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“I feel that I am walking in my purpose and standing in my light.”

- Rayceen Pendarvis

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 a magnificent rise to prominence, the iconic Rayceen Pendarvis has always striven to utilize the influential power of the press for positive social change and overall cultural enlightenment.  As each request for a personal interview is granted, Pendarvis is once again empowered with a platform to inform the public of issues that are paramount to the LGBT community and society at large.  Special emphasis is also placed on harnessing the full power of each media platform – be it television, radio, magazines, etc, - in a strong effort to “shine a light” on causes that are undeserved within the gay community.

Below are some of the media outlets Pendarvis has had the pleasure of conducting in-dept interviews with throughout a long and thriving career.

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“101 Photos of the World's Best Black Pride”
June 02, 2017
The Advocate is the world's leading source of LGBT news and politics.  The print edition is the oldest and largest gay magazine in the United States.  The publication's extensive archive is vast and contains articles written by early LGBT pioneers as well as founders of the modern-day LGBT rights movement.  The historic periodical was originally inspired by a police raid of a Los Angeles gay bar and has grown to become a prominent voice for topics related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and its allies.


“Performer Interview: Team Rayceen”
November 27, 2015
Artomatic is a non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization focused on creating and hosting art festivals approximately every 12-18 months in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The event organizers are well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities. Each festival showcases a wide-variety of visual, creative and performing art, including music, film, performance and fashion – all FREE. Anyone can show art at Artomatic, it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis. The mission of Artomatic is to create community, build audience and expand economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. The events are funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts).

DJ Fusion – FuseBoxRadio

“Paris is Burning: Celebrating 25 Years (2015)”
September 25, 2015
Mary Nichols (a.k.a. DJ Fusion) is an American freelance photographer with a main focus on music, sports, event & portrait photography for various media outlets & individuals as well as a longtime Radio, Club & Events DJ, podcast host/content creator and writer. 

Brightest Young Things - DC

“Talking Paris Is Burning With Rayceen Pendarvis”
September 22, 2015
Brightest Young Things is a daily internet magazine and event production/PR agency. The organization bills itself as “party throwing experts dedicated to all things good in Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago.” Ultimately, their goal is to bridge the gap between real life and online experiences..

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