APRIL 12: the Dinah Shore weekend

365daysoflesbians:

April 12 seems to be another one of those days that, so far, haven’t been blessed by a lesbian’s birthday, so instead, we’re here to talk to you about the Dinah Shore weekend, or the Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend as the official title goes, or the Dinah for short.

We all know the enduring stereotype that lesbians are no fun and don’t enjoy partying, unless it’s some kind of low-key dinner party (thanks SNL). Even with the L Word, and the Real L Word, the stereotype persists. But party-loving wlw exist too, and the Dinah is the proof.

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Pool Party at the Dinah, 2011

The main idea is pretty straightforward: imagine an entire five-day weekend/music festival, in Palm Springs, California, where you’re constantly surrounded by a crowd of queer women and women-aligned babes and you can attend rad events, pool parties, and concerts with top-notch celebrities – among other things – and every single thing caters to wlw. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for heaven (and heightened social anxiety), I don’t know what does. Participants number in the high thousands, and come from all over the world. This year,

The very first Dinah was an unofficial event in 1986 – a weekend that coincided with the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a women’s golf tournament. So many women were coming to Palm Springs for that event, and out of this the Dinah was born. Named after Dinah Shore, a singer, TV personality, and golfer (but not a lesbian, and actually, as far as we’ve gathered, she was someone who wasn’t too keen on seeing a posh golf tournament being turned into a lesbian extravaganza), the event was first officially produced in 1991 by Mariah Hanson, and every year, it gets a little bit bigger and wilder, but also has always had a strong socially involved character, promoting and showcasing many activist and humanitarian organizations.

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Pool Party at the Dinah, 2011

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely saving up.

-AK