She Pride 2013 Gave Lesbians From Around the Country a Chance to Get Down (Photos)
She Pride was the black, lesbian event of the summer. Hundreds of women traveled from across the country to watch beautiful female entertainers dance and perform. Three floors of dancing ladies, bars, and bumping music made for a very energized environment.
This was the third year of She Pride, and this year it was held at She Zone, a local bar space run by Kasey Woods. Woods hosted the first She Pride in Byrd Park two years ago, and the turn out was higher than she could have anticipated. “People came from out-of-state and everything just to come just be in Byrd Park. Then it was just like wow. I was just like you know what, I can do something bigger with this,” said Woods.
She anticipated that it would grow even larger this year, and she was right. Each of the three floors were packed with dancing women, clearly having the time of their lives. All of the guests were comfortable with each other, and were accepting of one another. Woods said that her dream was for ladies to “come out and just be gay and proud. Just be who you are,” and these lesbians were loud and proud about who they were.
Woods wanted to let lesser-known artists have the spot light and get their names circulating. She accomplished this by jam-packing the night full of musicians and dancers. In one night, 25 different artists got the chance to perform in front of a large group of fellow black lesbians.
One of the performing artists was Porache Sullivan, a female entertainer. Sullivan traveled from Atlanta Georgia to participate in She Pride. What she most enjoy about the event was “Seeing other people perform, people I don’t know or haven’t seen perform because there are a lot of performers here that I don’t know.” Sullivan was accompanied by her girl friend, Miko, who was very proud of Sullivan’s success in the female entertainment industry. Sullivan’s stage name is Poison, but “somebody else has my same stage name, so I’m just going to use my name.”
Dancer X Rated was also in attendance at She Pride. This was her first time dancing at She Pride, but she had danced at She Zone in the past. “I always love it, everybody is always friendly and everybody is always welcoming. When I came up here they invited me with open arms.” she said. X Rated is from Baltimore, where she is in one of the top four dancers. X Rated has traveled extensively for her career. “I’ve been everywhere from here to California to New York and down to Texas,” she said. She has enjoyed this travel and the opportunity to see the country, but it has had one unfortunate side effect; being alone. “If I’m alone, I want to come in and have as much fun as possible, because when I leave I’m going home by myself,” she said.
If you missed She Pride this year, be sure to catch it next summer when it is sure to be equally as enjoyably crazy.
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