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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Throughout the course of several decades, Rayceen Pendarvis has been very mindful of incorporating philanthropic endeavors into several areas of a wonderful life and career. These generous efforts have served to benefit the causes of Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc. (THE) and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU), among other organizations.
Chief among the many charitable causes were the annual J.E.R.R.Y parties. Pendarvis and several personal friends collectively hosted a shared birthday fundraiser and donated all proceeds to the Wanda Alston House Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of LGBT youth. During the 2015 event, the birthday boys were able to raise $1,000.00 dollars in one night alone. Pendarvis looks back at the many charitable events and reflects stating, "God has given me in this lifetime another set of brothers. I am so blessed to be able to do so much with them.”
Below you will find a wonderful look back at the annual festivities of the J.E.R.R.Y. fundraisers.