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Gay District Open Mic Night 7/17/2015

Have a thought that’s been gnawing at the back of your brain that you have to get out? Need a space to bitch about things that other GBTIQ guys will totally get? Just want to listen and catch up with things going on? Then come on over for Gay District Open Mic Night! We’ll pass around the mic and discuss whatever y’all want to dish on, take down ideas to flesh out in future discussions, and afterward anyone interested can join in a tasty trip to Amsterdam Falafel. See you tomorrow night!

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Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves building at 2000 14th Street NW 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 their photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact the DC Center at (202) 682-2245.

 

 

Home for the Holidays?

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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

 

 

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!

06/06/14: Capital Pride Reception

Capital Pride is here, which means it’s time to let down our hair and celebrate this weekend!

Join Gay District Friday for an open house reception in lieu of our normal discussion. We’ll bring food and drink–all you have to bring is yourself and a few friends who might be interested in Gay District.

Join us a bit earlier–at 8:00 pm–at the DC Center. And when our reception ends, we can continue celebrating elsewhere. See you Friday!

Your reception hosts this week,
Justin, Luke & Jay

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

07/12/2013 – GD Outing: Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

 

 

This upcoming Friday is not our regularly scheduled discussion, but since summer is in full force (hot summer days and nights, even hotter boys in short shorts, and frequent outdoor happy hours), Gay District will be taking advantage and doing a summer social at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden near the Smithsonian museums. It’ll be a fun way to soak in the last bit of sun for the day, unwind after a week back at work, and listen to good music.
So come join us for a relaxing evening outside! Meeting details below:

What: Gay District at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
When: Friday, July 12 from 6:30-8:30
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden located on corner of 7th and Constitution Ave, NW (closest Metro stops are Archives and Smithsonian). Look for Jay and other gay boys with the Gay District signage.

After the jazz, we can continue our conversations over food and drinks at a place in Gallery Place. Can’t wait to see you all there!  Please check back for a Friday update as the event may be cancelled due to weather.