Best LGBT Events In DC

May 28, 2012 1:30 AM

Washington, DC is home to many LGBT-friendly organizations. The DC Center provides a wide variety of programs, groups and services for the LGBT community. These events are open to the public. 
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Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden
4155 Linnean Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-5807

Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Select Sun  – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Mon – Closed
Price: $15 – suggested donation adults, $12 – seniors age 65 and older, $10 – college students, $5 – children age 6 to 18, no suggested donation for children under 6 and members

Known as one of the most prestigious art-collector museums in the world, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden consists of Russian imperial art as well as French decorative art and furnishings from the 18th century. The museum also consists of 13 acres of beautiful gardens, a working greenhouse, cafe and gift shop. Hillwood Estate works with its own GLBT Advisory Committee to provide a friendly atmosphere for GLBT guests, as well as supports the GLBT community with various events such as its annual Gay Day. Complimentary parking, a 15-minute orientation film and tours are included with your donation.

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Outwrite LGBT Book Fair
1318 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 682-2245

Date: August 3 and 4, 2012
Price: Free

Visit the Outwrite LGBT Book Fair at the DC Center and listen to author readings, participate in group literary discussions or simply expand your personal book collection. The two-day event will feature both new and used LGBT-themed books, magazines and other reading materials, poetry readings, various LGBT book clubs as well as exhibitors, publishers and more. Self-published authors, book vendors and sellers are encouraged to sell their books at this event.

Related: Best Casual Art Classes in DC

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 293-1548

Date and Time: June 2 and 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Price: $25 to $50

For more than 30 years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC has performed at many prestigious locations and events including the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The group also performs adaptations of popular theatrical performances, such as the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as hosts annual fundraisers to help support the GLBT community. In “Heart Throbs,” the group’s latest theatrical production, relive the experience of falling in love with your first celebrity or boy-band crush with the awe-inspiring vocals of the group. Performances are held at the Lisner Auditorium.

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The Normal Heart at the DC Center and Arena Stage
Arena Stage
1101 6th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-9066

Date and Time: July 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: $65 each

Written more than 25 years ago, “The Normal Heart” takes you to New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis and follows a group of friends who fight to bring the AIDS epidemic to the national spotlight. This performance provides an “unflinching and totally unforgettable look” into the apathy of gay men and sexual politics that occurred during that time. “The Normal Heart” received numerous Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress. Time Out New York calls this production “a stunning pulse-pounding revival.”

Related: Best Art Museums In Washington, D.C.

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Dignity Washington
721 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-2235

Membership: $10

Dignity Washington provides a place of worship, spiritual development and fellowship for LGBT Catholics and other Christians as well as their family and friends. Activities at Dignity Washington include Sunday Mass, book clubs, movie nights, potluck dinners, a bridge card game group as well as an event called “Tables of Six,” where members of the church open their homes for dinner. While the host provides the main entree, the other five guests must bring another food item or drink. The church also provides a Spanish-language Mass and potluck dinner on the second Saturday of the month.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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