This week I talked with Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of the legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend that's celebrating its 25th anniversary and takes place in Palm Springs April 1st to April 5th. A quarter-century ago Mariah Hanson launched what would become her enduring legacy to both the city of Palm Springs and the LGBT community. From a small one-night event at a Palm Springs museum with 1,500 participants 25 years ago to booking lavish locations at deluxe hotels over five days of epic pool parties and world-class entertainment, The Dinah has evolved into one of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley's largest tourism boosters. Today Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend rallies over 15,000 attendees not to mention major corporate sponsors and has cemented its status as the undisputed biggest lesbian event of its kind in the world. This year pop sensation and 2015 Grammy nominee Meghan Trainor known for her infectious hit "All About that Bass" headlines The Dinah Black Party and Billboard Top 40 superstar Christina Perri, the extraordinary voice behind the hits "Jar of Hearts" and "A Million Years" headlines the White Party. Joining them are pop music's new "it" girls Bebe Rexha and Ivy Levan.
I talked to Hanson about all the festivities planned in celebration of the silver anniversary of The Dinah Palm Springs and give us her spin on our LGBT issues. When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights and what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Hanson stated:
My commitment is strong. I was on the board of Equality California for I think six or seven years and I'm really proud of the work that organization has done. I think that every LGBT American should be working to further our cause whether it's with money or time because even though we're seeing equality and more states embracing it, we still have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of legislation statewide that still needs to get up to speed with the LGBT community. I just think every community needs to be really accessing where we're on parity with our straight counterparts and where we're not and really address these issues so that equality is 100 percent in every way in every state.
Mariah Hanson has continuously utilized The Dinah as a platform to mobilize the LGBT community around humanitarian projects and social issues. The Dinah has certifiably come to represent an ever-growing movement that has crossed over to mainstream bringing more and more visibility to the lesbian community - one that had never existed before. This year's celebration will also include "The Dinah Comedy Night" hosted by Suzanne Westenhoefer with Dana Goldberg, Gloria Bigelow and Dinah Leffert as well as special performances by club diva Crystal Waters ("100% Pure Love", "Gypsy Woman"), disco legend Rose Royce ("Car Wash"), and Holy Child, Olivia Sommerlyn (Nick Jonas' protégée) and E11leven. There will also be non-stop action with pool parties, dance parties with the best DJs and celebrity guests for the epic five-day world-renown event.
For More Info & Tix: thedinah.com
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