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Volume 23 / Issue 2

Todd Franson
Rhuaridh Marr
John Riley
Doug Rule
Ward Morrison, Julian Vankim


Risky Business


Puff Piece


by Fallon Forbush

by Fallon Forbush

Community Calendar

Scott G. Brooks
Gordon Ashenhurst, Sean Bugg, Fallon Forbush,
Sean Maunier, Troy Petenbrink, Kate Wingfield
David Uy
Julian Vankim


Randy Shulman
Rivendell Media Co.
Dennis Havrilla

Keyonna Blakeney


20 Years of Youth Pride

by Doug Rule
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Welcome Letter


Letter From Mayor Bowser


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Gavins Story
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Monkey Business


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Risky Business

As the District tries to tackle LGBT youth homelessness, many are turning to
sex work and other illegal trades in order to survive
by Fallon Forbush


it helps with her anxiety. The man who sold her the
sedatives wanted oral sex, but she insisted on paying in
cash instead.
At 22 years old, Cruz is on the clock, engaging in her trade
as a sex worker. She is homeless, but has made enough cash
to operate out of a Red Roof Inn in Lanham, Maryland. Cruz
makes $80 to $180 per client, depending on whether they want
a quick session or a full hour. Her $70-a-night room is essential
for both her work and her security, as she prefers in-calls
where clients come to her, rather than meeting them elsewhere.
She says its safer that way.
This is definitely for survival, Cruz says. If I dont make

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any money today, tomorrow I could be outside on the street. I

need to be inside where at least I can be safe and comfortable.
Being outside is just going to put me in more danger.
Cruz hasnt always been homeless, and its only recently
that shes had to put herself in dangerous situations with men
she doesnt know. She grew up with her parents in Winchester,
Virginia, but her lack of stable housing began when her father
gave her up for adoption, handing her $100 and abandoning her
when she was just 17 years old.
My dad kicked me out because I was gay, she says. But
at the same time I wasnt. I was transgender, I was feminine.
I wanted to wear girls clothes, I wanted to be a girl. I thought
a womans body was so amazing. Ive felt like a woman since

I was five.
Cruz wound up at the Henry and William Evans Home for
Children in Winchester, Virginia. When she was 18, she ran away
and was eventually arrested for being homeless. She now faces the
threat of arrest every day by engaging in an illegal line of work.
Cruzs story is far from unique. Extreme levels of unemployment and poverty lead many LGBT individuals to become
involved in underground markets such as sex work in order
to survive.
Were always concerned about LGBT youth that are
involved in sex work, says Eddy Ameen, co-chair of the DC
Centers Youth Working Group. When you are homeless and
potentially even a minor, you can sell things like drugs or your
body, or beg for spare change.
Statistics show that LGBT youth homelessness is on the rise.
There are more than 7,000 people experiencing homelessness
in D.C., according to a January 2015 census. In August 2015,
another census counted everyone aged 24 and under experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Two-fifths identified as
LGBTQ fifteen percent of whom also reported a family conflict due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Growing homelessness among the citys LGBTQ youth is
something Mayor Muriel Bowser is working to solve. Bowsers
commitment to ending homelessness, especially for LGBTQ
youth, started as a councilmember when she helped spearhead
2014s LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act. It
required annual reports on addressing the needs of LGBTQ
homeless youth and stipulated that a minimum number of dedicated beds be made available.
Our offices focus is to make sure that as the city is develop-

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ing their youth prevention plan for homelessness, that we have

a real focus on making sure that LGTBQ youth are at the forefront, says Darrell Gaston, housing specialist with the Mayors
Office of LGBTQ Affairs. In the two years since the law passed,
the amount of beds dedicated to LGBT youth has increased
threefold. We only had about eight beds, and now we have
over 27.
Thats still far from enough, but building capacity is a priority. This year, Gastons office issued a total of $25,000 to local
organizations strictly for the purpose of providing shelter to
more LGBTQ homeless youth. Five grants of $5,000 were given
to HIPS, the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby,
the Wanda Alston House, and SMYAL.
Seventeen of the dedicated beds can be found at Casa Ruby,
which operates two shelters for LGBT youth. Its emergency
shelter has five beds and its transitional facility has 12, where
residents can access a range of services including behavioral
health services, metro tokens, and legal immigration assistance.
Last winter, Casa Ruby also ran a temporary hypothermia shelter, with more than 50 people as young as 16 years old seeking
refuge. Its efforts have helped establish Casa Ruby as a main
point of entry for LGBT youth living on the streets.
We learned that it is very, very important to open lowerbarrier emergency shelter beds for youth. When people have
been homeless for a long time, it takes a lot of effort and learning and unlearning behaviors for them to comply with shelter
rules, says Larry Villegas-Prez, Casa Rubys director of social
and mental health services. Providing accommodation without
requiring commitments allows the youth to engage with their
services, build trust and learn that somebody else cares for

them and their well-being.
However, D.C.s homeless youth problem continues to grow
something many conflate with other jurisdictions failings in
LGBT matters. D.C. may be a haven for queer youth who run
away or dont have family to fall back on from more rural or
conservative places in our neighboring states, says DC Centers
A kid will get on a bus from Kansas and say, I heard that
D.C. is very progressive and helps LGBT youth. Can you help
me find a place to stay? says Sheila Alexander-Reid, director of
the Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Thats the reputation we
have in the country. Very few states have this commitment that
D.C. has to its LGBTQ community in general.
That reputation isnt always reflected in the experiences of
D.C.s LGBTQ youth. Discrimination in housing and employment still occurs, even though it is illegal, leading to a vicious
cycle of homelessness.

Many of these kids particularly the transgender youth

are part of a pipeline, from homelessness to survival sex work, to
being HIV positive, to being arrested, to coming out of jail with
no skills and no place to stay, says Reid. We really are trying to
break the cycle, and it starts with these kids when theyre kicked
out of their homes.
However, breaking that cycle is made exponentially harder
when theres money to be earned in illegal trades. With high
youth unemployment, a dearth of well-paying jobs and the
added factor of homelessness, sex work and other activities
can be an easy if extremely risky way to make money. For
Selena Rose Cruz, the math is simple: she earns more selling her
body than she made during a short stint washing hair at a transfriendly salon.
I get why people dont like it, but its none of their business.
Its my body, I can do what I want, Cruz says. If this is the
easiest way that I can survive and make money, I wanna do it. l

Puff Piece

The FDA is targeting young LGBT smokers with its This Free Life campaign
By Fallon Forbush


but it doesnt have to be, says William Furmanski.
Being gay is all about knowing yourself and feeling the
freedom to be who you are.
Furmanski is senior vice president of communications for
the Truth Initiative, an organization that is trying to build a
tobacco-free generation. As a gay man, hes thrilled that the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on a mission to change
smokings role in LGBT culture. The This Free Life campaign
is the FDAs first major campaign to address tobacco use within
the community, the prevalence of which is attributed to several
factors, including coming out.
The coming out process can be stressful and is a period of
increased vulnerability, which can lead to tobacco use and other
behaviors with negative health consequences, says Richard
Wolitski, acting director of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services Office for HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease
Policy. This is a unique tobacco use risk factor for LGBT young
adults thats due to the actual and perceived social stigma, discrimination and anxiety experienced during this process.
Wolitski, who is also gay, says many LGBT young adults find a
sense of community at bars and clubs, which have environments
that encourage tobacco use. LGBT influencers openly promote
tobacco use, establishing smoking as a norm within the community. LGBT people are also targeted through advertisements
in LGBT outlets, sponsorship of events, and funding of LGBT
For a community that has typically been underserved by
tobacco prevention campaigns, the This Free Life campaign
is primarily aimed at LGBT young adults between the ages of 18
and 24 who smoke occasionally.
We find that the issue of social smoking, or casual smoking, or occasional smoking is more and more common and its

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something that we have to break the mentality around, says

Furmanski. A smoker is a smoker. Every cigarette that you
smoke has the potential to do damage.
Of the more than 2 million LGBT young adults ages 18 to 24
in the United States, more than 800,000 are occasional smokers, says Mitch Zeller, director of the FDAs Center for Tobacco
Unfortunately, research tells us that LGBT young adults
often dont consider themselves to be smokers and dont understand the associated health risks, Zeller adds. Thats why This
Free Life is aimed at making LGBT young adults aware that there
is no safe amount of smoking and that even the occasional cigarette can have serious health implications and lead to addiction.
This Free Life partners with influencers to challenge the
perception that tobacco use is a necessary part of LGBT culture.
The FDA has enlisted RuPauls Drag Race alumni Shangela,
Manila Luzon, Trixie Mattel and Tammie Brown for a special
anti-smoking PSA, Be Known for Your Flawless. Each queen
highlights a specific feature theyre known for Shangelas skin,
Trixies nails, Manilas hair and Tammies smile before lightly
hammering home the point that smoking puts their flawlessness
at risk. The campaign is trying to appeal to the LGBT communitys desire for authenticity and freedom to deter tobacco use.
The campaign will reach young adults through print, digital
and social media campaigns over the next 24 months in media
markets with high concentrations of LGBT young adults and
areas of high smoking prevalence, including Los Angeles, New
York City, San Francisco, and D.C.
Most people do not smoke, and they dont want to, and this
campaign speaks to that, but more importantly it speaks to the
idea of being free of nicotine addiction, says Furmanski. We
want to break the social norm that smoking is done by everyone
and that its completely acceptable. l

Metro Weeklys Community Calendar highlights important events in the D.C.-area
LGBT community, from alternative social events to volunteer opportunities.
Event information should be sent by email to
Deadline for inclusion is noon of the Friday before Thursdays publication.
Questions about the calendar may be directed to the
Metro Weekly office at 202-638-6830 or
the calendar email address.

DC SENTINELS basketball team

meets at Turkey Thicket Recreation

Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, 2-4
p.m. For players of all levels, gay or


critical languages and foreign languages. 7 p.m. Nellies, 900 U St. NW.
RVSP preferred. brendandarcy@


METRO DC PFLAG hosts its annual

Penthouse Party fundraiser at the

Penthouse Pool Club. Help raise
money for PFLAGs work in supporting LGBT families. 6-9 p.m. 1612 U
St. NW. For more info, visit pflagdc.
org/event/penthouse or call 202638-3852.


practice session at Takoma Aquatic

Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW. 7:30-9

DC LAMBDA SQUARES gay and lesbian square-dancing group features

mainstream through advanced square
dancing at the National City Christian
Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, 7-9:30
p.m. Casual dress. 301-257-0517,
Virginia social group meets for happy
hour at Sheraton in Reston, 11810
Sunrise Valley Drive, second-floor
bar, 7-9 p.m. All welcome.

