AfterEllen Does The Dinah 2017: Red Carpet Interviews

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Entertainment Reporter: Lily Khuu / Videographer: Sarah Woodward

We splashed around at the pool parties, danced at the night club events, and made friends on the red carpet.  We had the opportunity to interview a handful of talent and featured guests.  Among them included beatbox artist Butterscotch, model/musician Madison Paige, and the founder of Dinah Shore herself — Mariah Hanson.

As 20,000 women united to experience the time of their lives, we not only joined in — we captured footage of the largest lesbian music festival and all girl party in the world.

 

Dinah 2017 Crowd Shot Pool Party

 

At the Hilton Palm Springs women let loose as they danced with sexy strangers pool-side and played volley beach ball with new friends in the deep end. Talented DJs such as GoodBoy, Lezlee, and Citizen Jane took to the stage to keep the energy flowing.  Some girls enjoyed the pool parties fully clothed or in swimming suits and others… topless with pasties.

After the sun set, the party moved to one of two locations: Zelda’s Night Club or the Hard Rock Hotel.  As the parties at Hard Rock started, the red carpet was covered in featured talent and celebrity appearances.  Bulbs flashed and the cameras were rolling.

 

 

Lily Khuu Morgan Hildebrand After Ellen

 

Mariah Hanson adorned a pink shirt for The Pink Pussy Party (formerly The White Party):  “Every year we strive to bring more joy and more celebration and more meaning to this celebration of our lives.  That’s what we’re dedicated to at The Dinah.”

 “Every year we strive to bring more joy and more celebration and more meaning to this celebration of our lives.  That’s what we’re dedicated to at The Dinah.”

–Mariah Hanson

Musical artists FHB entered in all white with their faces hidden under mesh masks matching their white bedazzled bodysuits: “The reason why we conceal our identity is because we really want people to focus on the music.  It’s not about what we look like, per se.  It’s about the music and the heart behind it.”

 

Butterscotch Red Carpet

 

 

Madison Paige and her girlfriend, model Terra “TJ” Bookings, strolled in together before touching tongues for a pose.  Madison cleared the air for couples contemplating vacationing at The Dinah together: “It’s funny because a lot of our friends were like ‘You don’t bring a girlfriend to Dinah.’ But, the craziest thing is that, she’s made this so wonderful!  Even better than last year!”

“It’s funny because a lot of our friends were like ‘You don’t bring a girlfriend to Dinah.’ But, the craziest thing is that, she’s made this so wonderful!  Even better than last year!”

–Madison Paige

Actress Patricia Rea shared her experience as a mother coming to terms with her child dating women: “When my daughter first came out to me, I felt it wasn’t at an appropriate time.  I didn’t take her seriously and I thought she was going through a phase.  So when she went back to dating men I was like ‘Oh, that was back in your lesbian phase.’  She goes ‘Mom, it wasn’t a phase.  I’m bisexual.”

 

Nicole Pacent

 

Producer Nicole Pacent sums up what our AfterEllen staff also experienced at The Dinah: “Some of my closest friends here are all people that I met at Dinah.”

“Some of my closest friends here are all people that I met at Dinah.”

– Nicole Pacent 

We enjoyed doing Club Skirt’s Dinah Shore Weekend and will continue bringing you coverage at AfterEllen, where we’ve been entertaining women since 2002.

Editor’s Note: I’d like to give a special thanks to the talented and tireless Sarah Woodward, AfterEllen’s new videographer, and Lily Khuu, our new entertainment reporter who worked on The Dinah coverage from day one. Excellent work! 

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