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© 2020 by Makers Lab

SAY IT LOUD

In partnership with DC Black Pride, Makers Lab, Jaywalking Productions and Patience Sings are proud to host, SAY IT LOUD, a VIRTUAL month-long series of experiences that celebrate the 30th anniversary of DC Black Pride and the diversity and resilience of Washington, DC’s Black LGBTQ+ community.

SAY IT LOUD collaborators include Black Femme Brunch, The Black Label Series, BOOMscat, Danni Cassette, Dappho Presents, The Haux Hive, Jennifer Eden, juh weems, Landau Productions, #PlayPlayDC, The Qink Conversation, REDEFINING SOFTStud Slayer and SWEAT DC.

Thank you to our community partners Blueboy Photography, Busboys and Poets, Making U FierceSwazz Events, Tai Ink, and Team Rayceen.

ALL SAY IT LOUD experiences are all-gender-inclusive, trans-positive, anti-racist spaces. We have no tolerance for ableism, racism, anti-Blackness, fatphobia, homophobia, transphobia or sexism at our events.

We recognize the need for spaces that are substance-free and have designed several zero proof/sober experiences as part of our Black Pride festivities. 

Check out the lineup below AND share it with your friends!

SAY IT LOUD 2020 EXPERIENCES

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2
WORK IT OUT: A QUELLNESS EXPERIENCE  ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE

Makers Lab + Friends


STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!

MONDAY, MAY 4

WICKED BLOOM MONDAYS* 

Jaywalking Productions || @jaywalkingdc
5:00PM - 11:00PM || Wicked Bloom || 1540 North Capitol NW, WDC || No Cover 

 

Your favorite weekly happy hour featuring audio by DJ MIM and live drumming by Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee. Meet us here every Monday in May for SAY IT LOUD announcements and giveaways!

*Wicked Bloom is the official SAY IT LOUD Headquarters.

NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP! 
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW (MAY 2020 EDITION) 

Team Rayceen || @teamrayceen
Doors at 6:00PM (Reception), Show begins at 7:00PM || Human Right Campaign || 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, WDC || No Cover 

 

For the May 2020 edition of THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW, host Rayceen Pendarvis will moderate the final #AskRayceen Community Forum. The program will also include live music, interviews, and more. Arrive when doors open at 6pm for free food, cash bar, vendors, exhibitors, voter registration, and artwork displays. The program, featuring new announcer Krylios, begins at 7pm. All are welcome and admission is FREE.

NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP! 

FRIDAY, MAY 8

 I SAID WHAT I SAID: A BLACK QUEER COMEDY SHOWCASE ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE
Makers Lab, House of Butter + Barbz
8:00PM - 10:00PM || House of Butter || $15

 

Meet us at House of Butter for a night of comedy and storytelling! Scheduled to appear:

  • Barbz 

  • Leigh Crenshaw 

  • Morgan Givens 

  • Less Henderson 

  • Anthony Oakes 

  • Chelsea Shorte 

  • Nik Snow 
     

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!
 

SATURDAY, MAY 9

NEW MOON RECOVERY: SOBRIETY HEALING CIRCLE AND SUPPORT GROUP ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE
1:00PM - 3:00PM || The DC Center for the LGBT Community || 2000 14th St NW #105, WDC || Free

NEW MOON RECOVERY is a soul based community meet up series looking to connect/support black queer people who are experiencing addiction. The purpose of this meet up is to offer a safe space centering queer & Trans, Black, poor, disabled folks to navigate and vision sober life together.

STAT TUNED FOR DETAILS!

POETRY AND PASTIES: THE BLACK PRIDE EDITION 

Hosted by Jennifer Eden || @poetryandpasties
1:00PM - 3:00PM || Busboys and Poets - Anacostia || 2004 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, WDC || $10

Come out and experience POETRY AND PASTIES, a burlesque and spoken word open mic hosted by Jennifer Eden. This is a queer-affirming, POC-centered, femme-focused space, showcasing QTPOC poets and burlesque dancers from the DMV and beyond. There will be an open mic list for poets, singers, comedians, and artists of all mediums (advance sign up suggested). And Busboy's full brunch menu is available.

 

Follow @poetryandpasties on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

TIX AVAILABLE MAY 2 

SUNDAY, MAY 10

THE BLACK LABEL SERIES 

Hosted by Vagenisis || @the_vagenisis
9:00PM until || TRADE || 1410 14th St NW Ground Floor, WDC || No Cover

A Celebration of Black Queer Performance. Join some of the best entertainers in the area for a night of unapologetic Blackness. Live your full fantasy and walk in the Black Label Ball.

NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP!

MONDAY, MAY 11

WICKED BLOOM MONDAYS* 
Jaywalking Productions || @jaywalkingdc
5:00PM - 11:00PM || Wicked Bloom || 1540 North Capitol NW, WDC || No Cover || @jaywalkingdc

 

Your favorite weekly happy hour featuring audio by DJ MIM and live drumming by Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee. Meet us here every Monday in May for SAY IT LOUD announcements and giveaways!

*Wicked Bloom is the official SAY IT LOUD Headquarters.

