When people hear me talking about living part-time in Dallas, their frown on their faces shows me how unaware they are about how fast-growing, lively and cosmopolitan the city is. Some statistics reveal that approximately 200 people per day are moving into the DFW area. 200, that’s a crazy number!
However, that doesn’t surprise me. In Texas, jobs are a dime a dozen; residents get to live a high-quality life yet still have money to travel and play. Dallas food, art, and nightlife scenes are diverse and energetic. Most importantly; the city has one of the largest gay populations in the U.S., and the BIGGEST in Texas. – Mmm, who says size doesn’t matter? Believe or not, Dallas’s Oak Lawn was voted the number one gayborhood by Out Traveler in 2014.
“The Strip” as locals call it, stretches through Cedar Springs Road, with an array of gay bars, shops, and restaurants. The Round-Up Saloon is where you can watch cowboys showing off their two-steps skills, and J. R’s second-floor patio is the most coveted spot to watch the pride parade, which takes place on Sunday, September 17.
Aside from the parade, Dallas Pride is a month-long celebration of the gay community. So grab your rainbow flag, and glitter stick. Here is my guide to five pride events you shouldn’t miss this year.
Chappy Hour @ WeWork: Pride Y’all
This free party kick offs with complimentary drinks from Austin Eastciders, screen printing t-shirts and cool swag from Chappy app. It all happens at my place of work and newfound home: WeWork.
Studio Red, the 9th annual Red Party
Join Dallas Red Foundation for a night of dancing. Mingle with other members and supporters of the LGBT community in a fun atmosphere, with cocktails, and performances by award-winning musicians and live DJ’s. TICKETS HERE
Shine, the Dallas Pride pool party
September in Dallas is known for searing temperatures, so on Saturday afternoon, put on your speedos and cool off with the Purple Foundation at SISU Uptown. This event is one of my favorites, you can see why here. Grab your TICKETS HERE
BEAT, feat. DJ Tony Moran
Impulse Group Dallas welcomes legendary DJ Tony Moran to Stereo Live Dallas on Saturday night. I’ve listened to Tony Moran’s beats at a few New York parties; he knows how to bring the house down. I can’t wait to dance to his sounds during Dallas Pride. TICKETS HERE
BRUT, Dallas Pride
I couldn’t be more excited about BRUT coming to Dallas. What better way to end pride weekend than getting a little naughty with the men of BRUT. Straight from New York, DJ Dan Darlington, co-creator and friend of mine, will bring underground beats to the heart of Texas. Do wear a jockstrap, a harness or any leather gear but check your Dallitude at the door. TICKETS HERE