I can recall I was 15 years old and used to watch this TV show on Showtime called The L Word. Basically it was Sex and the City but for lesbians (perhaps a bit more melodramatic ). Being nostalgic, I can remember there was an episode involving the characters required to go to an enormous weekend event in Palm Springs which was a wild, spring break-type situation kinda with pool parties and club nights precisely for LGBT women. When I saw it for the first time, the thought that immediately came to my mind and I pondered about it was, Wait…there’s a place for just a bunch of women like me to go, celebrate and party?
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Winding to being 21 years old, finally, I was on my way to Dinah Shore Weekend for the first time. I walked into a massive pool party and saw women from every walk of life, cast, creed, race, gender identity, and age which was one of the most spectacular as well as unbelievable experiences. Women were super duper excited and had come from all over the country as well as world just to gather, party and connect with other LGBT women. It was a pleasing instance and I felt excited as well as empowered. The best part about it was that I felt safe, as if I was surrounded by a bunch of my sisters.
It’s both necessary and exhilarating to be around those who aren’t judgmental retards and won’t judge you for who you are or who you love.
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Although the world is improvising yet it is still too tiny where lesbians have few labeled spaces to foregather (girl bars and clubs have been rapidly shutting down all over the United States as of late), Dinah has become a destination to get together, meet new people and have fun. It also serves as an escape and safe haven for women from less modern cities and states and a place to be unapologetically free and proud about themselves . This is all the more important considering our current political climate. Unfortunately our government is being run by so many conservatives who are not supportive of LGBT people, it’s both necessary and wildly refreshing to be around those who won’t judge you for who you are—or who you love.
This year, Dinah felt even more ecstatic and full of love than before. I feel that during tough times there’s a stronger tone of unity and solidarity, which is likely to come out mostly amongst groups. Alongside vendors selling vibrators and T-shirts sporting catchy phrases like “Never Not Gay” are booths offering postcards that can be sent to the White House and education on LGBTQ and women’s issues. The annual “White Party” has been renamed the “Pink Pussy Party,” tying back to the theme of the Women’s March in January. Everyone is energized, empowered or escaping–all equally paramount and necessary responses to what’s been going on.
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Personally, I’m excited to attend as well as perform this year. I need to be surrounded by my community in order to feel somewhat open, free and safe. I need an escape. I perceive that all of my friends as well as fellow performers seem to be on the same page. I deejay many variety of events, and generally at most places I’m surrounded by a majority of men. From my colleagues to attendees, there’s always plenty of dudes who are mainly cisgender and heterosexual. I’ve also played in cities and countries that are not fortunate enough to be gay-friendly either, so djaying for a room full of LGBT women really is a very special feeling that is, for me, needed more than ever right now. I really think it’s a perfect place and can’t think of a place more apt than Dinah to perform, where I can heed to a room full of every kind of woman you can imagine, and feel inspired and determined for our future.