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The Welcoming Committee: DC


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee: DC


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee is a movement of LGBTQ people who want to experience the whole world, and not just gay bars, in outrageous comfort.

How do we do it? Easy. First, we build a huge community of LGBTQ folks. And then we simply bring hundreds of our members to concerts, theaters, sports games, nightclubs, and travel destinations in and around the city. Scroll down to watch our video and see the kinds of places that we take over.

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Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

upCOmING TAKEOVERS:

Stir Cocktail Class
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 | 7PM

It's a mixer that takes itself literally. Learn how to shake out the craftiest cocktails and meet other TWC members who'd rather savor their libations. Sign up here!

Get Together
September 30, 2015 | 7pm

We're throwing a party where TWC Newbies (and those who love them) can learn more about the movement and meet The Corps and Crew. Show up. Grab a drink. Meet your new insta-friends.

GUERRILLA QUEER BAR
October 2, 2015 | 10PM

On the first Friday of each month, join hundreds of gays as we descend on a straight bar and make it ours for one night. Only members find out where. Find out here!

Margaret Cho:
The Psycho Tour

October 9, 2015 | 8PM

Equal parts comedy queen and swoonfest, Margaret Cho's tour is coming to The Warner Theatre and we scored a discount for our members. Tickets here

 

TWC TAKES VEGAS
OCTOBER 15-18, 2015

Tickets on sale now! Imagine Vegas dyed a new hue of LGBTQ. With unparalleled access to shows, pool parties, day trips and clubs. Join us on our trip to Sin City this fall. Earlybird prices end July 8! Viva, Las Vegas. 

 
 

Join the movement to find out about our future takeovers:

We're not just in bars - takeovers in Boston and Philadelphia have included professional sports, comedy shows, concerts, rock climbing, and even the opera. We also organize several trips every year, to beaches, casinos, ski resorts, and more. Become a member to find out what's in store for DC. It could be one of these:

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Have you own idea of places that need to be more LGBTQ-friendly (or just a lot more friendly and fun)? Let us know:

PREVIOUS TAKEOVERs:

NIGHT OUT AT THE NATIONALS
JUNE 17, 2014

TWC is sending a team to Night Out at the Nationals, the largest LGBTQ community sporting event. We're taking over and giving back, with proceeds going to Team DC.

 

RAFTING TAKEOVER
JUNE 20-22, 2014

TWC Philly is headed into the Poconos for a weekend of rafting, camping, and bonfires and have invited us to join them.

PIRATE CRUISE TAKEOVER
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

We're taking over the high seas (i.e. the Potomac) on a Pirate-themed Cruise! There will be a DJ, open bar, and boat full of TWCers.

BALLET TAKEOVER: THE NUTCRACKER
DEC. 11, 2014

Set in 1882 Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of The Washington Ballet’s international roster of dancers and the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music.

SKI TRIP TAKEOVER
JAN. 9 - 11

Our third annual TWC Ski Trip is coming up. We're taking over Mount Snow in Vermont for a snow-tastic weekend with TWCers from Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. 

OPeration: Takeover the Spy Museum
JAN. 24 | 3:30PM

We're infiltrating the spy museum and going undercover with Operation Spy, an interactive mission where you save the world. NBD. Get the details here.

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL
FEB 11 | 7:30PM

We're taking over the glitziest and jazz-handsiest musical ever. We've even snagged an exclusive talkback just for our members. You had it coming.

Washington Wizards Takeover
MARch 27, 2015 | 7PM

Team DC hosts the biggest game nights in the LGBTQ sports community. Naturally we want them playing for our team, so we're working together and scoring tickets to the Wizards.  

SPRING BREAK TAKEOVER
MARCh 25-29, 2015

Let's cut to the chase. We're taking over an entire island. Puerto Rico is known for colorful tree frogs and rum, so naturally there's no place we'd rather be for the first beach days of the year.

Murder Ballad
APRil 23, 2015 | 8PM

Off of Broadway and onto your table, you can get tickets to this musical of love and murder right here. Oh and we snagged you an invite to a private party with the cast. 

Bloody mary fest
MAY 3, 2015 | 12PM

It's our favorite spicy-tangy-sweet brunch cocktail on the largest scale yet. Pickles? Bacon? Charcuterie feast? There's a bloody for that. and we have a ticket to it.

The Ariana Grande Takeover
JUly 25, 2015 | 7:30PM

We scored discounted tickets to the Ariana Grande concert when she plays at the Verizon Center. Join here to sit in our section of LGBTQs and come to our Venti pre-party. 

U STREET BAR CRAWL
August 22, 2015 | 2PM

Join us as we spread cheer and cheers with a whole lotta queers at this takeover on wheels . We're makiing our way down U street with all of DC's LGBTQs in tow.

Art After Hours Dance Party at the AMA
August 28, 2015 | 8PM

An open bar, DJs, food trucks and some amazing art from across the continent. Come dance your way through the halls and find out more!

 

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The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

Meet Fiona and Grant, TWC DC's Community Managers, and Geoff, TWC DC's Volunteer Alumni Manager. They help the city's LGBTQs meet each other and paint the town red (and orange and yellow and green, blue, and purple). Want to get in touch? Shoot them an email

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FIONA HANLY

Meet Fiona: 5 languages + 3 passports = She's basically the lesbian polyglot James Bond. #nuffsaid

Meet Fiona: Music blogger, human theremin, & mixtape maker - she's somehow the worst dancer you will ever meet (but not for lack of trying)

Meet Fiona: Modern day mix of April Ludgate, Virginia Woolf, & Bagheera (the panther from the Jungle Book); you should be her bud.

