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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Washington DC’s “H” Street is Hot Street

Author: , January 18th, 2014

H Street, Washington DC - Apple Maps

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As the temperatures climb again, take a moment — and perhaps a streetcar, soon — to the nearby H Street corridor in Northeast Washington. Thanks to the continued promise of the new light-rail line connecting Union Station to Anacostia, many new dining and entertainment options are becoming available in this hot area. Entertainment, restaurants, and even an indoor bocce court now line this once less-glamorous street.

The most famous of places on H Street is perhaps the Atlas Theater. The Atlas Theater is home to the Joy of Motion Dance Studio and regular performances. Next door, The Rock & Roll Hotel is another recent spot for hot entertainment, housing a dance party every week, many popular DJs and a “drink to play, play to win” spelling bee.

Toki Underground is a new eatery that spices up the dining scene on H Street. D.C.’s first restaurant serving Taiwanese ramen, dumplings, and Asian-themed cocktails, Toki is a new hot spot for those looking for a unique dining experience. Be sure to try their pork cheek ramen with the homemade srirachi chili sauce.

Authored By Phillip Ray – 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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What to Do in DC During the Shutdown

Author: , October 6th, 2013

Washington DC - Lincoln MonumentDid you touch down in DC just as Congress managed to shut down the entire city? Chances are, their bickering just took a large chunk out of your travel itinerary. The Smithsonian museums, the National Parks, and the monuments are all closed to visitors (some are even behind barricades). Don’t head home just yet, though. No, you can’t go see Dorothy’s ruby slippers or take a walk through the White House, but now is the perfect time to see DC like a local. Check out our top 10 suggestions for getting the most out of Washington DC during the government shutdown.

Discover what they are after the jump…

10) Catch a free show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Every day at 6:00 PM in the Grand Foyer the doors open to the public for free performances. Concerts range from touring children’s choruses, to Dutch comedians, to local hip-hop sensations. Arrive early.

9) Enjoy some of the country’s finest crab cakes while Congress skips their lunches to debate. The Old Ebbitt Grill is a DC landmark located just a stone’s throw from the White House. Home to many a power lunch this restaurant has fed presidents and peons alike for decades.

Authored By Tyler Neasloney – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Bisexual Pride Begins in DC on September 23rd

Author: , September 12th, 2013

Bisexual PrideOrganizers of the first Bisexual Pride Day in the District of Columbia have scheduled a single event on Monday, Sept. 23 to commemorate the occasion — a community forum at a downtown hotel to discuss issues of interest to the bi community.

Organizers, including longtime D.C. LGBT rights advocates A. Billy Jones-Hennin and Loraine Hutchins, are encouraging members of the bi community and their supporters to hold their own Bi Pride events such as pool parties, potluck dinners, and panel discussions.

The forum, entitled “Bisexual at Any Age,” is scheduled to take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Residence at Thomas Circle Hotel, 1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in the first floor conference room.

Authored By Lou Chibbaro Jr. – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Watch: Washington DC Gay Pride

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Lynda Carter - DC Gay Pride 2013America Blog has a great video from DC Pride:

Lynda Carter, of Wonder Woman fame, was our grand marshall. I had the surprise honor of sitting next to her at the birthday part of the kid of a mutual friend here in DC like twenty years ago. It was just Lynda and me sitting at a picnic table having lunch, no one else around. I was speechless. Literally. I said not a word. I was having a picnic with Wonder Woman. In retrospect, I’m bummed I didn’t speak to her, but I’ll always have the pathetic memory of being turned into goo. 🙂

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DC Pride Parade Draws 100K

Author: , June 10th, 2013

Washington DCDC also held its gay pride celebration this last weekend – and the parade Saturday was watched by more than 100,000 people. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The nation’s capital celebrated the 38th annual “Capital Pride” this past week, culminating with a parade Saturday attended by over 100,000 spectators, lining the streets in the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods of northwest Washington. D.C.’s political leaders — including Eleanor Holmes-Norton, the district’s sole U.S. congressional representative; Mayor Vincent Gray; and D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with several other members of the city council — marched in the parade, joining grand marshals, actress Lynda Carter and U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Tammy S. Smith, the first openly lesbian flag officer to serve in the U. S. military.

