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For this year’s Gay Issue, Washington City Paper’s second annual tribute to the ups and downs, ins and outs, tops and bottoms of the D.C. gay community, we’ve gone alphabetical. Composed of more than 50 reports and riffs on the power players, shifting struggles, enduring hotspots, and social dynamics of D.C.’s queer cultures and subcultures, our Encyclopedia of Gay D.C. (Abridged) may not be, strictly speaking, encyclopedic, but what could be? Gay culture in our city isn’t a monolith, and editorial budgets aren’t infinite. What we do hope we’ve presented is a rough sketch of LGBTQ life in the District in 2014, along with some looks back at local history that has impacted the present moment.

See something missing? Good. We want your help filling in the blanks. Using the form below, you can add your own entries to our issue, and we’ll add our favorites (after some light editing!). Hopefully this will be one encyclopedia that doesn’t gather dust.


How D.C. almost made getting laid illegal


The Mayor for Life is one of the few politicians to “devolve” on gay rights.
Nellie’s patrons like to shag in the shitter.
Thanks to archaic adoption laws, Virginia lesbians are hopping city limits to deliver.
A single letter on a form can make big waves.
The city’s gayest straight bar?
Experimental drone goes queer.
No gay leaders, please, just ripped, naked ones.


The glitter-strewn weekend that’s become a month-long party
Do Wells Fargo and Citibank have a place at Pride?
LGBTQ-friendly comes in denominations from Protestant to pancakes
D.C.’s fiercest transgender advocate—and media star
Craigslist’s m4m section gets a lift from closeted conservatives.
Have hookup apps made gay clubs more social?


A land swap could mean an unexpected move for the LGBTQ community hub.
An exodus of gay is on the way.
The enduring leather hotspot moves east of the river.
Queer burlesque opens the stage to all genders and orientations
Fourteen years of dapper gents lip-synching with panache
A queer DJ for every crowd


Our readers’ additions to the 2014 Gay Issue


Why did four queer gathering places shutter this year?
When more people can marry, more people get married.
D.C. queers deserve a provocative, intelligent, representative read.
Once, they used pseudonyms in programs. Now, they’re performing at the Kennedy Center.
Once, it was Dupont. Then, it was Logan Circle. Now, it’s…?
A Friday-night dance party for the young and sparkly
Not every queer party plays Lady Gaga.


Medical transitions just got cheaper.
D.C.’s homegrown dating app sells many queers short.
A prophylactic drug gets a slow start in D.C.


A space for South Asian queers to socialize and mobilize
A bundle of contradictions at the National Review


And who’s Hank, by the way?
A group looking out for the LGBTQ community’s legal rights
How George Washington University is helping LGBTQ health “go mainstream”
We’re No. 1! The Internet says so.
A Southern-fried hub for LGBTQ patrons in Brookland
She helps D.C. “get rad.”


When you’re queer, you’re family.
What it meant when I got gay married in the District.
Frank Kameny’s group makes a comeback.
A cornerstone of health care for lesbians and trans, and gender-nonconforming folk in D.C.
Sure, complain about the streetcar. But not Vince Gray’s record on LGBTQ issues.
Why gay voters face a conundrum this year
Leatherfolk of the world, unite!


It’s not likely, but it sure is needed.


What Capital Pride isn’t, Baltimore Pride is.
D.C.’s chief drag queen for queer hipsters


A sunny, sandy safe place
An events promoter helps lesbians of color have a good time.


The U.S. government’s first openly transgender presidential appointee
“It gets better” because groups like this one make it better.
An open mic for queers to share their “own rainbow truth”
Sports, an excuse to get sauced, and a reminder of progress


The D.C. government helps normalize trans and gender-nonconforming residents.
Is MPD doing enough to erase its bad practices?


An accidental guide to the gay D.C. of 1951
The LGBTQ health organization expands its mission and its presence.


At Busboys and Poets, a discussion series with a queer bent
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