WED. APRIL 13 | “When Politics Divides the Family, III: Gender Identity and Sexuality” with Rayceen
Following the 8 PM performance join us for a post-show discussion “When Politics Divides the Family, III: Gender Identity and Sexuality," with Lisbeth Melendez Rivera (Human Rights Campaign) and Rayceen Pendarvis, (“The Ask Rayceen Show”). The discussion is moderated by Andrea Barron (Mosaic Community Engagement Committee Member) and NJ Mitchell (Mosaic Board Member and Community Engagement Committee Member).
Lisbeth Melendez Rivera Lisbeth Melendez Rivera from the Human Rights Campaign is the Religion & Faith Program’s Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives. Before joining HRC full-time, she was working closely with the program for two years as the National Coordinator for the A la Familia project, training and empowering Latino/as throughout the country around LGBT issues. She envisioned and directed Before God: We Are All Family, a powerful short documentary that she has shared with Latino/a communities across the country.
Rayceen Pendarvis is a columnist for SWERV magazine, performer, activist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian. In 2014, Rayceen was honored by being recognized in an exhibit housed in the National Library: “205 Heroes in the Fight Against HIV/ AIDS in the Last 30 Years” included Rayceen Pendarvis as number 165. In that same year, Rayceen appeared on the cover of Metro Weekly, hosted the DC Black Pride festival, moderated a panel at NIH, was a double-nominee (for both Most Committed Activist and Local Hero) in the Washington Blade "Best of Gay DC" awards, and received the Angel Award at the Latex Ball in NYC.
In 2015, Rayceen was profiled by Tagg magazine and the Washington Blade, was honored by The DC Center for the LGBT Community at their Fall Reception, and has been a part of several events, including hosting Black Transcendence: A Black Queer & Trans Art Experience, moderating the panel discussion at the Smithsonian's "Paris Is Burning" screening, co-hosting the 25th Annual DC Black Pride Cultural Arts and Wellness Festival with another frequent host of the event, ButtaFlySoul, hosting “Quick and Dirty” at The DC Center’s Fifth Annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival, moderating a panel and hosting the mini-ball at Reel Affirmations and Team Rayceen present IS BURNING! Celebrating 25 Years: The Book...The Film... The Ball, co-hosting (with ButtaFlySoul) SongMaster's 18th Annual BGL Cruise, hosting the annual DC Queer Theatre Festival, and co-hosting (with Curt Mariah) a series of three variety shows at Artomatic.
Rayceen can be seen regularly as the host of THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW, a free, monthly, live entertainment event on first Wednesdays (March-November) in DC. Show segments include panel discussions, interviews, live music performances, improv comedy, and audience participation games. All are welcome and admission is always FREE.
You can follow Rayceen Pendarvis, Team Rayceen, and “The Ask Rayceen Show” on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.