SMYAL offers free HIV Testing, 3-5

p.m., by appointment and walk-in, for

youth 21 and younger. 202-567-3155

US HELPING US hosts a Narcotics

Anonymous Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.,
3636 Georgia Ave. NW. The group is
independent of UHU. 202-446-1100.
INSTITUTE for young LBTQ women,
13-21, interested in leadership development. 5-6:30 p.m. SMYAL Youth
Center, 410 7th St. SE. 202-567-3163,

GAMMA, a confidential support

group for men who are gay, bisexual,

questioning and who are married
or involved with a woman, meets in

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Washington on the second and fourth

Fridays of each month. GAMMA
also also offers additional meetings
in Northern Virginia and Frederick,
Md. 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Thomas
Episcopal Church, 1772 Church St.
NW. For more information, visit


adults in Montgomery County offers
a safe space to explore coming out
and issues of identity. 10-11:30 a.m.
16220 S. Frederick Rd., Suite 512,
Gaithersburg, Md. For more information, visit
Whitman-Walker Health and the
Cancer Support Community host
a workshop, YOUR IMMUNE


TREATMENT as part of their free

Frankly Speaking About Cancer

series. Led by George Washington
Cancer Centers Eduardo Sotomayor.
Lunch will be provided. 1-3 p.m. 1525
14th St. NW, Conference Room 6A.
For more information or to register,
contact Jacquetta Brooks, jbrooks@


social discussion and activity group for

LBT women, meets at The DC Center
on the second and fourth Fridays of
each month. Group social activity to
follow the meeting. 8-9:30 p.m. 2000
14th St. NW, Suite 105. For more
information, visit


free, rapid HIV testing. Appointment

needed. 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 700.


affirming social group for ages 11-24.

4-6 p.m. 1419 Columbia Road NW.
Contact Tamara, 202-319-0422,


a social atmosphere for GLBT and
questioning youth, featuring dance
parties, vogue nights, movies and
games. More info, catherine.chu@


FREE HIV TESTING, courtesy of The
DC Center and Whitman-Walkers
mobile testing unit, will be offered
during Youth Pride. 12-5 p.m. Dupont
Circle NW (near intersection of 19th
and P Streets NW). For more information, visit
The DC Center hosts a gathering
COMMUNITY. Join them for a special afternoon to hear the stories of
Asian-American and South Asian
parents and their journeys toward
acceptance of their LGBT children.
1-3:30 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite
105. For more information, visit

YOUTH PRIDE annual celebration

kicks off in Dupont Circle. Designed

for LGBT people aged 24 and under,
this event will feature games, performances, speakers and booths
featuring various LGBT resources or
community groups. 12-5 p.m. Dupont
Circle NW (near intersection of 19th
and P Streets NW). For more information, visit

HEALTH offers free HIV testing, 9-5

p.m., and HIV services (by appointment). 202-291-4707 or

BRAZILIAN GLBT GROUP, including others interested in Brazilian culture, meets. For location/time, email
session at Hains Point, 972 Ohio Dr.,
SW. 8:30-10 a.m. Visit


walking/social club welcomes all

levels for exercise in a fun and supportive environment, socializing
afterward. Meet 9:30 a.m., 23rd & P
Streets NW, for a walk; or 10 a.m. for
fun run.

unteer organization, volunteers today

for DC Central Kitchen. To participate, visit

BETHEL CHURCH-DC progressive
and radically inclusive church holds
services at 11:30 a.m. 2217 Minnesota
Ave. SE. 202-248-1895,
CHURCH OF CHRIST welcomes all
to 10:30 a.m. service, 945 G St. NW. or 202-628-4317.


welcomes GLBT community for worship. 10:30 a.m., 6130 Old Telegraph
Road, Alexandria.


GROUP for gay men living in the DC

metro area. This group will be meeting once a month. For information on
location and time, visit


CHRIST for an inclusive, loving and

progressive faith community every

Sunday. 11 a.m. 1701 11th Street NW,
near R in Shaw/Logan neighborhood.

services at 11 a.m., led by Rev. Emma
Chattin. Childrens Sunday School, 11
a.m. 10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax.


CHURCH, inclusive church with

GLBT fellowship, offers gospel worship, 8:30 a.m., and traditional worship, 11 a.m. 5 Thomas Circle NW.


INCARNATION, an interracial,

multi-ethnic Christian Community

offers services in English, 8 a.m. and
10:30 a.m., and in Spanish at 5:15 p.m.
1525 Newton St. NW. 202-232-0900,

you can listen
to any story at
just look for the
speak button


invites LGBTQ families and individuals of all creeds and cultures to join
the church. Services 9:15 and 11:15
a.m. 10309 New Hampshire Ave.

CENTER FAITH, a program of The

DC Center, hosts a meeting for the

LGBT community and their religious
allies. 7:30-9 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW,
Suite 105. For more information, visit


practice, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Garrison

Elementary, 1200 S St. NW.

GETEQUAL meets 6:30-8 p.m. at

Quaker House, 2111 Florida Ave. NW.
THE DC CENTER hosts Coffee DropIn for the Senior LGBT Community.
10 a.m.-noon. 2000 14th St. NW. 202682-2245,
US HELPING US hosts a black gay
mens evening affinity group. 3636
Georgia Ave. NW. 202-446-1100.
POLO TEAM practices 7-9 p.m.

Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van

Buren St. NW. Newcomers with at
least basic swimming ability always
welcome. Tom, 703-299-0504,,

CENTER BI, a group of The DC

Center, hosts a monthly roundtable

discussion around issues of bisexuality. 7-8 p.m. 2000 14th St. NW, Suite
105. For more information, visit
Join Human Rights First as they
commemorate the INTERNATIONAL



from Jamaica and Ukraine will speak

about recent successes and ongoing
challenges facing LGBT people in
their communities. 6-8 p.m. Rayburn
House Office Building. Independence
Ave. SW between S. Capitol and First
Streets. For more information and to
RSVP, visit
The DC Center hosts a GWU
BROWN BAG LUNCH. 12-1 p.m.
2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105. For
more information, contact Brant
Miller at


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ASIANS AND FRIENDS weekly dinner
in Dupont/Logan Circle area, 6:30 p.m.,


practice session at Takoma Aquatic

Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW. 7:30-9



testing and STI screening and treatment every Tuesday. 5-6:30 p.m.
Rainbow Tuesday LGBT Clinic,
Alexandria Health Department, 4480
King St. 703-746-4986 or text 571-2149617.

focused meeting every Tuesday, 7
p.m. St. Georges Episcopal Church,
915 Oakland Ave., Arlington, just
steps from Virginia Square Metro. For
more info. call Dick, 703-521-1999.
Handicapped accessible. Newcomers

BOOKMEN DC, an informal mens
gay-literature group, discusses Our
Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian
and Gay Writing from the Antilles,
edited by Thomas Glave. 7:30 p.m. DC
Center, 2000 14th St. NW, Suite 105.
All are welcome. bookmendc.blogspot.
GAMMA, a confidential support

group for men who are gay, bisexual,

questioning and who are married or
involved with a woman, mets on the
third Wednesday of each month in
Virginia. This months meeting is at
a private residence in Sterling. 6:308:30 p.m. For more information, visit or
Iona Senior Services offers a seminar on UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC


COMMUNITY. 3:30-5:30 p.m. 4125

Albemarle St. NW. For more information, visit


BRIDGE CLUB meets for Social

Bridge. 7:30 p.m. Dignity Center,

721 8th St SE (across from Marine
Barracks). No reservations and partner needed. All welcome. 301-345-1571
for more information.



meets on the third Wednesday of each

month at The Womens Collective.
Light refreshments served. 5:30-7 p.m.
1331 Rhode Island Ave. NE. For more
information, 202-483-7003. l


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YOUNG and Proud

How Youth Pride

Day got its start
and why
its here to stay
by Doug Rule
Photos from the M
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Wed like to do more to help LGBT youth, says Chris
Dyer. What can we do?
It was a fundraising effort more than two decades
ago to keep SMYAL afloat that got Dyer fired up, realizing there were unmet needs in the community, both
for youth and those who wanted to help youth, prompting
the longtime D.C. community activist to start the Youth Pride
Alliance. Dyer identifies three reasons for creating the organizations annual Youth Pride Day event back in 1997, modeled
after an earlier LGBT youth march in Boston. One, to provide
a safe space for kids to come together and have a day. Two,
to raise awareness of LGBT youth issues in the media. And

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three, community organizing

activity for other LGBT organizations. Back then, there
was no DC Center providing
ongoing, regular support, and
Capital Pride didnt have a
youth component.
Dyer knew he was on to
something when over 900
people showed up that first
year, even with minimal promotion. His concept was
further validated the following year. It was rainy, it

was drizzly, our generator

broke, and we had an hour
and a half delay, he says.
But people still showed up
in droves. And they keep
coming back year after year,
several thousand strong.
Seeing it grow and seeing more youth get involved,
thats the part that keeps me
doing it every year, says
Youth Pride Alliance Board
President Nikisha Carpenter,
who has served for several

years at the helm of Youth

Pride Day.
LGBT youth are still
struggling with getting jobs,
still struggling with getting
housing, and people are still
struggling to come out at
home, Carpenter says.
Adds Dyer: When we first
started, we had a fact sheet
that we had gotten from various surveys showing that the
outcomes for LGBT youth
werent really good. And if

you run those same numbers 20 years later, the same

problems exist: LGBT youth
face homelessness, bullying,
higher rates of suicide and
suicidal ideation.
The difference between
then and now, says Dyer, is
a stronger sense of community for LGBT young people
including a richer network
of support from SMYAL, the
Youth Pride Alliance, the
DC Center, and two LGBT
youth homeless shelters in
the District T.H.E. Wanda
Alston House and Casa
Ruby. Youth Pride Day has
also helped to showcase role
models for the community by
featuring more youth emcees
as well as enlisting celebrity
attendees, from Olympic gold
medalist Rudy Galindo as the
events very first keynote
speaker, to pioneering transgender activist and federal
researcher Jessica Xavier, to
young transgender activist
Sarah McBride of the Center
for American Progress. And
then there was the year of
the late gay giant. Frank
Kameny on stage in Dupont
and everyone screaming
Gay is Good is a particular
highlight for Carpenter.
Even if we gain further
acceptance and make greater
progress tackling the communitys problems, Dyer still
thinks Youth Pride Day is
likely to be needed 20 years
from now. There will always
be something magical about
coming together as a group
for one day, he says.
His comments are echoed
by one of Carpenters associates. Rain or shine but
hopefully shine Sarah
Blazucki expects the event
to do well this year and for
many years to come.
I hope that its less of
a need per se, Blazucki
says, and more of just
a safe space for youth to
come out and celebrate who
they are. l

Youth Pride Day is Saturday, May 14, from noon to 5 p.m. in Dupont Circle.
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Dupont C ay 14th
Noon to
5 p.m.

Vendor Booths
and Tables


B Steady
Laronica Vegas
DC Department of Health
DC area Transmasculine Society
MR/Miss Mpodrate! 2016
DC Library
Councilmember David Grosso
Private Tails
DC Office of Human Rights
Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton
DC Police LGBT
Rico Killens
DC Public Schools
Chuck Goldfarb/ Rainbow History
Mike Thomas
DC Trans Coalition
DC Office of Human Rights
Yanni Supreme
Dignity Washington
Sheldon Scott / Youth Pride Alliance
Prince Riot
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Sheila A. Reid / GLBT Affairs Office, DC
Peace Jah
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, MPD
Julio O
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington
The Trevor Project
DJ Stud Phame
GMU Pride
The DC Center
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GW University
Youth testimonials throughout the day
Howard University
Human Rights Campaign
Identity Inc.
La Clinica del Pueblo
Latin American Youth Center
Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Metro Weekly
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
DC of State Superintendent of Education
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays DC
Real Talk DC
P.G County Public Schools
Rainbow History Project
Rainbow Youth Alliance
DC Department of Health
Real Talk DC
La Clinica del Pueblo
Riverside Baptist Church
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
Capital Pride
Team DC
Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs
The DC Center
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The Trevor Project
DC Office of Human Rights
Transgender Health Empowerment
Whitman Walker Health
Youth Advisory Committee
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
Youth Pride Alliance
National Center for Lesbian Rights




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OR GAVIN GRIMM TO COME OUT AS TRANSGENder, the Internet was key.

I dont know where Id be without it, he says.
People love to demonize it, but its got innumerable

The Internet provided a portal to possibility, helping Grimm
realize that the female body he was assigned at birth was conflicting with his true identity. It was a feeling that had existed
since he was young, but Grimm had never had the language to
express it until he saw anime cosplayer twinfools transition
from female to male.
It was so magical to me, Grimm says. It was the first time
Id seen anything represented in media, or in my life whatsoever,
that suggested that people could change gender. And I saw the
video and thought, This is an option.
The experience was liberating. As a child growing up in rural
Gloucester County, Va., Grimm struggled to fit in, never quite
adhering to peoples expectations of how he should behave. He
mostly hung out with boys and preferred masculine activities,
but had a hard time making friends, and there were periods
where he was very isolated. During those lonely times, he found
an outlet in the game Pokmon, which he also credits with helping find his identity.
Its a role-playing game, so I could play as one of two players,
male or female. From the start, I dont think Ive had a copy of
the game where I wasnt playing as the boy character, Grimm
says. Early on, I rationalized it: Oh, it looks cooler.
That was a bridge to self-expression, because when wed
go to the store, there werent any Pokmon shirts in the girls
section, he continues. So Id be like, I want to go over here.
They have Pokmon shirts. Ill just get one or two. And then,
very gradually, that evolved to me just going straight to the boys
section. I wouldnt even entertain the thought of going to the
girls section.
Initially raised Southern Baptist, the now-atheist Grimm
struggled with a long, arduous coming out process, both to himself and, later, to his family. He first told a trusted aunt, and then
his mother, who told him she loved him, but also wanted him

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to keep it a secret from the rest of the family. Things eventually

came to a head on Grimms 15th birthday.
I had been, the night before, absolutely catatonic with grief,
because I knew that I was going to wake up the next day and I
was going to be the birthday girl, Grimm says. And I thought I
just wanted that part of my life to be over. I didnt think I would
be able to make it through another one of those birthdays, and
actually, I dont think I would have.
So the next morning, I woke up crying, and just feeling dead.
I stumble down the stairs, and I look at the birthday cake, and
its addressed to me and my [twin] brother. And the cake says
the wrong name. And I was like, You couldnt even have left the
names off? You couldnt even have done that for me? I got upset
and we fought.
Grimm returned to his room, sobbing, when his mother
called him downstairs an hour later.
I hobbled downstairs, after quite a bit of prompting, because
I just didnt have it in my bones to move, and she had wiped off
the wrong name on the cake, and written Gavin with expired
green gel icing from the deepest recesses of our cabinets, he
says. But it was the best thing Id ever seen in my life.
At the beginning of his sophomore year, Grimm informed
administrators at Gloucester High School of his transition,
armed with a note from a licensed doctor diagnosing him with
gender dysphoria. After a couple of weeks and very little negative reaction, Grimm asked to use the boys restroom. The school
approved his request, and he used it without incident until
an anonymous complaint from a member of the community.
It brought the issue to the attention of the Gloucester County
School Board, which placed Grimm at the top of its meeting
agenda. At the meeting, community members railed against
Grimm using the boys restroom. One speaker even compared
him to a dog that urinates on a fire hydrant. It was kind of
strange, because Id had no funny looks, says Grimm. Nobody
had spoken to me in the restroom. I had no altercation of any
kind whatsoever in those restrooms. I had just used the bathroom like any other person. I used it, and I left.
The board later voted 6-1 to institute a policy in which Grimm
was barred from the boys restroom. In addition, he and any
other transgender student would be afforded the chance to use
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four old broom closets that had been hastily configured into unisex bathrooms. And unlike what school board members claimed,
all of the bathrooms were unusable for four or five school days
after the vote. Grimm refused to use them, instead opting for the
bathroom in the nurses office.
With the help of lawyers from the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU), Grimm sued the Gloucester County School
Board. His lawsuit claimed the school had violated Title IX and
the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Although a
federal judge threw out part of his lawsuit and refused to grant
Grimm an injunction to use the boys restroom, it was eventually
fully restored by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which
ruled that lower courts should consider Title IXs protections
against sex discrimination to apply to transgender students.
Part of me was relieved, because it felt like things were
finally coming to a close, that these two years of my life were
finally coming to the head that Id been waiting for from the very
start of it, Grimm says of the 4th Circuits decision. My life has
essentially stopped because of this. Everything I do now is with
regards to whats going on now. When I make doctors appointments, I have to make sure I dont have any legal anything Ive
got to do, or any interviews, or whatever. It consumed my life,
and still is consuming my life.
While Grimms lawsuit must still be decided on its merits,
the 4th Circuits decision represented a major victory for both
Grimm and the larger transgender community. And, if the courts
decide that Gloucester Countys restroom policy is unconstitutional, it could have far-reaching ramifications, including affecting anti-trans laws in other states. The possibility of having a
positive impact or a chance to make others lives easier means a
great deal to Grimm.
I know what Ive been through, and I wouldnt wish it on my
worst enemy, says Grimm, who, on the advice of his laywers,
was not permitted to discuss the lawsuit in detail. I genuinely
cant think of a single person I would want to go through this.
That I have the opportunity to ensure that, hopefully, fewer kids
or anybody will have to go through this in the future, makes
me feel good about what Ive done. Because this isnt something
anyone deserves to face.
METRO WEEKLY: Tell me about your family.
GAVIN GRIMM: I live with my twin brother, and my mom and dad.

I have an older sister by my mom, and two older half-sisters by

my dad.
MW: What do you like to do for fun?
GRIMM: I like to go places anywhere I just like to be out and
about. I just got back at two in the morning from Lunatic Luau,
which was a blast. It was a concert, with bands like Ghost and
Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch, and other bands like
MW: Were you interested in sports as a child?
GRIMM: Yeah, as a kid, my brother and I both did T-ball with
Parks and Rec. But then we got older, he went on to baseball,
and my only option was softball. I absolutely refused to be on
a female team. I was not at all comfortable with that. And the
other thing, I didnt want to play softball, I wanted to play baseball. I saw softball as discount-store baseball, and I didnt want
anything to do with it.
MW: When did you first realize that you identified as a boy?
GRIMM: It wasnt in my vocabulary for a very long time. I recognized the feeling, and had I had the words to express it, I
probably would have been expressing it as early as age five. Or
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a kid was that I would frequently insist that I was the same as
my twin brother. That was my wording: Im the same as him,
Im the same as him! And there was a very long period of time
where I wasnt cognizant of the differences in our sexes. I just
thought we were the same. I knew people treated us differently,
but I knew that I was like him. And people just took it to mean,
Youre a tomboy, or whatever. I knew that it wasnt what I was
getting at, but I didnt know how to more correctly articulate
what I was feeling.
MW: When you were younger, did you generally gravitate towards
boy things or traditionally masculine activities?
GRIMM: By and large, the activities I chose involved me spending
my time out in the woods. I was climbing trees, or messing with
bugs or snakes that probably should have been left alone. Or I
would play Army. I can remember many fights I had with my
brother, because he wanted to make me the medic, because I
was the only girl there. And I was like, Absolutely not. Im not
being the medic. Ill shoot you with my fake gun and now youre
dead. Those kind of kid squabbles, but it was something important to me. Like, I dont know why youre asking me to be the
medic, because theres nothing about me that would imply that
I should be. So I did gravitate more towards masculine things.
The other thing is, my grandmother used to make my clothes
when I was a lot younger. And so I had very specific rules for
what clothing she could make. It was: no frills, no sparkles, no
sequins, no pink, later on, no purple, just nothing overtly feminine. Those were my solid rules. If she made it, I wouldnt wear
it. Or Id wear it once or twice to be grateful, and then, itd go to
the back of my closet to rot there.
MW: When did you begin presenting fully as a boy?
GRIMM: I was dressing 100 percent male, barring when I was
forced to do otherwise, since I was 11 or 12. My mother was
still pushing for feminine clothing it was mostly T-shirts,
but anything beyond that was fairly androgynous. Even at that
time, I can remember very vividly, I still had long hair, and the
clothing I was wearing wasnt from the boys section, and wasnt
overly feminine, but was clearly from the girls section. And
some younger kids, like first- or second-graders, asked me if I
was a boy or girl. Even though appearance-wise, I was feminine,
I guess my mannerisms werent.
MW: Were you ever bullied or teased about that?
GRIMM: I was bullied and teased a lot. I dont know that Ive been

