Tagged under "pride" (7)
, Northhampton, MA
, Fort Lauderdale, FL
|Los Angeles Pride|
Another year, another Los Angeles Pride weekend has come and gone. Friday marked the beginning of a rainbow filled party extravaganza. Friday evening was the notable dyke march. I was unable to attend but the festivities were held smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood. Not usually a fan favorite, those who went concurred very few ladies showed up to demonstrate their support. Whether it was because of late work hours or the lack of interest in butch girls and their leather apparel, who knows? Don’t fret the dim enthusiasm for celebrating dykeness, because later that night the girls came out in droves to Truckstop to start the Pride parties right. Wall to wall bodies, dancing and mingling, looking hot and ready to trot.
Saturday marked Dyke Day LA. Providing a getaway from the West Hollywood scene, this took place on the eastside, Silverlake to be exact. Perched on top a grassy knoll high above the streets, when I arrived there were far less lesbians than I expected. There was fertility poetry, music, comedy and about 5 or so tables promoting massages, magazines, spankings, etc. Most of those in attendance at that time had brought picnics and their children. These are of course all the lesbians who plan on taking full advantage of the recently passed right to marriage law. I can’t even find a date, let alone think of starting a family, but good for them. As you can assume, my stay was short lived. Apparently though as the day progressed, so did the crowd. The numbers grew and the entertainment shifted to enjoyable.
That night the ladies of FUSE threw a Pride party at a very straight bar called Republic. We were only designated the upstairs area and to my disappointment, there was no regulation of the Mr. McStraighties from coming upstairs to gawk at us ladies. We did not need any additional bodies, the place was tight, cramped and packed. We were seeping from all areas. The music was loud which made conversation null and void. It was a good try though and had a nice turnout. Even Kate Moennig and Clea Duvall were camped out at a table with friends inside. Although advertised as the only girl event that night, Shannon K. launched a new Sizzling Saturday party at Club Seven. Lord knows we need a constant Saturday function, rather than the sporadic soirées once or twice a month.
Sunday, Santa Monica Blvd. was completely shut down to host the parade. Filled with scantily clad men and women, who sparkled more than the lights in Vegas, there were tons of colorful floats pumping loud dance music and rowdy marching groups chanting approving cheers for all things gay. I feel like there were less people garnishing the streets as in previous years, but nevertheless it was a jovial and fun crowd. The whose-who of lesbians migrated to the Normandy Room afterwards. When the ruckus simmered down over there, the girls moved the party to the Abbey, which is a Pride tradition.
I only checked out the actual Pride festival on Sunday night when Olivia Newton-John was the headliner. As one could image it was filled with booths giving away hordes of free merchandise including flavored lube, key chains and more. Don’t forget the wide selection of fair foods one can ingest at such an event. I partook in some chicken on a stick, an egg roll and of course funnel cake. Olivia rocked, but remember that is coming from a huge fan, I am a bit bias. I got there a little early and was able to see Kimberly Locke perform as well. Saturday night’s main attraction was Joss Stone, who I’m sure, was just as pleasing.
It was a great weekend all around. Pride is definitely something to look forward to every year. Now it is time to detox and take a breather. Who am I kidding? I'll be back in the regularly scheduled action tomorrow.
Tagged on June 12, 2008
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Celebration
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Celebration is over and what a celebration it was! The entire weekend was filled with so much fun and excitement it's hard to choose which things to mention. The opening ceremonies were complete with the standard speeches and appearances from VIP's ranging from event organizers and city officials to famous television stars as well as performances by dancers and vocal artists. It was an opening ceremony definitely worth attending. When that was over there were too many parties to count. Clubs opened their doors for the masses of individuals that came into town from all over the world for the world's largest African American Gay Pride Celebration. The weekend days were filled with vendors and booths selling all sorts of items for great prices and of course fully equipped with my favorite vendor item of all the pride events.... swag. Who can pass up all the free stuff that is passed out at an even like this? If the vending area wasn't interesting enough for the daytime patrons there was huge variety of luncheons, brunches, meetings and conferences about all sorts of different information ranging from Black Jewish issues to Transgender issues and more resulting in no shortage of something to do. If ever there were a time to meet beautiful black women this was definitely it. Whether you were seeking the one night stand, the weekend hook-up or a girlfriend for life this was definitely your place to find anything your heart desired. The night life was of course what you would imagine and hope for full of beautiful, half naked (and in some cases totally naked) women dancing at clubs well into the morning hours. The evenings were filled with plenty of hot, famous women that we all lust for. Gabrielle Union and Stacy Dash were scheduled to be out and about at the All White Affair, Jennifer Hudson performed at Club Europe and Eva from "America's Top Model" ducked out of answering questions about her sexuality when being interviewed at one of the events. Eve was there for a concert performance and many others were seen about the night life. Among the weekends glitches the Interfaith Sunday Morning Service didn't have much in the form of any religion other than Christianity and the Pride March left some people behind because there were multiple march off times advertised in multiple places. Overall the entire weekend was a hit. Kudos to the organizers at In The Life Atlanta who pulled the whole thing off with style. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone interested having a great time with lots of events while being surrounded by thousands of beautiful black women. See you all there next year in Atlanta for the Labor Day Weekend Black Gay Pride Celebration!
Tagged on February 15, 2008