Beyond being a staple of the DC­area’s Black LGBTA community, Rayceen Pendarvis is known in many circles, transcending geography, ethnicity, color, orientation, and generation. Rayceen was part of the inaugural DC Black Pride, has been emcee of multiple pride festivals and events, was an activist early in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and served as an openly gay elected ANC Commissioner at a time when such a thing was unheard of.
In addition to providing a safe space for LGBTA people to connect, Rayceen uses “The Ask Rayceen Show” as a monthly forum for discussions about issues impacting LGBTA people. Rayceen is the “Queen of the Shameless Plug” due to more than self-promotion; the show is a vehicle for LGBTA businesses and organizations to gain attention. Rayceen may enjoy being in the spotlight, but it is always generously shared with others. “The Ask Rayceen Show” itself is a labor of love, for which the host not only receives no financial gain, but incurs various costs and expenses. Rayceen uses the show and other Team Rayceen events as platforms for fostering understanding for marginalized people and educating the community, while also showcasing local talent and highlighting the work of non-profit organizations.
Along with hosting duties, performances, and work with various organizations, Rayceen has advised, counseled, and comforted countless people. For years, Rayceen has hosted and made appearances at events to help bring them needed attention, often without compensation. Over decades of service to our community, Rayceen, a lifelong Washingtonian, has earned the moniker “The Goddess of DC.”
Rayceen Pendarvis, Team Rayceen, and “The Ask Rayceen Show” are on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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