 

NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP! 
 

TUESDAY, MAY 12

SLAYED: THE UNTOLD STORY 

Landau Productions in Collaboration with Stud Slayer
7:00PM - 10:00PM || Busboys and Poets - Brookland || 625 Monroe St NE, WDC || $10 

SLAYED is a full-length documentary that takes you inside the life of Kai "Stud Slayer" Garcon, LGBTQ Trailblazer and the King of Stud 4 Stud. Kai Garcon, is one of the most prominent advocates for stud for stud relationships and how Stud lesbian culture and how masc for masc relationships are portrayed and discussed in the media. In this film, we will be taking a 360-degree view into the Stud Slayer's life, including taking an in-depth look into her relationships and how sex leads to a life of pleasure and true freedom. Hear from those that loathe and love her as they talk about their experiences and how they were impacted.

GET TIX

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

SUMMER SCHOOL WITH DR. LANE 
Dr. Nikki Lane || @thedoctorlane
6:00PM - 9:00PM || Red Rocks H Street || 1348 H St NE, WDC

SUMMER SCHOOL is what happens when a dope ass professor teaches critical social and cultural theory in a bar. If you’re intellectually curious, get excited by the prospect of deep thinking, and stimulating conversation, then join Dr. Nikki Lane for a series of lectures about Black popular culture and sexual politics in America. Enjoy an evening in the company of other smart folks like yourself as you tackle discussion questions for the night. Enjoy happy hour drink specials at the H St. location of the upscale pizzeria Red Rocks. Enjoy an engaging lecture from a dynamic, funny, and gifted lecturer.

Bring friends. Bring bae(s). Bring your curiosity to SUMMER SCHOOL.

TIX ON SALE SOON!

REDEFINING SOFT - DAY 1  - ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE

REDEFINING SOFT || @redefining_soft

2:00PM - 6:00PM || Human Rights Campaign || 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, WDC || Day 1: $15 || Day 2: $20 || Both Days: $30

Merging workshops, panel discussions, and healing work, REDEFINING SOFT is an annual two day event intended to deconstruct how members of the LGBTQIA+ community show up in partnerships, and to discuss the importance of emotionally supporting Masculine of Center/Masculine Presenting (MOC) partners, as well as challenging the community's perception of the word "soft." Specifically how the word is used to harm and attack MOC/Masculine presenting lesbian women and trans men, Trans Masculine, and GNC individuals– essentially denying them the right to emotional expression and vulnerability.


NOTE: REDEFINING SOFT is a two (2) day event. Participants can attend Saturday only (2:00PM - 6:00PM, Sunday only (12:00PM - 4:00PM), or both days.

 

GET TIX 


SUNDAY, MAY 17

REDEFINING SOFT - DAY 2  - ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE

12:00PM - 4:00PM || Human Rights Campaign || 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, WDC || Day 1: $15 || Day 2: $20 || Both Days: $30


Merging workshops, panel discussions, and healing work, REDEFINING SOFT is an annual two day event intended to deconstruct how members of the LGBTQIA+ community show up in partnerships, and to discuss the importance of emotionally supporting Masculine of Center/Masculine Presenting (MOC) partners, as well as challenging the community's perception of the word "soft." Specifically how the word is used to harm and attack MOC/Masculine presenting lesbian women and trans men, Trans Masculine, and GNC individuals– essentially denying them the right to emotional expression and vulnerability.

 

NOTE: REDEFINING SOFT is a two (2) day event. Participants can attend Saturday only (2:00PM - 6:00PM, Sunday only (12:00PM - 4:00PM), or both days.

GET TIX 

SUNDAY SESSIONS OPEN MIC: BLACK PRIDE GOSPEL KARAOKE EDITION ZERO PROOF EXPERIENCE
Dappho Presents || @dapphopresents

7:00PM - 10:00PM || House of Butter || $10
 

An LGBTQIA open mic for the culture. A space to feel safe and free. A space to express and feel. A space to just...be.
Music + Comedy + Art + Theater + Vibes + Love + Life

GET TIX 

MONDAY, MAY 18

WICKED BLOOM MONDAYS* 
Jaywalking Productions || @jaywalkingdc
5:00PM - 11:00PM || Wicked Bloom || 1540 North Capitol NW, WDC || No Cover 

 

Your favorite weekly happy hour featuring audio by DJ MIM and live drumming by Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee. Meet us here every Monday in May for Say It Loud giveaways!

*Wicked Bloom is the official SAY IT LOUD Headquarters.

NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP! 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 21

BLACK FEMME BRUNCH: TITTY BALL 
Black Femme Brunch || @blkfemmebrunch
8:00PM - 11:00PM || Tropicalia || 2001 14th Street NW, WDC || $15 Early Bird, $20 General Admission

 

Black Femme Brunch builds community by being a radical, irreverent, and unapologetic celebration of queer and trans Black femmes of all or no genders. This is a safe space for people in touch with their feminine energy, tomboys/girls, and androgynous folx of all (or no) gender(s). Trans women, trans men, intersex, gender non-conforming, queer women, queer men, asexual, and same gender loving people. Calling everyone who can say nigga (because they are one) to our fourth annual Black Pride concert. If you are not a descendent of someone from the African diaspora, please participate by staying home.

