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April 01, 2007

"Lesbian Spring Break" At Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs

Ah, Heaven. 7200 virgins (NYT link):

ON Thursday night, as a D.J. played the 1986 Beastie Boys hit “Girls” at a divey downtown gay bar here, a handful of women, in knee socks and miniskirts, tattoos and fedoras, jumped up on the stage to dance. On the floor, dozens of women in tank tops, jeans, boots and body jewelry followed suit, grinding up against one another in threesomes and pairs, singing along: “Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls!”

In the next room, on a platform, a bikini-and-fishnet clad go-go dancer did a push-up while balanced on one foot, then jumped up to wiggle her behind at an appreciative crowd of women waving cameras and $20 bills.

Welcome to Dinah Shore Weekend, or, as it’s better known, lesbian spring break, which concludes today. An annual pilgrimage for more than three decades, it has attracted thousands of adult women to this mountain-ringed Southern California desert town, which becomes a destination for lesbians looking to party, socialize and hook up.


Among the biggest changes of the post “L Word” era, said Sivan Schlecter, a marketing consultant who has helped companies like Showtime and Logo, a gay and lesbian television network, promote events here, is that “corporations pay a lot more attention to it.”

She added: “With the increase of lesbian visibility, brands now realize that women are a part of the gay market, not just men.”

Yeah. Lesbianism has been kept such a secret from the advertising world for so, so long.

Yet market research on the size and scope of lesbian spending power is not readily available, said Joie Pompilio, a brand manager for Finlandia vodka, Girl Bar’s largest sponsor. Nonetheless, she said, her company is excited about working with the gay and lesbian audience.

“They’re loyal consumers and they’re really open to trying new and creative cocktails,” she said. And since Finlandia also sponsors the men’s White party, a gay circuit event that takes place in Palm Springs in April, Ms. Pompilio is able to do some armchair market research. Her conclusion? “The women drink 40 percent more than the guys.”


“I’m newly out to my parents, so I decided to come to the most extravagantly lesbian thing I could,” said Keely Thomas, 23, a freelance writer who had driven from Austin, Tex., with a friend in the hope of finding a hook-up.

At the first meet-and-greet on Wednesday, dozens of women drank margaritas, posed for photos and flirted voraciously around the curvy pool at the Wyndham resort. All wore nametags bearing colored dots: green meant available, yellow meant approachable and red was for don’t even try — though many tags were plastered with a rainbow of dots.

By the Thursday night opening parties, the mood was even more unrestrained.


“This is the best women’s week on the planet,” she said, keeping her gaze focused on the go-go dancer’s platform. “Lots of eye candy.” She nodded in the direction of the dancer, who was busy doing splits, gyrating and taking money out of people’s mouths with her own.

“She’s very talented,” Ms. Schamanek said. She pulled a wad of bills out of her bra, folded a $5 bill and moved closer to the platform.

Number of ejaculations: I'll let you know when I'm finished.

Thanks to dri.

I've Got The Perfect Plan...

Who's with me?

BTW, a lot of people are questioning what Dinah Shore, exactly, has to do with lesbianism. Well, not much, except by happenstance. This party began being held to coincide with the Dinah Shore Ladies Golf Tournament. It turned into a sapphic baccanal sort of on its own -- it turns out that many fans of women's sports are themselves lesbians, if you can believe such a thing.

Also -- how is it possbile that Holland Taylor looked 50 when she was 35, and yet still looks 50 when she's 75?

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