Gay Washington DC – Gay Star News

Author: , August 12th, 2017

gay Washington DC

One fine summer evening in the American capital last month, I suddenly had the sensation I’d stepped into a TV set. (Or morphed into an Netflix algorithm, suspended in House of Cards cyperspace. Or something. Hey, it’s 2017). My point is, gay Washington DC is so recognizable that, like New York City, it feels larger-than-life, surreal; thus, it never disappoints.

Cruising through the city center in an open top bus, I was bowled over by the iconic buildings and monuments in all their polished, neoclassic glory. The Capitol Building, the The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House: they all stand in harmony, like a perfectly polished set. I felt an urge to replace my typical tourist garb with a matchy-matchy three piece suit, tie and shirt… Washington DC is just smart. In my admiration, I answered a question I’d earlier posed to myself: is it possible to mention Washington DC without talking politics?

The short answer is yes, absolutely. Because it’s exquisite to look at and thrilling to experience – regardless of what, or who, it represents. As such, Washington DC is a true blockbuster destination, which is somewhat surprising given its modest size.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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New African American History Museum Opens in DC

Author: , September 23rd, 2016

Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture

How many LGBT items are in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture and is it enough to please gay historians?

It’s a tough question to answer because some ostensibly gay items may not be presented as such. It’s now widely believed, for instance, that “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright Lorraine Hansberry was a closeted lesbian for much of her short life (she died at age 34 in 1965), but to what degree does this factor into her representation in the museum, for instance?

Slated to open this weekend with a ceremony Saturday morning in which President Obama will speak, the museum has yet to be assessed by the public. And curators acknowledge it’s impossible to please everyone. Descendants of the Quander family, whose roots can be traced back to slaves at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, have publicly expressed disappointment at not being represented in the inaugural museum displays, for instance. But whether there’s enough LGBT representation overall to please gay historians is yet to be determined.

By Joey DiGuglielmo – Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters: Gay Friendly Washington DC Hotel

Author: , May 20th, 2016

Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

A Dupont Circle location, The Beacon Hotel creates an experience tailored to the lifestyle of leisure travelers, full service, where guests enjoy exceptional hospitality in a welcoming atmosphere. A fresh design, the latest in technology advancements flat panel televisions, WebTV and Wi-Fi connectivity.

See the Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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8 Ways to Enjoy the Amazing Outdoors Near Washington DC

Author: , November 7th, 2015

Washington DC - Lincoln Monument

Stepping out into Washington, D.C., the mighty American capital, is like walking onto a television set. With its striking landmarks, iconic memorials and generally smart appearance, it feels unreal. So much so, during a recent twilight tour of its greatest sights, the theme tune to Netflix series House of Cards started playing in my head.

But equally as camera-ready as the District of Columbia are the handful of ‘districts’ that surround it; the many pockets of Maryland and Virginia that comprise the wider Capital Region.

From buzzing cities such as Maryland’s Rockville and Richmond’s Virginia, to the plethora of landscapes along the curve of the Potomac River, the Capital Region as a whole offers boundless travel opportunities – especially for those who like to get out and about. Here, we count down just eight of them…

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Washington DC as a Culinary Capitol

Author: , May 8th, 2015

Zentan, Washington DCThankfully, one conversation in town that all political parties can agree on is that the nation’s capital has been transformed into a deliciously diverse draw for gourmands of all stripes.

“When I arrived here from New York in 2002, the story was fine-dining, corporate chains, and big boxes,” says Brooklyn-born Jamie Leeds, chef-owner of the highly acclaimed Hank’s Oyster Bar. “There were few home-spun eateries, and not a single neighborhood seafood restaurant.”

That was then. In the years since, Leeds and her peers have completely reinvented the culinary scene, not just at the neighborhood level, but in ways as deeply layered as Washington itself.

