Proposition @ Slate Lounge, April 16, 2010
Next we head from the marble and mahogany Yale club in Midtown to the sleek and modern Slate Lounge in the Chelsea/Flatiron district, home of the immensely popular bi-weekly Friday night lesbian party Proposition.
That night, everything that could have gone wrong did. Some bitch from Iceland named Eyjafjallajokull started spewing volcanic ash across Europe and prevented the DJ on the roster, DJ Ida Pernilla Daugaard, from flying out of Denmark. And then it started to rain. Not the typical NYC light spring drizzle but the "if I stand out here for more than five seconds I’m going to turn into a prune or a Gremlin" type of rain.
Some other things must have also gone wrong, because the promoters, Lynn Dukette and Bridget Hauserman, were flitting around on their cell phones, speaking in concerned tones.
L to R: Bridget and Lynn
But there really wasn’t any cause for concern, because within an hour and a half, the place was packed. Mother Nature may stop air traffic over an entire continent and turn the sidewalks into a sopping wet mess, but it certainly isn’t going to prevent a faithful crowd of lesbians from hitting up Proposition. Plus, DJ Ladylyke was killin’ it in the deejay booth.
Lynn and Bridget started Proposition in autumn of 2008 with their friend Kristy Crowley. “The idea of Proposition started on a random night out on the Upper West Side in a dive bar off of Amsterdam,” said Lynn. “I was talking to my friends about how lacking nightlife in the lesbian world was on Friday nights.” Specifically, there were no steady Friday night lesbian parties that catered to upscale, educated and hip young professionals with discerning music tastes. “We were aiming for a high-end crowd so to speak, who wanted fresh deejays and a more lounge-type sexy atmosphere to hang out on a Friday night,” she continued.
Discussions like those were common at the time. Sure there were established venues for ladies on Friday nights, such as Cubbyhole, Henrietta Hudson, and Stonewall, but as one Prop-goer who wished to remain anonymous put it, “The Stonewall/Hens/Cubby crowd is something my group of friends didn’t necessarily fit into.” When pressed to elaborate, she responded, “The venues are small, and the crowd isn’t very femme. Plus, I prefer a classy environment with good music.”
No one is disputing that the traditional West Village bars are a lesbian staple that draws a healthy crowd, but the supply of Friday night venues for ladies seeking a more sophisticated and high-end experience was nonexistent before the launch of Proposition. For straight people, there is an infinite supply of options in NYC on Friday nights, from the divey joints where you think the Bud-soaked floor will cave in at any minute up to the semi-private clubs where you need a membership or an invite from someone who is a member in order to get in.
The gay guy club scene is known for hot men, hot venues, and even hotter deejays. World class deejays such as Peter Rauhofer, Tony Moran, and Junior Vasquez rose in the club scene deejaying at gay events. Don’t the ladies deserve the same range of options? And — let’s be honest — don’t the ladies deserve the best?