specifically called out for having primarily male friends, and

activities, or anything like that. But I did get called a weirdo
daily. And Im sure that had something to do with it, because I
wasnt socializing with the other girls, and I wasnt interacting
with them as my peers thought I should, because I was a girl, or
at least occupying that social role at the time. I think people just
didnt know how to deal with me.
MW: Did you ever get comments from adults about not socializing
with girls or anything like that?
GRIMM: I remember teachers would encourage me to do more
typically feminine things. I used to read a lot, and I would go to
the library looking for a book, and so many times, people would
say, Oh, weve got the girls section over here, and this book is
about little Sally who picks flowers for her mom. And Id be
like, Im not interested. I want a book thats adventure. I liked
the Magic Treehouse books, because they were historical. And
theyd be like, But what about this book about Junie B. Jones?
It was really frustrating, because instead of listening to what my
interests were, they tried to shove me in a different direction.
MW: When did you finally come out as a boy?
GRIMM: It was a long process. One of biggest troubles I had
growing up was that I was raised religiously. And I was of the
opinion that it was a thought crime that would damn me to hell
for eternity, just to think outside of my assumed gender roles and
expectations. I realized I liked girls. It was out of the context of
Everybody thinks Im a girl, and I guess I am, so I guess that
makes me gay. And then it would be, I just thought that, and
now Im going to hell.
What happened was my mother cornered me. I had been
in a really depressive funk for the past month or so, and that
was manifesting as anger. I was lashing out and generally just
unpleasant to be around. She corners me in my room and says,
I know why youre acting this way. Youre a lesbian. Tell me.
And I was thinking, I either deny it and she gets mad at me, and
I get in trouble for being a crappy person for the past month, or I
say yes, and its my get-out-of-jail-free card, and then I can wear
whatever I want, and maybe shell stop telling me to shave my
legs. I thought it would work, but it didnt. It was a momentary
reprieve my mood upped a bit for a couple of weeks, and then
went back down. I didnt know what was going on, but I knew
that wasnt the fit. It wasnt the fix-all I expected it would be, and
there was just something still wrong.
There was a period in middle school where I told my best
friend. I said, What if I wasnt a girl? What if I was something
else? Because Id seen it online, and I was newly introduced to
the concept, and it was exciting to me. We would talk about it,
and he didnt really understand. He would move forward under
the assumption that it was a hypothetical. But wed go out, and
my hair was cut short, wearing male clothing, and at the time I
think I had also bought my first binder behind my parents back,
so I was also binding my chest as well. Id go out in public, and
people would gender me correctly, and hed correct them. And
I was too embarrassed to tell him, Dont do that. Theyd say,
Sorry, sir. Have a good day, sir. And hed say: Hes a girl.
Obviously, that was very upsetting to me, but he didnt know at
the time because I wasnt very clear about it. But as soon as I
came out, I told him firmly, This is my name. You have to use
it, exclusively male pronouns, he switched over immediately. I
dont think he messed up once. Hes been great about that ever
MW: When did you finally assert yourself?
GRIMM: I think it was toward the end of middle school or the
beginning of my freshman year in high school. But it was still a

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secret. He was the only person that knew until that point. And
then I implied it to all my friends. After Christmas break or
spring break, I didnt come back, because the anxiety and the
dysphoria and the depression was getting so bad that I couldnt
function in school. And then when I came back in the sophomore
year, I had fully transitioned over the summer.
MW: Did you ever see a therapist?
GRIMM: I had a therapist who was awful. Just god-awful. This
woman was not professional. I came out to her. First of all, the
struggle with religion was very prevalent in my life at the time
I was seeing her, and she refused to let me talk about it. She
was very, very obviously religiously biased, and when youre a
therapist, you cannot let that influence your care. It wasnt even
a Christian place. It was not religiously oriented at
all. She refused to let me speak. Shed stop me, and
say, You dont have to explain yourself, or say, I
get it. She wouldnt let me say it. I told her that I
was transgender, and she just absolutely would not
use correct gender pronouns. Shed tell me, Well,
since your mom doesnt know, I cant do that. And
Id say, Thats not on the books anywhere. I know
thats not a rule here. But she was not supportive at
all. At that point, I stopped seeing her. I just told my
mom I didnt like her. The next therapist I got was a
gender therapist.
MW: And did that person help you?
GRIMM: Yeah, I didnt need counseling at that point. I
didnt need counseling from her. What I needed was
a letter to say, Get this kid on hormones ASAP. And
thats what I got. My dysphoria was so bad at that
point and it varies from doctor to doctor, most will
see a kid a couple of times before writing a letter
but I got in there, and at the end of that first session,
she was writing the letter. Which was all I needed
from her. Because at that point, she was so far away
from us, we had to drive so far to find a gender
therapist, about an hour every time, to Richmond.
It wasnt feasible to see her for therapy when there are so many
people close by, but she was the closest one that would have
written any recommendation letter or anything like that, at the
time. So she was helpful in that respect.
MW: So by the time you entered your sophomore year, you were
identifying and presenting as male, and going to the school administrators and explaining your transition, correct?
MW: What was the initial reaction?
GRIMM: My principal was awesome. He was so supportive. I
went to him beforehand, and I told him, This is whats going
on, and Id like to make sure Im respected here, and to change
my records and everything. And he said, I assure you, in my
school, youre not going to get flak from teachers. And if any
bullying should occur, it will not continue to occur if you report
it. I didnt immediately ask to use the boys room, I actually
asked to use the nurses restroom, because I was very fearful
about how Id be received. No incidents whatsoever. I was not
received poorly at all. Well, I dont want to say not at all no
one really teased me or anything about it. I got some confusion,
but I mostly ignored that, and no one really called me names or
anything like that. Just staring and whispering and whatever,
but nothing to indicate to me that I should be scared to use the
restroom. And so I went to my principal and said, Can I use the
[boys] restroom? And he said, I dont really have a reason to
say no, so well say yes and see how it goes. Of course, it wasnt

just a unilateral decision, he talked to whoever was necessary.

And he came back and said, Feel free. And for a period of seven
weeks, that worked just fine.
MW: Who reported you?
GRIMM: The only thing Ive heard is that a member of the community complained that a girl was in the boys room. It wasnt
apparent if they were a parent or not.
The first school board meeting, we were not even informed
of, despite my being on the docket. We found out by chance
through a friend of my mothers, the night before. My mother
stayed up all night, creating this information packet about the
legality of things, and the mental health effects of barring a
transgender youth from the bathroom. Basically, reasons why

Its not like I woke up one day, cut my hair, and said, Im
going into the boys room. It was a long process. I had a medical
diagnosis. I had shown evidence of social transition for definitely
longer than a year. I had my parents behind me, saying, Hes
a boy. Heres the medical documentation. Hes about to be on
hormones, all that stuff. So it was very obvious that this had all
been done in a very medical context, which is how it should be.
No boy is going to be able to wake up, slap on a wig and a bow,
and say Im a girl. Thats not how it happens. Common sense
would be that someone has to have a diagnosis. Somebody would
obviously have to be socially transitioning for a while. And someone would probably have to be under the care of a therapist. And
no boy that wants to molest a girl is going to be able to get a let-

you should do the right thing. That got them to postpone the
vote until December. Not a single person spoke for me, except
for the people who came with me. I feel like, in our absence, they
would have just voted then and there.
MW: How many people spoke on your behalf at the second meeting?
GRIMM: Well, the people who came with me, again. And one or
two people spoke rather ambiguously. One or two spoke for me.
And then hordes of people spoke against me, all saying virtually
the same thing, including a security guard at my school, who
wouldnt you know it? was a pastor.
MW: What was their argument?
GRIMM: Were worried about your safety, from a couple of
them. The minority pretended to care about my safety. And then,
quite a few of them were like, If youre a girl in the bathroom
with boys, I know how I was when I was a young man. Which
is a rather disconcerting statement to make. So there was a lot
of Hell get raped, or, more specifically, I know that boys are
rapists, which is a really ludicrous, blanket statement to make.
It was painting all boys in the school as rapists. If youve got a
rapist in the school, youve got bigger problems. It was really
strange. The other arguments I heard were, The boys dont
want a girl in there. I have facial hair, so if theyre uncomfortable with someone like me in the restroom, theyve got deeperseated problems. And the other one was, What if a boy goes into
the girls room to molest women? Which is really stupid. It was
a slippery slope argument.

ter saying hes a girl. And furthermore, he wouldnt go through

being a social outcast by being assumed to be a transgender girl
in school, just so he can harass girls. Thats just not going to
And furthermore, should anybody do that, whether transgender or not, they go to jail. I guess people think that if youre transgender and do that, you get a get-out-of-jail-free card. Thats not
what happens. If a transgender person were to do that, theyd go
to jail, and not for being transgender, but for sexual misconduct,
or whatever they did. So basically, their arguments are nonsensical fear-mongering, which dont stand up to scrutiny.
MW: Have you received any unwanted attention locally, even since
the resolution by the school board?
GRIMM: Yeah, I have received unwanted attention. I got stopped
in Wal-Mart once, and Food Lion another time, and we went to
Kiptopeke for a vacation, and someone stopped me in a restaurant there. Theyve all been positive, in every public interaction.
And even last night, at the concert, it broke up and we were
standing in the remnants of the crowd, and a guy came up to me
and said, I know who you are. Take a selfie with me. And he
added me on Facebook. And he turned out to be a fine guy, but
you never know. Its very positive, but I also think, Oh, I just
wanted to go to Wal-Mart, or I just wanted to take a vacation.
Im glad theyre supportive, and its nice to know I have support in all corners, but I just dont want to think about it sometimes. And then, of course, I get some pretty nasty messages on

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Facebook from time to time.

