Someone set fire to a rainbow flag outside of Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW) on Sunday, owner James Patrick Woods told the Washington Blade yesterday. The flag-burning occurred on the same day that someone spray painted the words “down with the gay agenda” on a sidewalk in Dupont.
Locals Morgan Tepper — who also goes by DJ Lisa Frank — and Legba Carrefour will hold a “gay-in” at the bar and replace the flag at 8 p.m. tonight. During the event, queer activists and allies will present Woods with a new rainbow flag in an act of solidarity and support.
“The main goal of this is to be make people feel OK and not be scared,” Tepper said. “When you get scared, it’s very detrimental to a community.”
Attendees are encouraged to “be a little more affectionate than usual” during the event, Tepper said, in order to make their presence known.
“You can burn down a flag… but it doesn’t mean the gay community is going to go away,” Tepper said. “We’re not going to be afraid of you.” She added that “thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need physical action.”
Following the event, Tepper and other DJs will spin tunes inside the bar.
Photo via Facebook / Bourbon Adams Morgan
The Metropolitan Police Department has a message for LGBT locals: Hate crimes against transgender and bisexual citizens aren’t ignored in D.C.
In an attempt to be “inclusive of all members of the LGBT community,” MPD is changing the name of its Dupont-based Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit, the police department announced yesterday.
“This name change will be recognizable to all members of the LGBT community seeking assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department,” an MPD statement says.
Visitors to the 14th Street corridor will be steps away from reading and writing workshops hosted by members of the local LGBT writing community this weekend.
The fifth annual OutWrite Book Festival starts with a keynote speech from celebrated novelist James Earl Hardy tomorrow evening. Hardy will speak about his book series “B-Boy Blues” at the D.C. Center (2000 14th Street NW) from 6-9 p.m.
The festival will then host 37 vendors, workshops and authors from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following day.
David Mariner, Executive Director for the D.C. Center, says the festival’s exhibitors and speakers were selected by their interest or involvement within the LGBT community.
“While some LGBT voices are not kind of represented in mainstream media, those things are still few and far between and don’t necessarily reflect the diversity that’s within D.C.’s LGBT community,” Mariner says. “We have a wide variety of folks telling their stories. It’s a way to affirm and celebrate who we are.”
Outwrite will coincide with another popular 14th and U street festival, MidCity Dog Days.
But Mariner says that’s purposeful. He adds that he hopes Dog Days attendees will visit the book festival and that visiting LGBT publishing companies and authors will visit the surrounding neighborhood.
The book festival is free and open to the public. Used books will also be sold on site; paperbacks will cost $1 and hardbacks will cost $2.
Image via Facebook.com/OutWriteDC
DC Pride is right around the corner. I thought it would make sense to provide a pride guide, if you will, on all the wonderful activities around town over the next week.
Here’s a smattering of events in our area, some of which I’m DJing, to attend during Pride Week.
*Denotes an event at which I’m DJing
Friday, June 5
Out/Spoken* at 9:30 Club, $25
Who doesn’t love a good story? SpeakeasyDC, the District’s true story-telling group presents stories from the LGBT perspective that will be sure to challenge, provoke, inspire, and ignite.
BreakfastClub presents Rainbow-Brite* at 18th & U Duplex Diner, Free
This event celebrates all the colors of the rainbow. Expect your favorite ’80s tracks.
Wednesday, June 10
Hillary for DC, Pride Edition at Howard Theatre, $20.16
This dance party/fundraiser benefits Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Thursday, June 11
Stonewall Sports is celebrating its first five years of fitness and camaraderie by throwing a bash of epic proportions. While the party winds down at 11 p.m., the after-party will keep going at the 18th and U Duplex Diner.
Uncivil Union: Comedy for Equality at Howard Theatre, $24.50 to $98
Uncivil Union, a special benefit concert for The Ally Coalition, will bring together artists and comedians to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community. This event is headlined by W. Kamau Bell, Bridget Everett, Rachel Dratch, Chelsea Shorte and a host of special guests.
Friday, June 12
DC Pride’s kickoff party will feature a litany of talented DJs that include Shea Van Horn, Matt Bailer, Lil E, Ca$$idy and Pearl from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Otter Crossing’s Special Pride Edition at The Green Lantern, $10
The oh-so adorable and cuddly otters are joining forces with CTRL, DC’s electro-mayhem dance party, to bring you disco beats and anthems all night. Be sure to leave your pants at the door, but not your dancing shoes.
Saturday, June 13
The Pride Parade (duh) at Dupont and Logan circles, Free
The parade begins on the corner of 22nd and P NW and culminates on the 14th street corridor. Find your favorite location to watch the festivities. And don’t forget to hydrate.
Paradise Mirage at U Street Music Hall, Free for ages 21+ before 11 p.m.
Paradise Mirage is a tribute to one of America’s most influential LGBT nightclubs, Paradise Garage. U Street Music Hall “will be aesthetically transformed to represent a Paradise Garage-like atmosphere,” says the event page.
Join DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer as they bring their monthly dance party to the 9:30 Club.
Sunday, June 14th
Pride Afterhours at Flash, $10
Fill up your Pride weekend schedule and stay up late with San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem.
DC Pride Liquid Brunch at SAX, $65
Bottomless champagne, mimosas, bloody marys, and vodka drinks. This event features DJ Matt Bailer and live entertainment by the SAX dancers.
During the day, Khelan Bhatia is a campaign manager. But by night, he’s a DJ at the Duplex Diner and other locales, and has performed at ’80s dance party, BreakfastClub, regularly for the last three years.
