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RAYCEEN PENDARVIS



QUEEN OF THE SHAMELESS PLUG
ENTERTAINER • SPEAKER
HOST • EMCEE • MODERATOR

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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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TIMELINE

To say the career of Rayceen Pendarvis has  evolved over the decades would be a vast understatement.  Throughout the past 30 years, the phenomenal “Earthmother of the Gays” has ventured into more professional areas than the powerhouse dynamo could have possibly imaged.  Most recently Pendarvis has had the unique pleasure of adding a very special career achievement to a long and extensive résumé. It's a milestone that the legendary diva has waited a lifetime to attain.  Recently, Pendarvis achieved the unique distinction of becoming a “legally recognized” wedding officiant for the the LGBT community, as well as, the general public. As Rayceen would often say, “How 'bout THAT!”

Below are highlights of the many other professional endeavors placed under the belt of  Rayceen Pendarvis throughout three glorious decades.

Timeline of Select Career Highlights



May 1991: Rayceen hosts inaugural Black Gay and Lesbian Pride Day, now known as DC Black Pride


May 1998: Rayceen receives Welmore Cook Award for outstanding leadership from Black Gay and Lesbian Pride, now known as DC Black Pride


2012-2013: The Ask Rayceen Show occurred monthly at MLK Library


Spring 2013: Rayceen appears on cover of SWERV with Tracey Africa Norman and others


2014-2015: The Ask Rayceen Show occurred monthly at Liv Nightclub


2014: Rayceen honored as one of 205 Heroes in the Fight Against HIV/ AIDS in the Last 30 Years


May 2014: Metro Weekly runs Rayceen Pendarvis cover story


June 2014: Rayceen moderates NIH Transgender Health panel


June 2015: Rayceen moderates Smithsonian’s “Paris Is Burning” panel


September 2015: Rayceen honored at The DC Center’s Fall Reception


September 2015: Rayceen hosts Reel Affirmations and Team Rayceen “Paris Is Burning” event


2016: The Ask Rayceen Show occurred monthly, primarily at MLK Library


June 2016: Rayceen honored as recipient of Capital Pride Heroes Award


June 2016: Rayceen participated in Capital Pride Parade as Capital Pride Hero


July 2016: Rayceen’s debut TUV magazine article published


August 2016: Rayceen hosts annual OutWrite LGBT Book Festival


October 2016: Rayceen hosts annual Reel Affirmations LGBT International Film Festival


October 2016: Rayceen voted “Best Clergy” in Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC Awards


October 2016: Rayceen’s debut Unite Virginia magazine article published


December 2016: Rayceen guest hosted “Inside Out Radio” on WPFW


December 2016: Rayceen named Person of the Year by Go Gay DC


January 17, 2017: Rayceen is guest co-host of The Lanada Williams Show on BLIS.fm


January 20, 2017: Rayceen’s letter to the President Elect included in Metro Weekly’s Dear President Trump feature


January 27, 2017: Rayceen hosts Reel Affirmations film screening as new host of the monthly event in DC


February 25, 2017: Rayceen is a celebrity judge at the Annual Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search


March 1, 2017: The Ask Rayceen Show begins its sixth season with a new venue: HRC Equality Center


March 17, 2017: Rayceen receives the Impact Award for LGBTQ Advocacy from Omega Lambda Phi Fraternity


May 6, 2017: Team Rayceen and Unite Virginia present The Artomatic 2017 Finalé starring Rayceen Pendarvis


May 20, 2017: Rayceen hosts Capital Trans Pride


July 5, 2017: Rayceen's first article for EFNIKS.com is published


August 5, 2017: Rayceen hosts "Quick and Dirty" and moderates a panel at the Seventh Annual OutWrite LGBT Literary  Festival


September 14, 2017:  Rayceen is honored as a finalist for the Mayor's Arts Awards/Excellence In The Humanities


September 2017: Rayceen is honored as a finalist for the 16th Annual Washington Blade Best of Gay DC Readers’ Poll for Best Clergy & Best Transgender Advocate





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