There are three things that many LGBT persons absolutely love: good cocktails, good food, and good parties.
Parties have been a way for LGBT persons to come together, especially for queer persons of color. Thanks in part to event/party promoters.
Party promoters are people who influence others to attend a party or an event. Their massive influence derives from both their online and physical presence; many promoters have an Instagram following in the thousands or have an excess amount of Snapchat followers. Even without a strong social media presence promoters can still influence the social circuit in their city.
Many people claim party promoting is not a real job or that it’s easy. From personal experience I understand the challenges of promoting an event or party. It’s much more than sending emails and mass text messages. You need a good marketing strategy, secured resources, and most importantly stamina. There’s been times when I barely had little to no sleep while planning an event.
Another misconception is that party promoters organize events solely for financial reasons. Most party promoters have the best intentions of bringing together in spaces where people can enjoy themselves.
Within LGBT communities of color party/event promoters play a major social role. Some of the most prominent ones are James Saunders, Darryl Wilson, and Laurence Pickney. They’ve influenced the black/latin gay social scene which is largely present in club venues and bars. Within these establishments LGBT persons of color can interact with one another and freely express themselves without feeling discriminated.
Back in the day LGBT parties for persons of color were commonly thrown in warehouses and other secluded spaces. At these parties persons would dance to house music in strobe lit rooms and face off in intense dance competitions.
As time passed and mainstream society became more tolerant of homosexuality party promoters and event organizers began to organize parties in more visible settings including bars and nightclubs. Places like Secrets(New York), Colors(Atlanta), Traxx(Washington DC), Soakies(Kansas City), Jewels Catch One(Los Angeles), Continental(Detroit), Jeffrey Pub(Chicago) were safe havens where black gays enjoyed themselves and danced their feet away. Sadly though, many of those black gay establishments have been shut down due to gentrification and related reasons.
Many LGBT persons would claim that the LGBT parties were most enjoyable during the 90s era. Even though homosexuality has become more acceptable within society there are still limited LGBT spaces especially within ethnic communities. However, the LGBT social scene still remains lively thanks largely in part to party/event promoters.
Here is a list of some of today’s most popular event promoters in the US.
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Next Level Events
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Remember First Friday? Wait until you see what we’ve got up our sleeve for The MLK Weekend ELEVATION! @ Compound – Sunday Night Mega Party! Now, two sexy Clubs in one! Two Dj’s, GoGo Dancers, twice the VIP Sections and the largest courtyard in The ATL. Info@whpatlanta.com or info@Alter-egoevents.com for VIP Information! #NewYear #NewVibe #NightLifeElevated #MLK2019 #ELEVATION! #MegaParty @whpinc @ac_parties
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Alter Ego Entertainment
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Atlanta Black Pride
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Elite Social Club
New York City
James Saunders Productions
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Frank Watson Events
Sean and John Events
TOMORROW SUNDAY JAN 13TH @seanandjohnevents IN ASSOCIATION WITH @maxdamian_dj PRESENT TGIS (THANK GOD IT’S SUNDAY) THE ONLY PLACE TO BE EACH AND EVERY SUNDAY. @ BOXERS WASHINGTON HEIGHTS 3820 BROADWAY (@159TH ST.) 8PM UNTIL 2AM. HUGE ROOM TO PARTY $5 ALL NIGHT @boxersnycwahi let’s GET lit.
