chapter in our LGBTQ+ community members lives needs your support!

Please click here and donate what you can to help support the creation of our new space!

Click here to read our press release


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Rendition/Photo Credit: Hickok Cole, our architects on this project

We Are Closed In Observance Of Juneteenth


The DC Center will be closed on June 19, 2020 in observance of Juneteenth


to support the #StrikeForBlackLives. #BlackLivesMatter

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


Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment – Virtual Spanish Open House – 6.10.2020

Convierta la compasión en acción!
Acompáñenos en una jornada de puertas abiertas de reclutamiento virtual el 10 de junio de 5:30-6:30pm
¡AHORA es el momento perfecto para UNIRSE A NOSOTROS … ENTRENARSE … y PREPARARSE para ayudar a su comunidad local!
¡Venga a escuchar, a aprender y a hacer sus preguntas! La jornada de puertas abiertas se llevará a cabo a través de la aplicación Microsoft Teams. ¡Puede acompañarnos desde su teléfono o computadora! Le proporcionaremos un enlace al evento por correo electrónico al completar el siguiente formulario de registro: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=vms_public_form&form_id=8008
This is a message from Red Cross, the DC Center has no affiliation with the red cross 

Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Recruitment – Virtual Open House – Learn About Disaster Action Teams in Washington DC!

Curious about Red Cross Disaster Action Teams?

Join us for a ** Virtual Recruitment Open House ** on April 29 from 10-11am!

NOW is the perfect time to JOIN US … GET TRAINED … and BE PREPARED to help your local community! Volunteer Recruiters and Disaster Program Managers from Baltimore and Washington DC will be on hand to provide program details and volunteer opportunities. Listen, learn and ask your questions!

Click Here to Register for Virtual Open House!

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


New Volunteer: Casa Ruby Meal Coordinator

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Welcome Maura Kinney. Maura will be working the Casa Ruby meals program, organizing monthly group and individual volunteer dinners. She will also work on creating new projects that will affect the lives of the residents at the Casa Ruby shelters.

Maura has lived in DC since 2009. She enjoys writing, reading, hiking, ice skating, kayaking, and doing crossword puzzles. She works as a technical writer and enjoys learning about primatology and U.S. presidential history.

Maura decided to become a volunteer with The DC Center because “although queer rights have come a long way, our fight isn’t over yet.”

We are excited to have Maura on board, if you would like to work with us and give back to Casa Ruby contact: maurak@thedccenter.org

Update from the DC Center Board of Directors: Welcoming a New Slate of Officers

With a new year comes Board elections! At our January 6th Board Meeting, we voted to re-elect a couple of our long time Board members, and we approved a new slate of officers.

The full list of Board of Directors and officers is listed below:

Chair – Rehana Mohammed
Vice Chair – Jonathan Gilad
Communications Chair- Rebecca Bauer
Treasurer – Tiera Craig
Development Chair – Nick Harrison
Secretary – Andrew Zapfel

Directors: Natalie Bucklin, Michael Fowler, Dr. Pat Hawkins, Lance Macon, Luke Scuitto

Our team is excited about the year ahead as we look forward to welcoming a new Executive Director, bringing on a couple of new staff members (we’re hiring now!), and continuing to enhance our programming for the LGBTQ+ community. “I’m very excited to work alongside this diverse group of leaders to build on the successes of the last 15 years and set a bold path for the future with our new Executive Director,” Board Chair Rehana Mohammed commented.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Development or Finance committees, or would like more information about becoming a member of the Board of DIrectors, please reach out to Rehana@thedccenter.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.