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August 1st – OutWrite Events at The DC Center!

 
August 1st – OutWrite Events: “Speaking of Essex” & “Hold Tight Gently”
 
 
 
This Friday, we will be continuing our Summer Of Fun with an OutWrite Event & Workshop at The DC Center!  “Speaking of Essex: A Tribute To Essex Hemphill” at 6pm will feature friend to Gay District and fellow author Phillip Clark who will be among the panel reading the amazing work of Essex Hemphill. Followed by “Hold Tight Gently: An Evening with Martin Duberman” at 7pm. A profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, class, identity, and the politics of AIDS activism beyond ACT UP, Hold Tight Gently captures both a generation struggling to cope with the deadly disease and the extraordinary refusal of two men to give in to despair.
 
We will be returning to our regularly scheduled facilitated discussions on August 15thThis summer we plan to take advantage of amazing weather, fun opportunities and events!

Gay District Digest: July 11th – Wiffle Ball Game, Volunteer Survey and MORE!

July 11: Gay District Annual Wiffle Ball Game
 

**DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO SWING YOUR BAT AROUND!!**​

Come join Gay District for some hot fun in the Summer Time — Wiffle Ball! The game will be held at Stead Park near 17th and P St NW at 7:30 pm. We will bring the bats and balls, you bring yourself. If you’ve never played, don’t worry — the game is easy to get the hang of, but hard to be good at. Afterwards, we’ll head over to JR’s for a post-game drink.
Fill out our GD Volunteer Survey! 
 
Please take a few moments to fill out our Gay District Volunteer Survey! This will help us gauge the interest of our members willing to participate in our volunteer efforts in the community and what areas of interest we can focus! Thanks to WW Taylor Monson for putting this together!
July 18th – Reel Affirmations: Double Feature!
Following the Wiffle Ball game on July 11th we’re doing something a little different and a little exciting.  We will NOT be meeting at the DC Center.  Instead, we are taking advantage of an exciting opportunity to see a double feature of gay-themed movies during the DC-based film festival Reel AffirmationsFriday, July 18th is a double feature of the movies Grind and The Ten Year Plan.
 
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In lieu of the discussion, we will be attending the 9:15pm showing of both movies. Tickets are available at the Reel Affirmations site. We encourage getting the VIP ticket which includes 1 drink ticket, 1 popcorn ticket, and VIP seating! Check out the trailer for Grind which is inspired by everyone’s favorite Gay “Social” app.
 
August 1st – OutWrite Events: “Speaking of Essex” & “Hold Tight Gently”

We will be continuing our Summer Of Fun with an OutWrite Event & Workshop at The DC Center on August 1st!  “Speaking of Essex: A Tribute To Essex Hemphill” at 6pm will feature friend to Gay District and fellow author Phillip Clark who will be among the panel reading the amazing work of Essex Hemphill. Followed by “Hold Tight Gently: An Evening with Martin Duberman” at 7pm. A profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, class, identity, and the politics of AIDS activism beyond ACT UP, Hold Tight Gently captures both a generation struggling to cope with the deadly disease and the extraordinary refusal of two men to give in to despair.
We will be returning to our regularly scheduled facilitated discussions on August 15th. This summer we plan to take advantage of amazing weather, fun opportunities and events!

11/9/2012: The Tipping Point for Gay Equality?

Tuesday’s election results were historic for the LGBT community with three states voting to expand marriage equality and one state disapproving of limiting the definition of marriage to a man and a woman.

Have we reached the tipping point for the LGBT movement in terms of the public voting to expand rights to us? We have come a long way these past four years, so how far can we go the next four?

Tonight we will discuss Tuesday’s election and what it means for LGBT equality going forward. As always, we will meet at 8:30 at St. Margaret’s Church for discussion followed by dinner. See you all there!

Jay

PS-Read this New York Times Editorial on how far we’ve come: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/opinion/a-big-leap-for-marriage-equality.html?_r=1&

2/24/2012: What kind are you? New gay (stereo)types

There have been a proliferation of new gay (stereo)types lately–from otters to pups to chasers. You can see one type on YouTube with the Disappointing Gay video series. Even our straight male allies that mask their heterosexuality in stylish clothes have changed types from metrosexuals to hipsters.

So this week we will deconstruct all of these old and new types to see what it all means. Will knowing what kind of gay I am help me find my matching type? Are there really more otters at DC Eagle than Town? And is matching types ever that easy?

Check out this Gay Cliques Census survey that was created to shed some light on the demographics of the gay community and discover what cliques are actually in use (e.g. Bears, Cubs, etc.), the relationship between cliques and attraction to other cliques, how tops/bottoms range between groups, and what the geographic differences are between cliques. We will use some of this to jumpstart our discussion.

Come out for a fun discussion on new gay (stereo)types. As always, we start at 8:30 pm at St. Margaret’s Church and will enjoy some food and more convo at a local eatery afterward.

Jay

12/16: Bah humbug. Are the holidays over yet?

We’re already half-way through December, so the holidays and its parties and fun are well underway. While the holidays are great to partake in, it’s also nice to take a break from them.

On Friday, we will take a breather from Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and return to talking about what all interests us: love & sex. Join us for 20 questions about love & sex, as hosted on Logo’s “1 Girl, 5 Gays.” There will be rapid questions (of course with your responses!) about relationships, guys, family, friends, etc. The questions are always fun and interesting!

See you Friday. Same place. Same time.

Jay