Queer-Owned Bake Shop to Open in Bloomingdale

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Come autumn, Bloomingdale will get to put yet another notch in its lesbian belt: a queer-owned bake shop. Sara Fatell, 27, has been serving up dessert fare for D.C.-area parties, weddings and special events for the past two years as founder and co-owner of Grassroots Gourmet. Her openly progressive catering business, which is currently in the running for Best Caterer in the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC poll (VOTE PLEASE!), has outgrown Fatell’s residential kitchen and will soon find a new home in a storefront space near the intersection of 1st Street and Rhode Island Avenue. Fatell started baking in college to relieve stress induced by long hours working as a labor organizer, drawn to the straightforward directions of a recipe and its immediate reward: something warm and gooey from the oven. She’d take her creations to the campaign office to feed other students in need of comfort food...

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Brunching in Style

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Birthdays, Benedict, and Bellinis, OH MY!  What could be better than birthdays and brunch? Well, if we’re talking about this Sunday’s extra special 2nd birthday for OverEasy combined with the brunch plans you’re going to make after reading this post then the answer is pretty much:  Nadda. (Except for maybe the smoochies you’re gonna get from that little hottie at Dodge City while dj vANNIEty kills spins her very best.) That’s right! I’m here to bring you tips, recommendations, and of course, my always present witty repartee on how and where to brunch in this fine city: The Best “Boozy With A Group Of Your Friends (6 or more)” Brunch: In a word, URBANA.  You can find this little spot nestled on 21st and P, which is ultra-convenient for that cab you’re going to need to catch when you stand up and realize that walking is no longer a skill...

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Best of Gay DC Ballot Picks, and a little bit of a rant

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The Washington Blade’s nominations for its annual Best of Gay DC poll are in, and we’ve got good news and bad news. GOOD NEWS FIRST! We’re up for Best Local Blog and Best Women’s Party for OverEasy! THIS IS AWESOME! Many thanks and hugs and sprinkles to everyone who supported us with a nomination! Extra rainbows and pots of gold to those of you who get out there and vote for us! You can vote EVERY DAY, and if you do that for us…well, just tell me, and I’ll figure out a suitable prize for you. Batteries not included. It’s worth mentioning that, in the category of Best Local Blog, Where the Girls Go is up against a)      DCist, Borderstan, and Prince of Petworth: three straight blogs, one of which is just a franchise of a national big-box blog chain. b)      Outrage DC: the Blade’s content-sharing partner. Which brings me to the...

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2012 Femme Conference takes over Baltimore this weekend

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Starting today Femmes are taking over Charm City for the weekend for the 2012 FEMME CONFERENCE. The bi-annual gathering—which began in 2006—brings together several hundred queer femmes and allies from all over the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe. The three-day long event features over 40 workshops, performers, a film festival, an art show, and keynote speeches by filmmaker Prathiba Parmar and artist Nomy Lamm (pictured above), just to name a few highlights. "The purpose of this conference is to showcase cultural works by and about a very diverse selection of femme community members," says Damien Luxe, the co-chair of the Media Committee and one of the heads of the design "department." Luxe has been attending the conference ever since the start and has been working with Femme Collective, the group responsible for making it happen, since 2009 in preparation for the 2010 festival. Though it's called the Femme...

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Survivor of Motorcycle Accident Bolstered by Community Support

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When Carolina Alcalde hopped on her motorcycle on the night of Friday, June 29, she was ready for a night off. Her friend, Zuri, had scheduled her a professional massage in Crystal City, and the high-energy biker chick couldn’t wait to indulge in a rare moment of total relaxation. Five hours later, Alcalde awoke in an emergency room, unable to move, with no memory of how she got there. “Can you feel this?” A team of nurses filled her in: On her way home from the massage parlor, just a few blocks from her home in Columbia Heights, the windy beginnings of a thunderstorm knocked down a 500-pound tree by the side of the road, crushing Alcalde and her bike. The doctors tested her upper body strength. Push this, pull that, press down, lift up. “Can you feel this?” they asked, poking her chest and arms. “Ow, yes!” Alcalde said....

