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Capital City Pride Revives the Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance

October 2, 2017


DES MOINES, Iowa – Join Capital City Pride on Sunday, October 2nd for its
first Sunday Tea Dance from 2-6 p.m. at The Garden. Titled Mandate, this
Sunday Tea Dance hopes to revive a lost tradition that served as a pivotal
activity for gay culture dating all the way back to the 1950s.

What began as a way for singles to meet after indulging in late afternoon tea
service, Sunday Tea Dances soon turned into a way for gay men and lesbian
women to discreetly dance in underground speakeasies.  At this time, it was
illegal for members of the same sex to dance together so in the event of a
raid attendees would quickly change partners to mixed-couples.

By the time the late 60s rolled around, these dances were more focused on gay
men and were held in venues that typically were not licensed as nightclubs or
to sell alcohol. After the birth of the modern gay rights movement, the once
popular afternoon tea dance gradually moved later and later until it
disappeared completely.

“Over the next year, we’re going to do many events that embrace and
enhance the gay culture in Iowa,” said Capital City Pride President, Justin
DeVries. “The Sunday Tea Dance has such a historical significance and I
couldn’t imagine a better way to bring it back as Capital City Pride
prepares for its 40th anniversary.”

Help Capital City Pride bring the Sunday Tea Dance out from the underground
and into broad daylight. Featuring DJ GERMANation, Mandate is free for
everyone with drink specials, Jell-O shots, and plenty dancing.



About Capital City Pride:
Since 1978, Capital City Pride has brought together the members of the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community their friends, allies, and
supporters. The organization holds events that inspire, educate, commemorate
and celebrate the diverse community and culture with and for the greater Des
Moines Metro.

For more information, visit www.capitalcitypride.org



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