It may be over, but attendees described The Dinah 2022 as “epic” and we have a few photos to prove just how incredible the queer womxn event really was this year!
This year marked the first Dinah post-pandemic with all Covid restrictions lifted, yet the event went beyond just being a “back-together” celebration. There was a palpable and very profound sense of spirituality and closeness that permeated the entire weekend.
“We had a blast! With thousands of women, it’s amazing how intimate the experience felt. So many fabulous memories to take back to Boston with us,” said Emmy Award Winner Charlotte Robinson, host of OUTTAKE VOICES™.
The legendary event was filled with many exceptional firsts: it was the first time it was held at The Margaritaville (formerly The Riviera), it contained the first wedding to ever be officiated on stage at the Dinah, and it was the first time in Dinah history that “Dinah Virgins” demonstrably made up the majority of the audience.
In addition to that, the Dinah seemed to have bridged the chasm between older and younger generations showing that The Dinah is even more relevant today than it has ever been before.
“I’m old enough to be everybody’s grandmother,” says Darlene Bjork, first-time Dinah attendee and recently widowed. “I’m 76, I enjoyed every minute of the four days I was there from the beginning to closing the doors on Sunday. The most fun I had was watching all the young women having the time of their life in such a wonderful place and being so free to do it. I met a lot of amazing young women and each one of them gave me a piece of their heart and I loved it.”
In the wake of SCOTUS overturning Roe Vs Wade which now threatens LGBTQ+ rights, The Dinah reminds us of the importance of connecting our community together and preserving queer spaces in a time where politics stand to threaten safe, diverse, and inclusive places for our LGBTQ community to come together.
The timelessness and transcending aspect of the event was not just evident in the demographics of the attendees but in the entertainment lineup as well, which brought some of the most prominent, fast-rising queer female artists of today all under one roof.
Organizers put together an impressive roster of musicians which highlighted emerging queer female artists that are carving out space for themselves; crafting pop anthems and meaningful tunes that put the LGBTQIA+ community front and center in a music industry that often leaves them behind. Giving a voice to our LGBTQ community is still a necessity because our voices still need to be heard. And this new wave of queer talent is not afraid to live and sing out loud, thus teaching us to be authors of our own experiences and to be able to tell our own stories.
FLETCHER, Haviah Mighty, Zolita, Siena Liggins, Riela, IV4, Cassidy King, Siya, and Taylor Dayne took the Dinah by storm and delivered one of the most unforgettable Dinah entertainment experiences ever.
“The 2022 Dinah was one of our best. Simply pure magic, from our amazing queer performers to the weather, and of course our amazing guests. 2022 was another unforgettable year of creating that unique and inspiring Dinah connection. We’re excited that it went so smoothly and that our customers came together so gracefully to celebrate our lives and each other,” said Mariah Hanson, the founder and producer of the event.
The Dinah also succeeded in creating a viable platform for young unsigned emerging queer artists to thrive and get the visibility they deserve with its “Emerging Artist” contest. Koser and Pure XTC were this year’s winners and are already poised to join the list of talent to watch for in 2023.
In summation, The Dinah 2022 was about the invisible yet sensibly perceptible feeling of the human experience. Perhaps Taylor Dayne summed it up best … “[The Dinah] is really bringing home the message of solidarity, like we’re making families and creating a sustainable lifestyle here. This is what we are, who we are, and we’re proud of it.”
Dates for The Dinah 2023 have not been announced yet. For updates and more information go to: www.TheDinah.com