 

TIX ON SALE SOON!

FRIDAY, MAY 22

OF THE CLOTH/JESUS PAID IT ALL: A TWIRL & PRANCE TO THE ALTAR, A BAPTISM IN WHATEVER WE HAVE 
juh weems || @fatblackclit
6:30PM - 9:00PM || Halcyon Arts Lab Gallery || WDC || No Cover 

 

"Of the Cloth/Jesus Paid It All: A Twirl & Prance to the Altar, A Baptism in whatever we have" is an art exhibit paying homage to the deep body and spirit placemaking/keeping and visioning work of being a Black queer and/or trans child momentarily stealing away from policing gazes and the sins of the world with bath time. Embued with the magic of the bath towel (cloaked in our wildest imaginations for ourselves) and endowed by the spirit of our trans and queer ancestors before us, we baptized ourselves again and again, until finally (or one day) we came (will come) up CLEAN. May 17 - 31, 2020

TIX ON SALE SOON!

SATURDAY, MAY 23

RECESS: A PLAYGROUND EXPERIENCE 
#PlayPlayDC || @playplaydc
2:00PM - 6:00PM || Perry Street Prep || 1800 Perry St NE, WDC || $7 Early Bird, $10 General Admission


Have you ever wanted to just play like you did when you were a kid? The Play Play Party takes us back to childhood, where it was much easier to meet new people, enjoy a little physical activity, and escape responsibilities. Come to the party early so you can register to play as an individual or make your own team for kickball, dodge ball, basketball or touch football. We'll have ropes for double dutch, plenty of space and opportunity for our tag remix, four square, our very own giant Twister and an array of playful activities. Come meet like-minded people while jumping on the moon bounce, taking a yoga, dance or floor work class. Meet some vendors and prepare to stretch with an experienced trainer upon arrival. They'll be DJs for dance breaks, and a water bar for when you need a break. We'll wrap the evening with an official "Lunch Time". Bring your own cooler ("adult drinks" welcomed during lunch time only)! 

GET TIX 

ALPHABET STEW 
The Qink Conversation || @theqinkconversation
3:00PM - 6:00PM || Culture Coffee Too || 300 Riggs Rd NE, WDC || No Cover

Join DC's Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) LGBTQIA+ poly and consensual non-monogamy (CNM) community for a panel and punch, followed by time to network and connect.

GET TIX 

THE BLACK LABEL SERIES 

Hosted by Vagenisis || @the_vagenisis
9:00PM until || Red Bear Brewing || 209 M St NE, WDC || No Cover

A Celebration of Black Queer Performance. Join some of the best entertainers in the area for a night of unapologetic Blackness. Live your full fantasy and walk in the Black Label Ball.

 NO TIX, JUST SHOW UP! 

SUNDAY, MAY 24

BLACK FEMME BRUNCH: BBC 
Black Femme Brunch || @blkfemmebrunch
12:00PM - 4:00PM || Wicked Bloom || 1540 N Capitol NW, WDC || No Cover

 

Black Femme Brunch builds community by being a radical, irreverent, and unapologetic celebration of queer and trans Black femmes of all or no genders. This is a safe space for people in touch with their feminine energy, tomboys/girls, and androgynous folx of all (or no) gender(s). Trans women, trans men, intersex, gender non-conforming, queer women, queer men, asexual, and same gender loving people. Calling everyone who can say nigga because they are one to brunch. If you are not a descendent of someone from the African diaspora, please participate by staying home.

TIX ON SALE SOON!

BLACK IN SPACE: A VIRTUAL BLACK PRIDE CELEBRATION 
Makers Lab, Jaywalking Productions + Patience Sings 
4:00PM - 8:00PM || Tropicalia || 200114th Street NW, WDC || $15 Early Bird, $20 General Admission

Intergalactic BLACK and back in full effect! Makers Lab, Jaywalking Productions and Patience Sings are bringing you the black hole hook up this DC Black Pride. Get sucked innnnnnnnn! VIRTUAL DANCE party, performances, fellowship and zero got dang gravity!!!

We’re bringing back the BLACK PRIDE dance party that's ready for the century of the OTHER. If you’ve ever felt ALIEN, this is the party for you!!!

GET TIX!

MONDAY, MAY 25

SETTING THE ATMOSPHERE: A BLACK PRIDE BRUNCH 
BOOMScat + Danni Cassette || @boomscat, @dannicassette
4:00PM - 8:00PM || Private Residence || $15 Early Bird, $20 General Admission

Danni Cassette comes back to DC, are you ready for your miracle?
This is something like a private show, something like a house party, something like worship.
This Black Pride come get free with Danni Cassette and BOOMscat. 

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS! 

SATURDAY, MAY 30

TASTE.TOUCH.FEEL
The Haux Hive || @thehauxhive

7:30PM - 11:00PM || The Crucible || 412 V St NE, WDC || $40+

 

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS! 

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