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. —Christina Cauterucci and Jonathan L. Fischer
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The Mayor for Life is one of the few politicians to "devolve" on gay rights.
The glitter-strewn weekend that's become a month-long party
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.
A land swap could mean an unexpected move for the LGBTQ community hub.
The enduring leather hotspot moves east of the river.
DC Gurly Show
Queer burlesque opens the stage to all genders and orientations
Fourteen years of dapper gents lip-synching with panache
Gay Bars, RIP
Why did four queer gathering places shutter this year?
D.C. queers deserve a provocative, intelligent, representative read.
Gay Men's Chorus
Once, they used pseudonyms in programs. Now, they're performing at the Kennedy Center.
A Friday-night dance party for the young and sparkly
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
We're No. 1! The Internet says so.
What it meant when I got gay married in the District.
Mautner Project, the
A cornerstone of health care for lesbians and trans, and gender-nonconforming folk in D.C.
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"
At Busboys and Poets, a discussion series with a queer bent