Category Archives: LGBT

Brookland Area LGBT Happy Hour At Steele Plate Thursday

Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour
Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour

The monthly Brookland and Ward 5 LGBT gathering will be a Happy Hour at local hot spot Steele Plate,in their upstairs bar area. Hopefully we will see a great turn out on Thursday February 12 from 6:00- 9:00 pm (or longer).  Many thanks to owner Diton Pashaj for offering up the upstairs room. Steele Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE. See you there!


Greater Brookland LGBT Holiday Party This Saturday!

holidayEvery year the “greater Brookland” (including Edgewood, Michigan Park, Eckington, etc.) LGBT  community throws an AMAZING holiday party. Everybody is welcome. This year the party will be on Saturday December 27th, starting around 7:00 pm. For the address and any questions, ask via our contact page. Please bring a drink or side  dish to share.  Hope to see you there!

November Brookland Area LGBT Party This Saturday

Good times at a recent Brookland LGBT Party.
Good times at a recent Brookland LGBT Party.

Every month the LGBT community from the greater Brookland area (and Edgewood, Michigan Park, etc.) gets together for fun, neighborly good times. This time around, the party will be Saturday night November 15th starting at 7:00 pm. We will be lighting up the fire pit, weather permitting. If interested, hit us up on our contact page and we will send you the address. (Please bring a dish or drink to share.)

Catholic U Continues To Suppress LGBT Student Activities; Cancels Movie Screening

CUAllies Prayer and Vigil
CUAllies Prayer and Vigil

We recently learned through this story in Metro Weekly and another story in the CUA Tower that the Catholic University of America (CUA) Office of Campus Activities cancelled a pre-approved movie screening of a film to commemorate LGBT Awareness month on the campus. The film to be shown was Milk, a movie about openly gay San Francisco politician, and LGBT rights advocate Harvey Milk. The movie screening was organized by the College Democrats and may still happen sometime in the future, should University officials reverse their decision and re-approve it. The reason given for the short-notice cancellation of the event was that officials felt that the advertisement of the event, which included flyers featuring the gay/rainbow flag stretched too far into “advocacy”.

This isn’t the first time the University has moved to silence pro-LGBT voices on campus. CUAllies is a student organization made up of CUA students and supporters, who are working to make university life at CUA more welcoming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning (LGBTQ) students. The group has been working for years to gain recognition by the school, which has repeatedly denied it, based the concern that CUAllies will participate in “advocacy” activities. We caught up with Bob Shine, a 2012 alum from CUA, who is handling media relations for CUAllies, and asked him about the recent movie cancellation, here’s what he had to say:

“Pope Francis’ welcoming and merciful tone has been noticed by the entire world, but apparently not by President John Garvey and the University’s leadership. Canceling the screening of “Milk” does tremendous damage. Unlike administrators at literally dozens of Catholic colleges nationwide, the University has refused to allow necessary education around LGBT issues. Instead, they prefer to silence even an awareness that gay and gender diverse people exist. Branding everything as ‘advocacy’ is a cop out from doing the challenging work of Catholic education in our world today and disregards the value of each person’s life and flourishing so often preached about.

“Thankfully, Catholics in the United States (and students at CUA) overwhelmingly follow Jesus Christ who preached love and inclusion as the constitutive elements of God’s reign. President Garvey and his staff have a choice: will they walk with Jesus Christ, Pope Francis, and the People of God or increasingly abide by a gospel of exclusion and discrimination inconsistent with God’s love?”

For more about CUAllies, and their fight for recognition on campus, check out the story we did on the organization last year. A student group called LIFT CUA is hosting a march from McMahon Hall to the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center today, Monday at 6:30 PM to advocate for free speech and a more inclusive campus environment.

LGBT Happy Hour This Thursday At Smith Public Trust

Good times!
Good times!

After a little bit of a summer break the Brookland and Ward 5 LGBT Happy Hour is back. Hopefully we will see a great turn out on Thursday September 25. We will meet at Smith Public Trust from 6-8pm (or longer). Many thanks to Phil Peters, the General Manager of the restaurant, who offers us the bleacher room, or as they call it the Speak Easy Room, with a separate bar and a projection screen.