Photo via Facebook.com/CapitalPrideDC
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and three LGBT activists will speak during tonight’s DC Latino Pride La Plática panel discussion at the Human Rights Campaign office at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW.
Jose Gutierrez, founder of the Latino GLBT History Project, Letitia Gomez, editor of Queer Brown Voices and Maria Alejandra Salas-Baltuano, education organizer at Many Languages One Voice will lead the discussion starting at 6 p.m.
At 8 p.m., Mayor Bowser will deliver a speech.
An appetizers and wine reception precede the event. Attendees can also view a historical HIV exhibit and receive free HIV testing.
Though the event is free, a $5 donation is suggested.
These days, successfully planning and executing a wedding is a feat comparable to successfully training and hiking Mount Everest. OK… Not exactly like it, but you get the picture. It’s tough! From picking the perfect outfit, to selecting the perfect photographer, the perfect food, the perfect favors and the perfectly unique ambiance (did I forget to mention the perfect partner?), engaged couples are under more pressure than ever imagined.
That is why a little bit of help goes a long way. If you are planning a union or marriage, consider taking advantage of some much-needed help and say “Yes!” to the “Say I Do!” LGBT Wedding Expo at Hotel Palomar on Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 4 pm. The Expo brings together the area’s top LGBT-friendly wedding planners, florists, photographers and caterers – all under one roof!
Registration to the event includes access to over 30 LGBT-friendly wedding vendors; a special swag bag filled with goodies for the first 100 couples; cake and dessert tastings; raffles, prizes and more!
For more information on the Expo and registration for the event, visit the Expo website.
From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Guarav Gopalan’s Murder Still a Mystery
A Sunday night candlelight vigil was held to remember Guarav Gopalan, an openly gay man murdered near Columbia Heights two weeks ago. Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the murder, which is troubling for a number of reasons. The longer the case is open and ‘cold’, as we know from TV, the harder it is to solve. But the Washington Blade shares concerns from some in the LGBT community that Gopalan was targeted due to his sexual orientation. WUSA follows this with the reminder that several transgender people have been attacked in DC and near the area Gopalan was found recently.
Fiesta DC: Too Much Fiesta?
While we were hard at work giving out stickers, helping the festival organizers and meeting readers at the 17th Street Festival, it seems another festival went less smoothly. DCist has the most comprehensive round up of the Fiesta event on Sunday in Mount Pleasant, including why so many residents were pretty ticked off by the end of the weekend. Apparently, coordination between organizers (it changed while in the planning stages which always creates confusion) and the neighborhood was lacking or virtually non-existent, depending on who you talk to about the event. It was clear, however, that it was a robust celebration of Latino heritage with some delish looking food. Anyone check it out?
But Apparently DC Is Not a Foodie City, Since it Lacks ‘Ethnic Communities’
Some dude named Eli Lehrer wrote a Huffington Post piece about how DC is not a foodie city. While I hate the term ‘foodie’ and find some valid points in his article, I am irritated by it. Apparently, we lack ethnic enclaves (we have Ethiopian but for all others everyone goes to the ‘burbs), we make too much money to build an empire of cheaper, tasty food and don’t have enduring culinary traditions. Apparently, half smokes don’t count, Old Bay doesn’t count because that is owned by Baltimore and while NYC gets to credit their slices as a ‘tradition’, Jumbo Slice falls short.
Look — it is a little silly to continue this asinine argument over whether the food in the town is legit or not. We all eat and eat out and like different things, and I think there’s a lot of great stuff here. I just get irritated when a VP from an organization focused on free enterprise takes to blogs to whine about pricy food. There, I said it. Flame away. (Note: it was an attempt at explaining why we were so low in the Travel and Leisure poll of best foodie cities. Note #2: I don’t think we’re that low. If you haven’t eaten in Nashville, I can’t explain it to you. Sorry.)
Royster Leaves DNC Post
Deborah Royster, elected to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by the District, stepped down from her position as DC’s DNC committee chairwoman. The news was broken by Mike DeBonis at the The Washington Post. As deputy general counsel for Pepco Holdings, Royster certainly has her hands full in her day job. She also serves as the chairwoman of the Ward Four Dems.
We’re Number One!
In crappy traffic, that is. The NPR story has the best headline on the Texas Transportation Institute study, writing that DC is the “best place to waste time in traffic.” Sounds about right to us — even 16th Street will test your patience immensely on a good morning. We in DC and our neighbors to the north and south apparently waste up to 74 hours in traffic backups a year. I hope you like your car, folks.
The week of September 4 is National Suicide Prevention Week and the Washington, DC Ambassadors Committee of The Trevor Project is holding a fall fundraiser this Friday.
The September 9 event is from 7 to 9 pm at Room & Board, 14th and T Streets NW. Tickets are $50 in advanceand $75 at the door.
The Committee is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping raise awareness of The Trevor Project‘s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. They work with schools in the DC area to reach kids directly and raise awareness of the issue. The Committee also helps through volunteerism and fundraising to help The Trevor Project carry on their life-saving efforts.
The 18th Reel Affirmations Film Festival — “the Nation’s LGBT Film Festival — opens Thursday, October 16, with an opening-night party and film at U Street’s Lincoln Theatre. The festival, a production of One in Ten, runs for 10 days through the 25th (closing night party). You can view the festival schedule and purchase tickets online for films and festival parties.
The premier film this year at Reel Affirmations is “Breakfast with Scot,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Lincoln Theater at 1215 U Street NW. Many films are being shown at the Lincoln Theatre, but a number of events are at several other locations–be sure to check the location when you purchase tickets.