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Hassan & Mike Events
Joe Morris Events
Darryl Wilson Productions LLC
DC PRIDE ALERT LAST CALL GUYS, WITH LESS THAN 3 WEEKS LEFT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD VIP PARTY PASSES FOR DC BLACK PRIDE 2019. EARLY BIRD VIP PARTY PASSES ON SALE NOW FOR A LOW PRICE OF $85.00 PLUS SERVICE CHARGE. EVERY YEAR THESE EARLY BIRD PASSES SELL OUT, SO ACT NOW BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP TO THE MARKET VALUE OF $159.00 ON FEBRUARY 1ST. REMEMBER, WE SOLD OUT LAST YEAR SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR……GO GET’EM‼️ DARYL WILSON PROMOTION PRESENTS ALL OF DC’S SUPREME VENUES ie; THE PARK AT 14TH, ECHOSTAGE, SECRETS AND MORE!!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wet-dreamz-live-dc-black-pride-2019-tickets-50030456442
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Reggie Rich Events
R I I C H D S T R I C T 2019 5th Annual NYE Bash – – – UP Next: Hennyfest! This Saturday MLK! – STAY TUNED for the next RIICHDISTRICT collaboration ‼️ – – – #nye #riichdistrict #reggeriich #dayinthedistrict #dcnightlife #2019 #dc
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Day in the District Events
D a y I n T h e D i s t r i c t What an Amazing year this has been. We have bigger and better things in the works for 2019‼️Stay Tuned‼️ NYE is up next‼️ TIX IN BIO‼️ #DayInTheDistrict – – – #dc #dcnightlife #dayinthedistrict #dcclubbing #lit #2019
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TONIGHT! TONIGHT! TONIGHT! IT’S AN EXORCISM BATTLE OF INCHES AT KARMA. YEAH THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE GONNA EXORCISE THE FREAK OUT OF YOU TONIGHT. SO, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE $10 OFF THE DOOR COVER, CAUSE YOU ALREADY KNOW, WITH ALL THE FREAKS OUT THERE, THAT JOINT IS GONNA BE PACKED WALL TO WALL… http://bit.ly/2E5DAJA (LINK IN BIO) Text DMVLIVE to 545454 to join our text list. THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET IN SAINT NICK’S GOOD GRACES, CAUSE YOU’VE BEEN A FREAK ALL YEAR!? DON’T WORRY! WE’RE GONNA EXORCISE YOU! SO, COME GET IT ALL OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM TONIGHT AT KARMA. WE HAVE 10 OF THE BADEST DANCERS READY TO PULL THE FREAK DEMON RIGHT OUT OF YOU. ALSO FEATURING THE $300 HOT AMATEUR DIG BICK CONTEST! PLUS WE’LL HAVE THE HOLY WATER AKA LONG ISLAND ICED TEAS FLOWING IN ABUNDANCE FOR JUST $12 ALL NIGHT! BY THE TIME THE SUN COMES UP TOMORROW, YOU SHALL BE PURIFIED, YOUR HALO SHALL RETURN AND YOU SHALL BE OFF SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST… THE EXORCISM BATTLE OF INCHES TONIGHT AT KARMA, 2221 ADAMS PL NE, 11PM – 3AM. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE $10 OFF THE COVER AT THE DOOR. http://bit.ly/2E5DAJA (LINK IN BIO)
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Social Life Entertainment
ATTENTION: 40% OFF SELECTED PASSES!!! ACT FAST!! April 26th – April 28th is #Pleasure2019 during Philly Black Pride! Expect: VIP-Treatment (Open Bar) At All Events (Optional), New VENUES, NEW HOST HOTEL, New PARTIES and Lets Not Forget The Most Sexy Men & Women From Around The Country! AND THAT'S JUST FOR STARTERS! . FOR ALL INFORMATION/EARLY BIRD PASSES GO TO OUR WEBPAGE www.Pleasure2019.com . Book Your Hotel Room .. visit our webpage (www.Pleasure2019.com) . Pleasure UNLEASHED 2019 will be the best year YET… We Guarantee It! Welcome To The New Philadelphia! . #PhillyPleasureWeekend #PhillyBlackPride #Philly #Philadelphia #PennRelayWeekend #PennRelays #SocialLifeEntertainment #SocialLifeEnt #PleasureUNLEASHED2019 #Pleasure2019
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SAVE THE DATE 4/27/19. Philly BLK Pride Wkend… #thephirm #ThePhirmparty @ThePhirmNYC @ThePhirmBiz #blackboyjoy #snapchats #latinmen #philadelphia #trending #newyorkcity #newyear #getready #itsgoingdown #hope #turnup #2019goals #likeforfollow #followforfollowback
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JayLaTay Entertainment, LLC presents… • • • “Let Freedom Ring” MLK edition Wear: SOMETHING REPRESENTING BLACK CULTURE NO WORK MONDAY NO WORK MONDAY (If you know or see a federal worker thank them) The hottest day party in PHILLY!!! BISUNDAYS, every 1st n 3rd Sunday @ The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave(in the fishtown section of PHILLY) Bring Cash —————ATM AVAILABLE—————— We hope to see you this Sunday at the Barbary Time: 6p-10p drink specials/ no work Monday Spinning Dj ShowTymeLive and Dj Pressure work: JayLaTay Cover: $5 n good vibes #bisundays #dayparty #poc #alllanes #allpeople #wethepeople #philly #philadelphia #newjersey #southjersey #blackness #mlk #mlkweekend #snow #dontknow #periodt #rnb #house #trap #twerk #hiphop #soca #dancehall #bounce @the_barbary @djshowtymelive @djpressure1000_maat @jaylatay
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Miami Beach Bruthaz
Events by Wes
A successful event the first year. #BMENPARTY2018 thank you to everyone for supporting and bringing the fun. _____ Follow the facebook group Facebook.com/EventsbyWes _____ Follow on instagram @_eventsbywes _____ #gaycation #bmen #eventsbywes #2018 _____ Age range 23 to 55 body range thin to thick to muscle
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Rails Marketing Group (also Chicago)
Bash LA Events
It’s the weekend babyyy… This Sunday @starboysundays is still heating up West Hollywood. Calling all party people to the dance floor. Some of the hottest socialites under one roof with some of the best entertainment Weho has to offer. Doors open at 9 pm. Half off drinks till 11 pm.
