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DINAH SHORE WEEKEND IS ARGUABLY
THE WORLD’S PREMIERE LESBIAN
EVENT. AND THE L WORD RECENTLY
GAVE IT A WHOLE NEW APPEAL.
A LOTL PREVIEW.
Sandy Sachs was devastated by recent
Hurricane Katrina. She had a gay and
lesbian store right on Bourbon Street. “It’s
not there anymore. It was so sad, I cried.”
But having learnt the art of business in the
school of hard knocks she can deal with
a little setback like that. You see, Sandy
is one half of the dyke power duo behind
world famous Dinah Shore Weekend.
Sandy, now 44, was a native New Yorker
who moved to L.A. to pursue her dreams
of stardom. As often happens in life,
one path turns into another and public
adoration came along – but not quite in the
way she had imagined.
“I was trying to be a movie star and I
men’s bar; I’m giving you the condensed
Readers Digest version,” laughs Sandy.
“I was doing pretty well. I got some ads,
I was going to auditions, but it wasn’t for
me. I thought to myself, ‘I’ll be fifty and
waiting on tables’. I want to be a movie
star, but on my terms.”
And then a funny thing happened. Sandy
started to get less and less interested in
acting and more and more interested in
running the bar.
She hired a pretty young thing named
Robin Gans “because she had the sort
of background I needed to work in the
business.” The couple had already met in
a bar called Shescape. As soon as Sandy
clapped eyes on Robin, then 22, she
thought, ‘That’s the one.’
“We ended up having an affair because
she was with someone at the time. I
played around for six years, and then we
got together.” Asked what she likes about
Robin after nearly two decades together,
the answer comes easily.
“I love the way she thinks, I love the way
she is in the world. She lets me be me.
She lets me be the flirty thing I am in the
club. I get to dance with someone
innocently. And if I see her flirt with
someone, it makes me want her more.
We’ve stayed together for 17 years. It
helps to keep it spicy.”
It’s something she wishes other lesbians
seeking long-term satisfaction would
heed. “If we stayed home all the time like
lesbians do, it would be over. You have to
get out there occasionally. You don’t see
lesbians go out until they break up. Go
out! You don’t have to go out every night.
I get friends who have just broken up and
they complain about dating again. They
say, ‘But I don’t know anybody.’ And I
say, ‘Well, how could you? You haven’t
been out in a year!’”
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