One of my favorite things about living in Washington, DC is Pride season. The weather is hot, the trees are blooming, and everyone starts breaking out their light attire. DC Black Pride is always my first guaranteed opportunity to break out my “light attire” and celebrate with the drool worthy folks I am happy to call queer family.
With it being a particularly tight time of the year for me, I took to my usual networks, only to hear crickets when I inquired about free (or extremely affordable) lesbian evening events. I thought, “what’s a broke femme to do!? Get a sponsor? Hit the lottery? Find $40,000 in a thrift store sofa!?” I turned to my usual answer: research! After a little detective work, I put together a list of dance and dine must dos for my 2014 Black Pride Experience.
Unleashed DC Happy Hour
Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. @ Midtown
Details: Free b4 9pm // $5 after Hookah Available
What to wear: Dress to trip and/or become best friends with anyone looking better
Krush Groove: An Old School Happy Hour
Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ MOVA
Details: Good people, good drinks, and good old school jams. DJ Dolce Vita and DJ 12PM will spin all the classics.
What to wear: Statement heels and a throwback tee-shirt dress
Saturday, May 24 at 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ Josephine Nightclub and Lounge
Details: Day party with some of the nation’s most talented LGBTQ poets, bands, hip-hop artists, musicians, and DJs
What I’d wear: One word: Cleavage. Okay, fine…four words: Push-up Bra cleavage.
Food for the Soul: Sunday Brunch DC Black Pride Edition
Sunday May 25 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. @ New Town Kitchen and Bar
Details: Brunch fare, soulful sessions, and beautiful people all for a great cause: Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center
What to wear: Kitten heel, pincurl locs, and every article of jewelry. CHURCH!
freak OUT: everybody dance
Sunday May 25th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Jin
Details: Tea dance in celebration of DC Black Pride set to the best old school, disco, house, funk, and R&B. And there will be buttons!
What I’d wear: Something short and backless. Let the summer of skin begin!
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