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This New Year’s, live out loud

By |2009-12-17T09:00:00-05:00December 17th, 2009|Entertainment|

LOL: You thought it only meant laugh out loud, didn’t you? Replace laugh with living, and say hi to Saudia and Michelle Major, business/life partners who run LGBT party promoter Living Out Loud, LLC.
Do just that on New Year’s Eve, as the ladies host an LGBT party at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Ann Arbor. First, indulge in a four-course dinner at The Melting Pot, and then enjoy one complimentary cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, dance music and free coffee all night – ya know, so you can actually stay up long enough to ring in 2010, you party pooper.
And you can do it with your fellow gays, a problem the Majors ran into last year. “We searched for a party that catered to the LGBT community, and were disappointed by the lack of options,” Saudia says.
“We enjoyed the predominantly heterosexual event we attended, but would have preferred being surrounded by other gay individuals on such a special night. So, we contemplated organizing an event for our community for NYE 2010, and here we are!”
Indeed, they are. Here and queer, and ready to do everything as over the top as possible, she continues. “At Living Out Loud events, attendees will never know what they’re going to get, but there will always be surpises,” Michelle adds.
And by attendees, that means everyone. Not just lesbians. Not just gay men.
“We wanted to share this event with all LGBT persons because we have noticed that many social events tend to separate the men from the women,” Michelle says. “It’s important to us that all LGBT persons have an environment in which to celebrate life year-round as openly and lavishly as they desire without worrying about who’s gawking or judging.”
We can all drink to that.

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Chris Azzopardi
As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @chrisazzopardi.