Dallas Pride Weekend with AfterEllen! (Video)

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Entertainment Reporer: Lily Khuu | Video Journalist: Sarah Woodward

Dallas, Texas isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind when people think of safe cities for those in the LGBT community.  Surprisingly, it is home to one of the largest gay populations in the U.S. and even has a gayborhood — Oak Lawn.  AfterEllen decided to check it out during Dallas Pride Weekend, courtesy of the awesome team of Visit LGBT Dallas, and this video gives a glimpse of our time spent out and proud in The Lone Star State.

You can also check out our visit in the following photos, which were taken by AfterEllen video journalist Sarah Woodward.

AfterEllen staff members Lily Khuu and Sarah Woodward enjoying Dallas Pride
AfterEllen staff members Lily Khuu and Sarah Woodward enjoying Dallas Pride

Our first night in Dallas started off with an emotional bang with a viewing of Fun Home the musical at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House.  The theatrical production portrays the life of Alison Bechdel.  The story is an adventure through adult Alison Bechdel’s eyes as she observes her life via reinactments.  We were taken on a heart felt journey through Bechdel’s childhood, first lover, her coming out process, and the tragedies she had to overcome in the midst of her tumultuous self discovery.  The musical is based on Bechdel’s memoir graphic novel and won five Tony Awards including “Best Musical”.  Backstage we interviewed the leading cast members who played adult Alison Bechdel and Victoria Janicki who portrayed Alison’s first lover Joan.  The Fun Home Musical interview will be relased on AfterEllen soon!

Victoria Janicki who played the role of Alison Bechdel’s first lover Joan in Fun Home The Musical


Backstage at Fun Home: Lily Khuu (reporter), Memoree Joelle (Editor), Sarah Woodward (videographer)
Backstage at Fun Home: Lily Khuu (entertainment reporter), Memoree Joelle (editor in chief), Sarah Woodward (video journalist)

AfterEllen was invited to attend The Trevor Project’s A Night Out for Trevor, an incredible organization providing suicide prevention resources to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.  They have saved many lives and we were honored to be able to support an amazing cause at their benefit.  We partied with very special unicorn… Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Glitter Fantasy the Unicorn, toasting the night with bubbles!

AfterEllen reporter Lily Khuu with Jake Dupree, aka Glitter Fantasy the Unicorn at a Night out for Trevor in Dallas, TX.
AfterEllen reporter Lily Khuu with Jake Dupree (aka Glitter Fantasy the Unicorn) at a Night out for Trevor in Dallas, TX.


Memoree Joelle, Editor-in-Chief, afterellen.com
Memoree Joelle, Editor-in-Chief, AfterEllen.com

Dallas has an LGBT nightlife scene including Sue Ellen’s, the only lesbian bar in Dallas, Texas — and one of the few left in the entire country.  Sue Ellen’s, known as the “Dallas spot for girls night out,”  is situated in the bustling heart of downtown Dallas, where you can walk to your choice of restaurants and gay bars. Owned by Kathy Jack, a lesbian icon in the Dallas community, who has owned the bar since 1989, and in their current location since 2008. AfterEllen reporter Lily Khuu spoke with Kathy about running a lesbian bar in a world where lesbian spaces have continued to disappear. She gave the herstory of Sue Ellen’s and its place as a haven for lesbians and LGBT people in the greater Dallas community.  Be sure to check it out on the weekends when the crowds fill two floors, a dance floor, an outdoor patio, private lounges, and there are lesbians everywhere!  Watch the video (above) for the full Dallas nightlife experience!

Kathy Jack, owner of Sue Ellen's, the premiere lesbian bar in Dallas, with AE reporter Lily Khuu
Kathy Jack, owner of Sue Ellen’s, the premiere lesbian bar in Dallas, with AfterEllen’s entertainment reporter Lily Khuu

Dallas Pride expressed BIG LOVE with their crowds of LGBT support enjoying a spectacle of horses and floats parading through the streets of downtown Dallas for hours.  Our live streaming video on Facebook brought the parade to many people’s newsfeeds in real time.  People danced among the sidelines as performers on floats threw beads and souveniers into the crowds.

Dallas Pride Festival


Dallas Pride Festival

Despite the 100 degree weather, we kept cool and hydrated at Sue Ellen’ whose upstairs stage The Rose Room is home to where famous Brother Boy of the movie A Very Sordid Wedding once fell off the stage after one too many shots.  LGBT history month was seen and felt all over Dallas, Texas during our visit.

Lily Khuu, Memoree Joelle, Sarah Woodward
Lily Khuu, Memoree Joelle, Sarah Woodward
Dallas Pride Festival


Dallas Pride Festival
Dallas Pride Festival
AfterEllen visiting Dallas, Texas during Pride Weekend
Dallas Pride Festival
Dallas Pride Festival
Dallas Pride Festival
Lily Khuu, Sarah Woodward at Dallas Pride. We saw jello shots.
AfterEllen Entertainment Reporter Lily Khuu and Video Journalist Sarah Woodward at Dallas Pride.

We had a blast in Dallas!  You can find more fun LGBT things to do in the city on Visit Dallas’ LGBT Weekend page which lists different LGBT hot spots.

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