Share Your Pride | Blue Star: a Barnard Alumna’s answer to NYC queer nightlife
Written by a Barnard Class of 2005 Alumna.
For about a year, we have been throwing “Blue Star: A Party for Girls Who like Girls”, which was born out of our dissatisfaction with the number of spaces for queer women in the New York City nightlife scene. This scene includes only three lesbian bars in Manhattan and approximately the same number in Queens and Brooklyn. The original mission for Blue Star was to provide another option for women who like women (and their friends), because the scene was so limited.
We are not professional party promoters, so the task seemed daunting at first. How to secure a venue? How to get the word out? But once we managed to find a space, things really started to come together. As we gained momentum, we began to think about the direction of the party.
Last November, one of Blue Star’s parties also raised funds for The Trevor Project, which turned out to be one of our best events. The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. We started thinking, why shouldn’t all the parties raise money for charity? There is really no reason that having a great night out should be completely disconnected from do-goodery.
That is why going forward each Blue Star event will be a fundraiser for a different charity. We are happy to support any charity, but would prefer to focus on smaller organizations working on local and/or LGBTQ causes, where the money the party raises can have a great impact, in addition to increasing awareness of the charity and its mission. If there is an organization you would like to nominate to be supported by a Blue Star event, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first party with this new mission is next Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9 p.m at The Bowery Electric, raising money for the Ali Forney Center. The Ali Forney Center protects LGBTQ youth in New York City from the harm of homelessness and supports them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.
Blue Star parties are free to attend. We accept donations in the Donations Jar at the DJ booth. Additionally, 100% of the party’s profits from the bar will also go straight to the evening’s supported charity.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 21
The Bowery Electric
9 p.m to 2 a.m.
Drink specials for the first hour!
For more information, please visit us @ http://www.bluestarpartynyc.com.
The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Columbia Pride.