Who run the world? Queen Bey says it’s girls, but ask a local queer, and she or he will respectfully disagree: It’s gays. Networking, that all-important career booster that’s practically underwritten an entire happy-hour subindustry for straight people, is much easier when you’re gay. If you want to meet, say, a lesbian journalist whose reporting you’ve admired from afar, chances are your transboyfriend’s ex-girlfriend’s sister’s ex-girlfriend is sleeping with her (true story) and she’ll be happy to make the introduction. The D.C. gay scene is small enough to facilitate those personal connections, but big enough to have real reach and power. We’re everywhere—running your companies, arguing your legal cases, booking your bands, editing your alt-weeklies—and we’re looking out for each other. Because when you’re queer, you’re family.

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