Michael Crawford

Find Your Center at the DC Center

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 23, 2008 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: gay DC, Gay health, LGBT Community Centers

I have lived in Washington, DC for nearly nine years and for much of that time I have been involved with the LGBT community initially as a pro-mo (professional homosexual) and lately on a volunteer level. In that time I can honestly say that one of the most exciting projects I have been involved with is serving on the board of directors of The DC Center.

The mission of The DC Center is to celebrate, strengthen, and support community among the GLBT residents and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC.

While we may not be as big or as well known as some of our sister community centers in cities like Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, we provide a number of amazing programs that the LGBT community can't find anywhere else in the District. Stay tuned for more exciting news about The DC Center including information on an upcoming community survey and details for relocating The DC Center to a newer, more accessible location.

For information on The DC Center or any of the programs listed, call (202) 682-2245 or email [email protected] You can also find The DC Center on Facebook.

Center Arts provides a space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists in the metropolitan DC area to share their work with our community. The DC Center has displayed the work of artists including: Scott Brooks, Jeff Morin, Tim Tate, Michael Torra, John Borstel and Jorge Neyra. During the month of October, the work of artist Ron Zheng will be on display. Ron L. Zheng is a photographer, poet and award-winning graphic artist. As an artist, Mr. Zheng seeks out connections and fusions, among art forms and cultures.

DC Crystal Meth Working Group consists of individual members of the local community and local organizations dedicated to providing information and resources that help people make informed choices about crystal meth. The Working Group, which is funded through a grant from the DC Dept. of Health Addiction Prevention & Recovery Administration, operates the popular educational site www.letstalkaboutmeth.org. The next meeting of the DC Crystal Meth Working Group will be Tuesday October 7th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the DC Center

DC for Marriage is a new group of local residents working towards equal rights and responsibilities for same-sex couples in the District of Columbia. You can show your support for marriage for same-sex couples in DC by signing the DC for Marriage statement of support for marriage equality.

The Elder Think Tank provides support and advocacy for the aging GLBT populations of the DC metropolitan area and those who provide services to them. The mission is accomplished through identification of needs and concerns, and provision or facilitation of education and training. Upcoming events include HIV/AIDS Over 50, a community discussion focused HIV prevention issues and the needs of HIV+ people over 50.

The OutWrite Author Series provides a space for GLBT authors to share and discuss their work with the community through book readings, lectures, and community discussions. This new initiative is a partnership between The DC Center and White Crane Institute. Upcoming events include Princeton lecturer Amin Ghaziani on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30pm reading from his new book The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington.

The Tobacco Working Group works to raise awareness about how smoking impacts the GLBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS in DC; and provide support for individuals who are ready to quit smoking. The Tobacco Working Group and the Mautner Project will present LGBT focused workshops at Stronger Together, The DC Tobacco Free Coalition Conference, taking place on Friday, September 26th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Kellog Conference Center of Galludet University. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information call 202 546-5864.

The David Bohnett Cyber Center offers free internet access to the community. The Cyber Center is open between 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM Monday through Friday, and for special events by appointment.

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I wish Indianapolis had an LGBT center.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 24, 2008 5:16 AM

You mean it doesn't? I cannot believe there is not a storefront, or a church, and local volunteers to create one in a city the size of Indianapolis.

Michael, the work you are doing DC is beautiful and so very needed. Kudos to you!


Thanks for posting this!

David Mariner