Thursday, October 06, 2016

DC Center Global holds reception with awards; Bar hosts gay kickball and seems to like the Sam Francisco Giants as much as the Nats

I attended the Fourth Annual Reception at the Castleton on 16th Sr in Washington DC tonight of the Global Center Project of the DC Center for the LGBT Community  
The Global Advocate award went to Dr. Chloe Schwenke, professor at Georgetown and at the University of Maryland.  The Global Courage awards went to Pati Hernandez of El Salvador and Temitope Oke from Nigeria.

The event was well attended, by over 200 people, and there was a silent auction and free sandwich buffet and bar – enough for supper. 
The presentation presented the information on the fact sheet here

There have been several town halls since late 2015, but there has generally not been a lot of publicity in other gay media in DC until perhaps late July of this past summer.

The Center says it has assisted 157 asylum seekers to date. 

Tonight’s event did not make any mention of the need for people to house asylees (except for one brief mention by Oke, who said he arrived from Nigeria with nothing but was granted asylum in 2014).

The Center has access to a staff attorney and social worker.  I discussed the issue of major support for asylum-related volunteers on my main blog Oct. 4. 

Later I walked over to JE’s, where several teams from Stonewall Kickball had gathered.  It seems like gay sports teams like the San Francisco Giants as well as the Nats, even in DC.  Is that because Richard Harmon, from Judas Kiss, supports the Giants?  Or does the national gay community simply make a San Francisco team its own? 

Update:  Oct. 15

The Washington Blade covered this event with a story Oct. 7 by Maximillan Sycamore, here

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