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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 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and lifelong Washingtonian.

Over the years, Pendarvis has hosted numerous fundraisers, pride festivals, arts festivals, talent showcases, fashion shows, balls, and other events.  Furthermore, 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 magazine, Pendarvis also writes for Tagg, Q Virginia, The Unleashed Voice, and EFNIKS Media.

The "High Priestess of Love" has been honored by the community many times over the past several decades, including awards from NYC’s prestigious Latex Ball and NYC Black Pride, DC Black Pride, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Church, and the Community Church of Washington, DC.

In 2016, Capital Pride Alliance selected Pendarvis to be a recipient of the prestigious Heroes Award and proudly 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,

and also named Go Gay DC's "Person of The Year."


The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city of Washington, DC, to individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations.  In 2017, Rayceen Pendarvis proudly became an “Excellence in the Humanities – Finalist” for this award, and was truly grateful to receive this distinguished honor.  A tireless advocate, promoter, and champion of various causes within the Washington, DC, area and beyond, Pendarvis has certainly earned the moniker "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 Washington, DC.  Show segments include live music, panel discussions, interviews, competitions, improv comedy, and audience participation games.  All are welcome and admission is always FREE.

Rayceen Pendarvis is also the ongoing host of

Reel Affirmations XTRA: A Monthly LGBT Film Series. Screenings are always on a Friday and held at the Human Rights Campaign building in Washington, DC.

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The Ask Rayceen Show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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