MW: From kids or adults?
GRIMM: From adults. Ive never gotten one from a kid to date.
Those honestly tickle me. Ive never gotten one that hurts my
feelings, theyre so pitiful. And a lot of them just make me laugh.
MW: Are they local adults, or from other states?
GRIMM: I havent checked into that. I respond to whatever they
said, if I feel its worth a joke. And then I block them immediately, because I dont have any intention of having a back-and-forth
with these people. So I dont know if theyre local. When you
click on their profile and see where they live, I dont recall ever
seeing anyone local. Theyre from New Jersey, and Florida, and
Montreal. And I say it like theres a whole bunch of people. Ive
gotten about 15 or 20 negative messages, over a couple hundred
positive messages.
MW: What do they say, these adults?
GRIMM: Obviously, theres the religious aspect in general. My
Facebook is private aside from my profile icon and my header
image. And my header image is a quote from Epicurus, and it
says: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not
omnipotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he
neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? It basically
boils down to a bunch of contradictions that dont make sense,
so why believe in God. But it apparently is very inflammatory
to a lot of people, who already come to my page, I assume, to be
hateful. So they go to my page, and theyre already offended, and
they see that Im some heathen atop of heathen. And they get
so angry. So Ill get messages like, Who do you think you are,
denying God? And Ill say, Who do you think you are, thinking
some kid you dont even know cares? And then Ill block them.
I never call names. I dont insult these people. I dont care what
they say to me, Ill never do that. But sometimes you cant help

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being a little sarcastic.

I got one the other day that said, Youre a fucking homo asshole. He was so angry, he was so mad. [Laughs.] And I blocked
him. But that was funny. That one really got me laughing. Ill get
weird ones like that. But most of them boil down to my deity
doesnt like you, and I know this for some reason, because I
know what a deity thinks, or Hey, Im going to talk about your
genitals explicitly. Like, You have a vagina. Vagina, vagina,
you, your vagina. Wrong bathroom. Invasive, youre talking
about my genitals kind of stuff.
MW: How many supportive messages have you gotten?
GRIMM: Definitely in the hundreds. I try my hardest to reply to all
of them, but I get so many. And I feel so bad, because I appreciate
every single one of them. I feel like people go out of their way to
say something supportive to me, and try to make my situation
just a bit better. I just hope they dont take it personally that it
takes me so long to get back to them. But I do try my hardest to
get back to everyone eventually, even if thats eight months later.
MW: When we talk about Youth Pride, what is it that LGBT youth
have to be proud of nowadays?
GRIMM: I guess Im not the best person to ask that, because
Im not proud of being trans. I hate being trans. I would give
anything not to be trans. Its caused me so much pain, and I
will always, always have dysphoria, and I will always have to
consider my trans status as a part of my daily living. I can get
every surgery in the world, and I can still not father children.
And there are certain things that will never be how I imagine my
body to be, and function as it functions. So I dont have pride by
virtue of how I was born.
But I guess where my pride would lie is in having the courage to be myself. And with any other LGBT youth, to have the
courage to be themselves, and live authentically, in a world that
maybe isnt very kind to them. And having the courage to stand
up for others as well. Thats where the pride should lie. Not on a
situation they cant control, but how they handle that situation.
Pride should come from their actions in accepting themselves
and being able to be who they are.
MW: Recently, there was an ad put out by Trans United Fund,
showing the stories of parents of transgender children. Is that an
effective way to educate people on the issue?
GRIMM: I dont think Ive seen the ad. However, if its about what
its like to be the parent of a transgender child, and the decision
of what to do to help your kid, I think that can absolutely be
effective. Maybe if people saw these parents saying, This was
the best thing for my child. My child was suffering, and now
my child is happy. If they heard that narrative, and heard from
adults saying this is very real and the best way to help your kid
is to accept them and let them be who they are, maybe that can
change a lot of minds, and help a lot of future kids as well.
MW: What would your advice be to a younger person experiencing
gender dysphoria, who doesnt have the vocabulary yet to explain
GRIMM: I would say, first of all, be careful. Because if you express
these feelings to the wrong person, you could end up being a lot
more alone and a lot more scared than you were previously. I,
however, would also say that its normal, and that its nothing to
be ashamed of. Id also give them the word: transgender.
So when its safe, tell people. And if its not, just find little
things to do for yourself that can make you love yourself. l
If you are a transgender youth and are in need of resources, visit
the Trans Youth Equality Foundation at or
send an email to

MAY 12 - 19, 2016

Compiled by Doug Rule


Constellations Journey to


the West fails to be

about the destination

Celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and

Chad Wells will appear on the Main
Cooking Stage in a tent-covered setting on the edge of the Inner Harbor.
Samples will be available of over 100
international wine, spirits and beers
along with local and regional favorites. Bands Naked Nation, Junkyard
Saints and the Texas Chainsaw Horns
will perform. The festival kicks off
at 9:30 a.m. with the Charm City
Wine Run circling the Inner Harbor.
Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Free, with purchase of a drinking
glass, or $39 and $79 for VIP options;
the Run costs $49. Rash Field, 201
Key Highway, Baltimore. Call 800830-3976 or visit



crowning achievement in epic adaptation, The Arabian Nights. They followed by making a literal splash with Zimmermans Metamorphoses, and are now staging one of the
American directors first epics, one that ventures even farther afield Journey to the West.
Life, as they say, is about the journey, not the destination. And so it is here. There are a
number of reasons making Journey to the West (HHHHH) worth catching, but none of them
are about the story itself. After nearly three hours of a long and rambling story, your joy will
reside elsewhere.
The production starts off strong. A.J. Guban has designed an awe-inspiring set, this one
framed by a tipped wooden ring sturdy enough for the cast to walk on or swing from. Director
Allison Arkell Stockman has assembled a fine creative team to dazzle with sheer theatrical
spectacle, ultimately led by the vivid, creative lighting design of Colin K. Bills, whose work
consistently puts the right accent on Kendra Rais varied and whimsical costumes. Pauline
Grossmans choreography often evokes natural elements, from water to rough terrain. Tom
Teasley supplements the action with an appealingly subtle, exotic and mystical soundscape.
The show is subtitled The Tale of the Monkey King, with that role played with agility
and expressiveness by Dallas Tolentino. Yet nearly halfway through, the tale shifts gears to
focus on a monk, Tripitaka (Ashley Ivey), who, a quest with a ragtag group of eccentrics, seeks
spiritual enlightenment. Lilian Oben makes for a ravishing bodhisattva Guanyin, who steers
Tripitaka on his journey, supported by the mischievous Monkey King, a comically grotesque
Pig (Ryan Tumulty), and a fearsome River Monster (Michael Kevin Darnall). With 13 actors
filling the intimate Source Theatre stage, many doing quick-change work to play multiple characters, Journey to the West is an ensemble show through and through.
Several of the characterizations are so exaggerated for comic relief they become annoying
especially Tumultys pig grunts and porcine antics. And the show becomes bogged down as
it goes in a confusing garble of a story with too many subplots and asides. It all seems to get too
distracted by the journey, losing sight of the destination. Doug Rule
Journey to the West runs to May 22. At the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20
to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or visit

MAY 12, 2016


This Sunday, May, 15, the Bier

Baron Tavern, once known as the
Brickskeller, will become a Victorian
Molly House, celebrating all things
Oscar Wilde in a male burlesque
show organized by Chris Griffin aka
Lucrezia Blozia. Other boylesque
entertainers striving to put the
steamy in steampunk, the stoke in
Stoker and the dick in Dickens will be
Aaron Spaace, Nexus, James Fondle
and Baron Atomy. The boys will each
donate at least 10 percent of their
fees to Equality North Carolina to
fight the states recently passed antiLGBT HB2. Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m.
Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.
Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 dayof show. Call 202-293-1887 or visit



A night of Out-standing comedy

featuring transgender comedian Julia
Scotti and Kevin Meaney, a standup comic and actor from both TV
and Broadway rescheduled after
Snowzilla postponed the debut at
Amp by Strathmore. Friday, May 13,
at 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810
Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda.
Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 301-5815100 or visit


Two years after she won her first Tony

Award and gave her first professional
solo cabaret at the Kennedy Center,
Patina Miller returns to the area
this weekend to head Strathmores
annual Spring Gala. Though also

familiar from her work in film (The

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and
2) and TV (CBSs Madam Secretary),
Miller has really made her mark on
Broadway, including Sister Act and
the recent Tony-winning revival of
Pippin. Expect to hear songs from
those shows, plus gospel and pop
perhaps even a nod to the movie,
Beaches, which inspired Miller as a
little girl. The scene in the movie
where C.C. wants to go to New York
and be a Broadway star, that kind of
got me curious as to what New York
was and what Broadway was, Miller
told Metro Weekly in 2013. Saturday,
May 14, at 9 p.m. Music Center at
Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
North Bethesda. Tickets are $40 to
$85 and includes an After Party with
drinks, desserts and dancing. Call 301581-5100 or visit


This seasons Seeing Red Film Series

at the Hill Center, with hosts New
Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot
and movie critic Nell Minow, continues with 1947s Crossfire. Directed
by Edward Dmytryk, its based on a
novel about homophobia called The
Brick Foxhole. Its content was too hot
for Hollywood at the time, so the
focus was switched to anti-Semitism
instead, and the film earned Oscar
nominations for its screenwriter John
Paxton and stars Robert Ryan and
Gloria Grahame. It also earned the
distinction of being singled out by
conservative Congressional firebrands
as evidence of Hollywoods subversive
agenda. Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m.
Hill Center, Old Navy Hospital, 921
Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Call 202549-4172 or visit



Scott Tucker helps the full 190-member-strong Choral Arts Society of

Washington celebrate the American
musical specifically the output
of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with
Some Enchanted Evening. Renee
Fleming, American opera superstar
dubbed the peoples diva, and Norm
Lewis, the Tony-nominated Broadway
baritone (The Gershwins Porgy &
Bess) join to sing through the hits.
Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. Kennedy
Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $25
to $94. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


Although known for its dialogue-free,

movement-focused fare most notably its silent Shakespeare productions Virginias Synetic Theater
offers a rare show with dialogue,
an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas
follow-up to The Three Musketeers.
Husband-and-wife duo of director
Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili lead this
swashbuckling and high-pageantry
bombastic adventure, following hero
DArtagnan and the corrupt King

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Louis XIV. Now in previews. Opens

Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. To June
19. Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South
Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $15 to
$55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit



