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