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Lambda Bridge Club

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Members of the Lambda Bridge Club MISSION: For 25 years, Lambda Bridge Club has provided a social atmosphere for gay bridge players, with 50 active members. ACTIVITES: Lambda Bridge Club hosts both social and duplicate bridge, a more challenging version of the game. Ed Duffy, a certified American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) bridge participant, takes part in the games and is also in charge of refereeing the duplicate bridge games. The group hosts social games on the first and third ... [Read]

D.C. Aquatics Club

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Members of DCAC at a recent practice session MISSION: The D.C. Aquatics Club (DCAC) promotes competitive and fitness swimming in a social, team-oriented, coached setting. ACTIVITES: In addition to holding five local swim meets throughout the week, DCAC also participates in the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships. DCAC will travel to Paris for the May 23-28, 2007 championship. HOW TO JOIN: Come to any of the weekly meetings and introduce yourself to a coach or board member, who ... [Read]

Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (CARA)

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CARA members on their 2006 Capital Pride Parade float(Photo by Henry Linser/file photo) MISSION: Founded in 1995, CARA coordinates and promotes the sport of bowling for men and women in the Washington, D.C., area gay community. CARA currently has about 600 members. COMMON ACTIVITIES: With a number of leagues throughout the area and various bowling seasons, CARA provides year-round opportunities for competitive bowling. HOW TO JOIN: CARA is open to bowlers of all skill levels, with weekly fees dependent upon ... [Read]

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA )

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Members of GLIFAA (Photo by Todd Franson) MISSION: Founded in 1992, GLIFAA works for full parity for GLBT personnel and their families in U.S. foreign affairs agencies. GLIFAA also serves as a support network and source of information for GLBT employees and their families. ACTIVITIES: Lobby foreign affairs agencies to advance the group's mission, while also offering social events for membership. HOW TO JOIN: Full membership available to foreign affairs officers, with $35 annual dues. Other levels of membership are ... [Read]

Asian Queers United for Action (AQUA)

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Members of AQUA at a recent happy hour event Mission: To serve gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) in the Washington, D.C., area with advocacy, education and social events promoting a positive image of API. Founded: 1997 Members: 70 How to join: GBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander men are eligible to be full members. Those who support API, but are not API themselves, can become ally members. Membership forms are available for download from the Web site. Annual ... [Read]

Big Gay Book Group

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Big Gay Book Club MISSION: Formed in 2004, the Big Gay Book Group is a forum open to all to discuss gay literature on a monthly basis. NUMBER OF MEMBERS: Approximately 10. ACTIVITIES: The group meets monthly in the Dupont Circle area to discuss a particular book, and other topics as they arise. BACKGROUND: Robert Starner's initial motivation for forming the Big Gay Book Group stems form his former job as a manager at Lambda Rising. ''I was trying to ... [Read]

Lambda Sci-Fi

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Members of Lambda Sci-Fi MISSION: Founded in 1990, Lambda Sci-Fi (LSF) is for GLBT people and their friends interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres in all forms. LSF's primary goals are to have fun and provide community. NUMBER OF MEMBERS: Approximately 50. ACTIVITIES: All activities are open to non-members, and include ''video madness parties,'' movie outings, a monthly book-discussion group, a monthly social, gaming days and attending science-fiction conventions. HOW TO JOIN: Annual membership dues are $10. ... [Read]

Federal Triangles Soccer Club

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Federal Triangles members at the 20005 Capital Pride festival (Photo by Todd Franson) MISSION: Founded in 1990, The FTSC promotes the growth of soccer and fosters a sense of community for gay, lesbian, bisexual and GLB-friendly players. NUMBER OF MEMBERS: Approximately 60 dues-paying members (though many more participate in pick-up games). COMMON ACTIVITIES: Various indoor, outdoor, male, female and mixed-gender leagues meet throughout the year to play soccer. FTSC teams also play in International Gay and Lesbian Football Association tournaments. ... [Read]

UltimateOut - Gay, Lesbian and Gay-friendly Ultimate Frisbee Coed Team

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Members of Ultimateout ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: UltimateOut strives to build a sense of community for athletic gays, lesbians and gay-friendly people to play a fun, energetic and social sport. YEAR FOUNDED: 2005 NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 15 GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GROUP'S MOST COMMON ACTIVITIES: The team plays ultimate Frisbee on Saturdays most of the year, and socializes at dinners and bar outings. HOW TO JOIN: $20 fee to join, all skill levels welcome. Visit the team online at http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/ultimateout BACKGROUND: ''I'm ... [Read]

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Capital Area

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Members of GLSEN at a recent happy hour event ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. ACTIVITIES: Formed in 2000, the National Capital Area chapter lobbies school boards, meets with student Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), sponsors conferences for LGBT and allied youth, and hosts a monthly teacher happy hour. HOW TO JOIN: Membership is open to people of any age or profession who believe ... [Read]

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