Artist-owned collective Touchstone

Gallery celebrates its 40th year with
a monthlong show, featuring mixedmedia works by 50 current and 40
former gallery artists. Also on tap is a
free champagne gala reception with
food provided by Acadiana Restaurant
and Brazilian music by guitarist Tom
Rohde and cavaquinho player Pablo
Regis de Oliveira. Anniversary Gala
is Friday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. Show is on exhibit through May
29. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York
Ave. NW Call 202-347-2787 or visit


Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and

choreographs a new production of
this old-fashioned musical, set during a sweltering Texas summer in the
mid-1950s and featuring a lively score
from the creators of The Fantasticks.
The focus is on a self-proclaimed rainmaker who promises to reverse fortunes in the drought-stricken town,
to say nothing of its leading spinster,
played by Tracy Lynn Olivera. Closes
Saturday, May 14. Fords Theatre, 511
10th St. NW. Tickets are $28 to $69.
Call 800-982-2787 or visit


Keegan Theatre takes on the late

Wendy Wassersteins angry, daring
play about a political woman, daughter
of a U.S. Senator, who gets caught up
in a scandal after being nominated to
a Cabinet post. Company co-director
Susan Marie Rhea plays the title role
in this production directed by Brandon
McCoy. To May 28. Keegan Theatre,
1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $35 to
$45. Call 703-892-0202 or visit


Over 20 American folk and spiritual songs factor into Frank Higgins
story inspired by the real-life discovery of Huddie Lead Belly Ledbetter
by folklorist John Lomax. Sandra
Holloway directs this MetroStage
production featuring Roz White as
Alberta Pearl Johnson and Teresa
Castracane as Susannah Mullally. To
May 29. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal
St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55. Call
800-494-8497 or visit



A one-of-a-kind performance loosely

based on the life of one of the founders of the Dada anti-art movement.
Pointless Theatre Companys latest
experimental, multi-disciplinary pup-


Unresolved Chord

Persistent Memory
Nima Veiseh utilizes his exceptional memory to produce thought-provoking art

to come of age and feel different from the norm.
Its quite often that we struggle to understand a lot of ourselves, Veiseh says.
We rely so much on the environment and the reference frames of others around us.
In Veisehs case, his struggle was with hyperthymesia, an extremely rare, advanced autobiographical memory condition. It allows him to remember every day of my life as if it were a
film. Now 31, Veiseh was 15 when he developed hyperthymesia, which affects about 50 people
in the world. From the moment he fell in love for the first time, Veiseh remembers everything
although it took another few years before he fully realized that his memory was far from typical. While the average memory half-life is about four to seven days, Veisehs is several decades.
His exceptional memory fueled Veisehs interest in becoming an artist. Imagine if you happen to remember every painting on every wall in every gallery you visited, he says. In a lot of
ways that was an accidental graduate degree in art. Veiseh has since formally studied art and
technology at MIT, Georgetown and Columbia universities, developing his own body of work
including the pieces of a new show TimeFrames organized by local presenter ArtSee. Logan
Circles Fathom Gallery will exhibit the show next Thursday, May 19.
Veiseh is touted as the only person in the world attempting to translate his perspective on
life and memory into art specifically, colorful, abstract mixed-media works created through
an extensive layering process. Its a core feature of his music-inspired series The Unresolved

pet theater piece explores art, love

and faith and contains puppet sexuality, profanity and violence. Closes
Saturday, May 14. Logan Fringe
Arts Spaces Trinidad Theatre, 1358
Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are $20 to
$25. Call 202-733-6321 or visit


SCENA Theatres Robert McNamara

directs the stage version of the historic American classic. The original
radio broadcast terrified America on
Halloween 1938, depicting giant green
Martians invading Earth in a series
of News bulletins portraying mass
destruction, military battles and vast
chaos. Opens in previews Thursday,
May 12, and Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m.

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Runs to May 28. Atlas Performing Arts

Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are
$20 to $40. Call 202-399-7993 or visit


Taffety Punk Theater Company,

whose tagline is We Will Rock You
and styles itself as a theatrical rock
band, presents Michael Milligans
retelling of the classic Greek myth,
exploring the failure of society to live
up to the promise of its visionaries
and the repercussions of that failure.
Marcus Kyd directs a large cast featuring company members Dan Crane and
Helen Hayes Award-winner Kimberly
Gilbert and James Flanagan in the
title role, with choreography by Kelly
King. To May 28. Capitol Hill Arts
Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Tickets are


Chord. Each one of these layers

is actually 20 layers of paint,
Veiseh says. But each layer
which is composed of either a
texture or a color combination
only goes partially around
the canvas, and then it stops.
And then another layer starts,
and your brain creates this continuity that evolves into this
movement around the canvas.
Veisehs intentional asymmetry
emulates an unresolved chord
in music, something he hopes
compels viewers to linger over
the work, studying it in further
detail to try and make sense of it.
Though engaged in the practice for years, Veisehs inspiration as an artist has only gotten
stronger since coming out publicly as having hyperthymesia.
Ive probably learned as much
about myself and my own art
in the last few months, because
people are asking me questions
that I would have never thought
to ask myself, he says. And Ive
been channeling that introspection and evolution of understanding back into my art creating pieces that are not only
reflective of my evolving understanding of myself, but help
people to think differently and
more deeply about themselves
and their relationship with their
memories and the world around
them. Doug Rule
TimeFrames featuring Nima Veiseh
on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m.
to 10 p.m., at Fathom Gallery, 1333
14th St. NW. Call 202-588-8100 or

$15. Call 202-547-6839 or visit


Theater J presents the regional premiere of Dan OBriens breathtakingly provocative drama, based on a
true story, about the friendship that
develops between a playwright and a
photographer and traverses Rwanda,
Afghanistan and the Canadian Arctic.
Jose Carrasquillo directs a production
featuring Eric Hissom and Thomas
Keegan. Pride Night is Thursday,
May 12, at 7:30 p.m. Runs to May
22. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman
Theater, Washington, D.C.s Jewish
Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
Call 202-777-3210 or visit


A three-year-old D.C.-based playwriting collective, and one of this

years Helen Hayes Award winners
as Outstanding Emerging Theatre
Company, the Welders offers its latest
production, an immersive, participatory performance play written and
performed by Gwydion Suilebhan.
Devised for a small audience of 20
people, all seated in 1930s armchairs
clustered around period radios,
Transmission focuses on the viral evolution of culture, from the radio age to
the present day. Touted as part-jazz,
part-science lecture and part-ritual
invocation, the show investigates
what it means to be inundated in our
always-connected, always-sharing
culture, which demands skepticism
and inquisitiveness. To May 28. Atlas


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Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-3997993 or visit


Live at 10th and G presents the third

concert of the season by this local
ensemble. Patterns and Lines is a
multimedia composition celebrating
the work of world-traveling photographers Judy and Wayne Guenther,
with poetry by Roberto Ifill and music
by Andrew Earle Simpson. Also on the
bill are works by Samuel Barber and
John Corigliano. Saturday, May 14, at
7:30 p.m. Live! at 10th and G, 945 G
ST. NW. Tickets are $35, or $45 for
premium seating. Call 202-628-4317
or visit


The Washington Post has called this

12-piece band a storming powerhouse
of big-band African funk... smart, tight
and relentlessly driving. Chopteeth
has already won a number of
Washington Area Music Association
Awards otherwise known as
Wammies, including the Artist of
the Year accolade in 2008. And now
the Afrobeat-driven group returns to
Strathmores cabaret venue. Saturday,
May 14, at 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore,
11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda.
Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 301-5815100 or visit



Now in its 21st edition, this festival,

named after the pioneering female
jazz pianist/composer, features two
evenings of performances by some of
contemporary jazzs leading women,
hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater. Friday
night, May 13, offers a unique staged
concert presentation of A Conversation
with Mary Lou Williams, directed by
actor S. Epatha Merkerson with a script
by Farah Jasmine Griffin and featuring pianist Geri Allen, vocalist Carmen
Lundy, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Kassa Overall. Saturday night, May
14, features performances by: Allison
Millers Boom Tic Boom, a band led
by namesake D.C.-native drummer
with pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk
Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and
bassist Todd Sickafoose; Jane Bunnett
and Maqueque, a Cuban-steeped jazz
group led by Canadian saxophonist/
flutist and five Cuban women; and
Terri Lyne Carrington, a drummer
who leads a band including hitmaking
pop/jazz vocalist Oleta Adams, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Tia
Fuller, pianist Amy Bellamy and flutist
Elena Pinderhughes. Friday, May 13, to
Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Kennedy
Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are
$38 to $45. Call 202-467-4600 or visit


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A transgender punk-rapper, inspired

by riot grrrl and queercore, Mykki
Blanco has released a couple of
mixtapes in the past few years. She
has also partnered with the record
label !K7 to launch her own imprint,
Dogfood Music Group, intended for
other underground artists who transcend conventional cultural boundaries/constructs. The 9:30 Club presents her concert at U Street Music
Hall as part of a tour in support of
last years debut full-length album,
Michael. Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m.
U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW.
Tickets are $15. Call 202-588-1880 or


Widely renowned, eclectic American

pianist Simone Dinnerstein closes
out the season of shows presented
by Washington Performing Arts with
a recital of works by her favorite
composer Franz Schubert, plus selections from Metamorphoses by Philip
Glass. Glass has called Dinnerstein
one of the most exciting interpreters of music from the Baroque to the
very modern. Sunday, May 22, at 4
p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301
Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.
Tickets are $50 to $90. Call 301-5815100 or visit


Known for dance works with spellbinding choreography and led by

husband-and-wife duo Enoch Chan
and Kimmie Dobbs Chan, Deviated
Theatre perform a few fan favorite
pieces as well as new works in development. The performance will include
a guest appearance by DancEthos.
Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. Cultural
Arts Center at Montgomery Colleges
Silver Spring campus, 7995 Georgia
Ave., Silver Spring. Tickets are $25.
Call 301-362-6525 or visit



As his parting gift, the Washington

Ballets outgoing artistic director
Septime Webre devised a program
celebrating two late rock giants,
David Bowie and Freddie Mercury,
and featuring works by two noted
gay choreographers Edwaard
Liang and Trey McIntyre. Liangs
Dancing In The Streets includes a few
of Bowies songs threaded together
by an original composition from
Gabriel Gaffney Smith, featuring
electric violin and electric cello, performed live by Machiko Ozawa. By
contrast, McIntyres Mercury HalfLife is epic and high-energy and was
itself inspired by contrasts, including the fact that Queens songs are
rock anthems that can move sports
arenas and yet Mercury was gay
and flamboyant. Those two things,
especially in the time period, didnt

seem congruent to me, McIntyre tells

Metro Weekly. Its particularly poignant with Freddie Mercury, how that
music still resonates today. And yet,
he adds, There could have been so
much more. Remaining performances are Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May
15, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Kennedy
Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets
are $32.25 to $130. Call 202-467-4600
or visit


