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Beyond The Blues: A Performance Piece on the Issue of Gay Bullying
Beyond The Blues: A Performance Piece on the Issue of Gay Bullying

 

This story comes to us from Rahima Rice-Marsh:

Washington, DC – In commemoration of DC Black Pride and Capital Pride, The Downtown Players will pay tribute to several youth lost to suicide through a performance of song, dance, poetry and special readings, in Beyond The Blues: A Performance Piece on the Issue of Gay Bullying.

 

The Downtown Players will shed light on the deaths of Seth Walsh, Raymond Chase, Asher Brown, Billy Lucas, Justin Aaberg, and most notably Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who took his life after he was humiliated by being publicly and virally outed by his roommate. His death brought national attention to an issue that has plagued the gay community for decades. The show will include performances by Isaac Marsh, Jade Foster, Damien Carter, Kierra McKenzie and Shaunice Alston. Popular events promoter, Breeze Bennett of Live OUT Events and Ebone Bell, Founder of B.O.I. Marketing & Events Promotions and the Capital Queer Prom, will give special readings on some of the lost youth.

 

Beyond The Blues will present a DC Black Pride performance on Friday, May 27, 2011 and a Capital Pride performance on Friday, June 2, 2011, both at 7:00PM at Bloombars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The space is easily accessible by the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green Line.

 

Bloombars is a non-profit performance space, which asks for a $10 suggested donation. A portion of the proceeds from the performances will be given to SMYAL, a non-profit organization created to address the urgent needs of DC area LGBTQ youth, and Youth Pride Alliance, also a non-profit organization that annually presents the Youth Pride Day activities.