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The holiday season is upon us once again and we are confronted with the question of where we are going to spend our time.  This can be a stressful time for many of us. An article from the Gay and Lesbian Well-Being series in Psychology Today says “The reality for most families, especially those with an LGBT member, is not quite the same. We believe in the magic of the holidays and expect difficult or disapproving family members to (finally!) behave differently this time. When they don’t, it brings up unhealed hurts and points of ongoing battle”.  However, not all of us share this holiday experience. According to a nifty graph published in Out Travel, 59% of the gay and lesbian participants that traveled home during the holiday season had a positive experience. Some couples even shared a bed while visiting their families.

 

What is your experience? Do you go home for the holidays to see family or do you spend time with your “chosen” family? If you do go home, is it to an accepting, tolerant, or hostile environment? Is your partner invited into the household or are you forced to choose? Single guys: does your family ask about your dating life and/or expect you to settle down soon? While home do you use Grindr or other apps to meet up with people? What strategies do you use to diffuse/handle possibly negative situations with family members?

 

Please join in our discussion at the DC LGBT Center this Friday, December 5th at 8:30pm as we celebrate the holiday season. Continuing the holiday merriment, after the discussion has ended a group will walk to view the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn.

 

http://thenationaltree.org/

 

Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves DC government building (2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105 Washington, DC 20009). Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring a photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact a facilitator ahead of time by email or The DC Center’s Executive Director David Mariner.

 

This week’s facilitators are Taylor Monson and guest facilitator Robert Soriano!

Below are the two articles mentioned above:

 

http://www.outtraveler.com/features/2014/11/25/see-how-gays-travel-over-holidays-one-nifty-infographic?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gay-and-lesbian-well-being/201411/lgbt-and-heading-home-the-holidays

 

 

November 15th, Gay District’s Fifth Annual Thanksgiving PotLuck Dinner!

When: Friday, November 15th, – 8:30pm

Where: The DC Center – 2000 14th Street – Suite 105,  NW

It’s that time of year again, Ya’ll! The Holidays; So instead of having our regular weekly discussion, GAY DISTRICT has decided to have a nice family dinner and guess what? YOU’RE INVITED!!!

This will be our fifth go around for the Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner and we hope you’ll join us to make it as memorable as the last! Since this is a potluck dinner please bring a dish, beverage, or dessert. Feel free to coordinate with Justin to find out who’s bringing what AND whom! You can e-mail directly at JDavis1982@Gmail.Com, join our Facebook event and post on the wall of the event what you will bring along with your RSVP or E-mail us at GD@GayDistrict.ORg.  All additions to the meal are welcome and feel free to surprise and regale us with your culinary Charisma Uniqueness Nerve & Talent! We do encourage veggie or vegan dishes so all can feel welcome.

We hope to see you all there but if you can’t join us have a happy and safe holiday; we will see you soon!!!

04/19/2013 – “Can You…Feel A…Brand New DAY!” – New Beginnings

Hey Boys! 

I know it feels like it’s been FOREVER since we last met up but here we are…3rd Friday in the month so it’s time for our facilitated discussion! This week we will talk about beginnings and how being in a new place is an opportunity for a fresh start. Let’s talk about our experiences moving to DC or a new apartment home, new relationships, jobs etc.and what we’ve learned (or didn’t learn) from these experiences.  We also want to hear your thoughts about our new digs (The DC Center – 1318 U Street, NW) and all your ideas for topics, activities, and volunteer opportunities now that we’ve moved our location and are making changes to our format. 

Remember Boys, discussion starts at 8:30pm and our new home is The DC Center – 1318 U Street, NW. You’ll be able to spot us as the entrance with the rainbow ribbons!

See you out tonight! 

04/05/2013 – “Gay District: Re-Launch & Open Housewarming!”







What: Gay District Re-launch: Free Open Housewarming!

Where: The DC Center – 1318 U Street, NW

When: April 5th, 2013 7pm – 10pm

We will be hosting an Open Housewarming at the site of our new Friday night facilitated discussion, The DC Center! Located at, 1318 U Street, NW, The DC Center has been the home for resources to the LBGT community for many years and now they have opened their doors to us.  As we are welcomed to our new home please join us for light fare and beverages. We hope to have attendees of past and present show up in full force and in lieu of gifts ( microwaves and toaster ovens ) please bring your favorite memories to share and help us fill the night with laughter….and of course whatever donations you can offer!

See you there!

Limited Supply Bonus!: For all participants of the Re-Launch: Open Housewarming that donate $10+ you will receive a ticket (valued at $20) for the upcoming Dancers Night at Bender Arena hosted by People Of The Beat! If you enjoy dance of any sort from classical interpretive, modern, to crump, tap and freestyle you’ll love what People of the Beat are putting together! If you need an excuse to get out and move then join them for a night to remember!






 

12/14/2012: Home for the Holiday Traditions Mashup

The holidays are here, bringing lots of good cheer, parties, and libations! It also brings time with friends and family–for better and for worse.

Before we all travel home for the holidays, come out and share with Gay District what your plans are when home for the holidays and the traditions you share with your loved ones. Do you and your boyfriend travel to the respective families to give your tidings of good cheer? Do you and your close friends hang stockings above the fireplace, trim the tree, and welcome more friends (and old tricks!) over for the holiday party of the year?

What new traditions have you started since coming out and moving to DC? What new ones would you like to start?

We will chat all and more about the traditions we have when home for the holidays. As always, we’ll meet at St. Margaret’s at 8:30 pm for discussion, followed by dinner together.