Over the past two months, we have seen new monthly parties added to the lesbian and queer social calendar. However, October is shaking things up with some one-time events that offer networking, exploration, and fun.
Many of these events fall under the “baller on a budget” category being either free or under $10. From panel discussions to happy hours, below are some new October events you should know about.
PUSSY PRIDE: WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Is it just a “dirty” word whispered between the sheets? Or a powerful rallying cry in the streets? Join sex educators, scholars, artists, and community members for a provocative exploration of the word pussy and why we use it.
This panel discussion is in conjunction with the queer production, “Collective Rage”, which has been running at Woolly Mammoth since September 12 and ends on October 9. The production has received great reviews, except for one by The Washington Post. Peter Marks who is a Caucasian cisgender male was not a fan of the play because of the use of the word “pussy”. He could not see past it, which led to his not-so-great review. This panel discussion is right on time in asking why a woman’s body part makes people so uncomfortable. Or does it?
You can be a part of this free discussion on Saturday, October 8 at 5p.m. And, if you haven’t seen the play, you can catch it before the panel discussion at 3 p.m. Visit https://www.woollymammoth.net/event/collective-rage to purchase your tickets to the 3 p.m. show and enter promo code TAGG.
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: https://www.woollymammoth.net/related-event/pussy-pride-10-08-2016
QUARTERLY QUEER MIXER: IT’S A HOUSE PARTY
The new Quarterly Queer Mixer (QQM)—produced by Avery-Hess realtor Ebony Bates—was created to give the lesbian and queer community a unique and safe space to discuss and embrace available community resources. Earlier this year, the QQM hosted a tailored suits mixer allowing guests to get measured, order custom-made suits, and mingle with other dapper individuals.
This month, QQM will be hosting a “House Party” at Town Danceboutique. And not, the Kid ‘n Play type of house party. At this event, you can get all of your real estate questions answered by industry professionals. The happy hour style mixer is a laid back event where people can speak with a real estate agent, a mortgage lender, a financial planner, and other potential home buyers. Attendees are encouraged to come with “innovative ideas on ways to live and own property.” Cash bar; 21+ event.
Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/563357650537797/
REACT: A PANEL DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY AND QUEER SPACES
There has been an elephant in the room for many years in our LGBTQ spaces, having some people asking, “Why are our spaces so segregated?” Many of these spaces are segregated by gender, race, culture, and socioeconomic status. However, we have seen successful events that shatter the norm and embrace diversity. This open discussion asks: Has this become the new normal in our lesbian and queer spaces? The panel will also explore the “secret ingredient” to creating diverse spaces.
Panelists include: Ashlee Nikole of LezLink, Jay Barber of Jay Walking Productions, Kate Ross of Coven DC, Em Jay of TMS Entertainment, and a representative from the LGBTQ Latino/a History Project. The discussion is also supported by other lesbian and queer organizers like the Ivy Project, LezLink, Tagg Magazine, TASTE, Tezrah Productions, WhiskHER, and ZAMI, with more promoters signing on to be a part of the discussion. This is a free event open to all community members. Bring your questions and let your voice be heard.
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: Coming soon…
HAPPY HOUR MIXER: CELEBRATING TAGG’S WEDDING ISSUE
What do you get when you bring together Gay Weddings, Mervis Diamond Importers, and Tagg Magazine? A blissful happy hour filled with jewelry, food, and wine.
This free happy hour mixer celebrates Tagg Magazine‘s inaugural wedding issue, as well as same-sex marriage in the district. This event is a great opportunity to meet one of the leading LGBTQ-friendly wedding ring companies in the D.C. metropolitan area, mingle with engaged and soon-to-be engaged couples, and of course pick up the new issue of Tagg Magazine. The event will also include a few surprises and prizes!
However, don’t let the “wedding” part scare you…this event is open to all those looking to mingle and network with other community members.
Date: Thursday, October 20
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Mervis Diamond, 1700 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: https://www.mervisdiamond.com/celebrating-taggs-wedding-issue
REACT: THE PARTY
What do you do after you have an intense and necessary discussion about diversity in queer spaces? You throw a party!
In conjunction with the ReAct panel discussion, several promoters and organizers have come together for a big lesbian/queer/trans-inclusive party at Smith Public Trust. That’s right, promoters like Coven DC, LezLink, TASTE, TMS Entertainment, WhiskerHER, ZAMI, and more have come together to bring you the ultimate party embracing diversity and community. The event will showcase four eclectic DJs representing different events across the city.
All proceeds from the ReAct party will benefit a local charity.
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Location: Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St. NE, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: Coming soon
Speaking of coming together, the ladies of Ivy Project and TASTE have joined forces to bring you Shiver: A Queer Women’s Halloween Party. The early Halloween celebration takes place in the heart of the H Street corridor at Big Chief. The evening includes music by DJ Eletrox, drink specials, and giveaways.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Location: Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick St. NE, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2093880780836035/
Cost: Not specified
The new WhiskHER party is getting in the Halloween spirit with their “Uhauloween” party at Old Engine 12 Firehouse. The event prides itself on being a bisexual and trans-inclusive queer women’s event. The organizers have added some special additions to their Halloween fun. The evening includes a costume contest with a cash prize, music by DJ Tezrah and Ayes Cold, performances by Pretty Boi Drag, VIP table service, and “specialty crafted drinking potions”.
Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Location: Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant, 1626 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1151803578242259/
Are there other NEW October events we should know about? Feel free to comment below and/or add your event to the Tagg event calendar.