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.
Rayceen Pendarvis is a prolific motivational speaker who has appeared before large crowds in various cities around the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Widely known as the “Goddess of DC”, the sought-after counselor and mentor processes a “tell it like it is” style of delivery, which is often topped with a refreshing spontaneous wit, and coupled with a unique one-of-a-kind personality. The success Pendarvis enjoys in a variety of personal and professional endeavors is well documented and has become the foundation for several uniquely genuine talks. This allows the diva to routinely step up to the podium and deliver messages that are distinctive, unparalleled, and unlike many others. Over the years, Pendarvis has told amazing stories of overcoming adversity, maintaining perseverance, dealing with life's challenges, building self esteem, accomplishing goals, developing team building skills, and creating a better community. These talks are designed to challenge and transform audience members while also leaving them informed, entertained, and empowered with practical strategies to improve their lives. It's expected that attendees will walk away with precious "pearls of wisdom" that will ultimately assist them in striving to greater heights.
Rayceen Pendarvis is a a well-known public figure within the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, who has been named Person of The Year by Go Gay DC, and has also been honored by Gay Men's Health Crises, DC Black Pride, Capital Pride Alliance, The DC Center For The LGBT Community, as well as several churches, fraternities and numerous philanthropic and community organizations.
Over the years, Pendarvis has been invited to speak at many events. Below you will find video footage of two – the keynote speech given at the 2016 Mandate 757 event, and the 2017 speech given as “Table Topics Master” for the UPO Community Leaders Toastmasters Club.
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Rayceen Pendarvis is also a very successful columnist who has written numerous articles for a variety of magazines. You can also find the media guru dispensing uplifting messages, with a unique brand a wisdom, on several television and radio shows. Click below to further explore the multifaceted career of Rayceen Pendarvis.