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GayWdc.com is the Internet clearinghouse envisioned, developed and maintained by DC Spectrum, LLC. DC Spectrum, LLC was formed to develop ideas, projects and partnerships to the betterment of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered Communities of the Washington DC region, serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia (or NoVa) and suburban Maryland, including local businesses, associations, interest groups, social organizations, gay service organizations, and those in areas accessible and frequented, including Baltimore, MD and Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Since its inception and initial launch, gayWdc.com has grown to include content and services to enrich the community, including:
The gayWdc.com site continues to evolve as does the DC Spectrum LLC commitment and list and types of projects undertaken, all with the goal of increased gay community use of Internet media and marketing as a powerful tool versus a burden, an unknown, or just email or a static website.
The vision that is today gayWdc.com grew from a need identified by the founders of DC Spectrum of having DC gay resources, for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and the trangendered, accessible to community residents and visitors via the Internet in a completely searchable database. Many annual publications, periodicals, and area newspapers provide static and non-searchable contact information and resource guides that only promote resources which agree to pay for advertising thus never providing a comprehensive listing. Listings that are provided in printed materials are not easily updated and resource information provided is current as of time of publication and often not verified nor reprints or addenda made as resources, especially those that are emerging or growth areas, evolve and change their address, phone, fax, website url, organization contacts, email addresses, description of goods, services and areas of interest and participation. The metropolitan Washington DC region and surroundings area is highly technical and Internet savvy; however, the gay community, often more focused, and concentrated, has seemingly not been able to use web-based media, marketing, and publicity to fully promote itself, its resources and its people.
Two friends lamented over not having a central, searchable resource guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Washington DC over one too many dinner conversations and in January 2001, DC Spectrum LLC was founded and, at the Capitol Pride parade and festival that same year, gayWdc.com was showcased as the first and still only website that serves as a clearinghouse for area gay resources including an online, fully searchable and categorized web database that allows data entry and edit of resources by the community.
The founders of DC Spectrum completed an exhaustive review of all data available online, in-print, and from other sources such as from friends, colleagues, the community, and from local events and compiled known data for area businesses into what was the basis for the well over 1,000 listings in the database. Below you will find some randomly selected resources from our database that are included to demonstrate examples of the type, range, and diversity of areas covered. A key philosophy of and commitment by gayWdc.com is free basic resources listings in our online database; gayWdc.com believes in enabling the community through prividing a resource listing that is easily updated, categorized, fully searchable and widely available and used by those interested in our community. Another key belief is that gayWdc.com serves the community but does not and will not advocate or recommend nor disallow or malign any gay community resource. Therefore, the examples cited are not advocated by nor are they preferred resources of gayWdc.com.
The gayWdc.com database resources includes:
Finally, we view ourselves as providing a service.
If you have suggestions for improvements, additions, general questions or areas you’d like us to pursue – email firstname.lastname@example.org.