Upcoming LGBTQ Self Defense Class

Looking for  a self defense class? Want to feel safer and more confident as you navigate the public spaces of DC?  Looking for a class that focuses specifically on the risks and vulnerabilities that LGBTQ people face?  Take this upcoming self defense class with Defend Yourself.

From the Defend Yourself website:

What does the class cover?

  • Prevention and awareness: things you can do to prevent or avoid an attack or abuse.
  • Assertiveness and verbal self-defense: using words and body language to stop obnoxious or intrusive behavior and to keep a situation from escalating.
  • Physical self-defense: techniques to end an attack and get to safety.

We will focus on the risks and vulnerabilities that LGBTQ people face. We learn these skills and techniques through discussion, role-plays, exercises, drills and more. This is not a martial arts class. You won’t have to practice for months to learn practical skills. You will go home with techniques you can use immediately.

Who can take the class?
The class is designed for anyone (age 16 and up) who identifies as lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-questioning-queer-intersex or an ally!


Saturday, October 23, 1-4 pm. It’s at the Emergence Community Arts Collective (www.ecacollective.org) at 733 Euclid Street NW, north of the U street Metro Station and south of the Columbia Heights Metro on the Green Line. It’s across the street fromBanneker High School and Howard University. We’ll be on the second floor.


$39 until Oct. 8, $52 after. If you register with a friend/family member, you each get $5 off. There are limited reduced-fee slots for low-income people. Contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.

Find out how to register here.


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