“Within gay culture, Dinah Shore is the ultimate party and experience,” said 37-year-old Sarah R. Davis, a third-time attendee, relaxing on a day with his wife, a dystopian feminist novel, and an icy bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Was getting it done. . He, like many others in Palm Springs for the weekend, had learned about Dinah from that famous “L Word” episode. Once she visited, she understood its outlandish reputation within queer circles. “It’s our place to be perfect,” said Ms. Davis.
Over the years, even as celebrity artists including Katy Perry, Lizzo, Lady Gaga and Tegan & Sarah have headlined the festival, Saturday’s pool party remains the “L Word Pool Party” out of respect for the cultural product. , which attracted a huge crowd. Dina.
“It blows me away that they still do ‘L Word’ pool parties,” Ilene Chaiken, one of the show’s creators, said on Zoom. He compared parting with the original cast of the early 1970s to bring the Beatles anywhere. “It never occurred to me that souvenirs in Dinah would be branded ‘The L Word.’ It’s an important part of our gay culture now. It’s become an institution, and we need institutions.”
Since the event’s inception, Palm Springs has seen its politics become more liberal, and in 2018, it became First municipality in the US with a city council Dinah, whose members are openly LGBTQ, has also changed: although often branded as a gay paradise, over the years the event has opened up to non-binary and trans people regardless of gender.
“It’s bigger than a party. It’s a movement. It’s powerful,” said Ms. Hanson, 60. “We make five days where we’re living in a quirky, non-binary, gay world. We celebrate who we are.”