It’s been years since queer women in Salt Lake have had social events that cater to the entire lesbian and female bisexual community. “Pearl” refers to the new company that has already scheduled monthly events throughout 2014, including Casino Night, the Pink Pub Crawl, speed dating, theme parties, and a Butch/Femme Ball. Pearl will be listing details for each event as they become available on their Facebook page, “Pearl – Events for Women who Love Women.”
Through Pearl, lesbian and bi women of all ages will now have a centralized place to go for fun and socializing, starting with the Black & White Soirée, Jan. 4, 2014. This 7 p.m. to midnight event at the Complex will feature a swanky night of socializing, and will include a raffle, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, spoken word, a full cash bar, live music and dancing. Emceeing the soirée will be spoken-word artist, Tami Porter-Jones. Headlining the evening will be former members of The Vision, including Secily, Joel, and Kenyatta. These musicians have numerous accolades between them, including playing drums for Janet Jackson, acting as music director for the School of Rock, and performing with high-profile bands such as the Debi Graham Band and Ladysugar.
Pearl is the brainchild of community member, Lynda Lee, of Clothesline Productions. Lee moved to Salt Lake from Wisconsin in 1989 and has participated in and volunteered for numerous LGBTQ community events over the years. Lynda has been a business owner since 1992, doing graphic design work, but has recently become motivated to return to her passion: event management. Armed with a master’s degree in Sports Marketing and years of experience organizing events, Lee says she is anxious to dive into that realm once again. “My passion has always been event management; creating events and experiences that make people smile; enhance their lives; and manufacture lifelong memories.”