Dance music is forever indebted to the LGBTQ community. Were it not for those foundational DJs and disco fans who flocked to nightclubs and parties not only for entertainment but for a safe escape, we may never have had the beautiful beat-makers and revelers we share our dance floors with today.
Dance music has moved far beyond its counter-cultural origins, and has very much so been welcomed into the folds of the mainstream, but it is always important to remember where it started. If you can give back to that community, even better, and that's what Ministry of Sound plans to do Sunday, Nov. 30, for World AIDS Day.
Paradise Garage was one of the most notable discotheques of New York City's swingin' '70s scene. Resident DJ Larry Levan held down the decks for a glorious decade before the club closed. The ever-increasing threat of drug abuse and the sudden AIDs epidemic brought the party to a halt, though the club's legacy and influence lives on.
The Ministry of Sound Paradise Garage event will feature performances from New York and UK disco legends Jellybean Bennitez, Joy Llanos, Victor Rosado, and more. The event is held in honor of Levan and Paradise Garage co-founder and mastermind Mel Cheren. The goal is to raise £20,000. All proceeds will be split in full between New York's Gay Men's Health Crisis and the UK's Terrence Higgins Trust. Check MinistryofSound.com for more information.