Credit: Evaline Huang

It’s a rare night at Phase 1 when Angela Lombardi isn’t tending bar (“slangin’ booze,” as she calls it) and looking slick in rockabilly cool. The general manager of D.C.’s best-known lesbian bar has been making the city gayer for nearly a decade, and she’s upped the club’s marketing cred with sexy Facebook photos, edgy party concepts, and her own formidable social network. From karaoke and Flannel Fridays to Jell-O wrestling and Shirtless Saturdays, Lombardi’s parties continually pack the windowless dive with ladies from all walks of DMV life. But it’s possible that Lombardi’s most awesome contribution to the District’s LGBTQ community is the annual Phasefest music festival.The eight-year-old event puts queer-centric bands from up and down the east coast on stage alongside local queer talent, giving patrons the chance to party with the likes of Kaki King, the Shondes, JD Samson, and Hunter Valentine. While Phase is always a destination for locals, it’s those three days in September when it becomes the lesbian mecca for people from New York to Charleston. Lombardi’s marketing skills and love of drinking and debauchery are just a small part of what’s kept the place running over the years. Mostly, it’s her tireless work ethic, backed by a commitment to giving women and trans folks a safe, unpretentious, new-friends-welcome place to party—or, in Lombardi’s words, “get rad.”