The Queen of Vegas Beats DJ Lisa Pittman on the new lesbian hotspot
August 21, 2012 | 12:00 am
(Updated: February 25, 2013 | 3:17 pm)
Like Persephone’s journey to the Underworld, DJ Lisa Pittman invites you to a girl party in the dessert – this time it’s in Sin City. Are you ready for decadence on a new level? Are you ready for Shedonism?
Las Vegas Pride 2012 – Rumor Resort – will be the only place to be September 6 through 10. Shedonism returns for the second year and this time prepare to be blown away by talent and loads of fun: Hunter Valentine and the cast from Real L Word, a celebrity charity Texas Hold Em Tournament benefiting National Center for Lesbian Rights, and four days of dance parties and pool parties. There’s something for everyone.
DJ Lisa Pittman is quickly becoming the unofficial mayor of lesbian Las Vegas, a staple on the scene in Vegas clubs for the last 10 years. We connected with Pittman about journeys, music and her dream for a Gay Vegas – which she said is finally coming to fruition.
Are you and your partners winding up for September? This is your second year right?
Yeah, it’s almost here. This is our second year. Last year we did it with little to no talent. We’re really loading up on talent this year. Last year, we did it mostly with The Real L Word cast and a lot of my friends from L.A.
Well, more talent is certainly a draw. Have you sold out the hotel yet?
We haven’t yet. But, last year it sold out in the last 30 days.
It’s like lesbians woke up from camping and realized that they hadn’t gotten their tickets yet.
Yeah, they’re like “oh shit it’s here!”
Right! OK, let’s back up. What made you say ‘I have to get this started?’ You’ve been doing well as a DJ. What would make you take on such a massive responsibility? When did you decide to become the lesbian mayor of Vegas?
Ha, that’s funny. It really started for me at Studio 54. It was my first DJ job, at this famous nightclub. And a lot of lesbians used to come see me spin. So, the guy who was my mentor at the time said, ‘hey we should give you a night.’ They gave me Thursday nights – my own night, which was a pretty big deal. I promoted it and we called it the Dollhouse. A couple years later, a gay bar in town asked me to DJ a girl’s night. I did, and they came. And it kind of turned into a traveling party.
So, you were filling the need for Vegas lesbians
Yeah, but I always wanted to do something like Shedonism. I was always too busy. I looked at a lot of properties. And a finally an investor came in a couple of years ago and bought this hotel. It was a dump from when I was like a kid and I always thought it was the perfect spot. As soon as their renovation was done, I was knocking on the door saying, “I need to do a party here.”