LBT Bites for the Week of Apr. 12, 2017

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All-Girl Party in Palm Springs Draws 20,000

(SFGN) The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend brought more than 20,000 women to Palm Springs to party pool-side over five days last weekend. Performers included Lizzo, Cece Peniston, Margo, and comedy sets from Gina Yashere, Julie Goldman and more, the Daily Mail reports. Previous performers have included Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Pussycat Dolls, Meghan Trainor, and Ke$ha.

The SoCal festival, and precursor to Coachella, is named after singer and actress Dinah Shore, who founded the Kraft Nabisco Championship Golf Tournament in ’72. And while not her doing, the party evolved after the golf tournament, taking Shore’s name. Now in its 27th year, the Dinah is considered one of the world’s largest parties for queer women.

'There is a unity here and a solidarity here — a belief in the collective expression of who you are,' party promoter Hanson told BuzzFeed. 'You are accepted here and celebrated here.'

Sunday night’s celebrations also included” Party with a Purpose” and guest speaker Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Taylor Bennett Opens Up on Coming Out Bi

(SFGN) Hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett, released “Restoration of An American Idol,” his third album since 2013 in February. Over dinner at VYNL, New York on Thursday, Bennet spoke to Billboard about owning his identity as an artist, developing his sense of style, and on coming out as bi on Twitter last year.

Bennett said coming out was about being open about who he was to his fans.

I was about to be 21, I felt like I'm black, I'm a rapper -- there's a persona. You don't want to do anything that makes your fans not like you, but I realized, 'F--- it!  You got to be yourself; that's what my parents have always told me. The only people I felt like I deserved to tell was my fans because if your fans don't know you, how can they support you?”

Bennet hopes his music can have a unifying effect on fans as he dreams about selling out huge shows.

“…[The fans] see that there's black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor people all around them and just realize they're all here for music and that there's nothing different. I think that's the power music can have. Just reminding people that we're all human at the end of the day.”

Puerto Rico Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Transgender Rights

(AP) An LGBT rights group has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that Puerto Rico let transgender people correct the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Lambda Legal says the territory's birth certificate policy is at odds with a law that allows people to change the gender indicated on drivers' licenses. It also says that violates the right to free speech under the First Amendment.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday, the same day that a group of transgender people interrupted a legislative hearing in Puerto Rico to protest a bill that would eliminate the rights of transgender employees of Puerto Rico's Senate to choose the bathrooms and clothes according to the gender with which they identify.


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