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Last Night was def a Vibe!!! We brought in the New Year Litty!!!! Destini Productions always serves you well!!!! Thanks for bringing in 2019 with us!!! @menofdestini @ybenvy @dafirstkingfoxx @prettybadboi #2019 #rabbithole #turnt #charlotte #gaynightlife #litty #newyear #destiniproductions
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High Society Entertainment Group
Partyboy Entertainment Group
‼️Just in case you missed my last URBANO event here’s a Recap‼️ Shoutout to @trentcrews from Love and Hip Hop NY for blessing the stage. Hosted by yours truly @partyboychaz. It was definitely a movie . Sounds by boystown #1 DJ @djxtasy1. Brought to you by ClubHouse Productions and my new company PartyBoy Entertaiment Group. Special S/O to my girl @flyfancyfilms for capturing some amazing highlights. It was definitely lit. Turn on your post notifications now for details on all hottest parties and events in the city. Book PartyBoy Entertainment Group to host your next event. We never disappoint. Until next time stay tuned.
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2018 Has Been Sooo Dope! Shoutout To Everybody That Supported Me This Year! Special Thanks to My Amazing Team Who Helped Me Put Together My Events I Couldn’t Have Pulled It Off Without You, Thank You And Everyone Who Came Out! Appreciate The Love Forreal! Definitely Got Tingz In The Works For 2019!
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The Distinguished Gentlemen of KKMS
Velvet Rope Productions
#DALLASTX VELVET ROPE PRESENTS #SAVAGESATURDAYS AT @TABOODALLAS . THIS YEAR VELVET ROPE WILL BE TAKING OVER #TABOOLOUNGE EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT!! $5 COVER BEFORE 11PM #MUSIC | #DRINKSPECIALS | #HOOKAH #DALLAS | #TABOOLOUNGE | #SATURDAYNIGHTS 10p – 2a | 1418 N Riverfront Blvd, 75207 FOR #VIP #BOTTLESERVICE DM @velvetropeproductions • #DALLASNIGHTLIFE #DALLASCLUBS #LGBT #LGBTDALLAS #SATURDAYNIGHT #VELVETROPEPRODUCTIONS
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VEGAS! TONIGHT 10:30 PM lets get WASTED at @theurbanloungelv adult film star and dancer @giodances returns to the city for UNCUT!!! @djbrock3000 on the 1s and 2s you will not want to miss this hump day turn up!!! #leggo #blackgayvegas
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About the Author: A native of Brooklyn, New York, Prince Martinez is the founder of Men Who Brunch (MWB), a lifestyle website and event blog. The concept of MWB primarily started from his own internal struggles as a gay man. Having hid in the closet for many years he finally decided to live in his own truth. His desire to bring LGBT persons together and love of brunch motivated him to start Men Who Brunch. His vision for MWB is to build an international community for LGBTQ persons who enjoy brunch and other social activities.
Prince enjoys happy hours, martial arts, and of course brunch! He also likes giving backing to the community and dreams to build a new community center back in his old neighborhood.