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.
"Thanks to the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for accommodating my interview for #50StatesofGay" - Rayceen Pendarvis
On May 10th, 2016, Cole Ledford began a journey to tell the stories of LGBTQ+ people from across America. Over the next 31 days, he collected video footage, pictures, and hundreds of stories from members of the LGBTQ+ community to be shared in a video documentary series unlike anything done before.
We SPEAK bills itself as a talk show that doesn't necessarily chat about currents events but rather about the issues that are forever current in their/our hearts. The show features several rotating hosts, including Alvin King, David Lett, Christopher Smith, James L. Hicks, Shaina Edney and Riley Knoxx.
The Bishop Allyson Abrams Show is a cutting edge platform for discussion of current events, issues and topics that will impact the community. Bishop Abrams discusses religion, real estate, politics, health, education, technology, wellness and a variety of other topics. Abrams is also the pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD.