Local Resources

Nonprofit, Community Service and Volunteer Organizations

Burgundy Crescent Volunteers is a source of volunteers for local and national gay and gay-friendly community organizations in the Washington, DC area bringing LGBT singles and couples together for volunteer activities that are social in nature. Membership is free and current opportunities may be found on their online calendar or by subscribing to their e-news.

The DC Center is the District’s best GLBT community resource. The DC Center holds a variety of programming and activities for all segments of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community in the DC Metro area.

Full Equality Now! DC (FENDC) is a democratic, non-hierarchical, grassroots organization dedicated to Full Equality for LGBTQI people everywhere. Weekly meetings are held Wednesdays from 7-9pm.

Metro TeenAIDS is a community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through education, support, and advocacy, MTA works to prevent the spread of HIV, promote responsible decision making, and improve the quality of life for young people infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.

The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) was founded in 1984 and offers free, confidential HIV testing and programs at their youth center on Capitol Hill as well as off-site activities and mixers throughout the area for youth ages 13-21. Though their programming is exclusively for youth, they have many volunteer opportunities available.

Transgender Health Empowerment works to enhance the quality of life of the diverse transgender populations in DC by advocating for and supporting a continuum of health and social services. T.H.E. seeks to unify and empower the transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities.

Us Helping Us improves the health and well being of Black gay men through innovative programs and services, and—through a vision of inclusiveness—to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the entire Black community. Incorporated in 1988 as a self-help support group for Black gay men living with HIV/AIDS, UHU has become one of the largest Black AIDS service organizations in the District of Columbia.

The Whitman-Walker Clinic aims to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.

Social, Religious and Sports Groups

Adventuring is a not-for-profit, non-membership, all-volunteer organization serving the gay and lesbian community in the Washington DC area. Its purpose is to encourage and publicize group outdoor activities. All you have to do to participate is to identify a trip you like, call the trip leader for details (and to reserve a spot, if necessary), then go.

Asians and Friends of Washington provides gay Asians and non-Asians a wide range of social, cultural, and educational activities, including potluck dinners, social events, and movie nights. In addition, AFW participates every year in a special “Friendship Weekend” with other Asians and Friends groups from around the world.

Bet Mishpachah, founded by members of the LGBT Jewish community, is an inclusive and egalitarian congregation comprised of singles, couples and families and is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Check their site for information on weekly Shabbat services and social hours.

Bi Men’s Alliance of DC is a newly founded social and support group specifically reaching out to bisexual and questioning men. BIMA DC was founded by men who understand that sexuality and sexual orientation are fluid and not always as easy to identify as labels like “gay” or “straight” might imply.
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The DC Aquatics Club, founded in 1988, is the Washington area’s premier gay and lesbian aquatics team. DCAC welcomes everyone, from those just getting their feet wet to expert swimmers—anyone with an interest in the fitness or social and competitive aspects of adult swimming.

DC Front Runners is a running, walking and social club for gay people and friends in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Membership is open to all people regardless of race, pace, age, gender, sexual orientation, or athletic ability. Visitors to the DC area are always welcome, too.

The DC Sentinels provide LGBT basketball players and their friends opportunities to participate in sporting, recreational, social and charitable activities that promote acceptance and visibility of the GLBT athletics community and create lasting relationships between people from all walks of life. Weekly games/meetings are held at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave NE, Saturdays from 2-4pm.

DC Thirty Something is a social grou for gay guys in their 30s, with events ranging from dinners to concerts to sporting events and more. This group does not have a website, so please email them with your name for more information.

Dignity Northern Virginia sponsors a mass each Saturday for the LGBT community and their families and friends at 6:30pm at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, 3606 Seminary Road in Alexandria. This group does not have a website, so please email them or call for more information., 703-912-1662

The Dulles Triangles is a well-rounded Northern Virginia social club for the area’s LGBT population whose purpose is to offer an alternative outlet for social activities, to promote both physical and mental well-being, and to participate in gay community activities and services.

The Gay Married Men’s Association (GAMMA) provides peer counseling, support, and outreach to gay and bisexual married men, their wives, partners and friends through bimonthly meetings on the second and fourth Fridays in the Dupont Circle area.

Gayparazzi is an LGBT photo group that takes walking tours and hikes around DC in historic and artsy urban areas as well as natural and landscaped parks and gardens. Along the way, the more experienced among the group provide guidance about great photo ops, including lighting and composing and selecting settings from aperture and f-stops.

Local LGBT Media

The Brightest Young Things is a daily online magazine dedicated to all things good (music, style, art, movies, design, photography…) in the District of Columbia and beyond, with a division of their site and events list dedicated to “Gays” events.

Metro Weekly is a glossy-covered magazine read by more than 45,000 people in the DC area. MW has served the local gay and lesbian community since May 1994, and is now the largest LGBT publication in the region. Their nightlife section is particularly helpful for finding nightly drink specials and special events.

The New Gay is a group of young bloggers who agree that the mainstream definition of “gay” isn’t just a sexual orientation, it’s a white male culture defined by consumerism, superficiality and anti-intellectualism—TNG doesn’t fit into this narrow matrix, nor do they want to. TNG is a forum where “new” gay men, women and transfolk of all backgrounds can share stories, ideas and events.

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 as a black and white, one-sheet community newsletter. In November 2009, the Blade’s former parent company filed for bankruptcy, yet publication continued under a new name, DC Agenda until former Blade acquired their old company and name through bankruptcy court to continue publication under their original name today.