GLOW :: Lighting Up Ladies Night!

by Winnie McCroy

EDGE Editor

Sunday October 30, 2011

Boston ladies turn the lights down and the heat up at November's Dyke Night™ party, GLOW. For the past 13 years, this award-winning lesbian event company has thrown the largest parties in the New England area and perhaps the nation, bringing together more than a thousand women for drinks, dancing, and a damned good time!

"In my clubbing days, if you went to a women's night and there were 100 people it was considered a great turnout, and exciting to see that many lesbians in one room," said founder Kristen Porter. "The growth has been steady over the years, although never in Boston's history has there been a night like this. It results from years of cultivation, the fantastic staff and venue managers we work with, and our very talented and committed team that believes in our mission of 'partnering entertainment with philanthropy.'"

In addition to raising awareness among the lesbian nightlife community, Porter, a former nonprofit executive director, founded Dyke Night™ with a philanthropic mission and therefore donates 25% or more of all profits from her events to charity.

GLOW Brightly

Dyke Night™ began hosting regular weekly and monthly events 13 years ago and keeps it fun every passing year by bringing new theme events to Boston. Dyke Night™’s Second Saturday GLOW party at Machine will be their first black-light featured event.

"It will be a blow out," said Porter. "We have glow-pole performers, poi hula-hoopers, a newly renovated lounge with pool tables, two DJs and four bars. We are also hoping to welcome flaggers, poi spinners, fan artists, and other blacklight partiers. We are excited to see patrons have fun with the theme as well, wearing neon or white to glow themselves."

DJ Dena and DJ Leah V will spin at the GLOW party. DJ Dena is a Rhode Island guest lesbian DJ considered one of the most talented in the country. DJ Leah V is a talented up-and-comer who was recently nominated for the second year in a row as "DJ of the Year" in the Boston Music Awards.

Porter said she enjoys giving back to her community, be it via fostering young talent, or by employing an all-queer staff. "I take special interest in nurturing the next generation of upcoming talent, promoters, and performers by giving women and members of the LGBT community opportunities," she said.

After GLOW...

The Second Saturday parties generally draw about a thousand lesbians, drag queens, and transwomen, most aged between 21-40 and hailing from Boston, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and beyond.

Dyke Night™ has hosted parties at various venues, including Second Saturday at Machine Nightclub and Fourth Friday at the Milky Way in Jamaica, named the 2010 Boston magazine winner of "Best Lesbian Scene."

"We will also be hosting GLITZ New Year’s Eve party this year at Machine, featuring a complimentary champagne toast, early morning buffet, extended hours, fun interactive games, and more," said Porter. "We have a tremendous amount planned for the coming year."

On November 20, Dyke Night™ will host a brunch and free community film screening of "Sappho’s Fire," a documentary. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and the women interviewed in the film.

And on December 2, they will hold the grand opening party of the First Friday Venus Rising at the Foundation Room of the House of Blues, providing a gorgeous setting for women’s professional networking, single mingles for women 35 and older, and other special events.

"I always like to remind people that in order to have a vibrant gay nightlife, events need to be supported, so be political about your choices in entertainment," said Porter. "Just like I believe in buying American, I encourage people to ’Buy Queer/Gay/Rainbow’. Support LGBT-owned businesses, support LGBT-promoted events, chose to attend the gay-promoted, gay-staffed event in lieu of the straight-bar takeovers. We will only continue to have a community if we painstakingly continue to nurture it."

GLOW will be held on November 12 at Second Saturdays at Machine, 1256 Boylston St in Boston. For info or to join the mailing list, visit

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women's news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.