Get your GFP Boston Gay Pride on!

Dancers,

PRIDE season is upon us.

Grab your rainbow cowboy hats, your sparkliest boots, and maybe a feather boa. Dirty Water Saloon and Gays for Patsy will be marching (dancing, really) in the Boston Pride Parade, and you KNOW you want to join us. This is shaping up to be the biggest Pride in Boston Pride history, so don’t miss out.

Gays for Patsy started in 1988 as a whimsically named contingent in Boston’s Gay Pride parade. Since then we’ve been queering country dance through social dances, hoedowns, workshops, performances, and more. Be a part of this important tradition.

Mark your calendars!
This year’s parade is Saturday, June 10 and begins in Copley Square. We are gathering at 12:20 at 755 Boylston Street.

Social dance venues with Pride dances or events…

Gays for Patsy (GFP) Queer Country Social Dance PRIDE Dance

Sunday, June 4 • Suggested sliding scale donation: $12 ($8 members)
First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Come to our hour-long workshop on beginning Salsa with Beth. Then dance the afternoon away with our DJ Ruth who will play a selection of music across genres that you can Two-Step, West Coast Swing, Salsa, line dance galore, East Coast Swing, Waltz, and more. Friendly, gender-role-free crowd. We will also teach a variation of DHSS that we’ll be doing at the Pride Parade.

3:00 pm: Beginner Salsa lesson with Beth
4:00 pm: Open Dancing with DJ Ruth

Dirty Water Saloon PRIDE Dance

Tuesday, June 6 • Sliding Scale Fee $1-$10
Bella Luna/Milky Way, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain

You know you love this dance! Come practice for Pride this Tuesday. We’ll be reviewing the basics of two-step and teaching DHSS, a beginner+ line dance that is easily adapted for the parade route.

7:00 pm: Beginner Two-step lesson with Jim
7:45 pm: DHSS with Kendra
8:15-10:00 pm: Open Dancing with DJ Bob

JP Contra PRIDE Dance with Dean Allemang

Saturday June 10 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Boston Gender Free Contra Dance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Folks and Friends!

Swingtime

Swingtime has swing, Latin, and ballroom dancing for the LGBTQ community and our allies. Includes an East Coast swing dance lesson beforehand with the fabulous Liz Nania. Their PRIDE dance was June 3, but stay tuned for info on upcoming dances.

See you on the dance floor!
Kendra, your GFP PRIDE Coordinator

You are my Joy

I just read a Harvard Crimson article (linked below) on how joy adds to a healthy and happy life.
 
One thing that struck me was,
“Loneliness kills… It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”
 
Speaking for myself, you all bring joy into my life through dance.  Ironically, I mentioned this on Saturday. I joined Gays for Patsy about 10 years ago at a low point — I just broke up and was looking for something to fill that hole in my heart. Okay, honestly, I came looking for a boyfriend. What I got was a community and a bunch of stellar friends.
 
This winter was rough, it seemed more so with the political climate and so much fear, anger, and agitation. The one thing that got me through was the dances.
 
Thank you for being my joy.
Thank you for being my friend
Thank you for stepping on my feet.
 
Get out and dance and smile and meet folks and all that stuff there.
 
Bob “da prez” Sweeney
 
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/04/over-nearly-80-years-harvard-study-has-been-showing-how-to-live-a-healthy-and-happy-life/