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Thousands of Lesbians Gather for Her HRC Parties

Thousands of Lesbians Gather for Her HRC Parties

It was lesbian night out on January 17 as thousands of women in 35 cities across the US gathered together to celebrate Her HRC, sponsored by Human Rights Campaign. Venice star Crystal Chappel partied with lesbian fans in Twin Cities. Dallas KISS FM emcee Psycho Shannon joined live bands at Jack's Backyard for their event.

It was lesbian night out on Sunday, January 17 as thousands of women in 35 cities across the US gathered together to celebrate Her HRC, sponsored by Human Rights Campaign.

The event was not only a fundraiser for the national LGBT lobbying organization but a membership drive, as $10 to $15 cover charge for the events included an annual HRC membership.

“We are thrilled that so many women turned out for the events.  Many of them signed dup as new members, so it was a great opportunity to expand and diversify our membership base,” said HRC’s Margot Regula-Rosen, organizer of the event.

Each of the host cities featured a unique program of entertainment, ranging from post-football game parties to burlesque shows. 

Photo: Danielle Gruen

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One of the most successful events was held in Dallas where organizers hosted an afternoon soiree at Jack's Backyard, featuring a bachelorette auction, live auction, live music by local bands and emcee Psycho Shannonfrom Dallas’ KISS FM.  The event drew more than 750 women and raised more than $20,000.

Kansas City hosted a battle of bands with all-female performers, drawing a crowd of more than 400. 

Photo: Danielle Gruen

Twin Cities partnered with the online series Venice and star Crystal Chappel, Emmy-winning actress formerly of Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives, appeared at the event to the delight of a very enthusiastic crowd of lesbian fans.

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In Los Angeles at the famed Madame Royalespeakeasy in Hollywood, women celebrated with music, dancing and casino games, including a poker tournament with the winner walking away with a Harrah’s Paris vacation stay in La Vegas. 

Kim Hike, Tanya Carden , Jame Foks, and Christina Buie enjoy a night out at Her HRC in Los Angeles.

“It was a terrific opportunity to meet other like-minded women in the community,” said Kim Hoke, an up-and-coming stand-up comedienne and recent transplant from Phoenix who attended the soirée in Los Angeles.  “I even lined up my next gig.”

Participating cities were Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, MO, Las Vegas, Long Beach/Orange County, Long Island, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Twin Cities and Washington, DC.

A photo gallery of the events will post soon at www.hrc.org/herhrc.

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