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Gay Pride Season Updates: Boston, DC, San Diego, Kiev, Moscow, Singapore

Author: , May 23rd, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoGot a new batch of Pride updates for you today spanning the globe.

BOSTON READY TO CELEBRATE FOR GAY PRIDE

Boston is ready to put the marathon bombing behind and to move on to celebrate gay pride. Passport Magazine reports:

It’s time for Boston to come together and show what an amazingly diverse, strong, and welcoming city Boston truly is. So, grab your favorite rainbow piece, a pair of booty shorts, and bring along your pride because Boston Pride is back. From May 31-June 9, Bean Town hosts myriad events under the umbrella theme of “Moving forward… Proud, Strong, United.” Don’t miss the annual kickoff flag-raising ceremony, the Royal Pageant, the Boston Pride Festival, and the return of the Boston Pride Block Party June 9.

DC TO CELEBRATE BLACK PRIDE OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

A little to the south, the nation’s capital is ready to celebrate black pride this weekend. The Washington Blade has the schedule:

So much to do this weekend during D.C.’s annual Black Pride festival. There are several events occurring this Memorial Day. D.C. Black Pride is the official planning organizing agency but several other groups also have parties and activities planned for black LGBT people and allies.

SAN DIEGO PRIDE RETAINS GENERAL MANAGER

Across the country in San Diego, the Pride board of directors decided to keep its managing director. LGBT Weekly reports:

The board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride announced today that Stephen Whitburn will continue to head the organization as its general manager. Whitburn had held the position in an interim capacity since January. San Diego Pride’s previous director, Dwayne Crenshaw, departed the organization amid his recent run for a seat on the San Diego City Council. The board moved quickly following the news that Labor coordinator and former police lieutenant Myrtle Cole had defeated Crenshaw in the race for the District 4 seat.

Over in Asia, Joe.My.God hilights a promo video for the Pink Dot festival, coming June 29th.

UKRAINE COURT BANS KIEV PRIDE MARCH

In a move that is not at all surprising, if disappointing, a court in Ukraine just blocked a gay pride march. Edge Boston reports:

Kiev’s district court on Thursday upheld a suit by city authorities, who argued that the rally would disturb annual Kiev Day celebrations and spark violence. Last year, organizers canceled the event at the last minute when skinheads gathered at its planned location, intent on beating up the participants. Members of radical groups attacked two leading gay activists in subsequent weeks.

MOSCOW GAY PRIDE TO GO ON DESPITE BAN

And over in nearby Russia, a Moscow Gay pride parade is set to go on tomorrow despite a ban there. Gay Star News reports:

A Moscow suburb court upheld the decision of the city authorities not to permit a gay pride parade this Saturday (25 May). Despite the ban, activists say Moscow Pride will go ahead as planned. Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, stated: ‘Khimki City Court upheld the ban on the planned Gay Pride rally and march.’ He added he would appeal on Monday to the Moscow Regional Court.

Gay Pride Updates 5/21/13

Author: , May 21st, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoOur round-up of gay pride news and other LGBT events.

L.A. PRIDE COMING JUNE 7TH

Los Angeles’s Pride celebration is coming up fast. Passport Magazine has the info:

(Jun 7th-9th) The LA PRIDE celebration is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. This year’s event will be held June 7-9 in the beautiful West Hollywood Park. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors, and thousands of members of our vibrant and active community! On Sunday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m., join over 400,000 participants, spectators and marchers at the annual LA PRIDE Parade, which gathers together a colorful and diverse look and showcases all that is great about the LGBT community.

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WASHINGTON, DC CELEBRATES CAPITAL TRANS PRIDE

This last weekend, DC celebrated Trans Pride – The Washington Blade has lots of photos:

Award-winning stylist Codie Leone was the keynote speaker at 2013 Capital Trans Pride at the National City Christian Church on Saturday. The event featured workshops, speakers, booths and an awards ceremony.

