Heads up folks, the Brookland area LGBT Party we wrote about here, has been postponed till tomorrow, Sunday June 28th at 5:00 pm, due to the rainy forecast. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you need the address, hit us up via the contact page.
It’s been a couple months since the Brookland LGBT neighborhood group had a party. Well, we are back! There will be a BBQ in celebration of Pride Month on Saturday June 27th at 7:00 pm. Send us a note via our contact page for the address. Burger, dogs, etc. will be provided, please bring a side or drink to share.
Astrid and I have known Kenyan McDuffie since before he was the Ward 5 Councilmember and before gay marriage was legal in DC. We can attest that back then he was an ardent supporter of LGBT rights and continues to be an ally of the community. That’s why we are happy to post this flyer asking for volunteers to march in the 40th Annual Capital Pride Parade this Saturday with the McDuffie team. We have marched in the parade in the past, and it is an exhilarating feeling- why not give it a try? Check out the details below.
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!
Every 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!
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.)
The Greater Brookland LGBT community is having their annual Halloween party on Friday night October 31st. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Guests are asked to please bring a food item or drink to share. For the location, email us via our contact page. This party is sure to be a howling good time!
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.
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!
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.