This week I talked with Mariah Hanson the founder and creator of the legendary Club Skirts Presents The Dinah, the largest lesbian event in the world that's happening in Palm Springs April 3rd through April 7th. This year besides all their legendary parties The Dinah is introducing two inaugural events including an exclusive "Celebrity Poker Tournament" with all proceeds going to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the "Dinah Film Series" event in association with both, actress Jill Bennett and veteran TV producer/Director Page Hurwitz. I talked to Hanson about the events and celebrities that will be attending this year's record-breaking festivities as well as her spin on our LGBT issues.When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights, Mariah stated:
I've been an avid advocate of our rights in my entire career and I think there are a lot of ways to do it. For me what's most important is I serve on a lot of boards: Cable Car Awards in San Francisco and six years with Equality California. My passion is also really getting involved in promoting LGBT film because I think that the more we get our word out the more straight people who just need to be our allies see our lives in context that they can relate to, our path gets easier. I think we are in a critical time now because I think that for younger LGBT Americans it's easier than it has ever been thanks to a lot of hard work. It seems easy, but we still don't have our rights so there's a lot of work to be done. I really try to add an element at The Dinah because I have a lot of young LGBT Americans to kind of put in little aspects of the weekend that are charitable in really fun ways they can relate to so they are reminded that we're not through yet. Gay bullying is almost epidemic, as far as I'm concerned there shouldn't be one and there are far too many. Our rights to marriage I think we're getting closer than ever but there's a lot of work to be done. So my commitment is very strong and I try to act personally with passion and also at my events.
Headlining The Dinah is KARMIN, the pop sensation duo & Rolling Stone magazine's "Woman who Rock" Winner, known for their infectious summer hit "Broken Hearted."
Talent line-up includes as well HAVANA BROWN ("We Own The Night"), Reggae/Dancehall legend DIANA KING, the "Vampire Diaries" very own KAT GRAHAM ("Put Your Graffiti On Me") and electropop duo UH HUH HER as the grand finale Sunday, April 7th. Also music's new "it" girls, ANJULIE ("Brand New Bitch"), K. ROSE ("Sleep When I'm Dead") and KATY TIZ ("Famous"). Plus comics FORTUNE FEIMSTER ("Chelsea Lately"), JACKIE LOEB, SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER and exclusive appearances by LAUREN BEDFORD RUSSELL and KIYOMI McCLOSKEY the TV reality stars of The Real L Word.Listen to Interview:
For More Info & Tix: thedinah.com