Touted as a rising star on the San

Francisco scene, this lesbian comic
offers a sarcastic, snarky smart
bomb of comedy funk straight from
the 80s. Thursday, May 12, at 9
p.m., Friday, May 13, at 9 p.m. and
11 p.m., and Saturday, May 14, at 7
p.m. Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th
St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-7506411 or visit



Partly in cooperation with official

Baltimore boosters, the nonprofit
Made: In America offers a celebration of American Treasures centered on the Carroll Mansion, named
after 18th-century Maryland patriot
and Baltimore entrepreneur Charles
Carroll III. Over the next two months,
the Mansion is open for tours and
hosts design competitions and culinary
Baltimores role in shaping various
aspects of American culture and commerce, with an emphasis on furniture,
textile, tableware and fashion design.
Now to July 12. Carroll Mansion, 800
E. Lombard St. Baltimore. Tickets are
$15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Call 410-605-2964 or visit


The Bethesda Urban Partnership and

the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment
District present the 13th annual
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a two-day
event highlighting more than 120 contemporary artists from across North
America selling original fine art and
craft. Paintings, photographs, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, mixed-media
works and more will be featured,
along with live entertainment, childrens activities and food from area
restaurants. Saturday, May 14, from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May
15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Woodmont
Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn and
Del Ray Avenues. Bethesda. Call 301215-6660 or visit


The man behind the former D.C. restaurant Gerards Place and now chef
at Malmaison on the Georgetown
Waterfront, Gerard Pangaud was the
youngest chef ever to receive a twostar Michelin rating (for his namesake
French restaurant prior to moving
to the U.S.). At the Hill Center on
Capitol Hill he offers another Art of
French Cooking class, predicated on
his approach in the kitchen emphasizing the creative and unique over the
rote and standard in other words,
winging it versus relying on a recipe.
For this class Pangaud demonstrates
how to make a bouillabaisse of monkfish Marseillaise, crispy sweetbread
with wild mushrooms and roasted
garlic sauce, and a tart crumble with
rhubarb and strawberries. Saturday,
May 14, at 11 a.m. Hill Center, Old Navy
Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
Cost is $85. Call 202-549-4172 or visit


Regie Cabico and Don Mike Mendozas

La-Ti-Do variety show is neither karaoke nor cabaret. The show features
higher-quality singing than most karaoke, often from local musical theater
actors performing on their night off.
Cabico and co-host Mendoza also
select storytellers who offer spokenword poetry and comedy. Held at
Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle, the
next La-Ti-Do event features local
musical theater actor Ian Anthony
Coleman, who has appeared recently in Arena Stages Oliver!, Keegan
Theatres American Idiot and Hair!
and Creative Cauldrons Once On
This Island. Coleman will be joined
by Karen Shantz, Katie Beth Hicks,
Jessica Jellish, Danielle McVey, Jon
Hamilton, Larry Grey, Faith Garber,
Kendra Keller, Kristina Shaw and the
Alexandria Singers, all accompanied
by pianist Bobby McCoy. Monday,
May 16, at 8 p.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727
Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15,
or $10 if you eat dinner at the restaurant beforehand. Call 202-328-1640 or



Nearly 40 extraordinary historic properties throughout Maryland are featured on this annual tour, now in its
79th year. The pilgrimage has raised
more than $1 million over its many
years for the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant
properties in the state. The tour showcases homes in stages by county, with
remaining stops in: Talbot County,
with eight grand and gracious homes,
including five waterfront estates on
the Eastern Shore, on Saturday, May
14; Baltimore County, with a focus
on the rarely accessed, late-18th century village of Monkton, on Sunday,
May 17; and Charles County, with
eight properties including a veterans
museum and three homes predating
the Revolutionary War, on Saturday,
May 28. Tickets are $30 in advance,
$35 day-of. Call 410-821-6933 or visit l


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THURS., 05.12.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm Multiple TVs
showing movies, shows,
sports Expanded craft beer
selection Music videos
featuring DJ Wess
Happy Hour: $6 Call Martini,
$3 Miller Lite, $4 Rail, $5
Call, 4-9pm $3 Rail Drinks,
10pm-midnight, $5 Red
Bull, Gatorade and Frozen
Virgin Drinks Locker Room
Thursday Nights DJs Sean
Morris and MadScience
Best Package Contest at
midnight, hosted by BaNaka
$200 Cash Prize Doors
open 10pm, 18+ $5 Cover
under 21 and free with college ID
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 5-8pm
Doors open at 5pm Happy
Hour, 5-8pm $2 Bud and
Bud Light Draughts, $3
Domestic Bottles, $4 Rail
and Import Bottle Beer, $6
Call Strip Down Thursdays
Happy Hour starts with
shirtless men drink free rail
and domestic, 5-8pm Men
in jocks drink free rail and
domestic, 10pm-12am DJ
Kudjo starts spinning, 9pm1am Highwaymen TNT
host Hot Jock Night Hot
Jock Contest at 11:30pm
cash and prizes for winner of
best jock No Cover 21+
Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
Karaoke, 8pm

All You Can Drink for $15,

Happy Hour, 4-9pm Ladies
Drink Free Power Hour,
4-5pm Shirtless Thursday,
10-11pm DJs BacK2bACk




MAY 12, 2016


The Sonic Transducers Rocky
Horror Picture Show at
The DC Eagle
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5-8pm $3 Rail Vodka

Highballs, $2 JR.s drafts,
8pm-close Flashback:
Music videos from 19752005 with DJ Jason Royce,
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
$2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm),
$4 (7-8pm) Buckets of
Beer $15 Drag Bingo
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm No Cover
Happy Hour, 4-7pm
Magician Danny Dubin,
3530 Georgia Ave. NW
Diverse group of all male, all
nude dancers Doors open
9pm Shows all night until
close, starting at 9pm $5
Domestic Beer, $6 Imports
$12 cover For Table
Reservations, 202-487-6646
Open 6pm Happy Hour all

night, $4 drinks and draughts

1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 5pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 5-10pm
Beer and wine only $4
All male, nude dancers
Shirtless Thursday DJ
9pm Cover 21+
FRI., 05.13.16
9 1/2
Open at 5pm Happy Hour:
2 for 1 on any drink, 5-9pm
Friday Night Videos with
resident DJ Shea Van Horn
VJ Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
All You Can Drink Happy
Hour $15 Rail and
Domestic, $21 Call &
Imports, 6-9pm Guys
Night Out Free Rail
Vodka, 11pm-Midnight, $6
Belvedere Vodka Drinks all
night DJ MadScience
upstairs DJ Keenan Orr

downstairs $10 cover

10pm-1am, $5 after 1am
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 5-8pm
Doors open at 5pm Happy
Hour, 5-8pm $2 Bud and
Bud Light Draughts, $3
Domestic Bottles, $4 Rail
and Import Bottle Beer, $6
Call Onyx on Club Bar
$2 Draughts and Jello Shots,
9pm-2am International
Mr. Leather Send-off
Fetish Friday Total Power
Exchange: Covered SIRs
Drink Free, 8-10pm No
Cover 21+
Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
Karaoke, 8pm
Happy Hour, 4-9pm $5
Smirnoff, all flavors, all
night long
Happy Hour: 2-for-1, 4-9pm
$2 Skyy Highballs and $2
Drafts, 10pm-midnight Pop

and Dance Music Videos

with DJ Darryl Strickland
$5 Coronas, $8 Vodka Red
Bulls, 9pm-close
DJ Matt Bailer Videos,
Dancing Beat the Clock
Happy Hour $2 (5-6pm),
$3 (6-7pm), $4 (7-8pm)
Buckets of Beer $15
Open 5pm Happy Hour: 2
for 1 on any drink, 5-9pm
No Cover
Happy Hour, 4-7pm Live
Band Karaoke featuring Top
40 and Musical Theatre,
9pm, Second Floor
Patio open 6pm DC Bear
Crue Happy Hour, 6-11pm
$3 Rail, $3 Draft, $3 Bud
Bottles Free Pizza, 7pm
No cover before 9:30pm
21+ Drag Show starts at
10:30pm Hosted by Lena
Lett and featuring Miss
Tatianna, Shi-Queeta-Lee,
Riley Knoxx and BaNaka
DJ Wess upstairs, DJs
BacK2bACk downstairs
GoGo Boys after 11pm

Doors open at 10pm For

those 21 and over, $10 For
those 18-20, $15 18+
1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 5pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 5-10pm
Beer and wine only $4
All male, nude dancers,
hosted by LaTroya Nicole
Ladies of Ziegfelds,
9pm Rotating Hosts
DJ in Secrets VJ Tre in
Ziegfelds Cover 21+
SAT., 05.14.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 3-9pm $5 Absolut
& Titos, $3 Miller Lite after
9pm Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
Music videos featuring various DJs
Drag Yourself to Brunch
at Level One, 11am-2pm
and 2-4pm Featuring
Kristina Kelly and the Ladies


of Illusion Bottomless
Mimosas and Bloody Marys
Happy Hour: $3 Miller
Lite, $4 Rail, $5 Call, 4-9pm
NYC Takes Over DC,
featuring DJ Steve Sidewalk
and DJ Mikey Mo, 10pmclose Doors open 10pm
$7 cover before midnight,
$10 cover after 21+
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 4-6pm
Doors open at 8pm Happy
Hour, 8-10pm $2 Bud
and Bud Light Draughts, $3
Domestic Bottles, $4 Rail
and Import Bottle Beer, $6
Call Highwaymen TNT on
Club Bar $2 Draughts
and Jello Shots, 9pm-2am
BootBlack: Girl Amelia on
duty, 9:30pm No Cover
21+ DCs Hottest Dance
Party until 8am 3rd Floor
Exile - $20 pre-sale/$25 at
door Visit
Drag Queen Broadway
Brunch, 10am-3pm
Starring Freddies Broadway

