NY Scene May 2012: “Real L Word” stars at the GO Magazine Awards plus a preview of NYC Pride

N.Y. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles events of interest for lesbian and bi women in New York. Grace Chu has come out of lesbian scene retirement to navigate the vast and ever-evolving New York City scene, so you don’t have to. Follow her on Twitter.

5th Annual GO Magazine Readers Choice Lesbian Nightlife Awards – May 1, 2012

Every year GO Magazine throws a huge party to honor the promoters, bartenders, emcees, DJs, bar owners, go go dancers and anyone and everyone else who works in lesbian nightlife. Every gal in the scene from all five boroughs congregates under one roof in a lesbian version of The Hunger Games, except without all the bloodshed and genetically engineered flesh eating animals. And everyone is alive at the end of the night, if a bit wobbly.

Those in attendance at this year’s awards at XL Nightclub included a Tony Award nominated actress, Real L Word cast members and more. Local band and soon-to-be television stars Hunter Valentine played an energetic set to an appreciative crowd. Check out the photos below.

R: Tony nominee Condola Rashad

L: Romi Klinger of The Real L Word

Miss Lez Pageant winner Sophia Urista

The host, perennial nightlife staple Murray Hill

Real L Word cast member Kiyomi McCloskey, lead singer of Hunter Valentine

Veronica Sanchez, bassist of Hunter Valentine

L ro R: L.A.’s DJ Brynn Taylor and Maggie C

For the full photo set, go to Time Out New York.