Keep On Dancing: 7 Parties Across America To Be Loud, Proud And Queer As Hell!

F*ck fear!

Gay bars and clubs have always been a place for LGBT people community, but after the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, many are feeling unsure about venturing out.

We have to fight that fear and take back the dance floor from the forces of hate who would try to silence us.

As MTV’s Alfred Soto wrote this week, [we] find on crowded dance floors a sense of fellowship that is no less deep for being ephemeral.”

If you need some help getting your ass out the door, here are some of the best LGBT parties happening around the country.

  1. Cub Scout in Los Angeles

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    This monthly party at the Eagle from DJ Chris Bowen (Bears in Space) brings bears, leather daddies and everyone in between to the dance floor.

  2. Mattachine in New York


    Head to Julius the last Thursday of every month, where the oldest gay bar in New York plays host to John Cameron Mitchell, Amber Martin and others, spinning classic vinyl to a packed house.

  3. TeaDance in Seattle

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    Sundays at Pony the “world’s tiniest tea dance” gets you grooving with classic crisco disco.

  4. Hard in San Francisco

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    Fridays at Q bar keeps you moving with the best electro-pop beats and sweaty go-go boys.

  5. Fabitat in Chicago


    This new alt-queer weekly is held every Wednesday at Door No. 3, and features live music, drag performances and DJ sets.

  6. The Baddest Bitch in Atlanta

    Folks cram into Mary’s in East Village Atlanta for Ella Saurus Rex’s hot drag revue and sickening tunes. Each installment of this semi-regularly event pays tribute to a different fierce icon, from Grace Jones to BeyoncĂ©.

  7. BPM Saturday in Austin

    Every week, Highland Lounge hosts the biggest dance party in the Warehouse District, with stiff drinks, stiffer go-go boys, and visits from top Drag Race stars. Dj Bigface rules in the booth.

I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever."