Rayceen Pendarvis is an emcee, entertainer, activist, SWERV magazine columnist, former ANC Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian. Over the years, Pendarvis has hosted numerous fundraisers, pride festivals, arts festivals, talent showcases, fashion shows, balls, and other events. Furhermore, the Queen of the Shameless Plug frequently moderates panels and appears as a panelist at various conferences dealing with social justice and LGBTQ equality. In addition to a regular column in SWERV, Pendarvis also has written articles for Tagg, Unite Virginia, and TUV magazines.
The Goddess of DC has been honored by the community many times over the past several years, including awards from NYC’s Latex Ball, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Church, and the Community Church of Washington, DC. In 2016, Capital Pride selected Pendarvis to be a recipient of the Heroes Award and appear in the annual Capital Pride Parade.
Later that year, despite not being ordained or ministering in a traditional capacity, Pendarvis was voted Best Clergy in the Washington Blade’s 2016 Best of Gay DC Awards. A tireless advocate, promoter, and champion of various causes, Pendarvis has earned the monikers “Queen of the Shameless Plug” and the “Goddess of DC.”
Rayceen Pendarvis can be seen regularly as the host of The Ask Rayceen Show, a free, monthly, live event on first Wednesdays (March-November) in DC. In addition to live music, show segments include panel discussions, interviews, competitions, improv comedy, and audience participation games. All are welcome and admission is always FREE.
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The professional career of Rayceen Pendarvis is one that constantly grows and evolves with each new endeavor. Although well known as an openly gay emcee, activist, entertainer, writer, entrepreneur, and so much more, Pendarvis is never interested in limiting professional career boundaries or creative reach. Despite this, “the Earthmother of the Gays” is also very conscious of not abandoning the basic moral integrity that has become the foundation of a meaningful life's work. For this reason, the consciously minded equality advocate has repeatedly refused financially lucrative projects that did not uphold positive values for the LGBT community, or society at large. Only creative ventures that are deemed uplifting and non-stereotypical are given the green light from the Pendarvis camp. This ensures that each new undertaking and every new avenue explored will be represented in the most admirable way. It's especially important since most of the people and causes that Pendarvis is passionate about are greatly undeserved.
With a heartfelt mission and clearly defined goals on the agenda, Pendarvis looks back on a body of work that resonates with meaningful intent. With a strong moral compass to guide the way, and a genuine heartfelt sense of advocacy, Pendarvis declares “I think it's important that you make the time that you're born and the time that you die and the dash in between account for something.” Indeed, Pendarvis is continuously working to make his “dash” in life, a throughly meaningful one!
Below are highlights of the many career endeavors Pendarvis has proudly taken on during the course of an amazing career.
A beloved and towering figure within the Washington DC area, Rayceen Pendarvis is often referred to as “Auntie Rayceen” by many in the community who revere the DC icon as a trusted counselor and mentor. Their reverence is only natural since Pendarvis has established a firm reputation as a nurturing and maternal figure with a keen ability to dispense a wide range of useful advice.
Therefore, within the past decade, it came as no surprise when Pendarvis accepted the call to begin sharing that advice with readers of not one, but several lifestyle magazines targeting the African-American and LGBTQ communities. Collectively, these articles have continued to widen the career umbrella of the Pendarvis brand while also spreading the spirit and core values of the diva's overall mission.
Click below to browse through various articles and be sure to check back as many more are published within the coming months.
In the Fall of 2013, Rayceen Pendarvis began writing periodic advice columns for SWERV Magazine. These insightful articles often begin with a variety of interesting titles, including, “The Snow Queen”, “Thick, Fine, And Over 50!”, “Cyber Love or Cyber Lust”, and “All Queens Don't Wear A Crown!” Although these “tell it like it is” commentaries are often laced with a sassy brand of comedy, readers are always given solid and meaningful “pearls of wisdom”. Each and every article is refreshingly unique in that they are all specifically tailored to the special needs of the LGBTQ community.
SWERV Magazine is a national lifestyle periodical, celebrating the culture and community of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people throughout the country. Launched in the Winter of 2008 as a quarterly publication, SWERV features same-gender-loving men and women in literature, music, visual and performing arts, film, television, sports, politics, and more. SWERV also includes sections on fashion, health & fitness, news, travel, special events, and advice, courtesy of Rayceen Pendarvis.