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RAYCEEN PENDARVIS




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


Bookings: AskRayceen@gmail.com


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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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PRESS

Throughout a magnificent rise to prominence, the iconic Rayceen Pendarvis has always striven to utilize the influential power of the press for positive social change and overall cultural enlightenment.  As each request for a personal interview is granted, Pendarvis is once again empowered with a platform to inform the public of issues that are paramount to the LGBT community and society at large.  Special emphasis is also placed on harnessing the full power of each media platform – be it television, radio, magazines, etc, - in a strong effort to “shine a light” on causes that are undeserved within the gay community.

Below are some of the media outlets Pendarvis has had the pleasure of conducting in-dept interviews with throughout a long and thriving career.

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TELEVISION

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Wake Up Washington

Episode  No. Unknown
“Interview with Rayceen Pendarvis”
June 11, 2017

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Good Morning Washington

Episode No. Unknown
“Capital Pride DC: LGBTQ Etiquette 101 with AJ King & Rayceen Pendarvis”
June 8, 2017

Together, AJ King and Rayceen Pendarvis teach viewers how to ask the right questions to members of the LGBTQ community concerning matters of sexual orientation, gender, etc.  The segment was part of a week-long celebration of Gay Pride Month, with the last segment coinciding with the start of Capital Pride DC.






Live w/ Kim & Nuby

Episode  No. Unknown
“Interview with Rayceen Pendarvis - No. 2”
March 24, 2017

Live w/ Kim & Nuby presents a new show each Wednesday at 7:00pm on Facebook Live.  Each installment features interviews with a wide assortment of celebrities including, recording artists, fashion icons, actors, authors, journalists, and much more.






Live w/ Kim & Nuby

Episode No. Unknown
“Interview with Rayceen Pendarvis - No. 1”
February 17, 2017

Live w/ Kim & Nuby presents a new show each Wednesday at 7:00pm on Facebook Live.  Each installment features interviews with a wide assortment of celebrities including, recording artists, fashion icons, actors, authors, journalists, and much more.






We SPEAK - The Talk Show

Episode 306
“One On One with Rayceen Pendarvis”
February 08, 2016

We SPEAK bills itself as a talk show that doesn't necessarily chat about currents events but rather about the issues that are forever current in their/our hearts.  The show features several rotating hosts, including Alvin King, David Lett, Christopher Smith, James L. Hicks, Shaina Edney and Riley Knoxx.






Bishop Allyson Abrams Show

Episode 22
“Rayceen Pendarvis Interview”
January 03, 2016

The Bishop Allyson Abrams Show is a cutting edge platform for discussion of current events, issues and topics that will impact the community.  Bishop Abrams discusses religion, real estate, politics, health, education, technology, wellness and a variety of other topics.  Abrams is also the pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD.






Firebird Flava

Episode No. Unknown
“Living Trans: Helping people to understand life as a trans person”
July 16, 2015
Firebird Flava is a public affairs show produced entirely by graduating seniors of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The show gives aspiring TV producers an opportunity to work in front of and behind the camera. 






#ThisIsLuv Multimedia Campaign

Premiere Episode
““This Is Luv Town Hall Meeting”
February 22, 2015

This Is Luv” (#ThisIsLuv), was a multimedia campaign highlighting examples of Black LGBT-affirming love present within Black families and communities through photos, video blogs, and testimonials.  The chief aim of the campaign was to give space for the LGBT community to come together and show love!  The online campaign culminated with a Town Hall Meeting in Washington, DC, which featured comments by Rayceen Pendarvis and a host of LGBT luminaries.






The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Premiere Episode
“On Being Human: Reflections on Transgender Health and Wellness”
June 10, 2014

The LGBTI Portfolio presents “On Being Human: Reflections on Trans* Health and Wellness,” a 90-minute panel discussion that featured trans* men and women across a variety of professions and perspectives,  “On Being Human…” explored trans* identity through first-person narrative voice.  The program brought together Dr. Scout, Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity; Dr. JV Sapinoso, Assistant Director of the LGBTI Studies Program at University of Maryland College Park; Cecillia Chung, Strategist at Trans* Law Center; Ruby Corado, Executive Director of Casa Ruby; and Rayceen Pendarvis, a prominent Washington, DC, socialite, emcee, columnist, and host of The Ask Rayceen Show. Collectively, the panel discussed the intersections of difference and the importance of understanding trans* issues through the prisms of health, health research, employment, and culture.  Additionally, panelists shared personal stories and answered questions from the audience.





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50 States of Gay

Episode: Washington, DC
“Rayceen Pendarvis”
May 16, 2016
"Thanks to the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for accommodating my interview for #50StatesofGay" - Rayceen Pendarvis

On May 10th, 2016, Cole Ledford began a journey to tell the stories of LGBTQ+ people from across America.  Over the next 31 days, he collected video footage, pictures, and hundreds of stories from members of the LGBTQ+ community to be shared in a video documentary series unlike anything done before. 

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