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Meet Geoff: Making DC Minnesota-nice since 2008. Favorite brunch topics include Alan Turing and whiskey preferences (Kentucky bourbon yes, scotch never).  

Meet Geoff: Showtunes Monday 
regular, Frozen singalongs always. He bleeds Hoya blue twice over, and always has the perfect gif-sponse. #NotTodaySatan

Meet Geoff: Whether he's slapping a cup, kicking a ball, or roaming the streets (odds are 17th or U), you can always sit with him. Except Gretchen Wieners.

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Meet Grant: Sweater collector extraordinaire, caffeine fiend, never the shortest person in the room. 

Meet Grant: Chicago (suburbs) born and raised, aspiring owner of glasses for every mood, avid technophile. 

Meet Grant: Bleeds glitter, most likely found in a grocery store aisle, believes confidence is the key to dancing. #fakeittilyoumakeit


THE CORPS, DC

What is the Corps? And why are you already so obsessed with them? 

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC events. Shake hands as people walk through the door. Take selfies with their phones. And post them on Twitter. And that’s just the beginning. You can see/hug/love the current Corps team below.

If you're new to DC, tired of your current friends, wondering where to find the best late night food, or just need to learn how to tie a bow tie, then you've arrived in the right place. Each Corps member has gone through extensive training on all of these fronts. Use them. Abuse them. And ask them hard questions. "I'm new to DC HELP AHHHHHH" is perfectly appropriate.


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Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC takeovers and act as insta-friends for TWC newbies. They give hugs to strangers. Take selfies with their phones. And post them to Insta-Twitter-Tumblr-gram. Follow here!

Meet the current Corps team here. And if you're interested in applying, keep scrolling or simply click here.

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Denise
Thomas

TWC Member #23889
I love eating popcorn with nerds candy accompanied by board games, movies, trivia, and great company. I am searching for a favorite DC spot.

Allison
Agnew

TWC Member #12140
The friendliest Masshole you'll ever meet. Self-proclaimed token lesbian at Larry's Lounge. Misuse of the word 'wicked' is a touchy subject.

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Travis
Mager

TWC Member #15264
I live and die for corgis, podcasts, figure skating, Ina Garten, hiking, non-ephemeral art and damn good coffee. Let's twirl.

Hannah 
Sydnor-Greenberg

TWC Member #21510
I'm Hannah. I take my coffee with cream and sugar, my clothes black, and my alcohol straight. I'll charm you with my Southern roots. 

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Pat
Ouellette

TWC Member #24760
I'm Pat! I'd describe myself as Chandler with half a dash of Monica and Rachel. Always up for an adventure in or out of the District

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Aaron
Chapman

TWC Member #21935
I'm Aaron filled w/ southern hospitality and a sarcastic tongue.The quickest way to my heart is through brunch or a gin & tonic- #Cheers

J. Clarence
Flanders

TWC Member #25150
Lover of juice, music, life, and unauthentic Chinese food. Eccentric and eclectic by nature, with a dry wit and a sharp tongue.

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Liz
Dean

TWC Member #12556
I’m Liz Dean: part class clown, part ambitious girl next door. I like cooking, queermos, volunteering, puppies & going to Nats games!

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Whitney
Quinn

TWC Member #15502
Kind of a klutz. Fond of pink, polka dots, and red wine. Constantly in search of good Mexican food.


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Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

If you're eager to hug strangers, help give LGBTQs access to new spaces and places in your city, and welcome people into the national TWC community, then today's your day. Applications for the September - December, 2015 session of The Corps are now being accepted (until August 9 at noon).

Apply!


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Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are The Corps alums.

Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are The Corps alums.

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Alexander
Yee

TWC Member #5242
Alex here. I'm always on the look out for Instagramable food, cute dogs to run away with, and cute dog owners to run away with as well.

Hannah
Jacobson

TWC Member #12427
Life motto: In pursuit of justice for all & happy hour prices. Midwest bred. Special educator. Lover of feels, red wine & trashy teen TV dramas.

Andrew
Maguire

TWC Member #12079
I'm Andrew. Serious taco connoisseur, movie snob, and reality-TV junkie. Sucker for anything adorkable. Acoustic song covers slay me

Katrina
Ilich

TWC Member #18982
I’m Kat. I like vodka. Bath & Body Works' 10 for $10 scented hand-sanitizers are swell, too.

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Jessika
Reliford

TWC Member #13786
I'm Jess. I love craft beer, games (sports, board, card, dice, video), and terrible puns. I've never had a bad sneeze.

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John
HilleGASS

TWC Member #17490
I'm John. An ex-bloodbender, aspiring avatar, stuck on planet Earth, and in need of a towel. I like board games, nerdy things, the nature, and new experiences.

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Lindsay
Heebner

TWC Member #13626
I dance when I eat. I have no sense of direction. I rarely miss a chance to quote Eddie Izzard or Tupac. I drum & read a lot about animals.

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Maggie
Larkin

TWC Member #12349
Snapchat is my main form of communication. I enjoy a nice button down shirt and eat a lot of hummus. My life goal is to be Twitter famous.

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Girolama
Bui

TWC Member #14680
I'm Girolama (Jur-Ole-Uh-Muh) and I'd surprise you with how much food I can actually eat & can tell you which aquarium fish can get along. 

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Nathan
Miller

TWC Member #7464
Tarheel bred, MIT grad, happily back where the tea is sweet, consultant for now but anxiously awaiting openings at Olivia Pope & Associates.