DISTRICT OF QUEER
District of Queer was a series of experiences that celebrated DC Black Pride + Capital Trans Pride. In May 2017, District of Queer featured six experiences curated by Makers Lab, Black Femme Brunch, BROWNFXCK, Holisti Life, Jaywalking Productions, Pretty Boi Drag + ZAMI at Busboys and Poets.
The first District of Queer, held in May 2015, featured six experiences including a celebration of Black queer + trans artists, a holistic happy hour, a film screening, a book signing and two dance parties. Click here to learn more about District of Queer 2015.
Wednesday, May 10 || 5:30pm - 7:30pm || Busboys & Poets - 5th & K || 1025 5th St NW || No Cover
Let's meet for a queer happy hour. We've reserved the upstairs loft and bar! Bring your friends, make new friends, play a few games, color and win raffles.
The Loft is an all-gender-inclusive, trans-positive, anti-racist space. We have no tolerance for ableism, racism, anti-blackness, homophobia, transphobia or sexism at this event. ADA accessible (just take the elevator).
KRUZ: Vol. 003 - Produced by BROWNFXCK
Sunday, May 14 || 3:00pm - 8:00pm || Green Lantern || 1335 Green CT NW || Sliding Scale $5 - $10
KRUZ is a new monthly party hosted by the folx at BROWNFXCK. Cruising is optional, dancing is not.
Sounds by kryptk + Ducky Dynamo including R&B + Vogue + Trap + Riddims + Hip Hop + House
Pretty Boi Brunch: Black Pride Edition - Produced by Pretty Boi Drag
Sunday, May 21 || 12noon - 3:00pm || Old Engine 12 Restaurant || 1626 North Capitol NW || $30 - $40
Pretty Boi Drag, a troupe created by three QPOC, plans to celebrate by showcasing their unapologetic BLACK PRIDE. Come hang out with DC's sexiest drag kings.
Thursday, May 25 || 8:00pm - 10:00pm || Busboys & Poets - Brookland 625 K Street NE || $10
The Bonnet: A Nightcap for Black Femmes is a night of poetry, art, short films, and music created by Black Femmes...with an open mic! Performances by Lady Dane + BOOMscat!
Holisti Happy Hour - Holisti Life + Makers Lab
Friday, May 26 || 5:30pm - 10:00pm || Salon 8227 || Silver Spring, MD || Sliding Scale $5 -$10
The Holisti Happy Hour is an event that caters to the crossroads of the secular and sacred. With vegan food, kombucha, organic wine, mini intuitive, tarot, and astrological readings, Reiki sessions and an amazing Holisti-Ratchet dance party to boot!
Black Planet: A Black Pride Celebration - Makers Lab + Holisti Life + Jaywalking Productions
Sunday, May 28 || 4:00pm - 8:00pm || Tropicalia || $15
Black Planet is a celebration featuring sounds by Baronhawk, live drumming by Asha "BOOMCLAK" Santee, and performances by The CooLots + Pinky KillaCorn + Pretty Boi Drag!
Black Femme Brunch builds community by being a radical, irreverent, and unapologetic celebration of queer and trans black femmes of all genders.
BROWNFXCK is a sex education project dedicated to the celebration and exploration of queer and trans bodies of color. It's more than rainbows, condom campaigns, pretty pictures, and red ribbons. BROWNFXCK is intentional. The project operates from a feminist of color, sex-positive, body-positive, poz-friendly, consent-enforcing, slut-embracing framework that encourages and supports queer and trans people of color having a full human experience and using sex and kink as a reclaimed means of healing, growing, and surviving.
BROWNFXCK events are spaces to learn, educate, and explore. Events include educational programming on an array of kink and sexual wellness topics, monthly community dinners, and collaborations with the larger queer and trans community to create and support more for us/by us spaces.
Holisti is a brand inspired by people who live, work, and create at life's many crossroads. The mission of this multi-design apparel line is to provide a space for people who lead holistic and/or nontraditional lifestyles while still enjoying urban/mainstream culture.The Holisti brand is one for people who live at "the half-way point", identifying as more than one thing at all times.
Holisti represents the urban Yogi, the raw vegan pole artist, the rapping reiki master, the sexy body positive astrologer and any number of things that people often deem as mutually exclusive. It is where the sacred and secular connect and intersections are celebrated.
Jaywalking Productions creates quality entertainment and experiences including The Feel Good - a semi-monthly dance party at Ten Tigers Parlour.
Makers Lab builds + supports queer communities by creating spaces that celebrate life, art, queer culture + Beyoncé.
Pretty Boi Drag is a QWOC (queer women of color) produced drag king troupe based in Washington, DC. They put on some of DC's sexiest and most exciting shows with an all-inclusive roster of performers. You can find more information about the troupe at prettyboidrag.com.
ZAMI is a gender and sexuality series at Busboys and Poets that seeks to energize community discourse regarding the intersections of sexuality, gender, race and human rights by bringing together artists, scholars, and community members to talk about their work as people committed to LGBTQ and feminist values and action.