Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs



March 9, 2018

Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

March 2018

News & Notes


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Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Welcomes New Staff

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs is pleased to welcome Ben de Guzman as the new Community Outreach Relations Specialist. Ben is a longtime resident of the District, and recently served as a Co-Chair for the National LGBTQ Task Force’s 2018 Creating Change Conference. In this role, he helped coordinate programming for LGBT elders, people of color, and people with disabilities for the 3,000 conference attendees. Keep updated on the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs at


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News from the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s State of the District
Thursday, March 15


Please join the Mayor for the 2018 State of the District Address. The University of the District of Columbia will host this event at its Theater of the Arts on Thursday, March 15th at 5:30pm. For more information and to RSVP: .

DC Tuition Assistance Grant: Support College Affordability for DC Students and Families!


The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) expands higher education choices for District residents by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities (two-year and four-year) throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico. DCTAG also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide. Currently DCTAG has students in attending over 300 colleges and universities. Many students and families depend on DC TAG to afford college. Let Congress know that DC TAG is here to stay - sign the petition at or share your story using #saveDCTAG.

Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program 


The 2018 Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Host Employer Application is now available. Please complete an employer application available at  We would be delighted to have you on board as a host employer for 2018 MBSYEP!  All host applications must be completed by Friday, May 25, 2018. 

Please let us know if you have signed on as an employer so we can assist DOES in assigning youth to you.

DC Department of Health is now DC Health


DC Health has a new logo, but remains committed to make the District the healthiest city in America. Find out more information at #DCHealth

LGBTQ Community Events

Q Mason Film Screenings
Friday, March 30
7:30 pm at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum

Q Mason Films

George Mason University’s LGBTQ Resources and Film and Video Studies presents Q-Mason, a selection of films from the Film and Video Studies program telling LGBTQ stories. Cosponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Saturday, March 10
12 pm- 1:30 pm at the DC Center

Lets love longer


Join us for a community discussion on Preventing Cancer in the LGBTQI Community! Lesbian, bisexual, queer women and individuals of trans experience are invited, welcome and wanted. Light brunch will be served.

#DoYou In Honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Monday, March 12
6 - 9 pm at First Congressional United Church of Christ


Event featuring free food, DIY facials and skincare tips, aromatherapy, make your own stress ball, and music.

Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: Untold Stories of Sex Workers
Thursday, March 15
7- 9 pm at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW)

Taking the stage

Join the DC Center for this groundbreaking event in our series: Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: Untold Stories of Sex Workers. This event will uplift the voices and untold stories of sex workers from DC, focusing on resilience and perseverance through targeted violence, persecution from law enforcement, and other difficult barriers.

Business Matters: LGBT Cultural Competency
March 22, 2018
6:30 pm- 7:30 pm at Mason & Rook Hotel 1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

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The latest in the Business Matters series In conjunction with the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, will be a 101 cultural competency training. This event will help improve capacity to serve LGBT clients and customers, and is intended for business owners, managers, and other interested participants.

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm at Mason & Rook Hotel 1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (to be followed by a Happy Hour from 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm)

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Muriel Bowser


Sheila Alexander-Reid


Office Hours & Location 

Monday - Friday 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

2000 14th St. NW - Suite 206A

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 727-9493

Fax: (202) 727-5931

TTY: (202) 727-9493


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