Long before 14th Street NW was a destination for gays with money and an appetite for small plates, the Black Cat was a welcoming home for local queers—and it might still be the gayest ostensibly straight club in the city. The venue, which often plays host to queer burlesque shows and MIXTAPE (Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer’s venerable gay dance night), is also home to what might be D.C.’s best hope for a truly mixed-gender gay dance party: the monthly GAY/BASH, an alternapop affair run by DJs Joshua Ryan Vogelsong and Dean Douglas Sullivan. In earlier years, the Black Cat has hosted a recurring ABBA party, the New Gay’s monthly Homo/Sonic bash, Mothertongue (a long-running women’s spoken word event), Women in the Life parties (thrown by Washington City Paper advertising staffer Sheila Alexander-Reid), and 2003’s Great Big International Drag King Show. According to Maegan Wood, the venue’s publicist and one third of the queer DJ trio behind She Rex, about a quarter of the Black Cat’s staff identifies as queer (“or at least not straight,” she clarifies). It’s no surprise that the club is a two-time winner of the Washington Blade’s “Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar” award. (The Blade also named GAY/BASH the city’s best alternative nightlife event last year.) And this weekend, on both Friday and Saturday nights, the venue is dedicating its entire space to Pride parties featuring some of the city’s best queer DJs. “There is a ‘community space’ element to the Black Cat. And that means all communities,” says Wood. “This is something that the owner, Dante Ferrando, has always been a big proponent of—the idea that there doesn’t need to be, and shouldn’t have to be, a separation between people.”