Unless you are from the UK, you might not be familiar with the term “ChemSex” – but if you are a sexually active gay or bisexual man who has had any experience with Grindr or other social media “hook-up” apps, odds are good that you already know what it means.

In this country, we’ve been calling it “Party and Play” for nearly two decades.

In my senior year I helped organize a blood drive in my high school gymnasium. I felt newly mature as I signed the consent form; the idea that my transient discomfort potentially could help save a life inspired me, and I committed to making blood donation a habit. When I received my American Red Cross Donor Card weeks later indicating that I was “O-negative” – a universal donor – I became all the more motivated.

Many people, including fellow doctors, don’t realize that the Food and Drug Administration bans all gay men from giving blood products unless they have been sexually abstinent for the previous 12 months.

Lambda Literary, a national organization headquartered in Los Angeles, traces its roots back to that D.C. bookstore, Lambda Rising, where Landers worked in her mid-20s.

The store, the journal and the annual awards the organization is most well-known for — the Lambda Literary Awards or “Lammys” — were all the result of L. Page “Deacon” Maccubbin’s entrepreneurial efforts.

What better way to pay tribute to the Aussie hard rock icons than to gather a group of gay men and reinterpret the music in as flamboyant a fashion as possible? That’s what erstwhile Pansy Division man Chris Freeman did. Enter GayC/DC.

GayC/DC plays with Miyagi at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at Alex’s Bar.

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