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LONDON PRIDE GETS THE GO-AHEAD, ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES

Until today, there was a possibility that London’s gay pride celebration might be cancelled. But having reached their fundraising goals, it’s now a go. Gay Star News reports:

But now Pride in London has announced this year’s festival will go ahead with a week of celebrations, a full parade through the center of the UK capital, a rally in Trafalgar Square and a party in the gay district of Soho. In addition Summer Rites will hold a Pride in the Park official music festival in Shoreditch Park, East London on the main pride day. And, as previously announced, UK Black Pride is teaming up with Pride in London on pride day in Golden Square, Soho.

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NORTH JERSEY PRIDE LAUNCHES JUNE 3RD

North Jersey pride announced its plans for Pride next month. O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

North Jersey Pride, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equality, awareness, and understanding in the upper Garden State, today announced plans for its 2013 Pride Week. Throughout the week of June 3, the nonprofit is hosting a series of engaging LGBT-themed events, leading up to its signature Pride Festival on Sunday June 9. The Pride Festival includes a full afternoon of unique family-friendly entertainment that brings together LGBTQ people and straight allies from all over the Garden State to celebrate diversity and promote equality. Newark Mayor, Cory Booker will kick off the festivities at noon.

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UKRAINE LAWMAKERS WANT TO SHUT DOWN KIEV PRIDE

A number of parliamentarians want to put an end to the Gay Pride celebration in Kiev. Gay Star News reports:

Sixty-one lawmakers signed a petition urging Ukraine’s capital city’s mayor to ban a gay-pride parade in Kiev scheduled for 25 May. Pavlo Unhuryan, parliamentary and leader of the right wing of Ukraine’s Family Movement, announced today (20 May) that the petition requests a total ban on gay-pride parades ‘and similar events in Kiev in May-June 2013.’ According to the Info Victory portal, the petition states that such events should be banned because they ‘may lead to violent clashes’ between LGBT rights advocates and their opponents.

NEW PLAN FOR JOHANNESBURG PRIDE

Melanie Nathan at O-blog-dee-o-blog-da looks at the plan for the new Johannesburg Pride:

A meeting on 18 May of the recently formed organising committee of about 30 individuals decided on a broad programme of action for the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer (LGBTIAQ) Pride in Johannesburg. Johannesburg Pride 2013 will consist of public art installations, performances, exhibitions, direct action, workshops, and debates over the months leading up to a march on October 5.

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The Insider’s Guide to DC

Author: , March 29th, 2013

washington-dcOver at Passport Magazine, they interview Kimpton Hotel Chef Dennis Marron on his favorite things to see and do in gay Washington DC:

Where are the coolest places in Washington D.C. to go for cocktails?
For me, it would be P.J. Clarke’s (1600 K St. NW. Tel: 202-463-6610. www.pj-clarkes.com), offering the timeless Sidecar, invented during prohibition. The Tabard Inn Bar (1739 N St. NW. Tel: 202-331-8528. www.tabardinn.com) offers the well-known Tabard Cocktail, a blend of tequila, sherry, Drambuie, orange bitters, and fresh thyme. And my speakeasy favorite, The Gibson (2009 14th St. NW. Tel: 202-232-2156. www.thegibsondc.com), for the classic cocktail The Gibson: gin, dry vermouth, two or three onions, and garnish with a lemon twist. Delicious!

What are the best restaurants for a romantic dinner in the city?
Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-296-1166. www.marcelsdc.com), to channel French and Belgian romanticism. Chef Robert Wiedmaier creates rich cuisine, including French sauces for elegant entrees. The Tabard Inn is quirky, historic, loaded with character, and has it all: a cozy lounge with crackling fireplace to enjoy a cocktail, and artful modern American cuisine. If candlelight and flowers are your thing, make a reservation at 1789 Restaurant (1226 36th St NW. Tel: 202-965-1789. www.1789restaurant.com) for the John Carroll Room, where a great fireplace makes the space the epitome of classic romance. If you are the ultimate foodie and you don’t care whether it’s the most expensive dining experience in the region, then head out to the Inn at Little Washington (309 Middle St, Washington, VA. Tel: 540-675-3800. www.theinnatlittlewashington.com). Advance reservations are a way of life in D.C., so be sure to make them for any restaurant you plan to visit.

Authored By Lawrence Ferber – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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