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The geography of gay D.C. is just a varied as the LGBTQ people who live here: 10 percent of the population, according to a 2013 Gallup study. In this year’s Gay Issue, Washington City Paper covers how Dupont became the District’s queer quarter and what that identity means today; an innocuous-looking rowhouse that was once home to a radical feminist collective of lesbians; what one nonprofit’s doing to combat frequent harassment and extreme violence against trans women; what’s considered the world’s only LGBTQ section of a cemetery; and the gay Catholics who will march in the Capital Pride parade on June 11. We’re also thrilled to feature the work of queer poets involved in this weekend’s Capturing Fire slam poetry event. D.C. may not have a central gayborhood anymore, but its queer scene is more vibrant than ever.

D.C. No Longer Has a Central Gay Neighborhood. Does That Matter?

Trans Women in D.C. Face Extreme Harassment and Violence. That’s Why This Nonprofit Wants to #HireNona.

D.C. Has the Country’s First Official Lesbian Landmark

For Some D.C. Catholics, Being Faithful Is as Intrinsic as Being Gay

This May Be the World’s Only Cemetery With a Dedicated LGBTQ Section

Capturing Fire: Read Poems by Local Queer Poets