Photo by Dylan Flynn
The horrific mass shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse this past weekend is a drastic reminder that terrible people exist in this world, but the response to the senseless tragedy proves that good can cancel out evil hundreds of thousands of times over. Earlier this week, a GoFundMe page for Pulse Nightclub victims and their families was launched by LGBT civil rights organization Equality Florida; in just four days, it has raised over $5.1 million from a collective 106,000 people, making it the site's largest ever campaign.
Not one to forget its roots in communities composed of queer people of color, the dance music world is also stepping up as clubs all over the continent are putting on parties to raise money for Pulse, with proceeds going directly to Equality Florida. If you want to make a donation directly to the Victim Fund, go to their GoFundMe page here, but if you're keen to give to a worthy cause while getting down on the dancefloor, we've compiled a list of ten fundraising parties taking place this weekend to help you do just that.
1. LOVE OVER HATE
San Diego crews The Dangle Zone, Bass Tribe, and The Deep End join forces to raise money for the Pulse Fund with a lineup of local DJs including Speakerghost, Russ Imperio, MICHI, and more. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Where: Spin Nightclub, San Diego, California
When: Friday, June 17, 10PM – 4AM
2. PULSE TRAGEDY BENEFIT
Today's event aims to provide "a time for healing and a safe space for QTPoC," plus a DJ lineup consisting of Diamond Girl, Speaking Part, Chaperone, and more. Suggested $10 donation.
Where: Berks Warehouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: Friday, June 17, 10PM – 4AM
3. UNITY BENEFIT SHOW
This El Paso venue is doing back-to-back Fridays for its two benefit shows.
Where: Touch Bar & Nightclub, El Paso, Texas
When: Friday, June 17 & June 24
4. PINK PARTY CRAWL
Orlando Pub Crawl is dedicating their latest alcohol-soaked sojourn to the Pulse family and equality all around. The event will head to four Downtown Orlando bars, and encourages participants to dress in pink. The event costs $20 and includes four complimentary drinks.
Where: Chillers, The Attic, Eve, and Sideshow; Orlando, Florida
When: Friday, June 17, 8PM – 1AM
5. PULSE BENEFIT CONCERT
Organizers The Lamont Street Collective encourage attendees to "dance in the face of fear" with an LGBT-heavy artist lineup including allthebestkids, Dope Francis, Foster Carrots, Julie O., and Park Snakes. Suggested donation of $10, with all proceeds going to the Central Florida LGBT Center.
Where: 1822 Lamont St NW., Washington DC
When: Saturday, June 18, 7PM – 12AM
6. PULSE BENEFIT PARTY
Hosted by Twelve Inches, Phoenix locals Jesse Frank, Richie Morales, Frank Terry, Joey Canez, and Symon Benjamin are throwing down at a secret location in Downtown Phoenix. Minimum $5 donation at the door.
Where: TBA, Phoenix, Arizona
When: Saturday, June 18, 10PM – 4AM
An intimate event featuring performances from SHYBOI, False Witness, Papi Juice, Battyjack, Ushka, Riobamba, Cremosa, and Mursi Layne. While mostly a dance party, there will be a pause to read the names of the victims and an altar memorial.
Where: C'mon Everybody, Brooklyn, New York
When: Sunday, June 19, 12PM – 8PM
8. DANCE FOR ORLANDO
Gus Presents is challenging the local community to raise $40,000 by bringing out a massive lineup including Vin Sol, Richie Panic, and Matthew Favorites. A minimum donation of $20 is required at the door.
Where: 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, California
When: Sunday, June 19, 6PM – 2AM
Described by event runners House of YES! as "a night of extravagant generosity and defiant expression," this benefit encourages guests to wear their loudest, shiniest, queenliest attire. Features live performances and DJ sets from Cakes Da Killa, Hercules & Love Affair's Nomi Ruiz, and more.
Where: House of YES!, Brooklyn, New York
When: Sunday, June 19, 7PM – 4AM
10. TOGETHER WE STAND
Local restaurant Fiesta Cantina and Orlando-hailing LGBT event company East Coast Eden team up for an afternoon of drinks and DJs on the rooftop. Suggested donation of $10, with all bar sales going to the Pulse Fund.
Where: Fiesta Cantina, West Hollywood, California
When: Sunday, June 19, 12PM – 4PM