Kristen Porter Presents (Dyke Night®, The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda, Boston’s Cheers for Queers™, Divas, Dogs & Drag Show, One Night StandUp) has a mission is to partner entertainment with philanthropy by bringing and promoting high quality entertainment, fundraisers and dance parties to help support the LGBTQ community. We work to build and support community artistically, socially, and philanthropically. Our events are inclusive of all LGBT/queer community,❤ transgender/gender non conforming/non-binary/
Kristen Porter Presents Dyke Night® was founded in 1998 as a community spirited events production company catering to the lesbian and queer community with a mission to partner entertainment with philanthropy. The idea came from a meeting of a group of queer HIV activists in Kristen’s living room (called Lesbian AIDS Project of MA, LAPM). LAPM was a grass-roots volunteer effort doing street outreach and needed $$ to buy items for LGBT homeless folk (toiletries, safe sex & safe works kits). Idea: let’s throw a party and ask for a suggested $2 donation. Result: Kristen approached the Midway Café and LAPM started Thursday’s “Dyke Night” which became a queer weekly space, and still is to this day. When LAPM group disbanded, Kristen continued the mission to partner entertainment with philanthropy and expanded Dyke Night® into additional venues.
Almost two decades later and over 1,000 events later, Kristen Porter Presents Dyke Night® is the longest-lasting event co. targeting the LBT women/queer community in Boston’s history. We are 100% LGBT/queer owned and staffed. Profit raised through our events is donated. Kristen founded Dyke Night® and has donated her time and money to its philanthropic mission because her lifelong work has been in Boston’s nonprofit community working to make the world better for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS. Kristen’s commitment to create high quality inclusive events that support our community artistically, socially and philanthropically has never wavered. The causes we have helped, the couples we have brought together, and the history we have created will be our legacy.
Since our early days, our reach has extended beyond nightlife, cisgender women, lesbians/gays, as does our team of staff and volunteers. For instance, we operate The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda (free weekly and monthly events, housing and classified lists), officiate weddings and help with planning, and host wellness-based retreats. Kristen Porter Presents represents the diversity and inclusivity that has always been a part of our mission.
Kristen Porter Presents via Dyke Night® events has raised and donated money to numerous causes including the Boston Pride Community Fund, LGBT Aging Project, the Network/La Red, The AIDS Care Project, The Theater Offensive, the Boston Dyke March, The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda, Impact, and many many more.
In 2009, Kristen assembled a solid strategic team to oversee the philanthropic work of Dyke Night® and our community service programs like our 100% volunteer (Lindsey, Bren, Doris, Suzanne and Rebecca) produced The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda to continue her vision to support our community artistically, socially and philanthropically. Kristen is the founder and creative visionary, but is not on staff. Kristen Porter Presents operations and design managed by Perri, music and entertainment managed by Maryalice, and and our Marketing and Social Media by Julie.
“Dyke Night” was chosen by the LAPM group as the name of the event because the word’s reclamation had been an empowering term, especially in the 1990s. The word “dyke” was first recorded in 1942, and has since been reappropriated by political-queer-activists such as comic “Dykes to Watch Out For,” Dykes on Bikes and political lesbian rallies called the Dyke March. The event Dyke Night® at the Midway Cafe was created to cater to an activist community and to fund our activist work. We forged new ground as no clubs hosted a LBT women/queer night at that time. Dyke Night® events have always been “inclusive of all LGBT/queer community, trans-loving, and welcoming of all who respect women.” The use of the word “dyke” is the similar reclaiming of the now popular use of the word “queer.”
Dyke Night® is the most award winning LBT event production company in Boston- and has been for close to two decades. Awards include Best Lesbian Night, Best Gay Club, Best DIY Promoter, and Best Dance Club from the Improper Bostonian, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Phoenix.