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Party with Pride

Gowanus Loft | 61 9th Street, Loft C8 | Brooklyn, NY 11215, Jun 15, 2013—Performances! Dancing! Food and drinks! Party with Pride is a fantastic way to support fierce LGBTQI activists around the world. Join us this year on Saturday June 15 at the beautiful Gowanus Loft for our annual community celebration.

party-with-pride Party with Pride Host Committee:
Charlotte Bunch, Roxanna Carillo, Judene Walden, Rose Sias, Carol Alpert, YK Hong, Miles Goff, Mary Li, Svati Shah, Chitra Ganesh, Miriam Zoila Pérez, and Ryan Li Dahlstrom.

Event Details

Saturday June 15, 2013
Gowanus Loft
61 9th Street, Loft C8 | Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please note: We've just learned that the elevator at Gowanus Lofts is out of order. The venue is up two flights of stairs. We deeply apologize to anyone who is unable to attend as a result. Please contact us if you've purchased tickets already and are now unable to attend. Please email

8 pm–9:30 pm
Tickets $50/$75/$100
Performance by Arooj Aftab! Open Bar & Hors D'oeuvres

9:30 pm–1 am
Tickets $25 in advance. Sliding scale at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Dance party with DJ Lynnee Denise and more!

Can’t attend? Buy a ticket in advance to sponsor the event.

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Gowanus loft is steps away from the F/G train at Smith and 9th street station. Alternatively, it is a 10 minute walk from F/G/R at 4th Ave and 9th Street station. Free parking is available at the venue.

The Astraea staff made a Homoground mixtape for Party with Pride! Have a listen as you are getting ready for the party...

Arooj AftabA mesmerizing new voice and an inspiring antidote to the homogeneity overwhelming the music industry today, Arooj Aftab innovates off classical Sufi music for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. The layers subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, skillfully re-imagining indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’

Arooj has created a buzz both within the South Asian community and amongst a responsive and discerning public at large. The Boston Globe noted, “Aftab’s ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country’s long musical heritage,” and MTV Desi reported, “Arooj filled the space with her gentle yet surprisingly forceful vocal style.”

Paying homage to legendary vocalists such as Begum Akhtar, Reshma, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Mehdi Hassan, Arooj works with contemporary artists, instruments and concepts to create a repertoire that translates across ages, for audiences South Asian and beyond. She has had the honor of sharing stage with world renowned musicians such as Nona Hendrix, Leni Stern, Liz Wright and Esperanza Spalding.

Magda GiannikouAccompanying Arooj Aftab is Magda Giannikou on accordion - a virtuoso musician with a delicate minimalist approach that compliments and amplifies Arooj’s style. Through a deep understanding of Arab, Greek, Mediterranean phrasing and an innate sensitivity to this complex musical genre, Magda partners with Arooj in composing and creating an innovative expression of South Asian Ancestral wisdom.

DJ Lynnee Denise uses turntables and scholarship to create forums exploring and celebrating Afro-Diasporic electronic music. Her work is informed, inspired and elevated by social and political movements, global travel, and personal identity. Lynnee is the founder of WildSeed Cultural Group an organization whose mission, “entertainment with a thesis,” is driven by a desire to incorporate the nontraditional elements of literature, cultural criticism and ethnomusicology into the New York, Atlanta and South African music scene.

Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin is a Jamaican spoken word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has also held poetry workshops worldwide. Chin's poetry can be found in her first chapbook, Wildcat Woman, and Stories Surrounding My Coming, as well as numerous anthologies, including Skyscrapers, Taxis and Tampons, Poetry Slam, Role Call, Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies. In 2009, Chin published her autobiographical novel, The Other Side of Paradise - A Memoir. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and has been featured on 60 Minutes. She was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles growing up homosexual in Jamaica.

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