N.Y. Scene May 2011: Popped – A Hetrick Martin Benefit, Out Professionals: Prime Launch and Fire Island


Out Professionals: Prime Launch Party – 5.25.11 @ Elmo

Out Professionals, a nationwide LGBT network, has been kickin’ it since 1983 and is in its 26th year in the New York City metro region. With its members representing around 600 companies, Out Professionals throws monthly events, provides business listings and holds professional development workshops. 

After noticing an age gap at their events, Out Professionals recruited New York locals Kristen Singer, Erin Dempsey and Michael Gates to spearhead a group targeting LGBT professionals in their 20s and 30s. The trio held Prime’s launch party on May 25th at Elmo, a restaurant/lounge in Chelsea.

L to R: Erin Dempsey, Michael Gates, Kristen Singer

From its mission statement, the inspirations behind the name Prime include “the time of early manhood or womanhood: ‘the prime of youth,’” “the period or state of greatest perfection or vigor of human life: ‘a man in his prime,’” and “prime cut of meat. J” (Yes, complete with the smiley face. Aye, the co-chairs have a sense of humor to boot. Note to all: clearly it is acceptable to scope out your next meal at their events, if you know what I’m sayin’.)

The launch was well attended and well received by a good number of young professionals, including a large contingent of women. Said co-chair Singer, “We were very pleased with the launch with almost 100 young professionals in attendance. It was great to see people really connecting with each other, exchanging business cards, and linking up with the organization all while having fun of course.  The venue was perfect and the Prime cocktails were even better.”

[I have to interrupt this article to make a comment. Please bear with me. Um, what's going on here? Kells, what's up with that outfit? Heads up - you're standing two feet away from a professional fashion stylist. Happy to help! OK, just kidding. You look hot. Werq!]

The next Prime event is Wednesday, July 13th, which will kick off its bi-monthly happy hour series. Career-oriented events are currently being developed and will commence in the Fall. To keep up with OP.Prime’s latest news and events, sign up on their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

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