Today, gay dance clubs are places where we feel safe and free to express ourselves. We can wear (or not wear) whatever we like. We can dance with a same sex partner, flirt, cavort and have fun.

It wasn't always this way. Gay men and women who wished to dance together would have to find bars with blackened windows and locked doors. They were afraid of persecution and violence from those who wouldn't accept their lifestyle. Even when the doors were locked they lived in fear that the police could smash them down and arrest them for "lewd and lascivious behavior".

By the late seventies we were living in a post Stonewall, post Cockettes climate, and experiencing a new freedom. The gay world was SO ready for DISCO! Here on the west coast we had our own clubs and DJs. Local stars sang our brand of gay disco. Artists like Patrick Cowley, Sylvester, Paul Parker and the Weather Girls belted out those hits, and we soaked 'em up! The DJs were part of the whole experience, remixing and extending songs in their own style. We could go to places like the Endup, I Beam, Dreamland and the Trocadero Transfer.

Dancing together was no longer a case of popping some coins into a juke box in a smoky bar and moving among the tables to a series of three minute long 45s with long gaps in between. Now we had the full audio and visual experience, especially at the Trocadero Transfer! The music boomed through incredible sound systems while lights flashed and throbbed, reflecting pinpoints of color from spinning mirror balls through a foggy haze. Under those hypnotic mirror balls our hearts were finally free. We would dance, kiss, embrace, sing, scream, sweat and fall in love.

White Light Productions' bi-yearly dances, called 'Remember' the Party, offer a unique opportunity to experience that feeling of gay freedom. A night where the music is uplifting, the lyrics tell a story, and the lights are expertly choreographed by real people to match the rhythm and feel of the songs. Where rising strings or a soulful wail will start the hair on your head tingling, sending you rushing for the dance floor in a state of euphoria.

The people producing these dances are composed of a group of former Trocadero Transfer members and employees with the skill and knowledge to create an atmosphere of energy and beauty from this time of our gay heritage. These events are held in the original Trocadero Transfer building, where they hang up a cluster of mirror balls and install incredible lighting. Each DJ plays authentic Trocadero dance music from the late 70's and early 80's, mixed in the style of that period, taking the reveler on a musical trip building to hi-energy and finally cooling down to smooth glorious morning music. The lighting team knows every song and works the lights to reflect the atmosphere of each one creating an almost subliminal feeling of connectivity.

Each 'Remember' the Party has a different feel reminiscent of the theme parties that were so popular. Spring had the 'White Party' with light, airy disco sounds. Valentine's Day saw the 'Red Party' with songs of love and romance, rich and soulful. Around Halloween at the Trocadero, in the '70s and '80s, was their version of the 'Black Party', many people's favorite.

The Trocadero's version of the 'Black Party' in the '70s and '80s was sexy, sensual and seductive with intense and beautifully haunting music. There was never a dress code at these parties, everyone was free to wear whatever they liked. However, being held around Halloween, partiers might find themselves dancing alongside a leather daddy, or a priest wrapped in chains, maybe a badass biker dancing with a nun. Was that a fabulous gender bending 40's movie star dancing by, or was it Amanda Lear?

Halloween was celebrated early with 'Remember' the TROC Party, on Sunday October 9, 2005. It was a one time opportunity to experience the magic and hedonism of a true Trocadero Transfer tradition. Master dream weaver DJ Jerry Bonham aroused party goers senses by spinning authentic Trocadero classics with the famous black party feel. Where they became engulfed in a kaleidoscope of music, light and heavenly bodies.

The curious, came and witnessed the sexier side of disco! As usual, there was no dress code (except for a hint of Levis leather and lace). Anything from jockstraps to wedding gowns, or they just threw on a t shirt n jeans and enjoyed the fun. As was said, "remember, nobody cares how you wear your hair darlin' cuz it's all about the trip!"

'Remember' the TROC Party was held on Sunday October 9, 2005. From 6:00 pm to 2:30 am at 520 Fourth Street, San Francisco, at the space where it all started, the former Trocadero Transfer, (now called the Glas Kat).

All 'Remember' the Party events are fundraisers. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Under One Roof in San Francisco.

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