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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Acknowledgment of a job well done will always reaffirm the meaningful work a person performs on behalf of their community. In this regard, Rayceen Pendarvis has had the great fortune to have been honored on numerous occasions for a variety of social, humanitarian, and philanthropic efforts. Without question, all of these well deserved awards and honors have been accepted not only on there individual merit, but also in recognition of the many trailblazers who have tirelessly worked in the past to organize “Game Changing Movements”. In a 2015 interview with BrightestYoungThings Pendarvis states “I know that the work I do would not be possible without the efforts of all those who came before me and laid the foundation.”
That strong foundation, coupled with a personal vow by Pendarvis to keep the torch lit, will continue to ensure that darkness will forever be ILLUMINATED WITH LIGHT as long as Pendarvis is standing guard. Those who benefit geatly from this meaningful work will ultimately reap the rewards of an overall better society, thereby making each honor and recognition, WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!
Below are several of the many honors bestowed upon the overwhelmingly humble and gracious Rayceen Pendarvis.