The Hamptons Tea Dance Stronger Than Ever
By Holly Buchanan
And the beat goes on….
This year The Hamptons Tea Dance returned in all its glory thanks to the combined efforts of The Center, SAGE and Callen-Lorde. The event’s future was uncertain after The Empire State Pride Agenda closed its doors. But three other LGBT organizations stepped in to continue the perennial favorite event. In a year where the LGBT community has faced such tragedy, it is a bright day indeed to see show many supporters coming together in love and honor and some serious disco dancing.
Lynn Faria, Chief Officer for External Affairs at SAGE noted, “The Hamptons Tea Dance is part or the LGBT tradition in the Hamptons. We’re happy to be involved and to continue to improve the lives of LGBT New Yorkers.”
Jeffrey Klein, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at The Center added, “It’s a happy collaboration woven together to help the community.”
Once again a large crowd was on hand to pack the dance floor with music by DJ Lady Bunny.
Edie Windsor lit up the whole place with her usual grace and charm as she talked and posed for pictures with party goers and well wishers.
From the very beginning to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” the crowd danced under the disco ball while the polo ponies looked on, probably secretly wishing they could join in.
The only difference attendees noted this year was that DJ Lady Bunny’s hair was not as big as previous years. However, considering last year she had to be transported in a car with a sun roof open to allow room for her bouffont, that can be forgiven.
About this year’s beneficiaries…
The Center offers the LGBT communities of NYC health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, wellness, parenthood and family support services.
The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness, and advocates for LGBT health issues.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Thanks to Hip Hamptons’ photographer Samantha Taylor for this years photographs.
Time to rest our tired tootsies and practice our dance moves for next year.