We are excited to have yet another restaurant in our neighborhood that we can choose for our monthly gatherings. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th St NE. SEE YOU THERE!

photos by: Jeff Martin
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Greater Brookland LGBT Pride BBQ This Saturday

Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride
Brookland Home Festooned For LGBT Pride

Every month members of the LGBT community in Brookland and surrounding neighborhoods like Eckington, Edgewood, and Woodridge get together to socialize and build community. For June’s event there is going to be an LGBT party/BBQ/pot luck to close out Pride month. The party will be on Saturday June 28th at 7:00 pm. Contact us for the address. The hosts will provide the grilled meats (burgers/brats/dogs) – please bring a side dish or drink to share.

Dance Place Presents Sean Dorsey Dance In The Secret History of Love This Weekend

Dance Place Open House 004Dance Place, our local arts powerhouse, is bringing this interesting show that combines storytelling, dance and more. Here is the press release:
Award-Winning Transgender Trailblazer Presents “Secret History” of LGBT Love

Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 8pm, Dance Place presents Sean Dorsey Dance in The Secret History of Love. Hosted in the intimate theater at Joe’s Movement Emporium, this work reveals the underground ways that LGBT people managed to survive and find love and community in decades past, despite enormous obstacles.

Dorsey created The Secret History Of Love through a 2-year national LGBT Elders Oral History Project, in which he traveled across the U.S. and recorded oral history interviews with gay, lesbian and transgender elders. The show features the voices and remarkable real-life stories Dorsey recorded in these oral history interviews – along with powerful, moving and hilarious episodes from the LGBT community’s untold history of finding love and community against enormous odds.

The Secret History Of Love features full-throttle dancing, intimate storytelling, luscious partnering, highly-physical theater and first-hand tales of tremendous risk, passionate love, impossible courage, heart-breaking loss, and bold resistance – revealing the great resiliency and strength of the human heart even in the face of great danger and devastating violence.

About Sean Dorsey
Sean Dorsey is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer and writer. Recognized as the U.S.’ first acclaimed transgender modern dance choreographer, Dorsey has won audiences and accolades from San Francisco to New York with his powerful dance-theater. Dorsey’s work is a fusion of contemporary dance, storytelling and theater. Praised as “exquisite” (BalletTanz), “breathtaking” (SF Bay Guardian) and “trailblazing” (San Francisco Chronicle), Dorsey has gained national attention for his highly-physical, articulate, deeply-moving work.

Dorsey was named “San Francisco’s Best Dance Company” (SF Weekly) and was named one of the nation’s “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. He has been awarded two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance. Dorsey has been profiled on PBS-TV, NPR-radio, BalletTanz, Time Out New York, Dance Magazine, American Theater Magazine, OUT Magazine, The Advocate, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, LA Weekly, Miami Herald, Chicago’s Windy City Times, Boston’s Bay Windows, New York’s Dance InsiderSan Antonio Current, Curve Magazine and many others.

WHAT: Sean Dorsey Dance

WHEN: Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 8pm

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt Rainier, MD 20712

TICKETS: $22 General Admission; $17 Dance Place Members, Seniors, Artists, Teachers (Advanced Sales only); $10 College Students; $8 Children

Brookland LGBT Tea Dance To Benefit SMYAL This Sunday At Little Ricky’s

LGBT event at Little Ricky's
LGBT event at Little Ricky’s

Every month members of the LGBT community in Brookland and surrounding neighborhoods like Eckington, Edgewood, and Woodridge get together to socialize and build community. For May’s event we are going to do something a little different for a great cause!

Join your friends and neighbors for a special Brookland LGBT Tea Dance at Little Ricky’s! We’ll have a fun DJ and a couple folks from SMYAL  (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). The SMYAL folks will be on hand to give us an update on what they’ve been doing recently in the DC area to support our community’s LGBT youth. An optional $5 donation is appreciated but certainly don’t let it stop you coming for the music, conversation, and mingling with your fellow neighbors!

Please join us on Sunday, May 4th 4:00pm – 6:00pm!!
More information is available on this  Facebook event page. Many thanks to Little Ricky’s for hosting.  Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE.

Greater Brookland LGBT April Party – Celebrate In Your Spring Finery!

Good times at the LGBT Party last month.
Good times at the LGBT Party last month.

Every month members of the LGBT community in Brookland and surrounding neighborhoods like Eckington, Edgewood, and Woodridge get together to socialize and build community. This month the group will be getting together on Saturday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm at a home in Brookland for a Easter/Spring party. All are welcome. If interested in attending, send us a note via the contact page and we will send you the address. Guests are encouraged to wear pastels, crazy bonnets and any other spring inspired finery. Please bring a dish or drink to share to compliment the baked ham that will be served. See you there!