The Dinah, one of the world’s largest events for queer women, is ramping things up this year with a program including film screenings, talkbacks and meet-and-greets, in addition to a packed roster of dance parties and live music acts.
“Our diverse and poignant stories must be told,” says Mariah Hanson, founder of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. This year, Hanson is partnering with Outfest, Tello Films and LGBT streaming service Revry on the festival.
“Allowing the world to see an inside view of our beautiful and often challenging LGBTQ lives is one of the best ways we can break barriers, create equality and live in a more tolerant and compassionate world,” she says. “Our stories connect us through our shared humanity and in a sense, celebrate what binds us rather than what divides us.”
This year’s Dinah, running March 28 to April 1 in Palm Springs, will include celebrities, producers and pioneers in the LGBT entertainment industry. In addition attendees will be able to meet female filmmakers and talent at an Outfest-sponsored cocktail reception on March 31.
Last year, more than 20,000 women descended on Palm Springs for Dinah. This year, performers include Rapsody, Madame Gandhi, Ariana and the Rose, and comedian Suzanne Westenhoffer.
“I want music to make feminism culturally relevant,” says Gandhi, a Harvard grad who’s toured with M.I.A. and Ani DiFranco. “I want my music to make gender equality culturally even more relevant.”