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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Bicycle) offense that occurred on Monday, June 24, 2019, in the 1100 block of 19th Street, Northwest.

At approximately 2:20 pm, the suspect and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation at the listed location. During the altercation, the suspect threatened the victim, struck the victim with a bicycle and made homophobic slurs towards the victim. Read More

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Update from the Attorney General’s Office:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today issued the following statement about the alleged hate crime and robbery that took place against a gay couple on U Street NW on Sunday, June 16, 2019:

“As Attorney General, my top priority is keeping District residents safe. My office works to break cycles of violence and crime, hold offenders accountable when they cause harm, and give victims a voice. We take violent crimes, especially hate crimes, extremely seriously. We are fully committed to the safety of our LGBTQ community and all the District’s communities that may be targeted by hate or discrimination. Read More

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via GoFundMe

“Dear PoPville,

Can you please share this story of an anti-gay hate crime on U Street? It reminds us DURING pride month why it’s so important to HAVE pride month. These despicable acts are still happening in our own backyard.”

From Facebook:

“UPDATE: DC Police LGBT Liaison Unit just visited us to see how we are doing. They confirmed 3 juveniles and 1 adult were arrested.

My boyfriend and I were assaulted last night [Sunday] a few blocks from Nellie’s for just talking closely on the sidewalk. It started with homophobic slurs and eventually there was a mob of 15 guys on him. I was powerless and all I could do was try to protect him. His phone is stolen, they knocked out a good part of his front tooth, and he had to get stitches for his lip. He doesn’t have insurance and we’re not sure how he’s going pay for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.”

From GoFundMe:

“My boyfriend, Braden, and I were walking from Hawthorne’s to Nellie’s on U St (in DC) last night and we stopped to talk for a few minutes. He was leaning against me and a few guys started yelling ‘faggot’ at him and started to swing at him. Read More

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1639 R Street, NW

There had been a lot of chatter on social media but now Cobalt confirms their closure on 17th Street:

“It’s no secret that the building that housed Cobalt (1639 R St NW) and the adjacent property recently sold.

With the combination of the sale of the buildings, the start of demolition, costly infrastructure repairs and upgrades that we would need to shoulder to remain open for the short remainder of our lease (without an opportunity to extend the lease) along with a slow decline in sales we decided it was the right time to close the business to focus on our other businesses and some personal family needs. Read More

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Last Dance at Town from Ben Carver on Vimeo.

From Benjamin Carver:

“Town danceboutique closed its doors after 10 years as a hub for the Washington DC LGBT community. More than a place to dance, it was a social and event space for expansive community interests, a refuge where gay people embraced and developed their identities and a laboratory for creative expression. It is where we came out, had our first kiss, lamented our heartbreaks, celebrated our successes, and felt less alone, all under the disco ball. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

Following yesterday’s apology by Trea Turner are a series of tweets from a true class act – Sean Doolittle:

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for baseball on twitter. It sucks to see racist and homophobic language coming from inside our league – a league I’m so proud to be a part of that I’ve worked really hard to make a more accepting and inclusive place for all our fans to enjoy.”

Continues. Read More

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From an email:

“Walters, formerly on Georgia ave is popping up at the All Star game at 1221 Van St SE. The pop-up gathering will include a beer garden and full bar in a space at a building at the corner of South Capital and N Streets, S.E. that next spring will be the future home of Walters Sports Bar. The location is directly across the street from Nationals Stadium.

“Among the events scheduled to take place during that five-day period will be a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Pride Baseball Pop-Up bar hosted by the Washington Blade, which this year became the first LGBT publication to serve as an official sponsor of MLB All-Star Week.

Aimed at serving as a safe space for LGBTQ attendees 21 and older, the pop-up will be open: Read More

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RIP Town. Thanks to DJ for sending. The Bright MLS listing says:

“NOTE: Sale includes 1637 R Street, NW as well (Lot 84 in Square 178), Rare opportunity to own significant Dupont commercial real estate. Metro, sidewalk cafes, historic charm and a vibrant urban atmosphere contribute to an environment conducive for redevelopment of these structures. 1637 R Street is vacant, 1639-41 R is leased through March 31, 2021. Ed. Note: Cobalt. Owner will review offers August 6, 2018 at 1PM”

It’s listed for $4,300,000. STAY TUNED.

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