Championed by chefs, restaurateurs, hotels, relief organizations, and other stakeholders, it’s a culinary love fest founded on D.C. essentials such as advocacy, fundraising and community-building. Animated by passion, commitment, caring, and true esprit de cuisine, the result is positive change at the human level, both in terms of elevating the city’s gastronomic appeal–the cuisine and cocktails are sensational, attracting eager patronage from locals and visitors alike–and in the deeper vein of transforming neighborhoods while supporting and even saving lives. In D.C., food truly comforts.

By Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport | Passport Gay Travel Resources

Washington DC Like a Local

Author: , March 23rd, 2015

Billy WinnOpenly gay musician Billy Winn shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

Openly gay musician Billy Winn shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I’ve lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.

I’ve stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It’s become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.

My favorite queer bar has to be… I love Cobalt. They always have something different going on — from dance parties and drag shows to pop acts and celebrity appearances. Friday nights are the best!

By Billy Winn – Full Story at Gay Star News | Washington DC Gay Travel Resources

The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2014

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Best of Gay DC 2014

Every year, the Washington Blade polls readers to choose its Best of Gay DC:

Welcome to the Washington Blade’s 13th annual Best of Gay D.C. readers’ poll. Last year we had 71 categories. This year, we’re up to 73. And we again broke a participation record having logged more than 20,000 votes in the past two months. Even if you’ve lived in Washington for decades, the fun of this contest is that there’s always something new to discover, from a tasty meal at Barcelona (if you can find a table!) to a show at Olney Theatre Company to many other entertainment options.

Here are the links to some of the 2014 Best of Gay DC categories:

Nightlife: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/23/best-gay-d-c-xiii-nightlife/

Community: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/23/best-gay-d-c-xiii-community/

Dining: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/23/best-of-gay-dc-2014-dining/

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Photo by Michael Key

US Military Color Guard Marches at DC Capital Pride

Author: , June 8th, 2014

Capital Pride Washington DCBill Morgan, 76, was kicked out of the Citadel, the military college in South Carolina, because he was gay. He lied so he could serve in the Air Force, in the closet, wary and silent, as gay friends were drummed out. So when the eight-man U.S. military color guard marched for the first time at the head of Capital Pride, the District’s gay pride parade, Morgan was, for a moment, speechless.

“Never in a million years,” Morgan said, a string of rainbow beads circling his neck. “I never imagined that I could come from there to here. I’m just glad I lived long enough to see it.”

Afeefah Asare, 30, of Northern Virginia, who just moments before the color guard passed had been whooping it up and yelling “Happy Pride!,” stopped in shock and stared at the passing flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. “That is awesome,” she said solemnly. “It means everybody’s in now.”

By Brigid Schulte – Full Story at The Washington Post | Washington DC Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Cherry Dance Party Returns to DC Next Weekend

Author: , March 30th, 2014

Cherry DCCherry, a charity dance party that raises funds for HIV/AIDS, returns next weekend at various clubs throughout the District.

“Genesis” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) is April 4 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. with music by DJ Eddie Elias and free rail vodka from 10-11 p.m. On April 5, there are two dance parties at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.). “I love Moocy” is from 2-7 p.m. and features music by DJ Joe Gauthreaux. Later in the night, DJ Paulo spins tracks for “Emergence” from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. featuring the Tribal Bitch and DJ Twin. And on April 6, “Ascendance” is at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) from 3:30-9:30 a.m. with DJ Alain Jackinsky and DJ Mike Reimer.

See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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The Washington Blade Profiles DC’s Best Gay Restaurants and Bars

Author: , November 12th, 2013

Freddie’s Beach Bar

Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

It’s time for The Washington Blade’s annual Best of DC issue.

The paper profiles some of DC’s best gay restaurants:

Best new restaurant & Best date restaurant: Le Diplomate
1601 14th St., N.W.
202-332-3333

Feel like you’re dining at a restaurant in Paris without leaving the District. Authentic French food like escargot and a selection of cheeses make for a rich meal. Pair with an extensive wine list of whites and reds for the full Parisian experience. (MC)

As well as the best of DC nightlife:

Best outside-D.C. bar: Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street
South Arlington, Va.
703-685-0555

See these and many more at the links above.

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