MAY 12, 2016


Babes Crazy Hour, 4-7pm

Freddies Follies Drag
Show, 8-10pm, hosted by
Miss Destiny B. Childs
No Cover
Happy Hour, 4-9pm $5
Bacardi, all flavors, all night
long JOX: The Green
Lantern Underwear Party,
9pm-close Featuring DJ
David Merrill $5 Cover
(includes clothes check)
$4 Coors, $5 Vodka
Highballs, $7 Vodka Red
Guest DJs Zing Zang
Bloody Marys, Nellie Beer,
House Rail Drinks and
Mimosas, $4, 11am-5pm
Buckets of Beer, $15
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 3-9pm Eurovision
Viewing Party, 3pm
Jawbreakers 2nd Year
Anniversary Party, 9:30pm
Featuring DJ Chord and DJ
Kelly $5 Absolut and $5
Bulleit Bourbon No Cover


MAY 12, 2016


Bottomless Mimosas, 10am3pm Happy Hour, 5-7pm
Patio open 2pm DC
Rawhides host Town &
Country: Two-Step, Line
Dancing, Waltz and West
Coast Swing, $5 Cover to
stay all night Doors open
6:30pm, Lessons 7-8pm,
Open dance 8-10:50pm
Dirty Pop with DJ Drew G
Music and videos with DJ
Wess downstairs Derrick
Barry of RuPauls Drag Race
performs in the Drag Show
Derrick Barry Meet and
Greet, 9pm $20 Cover for
Meet and Greet Tickets
available online at Flavorus.
com Drag Show starts at
10:30pm Hosted by Lena
Lett and featuring Miss
Tatianna, Shi-Queeta-Lee,
Riley Knoxx and BaNaka
Doors open 10pm $12
Cover 21+
1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 2pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 2-10pm
Beer and wine only $4

Men of Secrets, 9pm
Guest dancers Ladies
of Illusion with host Ella
Fitzgerald Doors at 9 p.m.,
first show at 11:30 p.m.
DJs Doors open 8pm
Cover 21+
SUN., 05.15.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 3-9pm Multiple TVs
showing movies, shows,
sports Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
$4 Stoli, Stoli flavors and
Miller Lite all day First
Lady Continental Pageant
Doors open 11pm 21+
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 2-6pm
Doors open at 12pm $2
Bud and Bud Light Draughts
all day and night, $3
Domestic Bottles, $4 Rail
and Import Bottle Beer, $6
Call Highwaymen TNT
Anniversary Cookout and

Buffet, 3-6pm David E. of

Images Male photo shoot,
2-5pm No Cover 21+
Champagne Brunch Buffet,
10am-3pm Crazy Hour,
4-7pm Karaoke, 8pm-1am
Happy Hour, 4-9pm
Mamas Trailer Park Karaoke
downstairs, 9:30pm-close
Sunday Funday Liquid
Brunch Doors open at
1pm $2 Coors Lights and
$3 Skyy (all flavors), all day
and night
Drag Brunch, hosted by
Shi-Queeta-Lee, 11am-3pm
$20 Brunch Buffet
House Rail Drinks, Zing Zang
Bloody Marys, Nellie Beer
and Mimosas, $4, 11amclose Buckets of Beer, $15
Pop Goes the World with
Wes Della Volla at 9:30pm
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 3-9pm No Cover


3530 Georgia Ave. NW
Diverse group of all male, all
nude dancers Doors open
9pm Shows all night until
close, starting at 9pm $5
Domestic Beer, $6 Imports
$12 cover For Table
Reservations, 202-487-6646
Bottomless Mimosas,
10am-3pm Sunday Funday
Karaoke, 2nd Floor, 3-7pm
Happy Hour, 5-7pm
Open 2pm Cornhole, Giant
Jenga, and Flip-cup
1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 2pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 2-10pm
Beer and wine only $4
All male, nude dancers
Decades of Dance DJ
Tim-e in Secrets Doors
9pm Cover 21+

MON., 05.16.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm Multiple TVs
showing movies, shows,
sports Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
4@4 Happy Hour, 4-7pm
$4 Small Plates, $4 Stella
Artois, $4 House Wines,
$4 Stolichnaya Cocktails,
$4 Manhattans and Vodka
Happy Hour: $2 Rail, $3
Miller Lite, $5 Call, 4-9pm
Monday Nights A Drag,
hosted by Kristina Kelly
Doors open at 10pm $3
Skyy Cocktails, $8 Skyy and
Red Bull $8 Long Islands
No Cover, 18+
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 5-8pm
Doors open at 5pm Happy
Hour, 5-8pm Free Pool
all day and night Endless
Happy Hour prices to anyone
in a DC Eagle T-Shirt $1

Bud and Bud Light Draughts,

$3 Domestic Bottles, $4 Rail
and Import Bottle Beer, $6
Call No Cover 21+
Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
Karaoke, 8pm
Happy Hour all night long
Puppy-Oke: Open Mic Night
Karaoke, 9:30pm-close
Happy Hour: 2-for-1, 4-9pm
Showtunes Songs &
Singalongs, 9pm-close
DJ James $3 Draft Pints,
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
$2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm),
$4 (7-8pm) Buckets of
Beer $15 Texas Holdem
Poker, 8pm Dart Boards
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm No Cover
Happy Hour, 4-7pm Trivia
w/Jeremy, 7:30pm

1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 5pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 5-10pm
Beer and wine only $4
TUES., 05.17.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm Multiple TVs
showing movies, shows,
sports Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
4@4 Happy Hour, 4-7pm
$4 Stella Artois, $4 House
Wines, $4 Stolichnaya
Cocktails, $4 Manhattans
and Vodka Martinis
DJ Honey Happy Hour:
$2 Rail, $3 Miller Lite, $5
Call, 4-9pm SIN Service
Industry Night, 10pm-close
$1 Rail Drinks all night
1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 5-8pm



Crazy Hour, 4-7pm
Karaoke, 8pm
Happy Hour all night long,
Birdie LaCage Show,
10:30pm Underground
(Indie Pop/Alt/Brit Rock),
9pm-close DJ Wes
Della Volla 2-for-1, 5pmmidnight
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
$2 (5-6pm), $3 (6-7pm),
$4 (7-8pm) Buckets of
Beer $15 Karaoke and
Drag Bingo
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm No Cover
Safe Word: A Gay Spelling
Bee, 8-11pm Prizes to the
top three spellers After
9pm, $3 Absolut, Bulleit
& Stella
Half Priced Burgers & Pizzas,
5pm-close $5 House
Wines & Sam Adams Drafts,

MAY 12, 2016


Open 6pm Yappy Hour
Bring Your Dogs $4 Drinks
and Draughts

1940 9th St. NW
Happy Hour, 5-8pm

1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 5pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 5-10pm
Beer and wine only $4


Crazy Hour, 4-7pm $6
Burgers Drag Bingo Night,
hosted by Ms. Regina Jozet
Adams, 8pm Bingo prizes
Karaoke, 10pm-1am

WED., 05.18.16
9 1/2
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm Multiple TVs
showing movies, shows,
sports Expanded craft beer
selection No Cover
Happy Hour: $2 Rail, $3
Miller Lite, $5 Call, 4-9pm
Wednesday Night Karaoke,
hosted by Miss India Larelle
Houston, 10pm-2am $4
Stoli and Stoli Flavors and
Miller Lite all night No
Cover 21+


MAY 12, 2016


Happy Hour all night long,
Buy 1, Get 1 Free, 4-9pm
Trivia with MC Jay Ray,
8pm The Feud: Drag
Trivia, hosted by BaNaka,
10-11pm, with a $200 prize
$2 JR.s Drafts and $4
Vodka ($2 with College ID or
JR.s Team Shirt)
SmartAss Trivia Night, 8pm
and 9pm Prizes include bar
tabs and tickets to shows at
the 9:30 Club $15 Buckets
of Beer for SmartAss Teams
only Bring a new team
member and each get a free
$10 Dinner

Happy Hour: 2 for 1 on any
drink, 5-9pm No Cover
Happy Hour, 4-7pm Piano
Bar Second Floor, 8pm-close
Open 6pm $4 drinks and
draughts, 5-9pm Nashville
Wednesdays: Pop-Country
music and line dancing, with
line dancing lessons from DC
Rawhides every other week
1410 14th St. NW
Doors open 5pm Huge
Happy Hour: Any drink
normally served in a cocktail
glass served in a huge glass
for the same price, 5-10pm
Beer and wine only $4
All male, nude dancers
Shirtless Night, 10-11pm,
12-12:30am Military
Night, no cover with military
ID DJ Don T. in Secrets
9pm Cover 21+ l


MAY 12, 2016


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Saturday, May 7
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MAY 12, 2016


Some of this is being financed by those who are

actively promoting pedophilia.
MAT STAVER, leader of Liberty Counsel and lawyer for Kim Davis, speaking on his Faith and Freedom radio show. Staver claims
that LGBT rights laws are being advanced and advocated by pedophiles, as by allowing transgender people to use the restroom
theyre most comfortable with, weve opened the door for every rapist and pedophile. He continued:
They have been identified, some of them that have been advocating this, as paedophiles.

There are numerous photos of naked young men

bending over after an apparent paddling.
An Arkansas JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE AND DISABILITY COMMISSION, in a report referencing photos taken by Judge Joseph Boeckmann
which allegedly prove that he offered lighter sentences to Caucasian male litigants in exchange for sexual favors.
Boeckmann has resigned from his role, after previously arguing that the photos were taken to
to corroborate participation in community service.

Me not defining it right now is the whole basis of what Im about.

If you dont get it, I dont have time for you.
KRISTEN STEWART, speaking with Variety about tabloid rumors that she has been dating women as well as men. When I was
dating a guy, I would never talk about my relationships to anyone. I feel the same way now. Im not hiding shit, she said.

Trans people can transition in private.

I have not had that luxury.
CAITLYN JENNER, in a Yahoo! interview with students from an LGBT alliance at a Brooklyn high school. The students criticized
Jenners perceived lack of activism for trans issues. I was a privileged white male, she responded.
I got very criticised for that in the trans community.

I think Trump is a dangerous demagogue and a racist and

itll be bad for queer people if he gets elected.
DAN SAVAGE, speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Savage also blasted those who criticize Hillary Clinton for not
supporting marriage equality sooner. [Dont] spend the rest of their lives going, Fuck you for not changing your mind sooner!
You say, Welcome to the right side of this issue, were glad to have you.


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