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Reality Bites: Why the Real L Word is Bad for Lesbians

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This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post. We're reviving it here in light of the series' new season, which you should probably watch. The way you'd watch a train wreck.   Ask any queer girl: When it comes to gaydar, haircuts count. Surely not every pixie-haired chick out there is hiding steamy Sapphic fantasies inside her carefully pomaded head, and I've met plenty of lesbians with hair that looks straight in more ways than just texture, but any lady with a shaved side, faux-hawk or asymmetrical 'do gets at least a second glance from me. When I came out in college, I was lucky enough to do so in the company of three highly experienced lesbian roommates, all of whom advised that I reconsider the long, shapeless locks I'd carried over from my high-school days. One of the gang, as odds would have it, owned all six seasons...

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Best of Gay D.C. Ballot Picks

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The Washington Blade is hosting its annual Best of Gay D.C. awards, and we've pulled together our favorite lez-friendly peeps and places to make your voting as easy as finding a babydyke in the boys section of Gap Kids. Check out our picks and get them on your ballot. But hurry up: Nominations close tomorrow! GO DO THE DAMN THANG. Best date restaurant: Hank’s Oyster Bar Best independent coffee shop: Big Bear Best dance club: Phase 1 Dupont Best place to meet women: Phase 1 (original) Best LGBT-friendly straight bar: U Street Music Hall or Red Derby Best live music: Black Cat Best neighborhood bar: DC9 Best Women's Party: She.Rex Best alternative scene event: Where the Girls Go parties (*cough cough*) Best art gallery: Transformer Best local blog: Where the Girls Go (um, duh.) Best spa/salon: Bang Best women's clothing store: Buffalo Exchange Best secondhand shop: Annie Creamcheese Best LGBT social...

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Our Summer Soundtrack

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To get you all in the mood for dancing this Sunday - at July's OverEasy - the girls, guy, and DJs behind WTGG and the tea dance compiled you a list of our favorite sounds of summer. What's your number one summer track? "Bad Religion" by Frank Ocean:  Because anything involving Frank Ocean will always be a favorite of mine.  Plus: he went from being dropped by Def Jam to coming out in his debut album's Channel Orange liner notes. People are calling him a revolutionary in the world of hip hop. Plus, the album IS PERFECT-I highly recommend "Lost" and "Pyramid" as well.  Check him out on his first ever TV performance on Jimmy Fallon.  ~ Lindsey Summers, Contributor "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris:  I've felt a insanely close to the lovely Mr. Harris ever since he graced us with "We Found Love"  (which will continue to be...

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A Weekend of Fundraisers for Carolina Alcalde

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The derecho that hit the DMV at the end of June is still a conversation topic around town and, for many, the effects are still being felt. One of those people is Carolina Alcalde, 38, who was hit by a falling tree as she made her way home up 15th Street on her motorcycle during the storm, paralyzing her from the midsection down. People who spotted the accident from their home across the street rushed to help her, removing the tree and catching an ambulance as it passed by. Alcalde thankfully lived through the accident, but faces a long recovery for a severed spinal cord, five broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, and lung trauma. While Alcalde will remember that storm for the rest of her life, her strength of personality, as described by her friends, will ensure that she won’t let it overshadow her. She is active in organizations such...

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Book Review: Are You My Mother?

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I'm one of those people who reads all the time: for fun, for work, for pleasure. Reading a book is, if you aren’t aware, a great conversation starter, and Alison Bechdel’s recent book, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama is far and away my top metro-chat-activator. Ten years ago her first memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, was published about her coming out, her father’s suicide, and their complicated relationship; Bechdel spent the last decade writing this Mother. During the week I spent reading it a lot of people came up to me with some variation of, “I’ve seen so many people reading that book, what is it?” Now, when it comes to a topic I love I can be quite the motor-mouth, and Bechdel is a much-loved topic. I generally answer with an energetic monologue saying how brilliant and readable and moving her books are and how you--whoever...

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