Now that Winter Party 2009 is completed, I wanted to take a moment to summarize my obvious endorsement of the event and to dispel what I suspect are some false opinions about it.
Although it is difficult to overlook the dazzling beauty of the crowd of thousands who attend the annual Winter Party Festival, this was certainly not just another circuit party. It is more of a celebration of our LGBT culture at its most convivial, including art, music, yoga, brunch and more, and, significant revenue generated by the event is of great benefit to some local social service providers who rely on it to continue their work in the community. A Party with a Purpose is how the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force describes it.
I don't know the stats, but the Winter Party seemed to be more inclusive than ever, and you may apply that opinion to gender, race or age.
I think most men my age feel the need to retreat from this type of gathering, and that is unfortunate. No one heaped scorn on this grey hair or on the extra few pounds I retain to steady my belt.