LGBT Ladies Only Event - HELP
April 3, 2013
This is my first post, and it's going to be a long one, so be patient with me! (Please?)
I live in Ottawa, ON and the nightlife isn't the greatest. We really only have one lesbian bar and to be honest, it sucks! It stinks, the staff are miserable, they rip you off and when you ask them to reimburse you what they stole, they threaten to cal the cops on you (true story), and the bar is filled with the same crowd of teeney boppers who start drama every time. Everyone complains about it, yet they still go on Friday nights. And to be honest, I think it's because that's all we have (lesbians) because it's the only lesbian bar.
So a friend of mine who is a DJ, decided a few months ago to start putting on monthly ladies only lesbian events. It's been going for about 6 months. The problem is, she is much older and her following, dedicated as they are, have grown older with her. So there are ALOT of old women attending and she is trying to get young women to attend, but it seems the event already has this "old lady event" reputation.
I got involved about 2 months ago, and so far have seen SOME improvement. The last event we did (March 30th) was the first event to have more young women then old women, but there still aren't enough bodies to fill the venue! I have been making posters (I do this as a hobby so trust me when I say they aren’t amateur posters) and placed them in hot spots such as; downtown, in the market, in the village, at the Ottawa University and Ottawa College, and near (not on or in) all the gay bars. I have advertised on Facebook, Craigslist, Kijiji, Myspace, Any LGBT Ottawa website, LGBT Ottawa blogs, sent press releases to the college radio stations, and of course, word of mouth. I even made a photo backdrop for inside the venue and photographed the guests to provide a real club feel.
It worked, but not as much as I had hoped. I understand it won’t happen overnight, but I need help getting the bodies in the door. I need one good night that turns out to shed our reputation as an “old lady” event and give us some credibility.
I don’t want to give up on this event, so here is the idea I came up with for the next event. I want your input.
I will be putting on a Studs & Femmes party night, where the ladies can be voted as hottest stud and sexiest femme. The guests will arrive and when paying at the door for cover, they have the choice to participate or not. If so, they will pick their category and we will give them a number. We will pick a winner from both categories and they can win special prizes for the top 3 in both categories. We will advise them that the more friends they bring, the better their chances of winning are as they will get more votes. Once inside, they have to win votes so it forces them to dance, mingle, do whatever they have to, to get votes. I’m hoping this will create a good atmosphere that people will remember, and want to return.
We will also have our party girl there as well. When buying shots, people can give her $1 to take body shots off her instead of just taking a regular shot. We will also have 50/50 which includes your ticket in our Mega Merch draw. They can win all kinds of merchandise. And if you’re a student, you can show your ID at the door and they receive a free submission into our Mega Merch draw.
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!