If the Academy Awards on Sunday is your gay Super Bowl, there’s no reason to sit at home in front of your television when you can celebrate Hollywood’s glitz and glamour at one of the many LGBT-friendly Oscar parties across the country.
Whether you’re celebrating Boyhood or are more of a Birdman, these events are not playing The Imitation Game – they’re the real deal. From black-tie fundraisers to casual bar parties, they offer you a friendly place to cheer on your favorites.
Ground zero of the Academy Awards will host many Oscar parties, but to attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation party or the Vanity Fair party, you might need to be a nominee or (ahem) “know somebody.” If not, your best bet is:
The Envelope Please: The 14th Annual Oscar Viewing Party to Benefit AIDS Project L.A. at the Abbey
The Hollywood Reporter’s complete list of Oscar parties both private and public can be found here. If you try to crash them, tell us how it goes.
Academy of Friends’ 35th Annual Oscar Night Gala benefits HIV and AIDS organizations. The food and drink flow freely at San Francisco’s most elegant LGBT event of the year.
The Oasis Academy Awards Party makes its debut this year at San Francisco’s hottest new club, hosted by drag royalty Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger.
The city that doesn’t sleep will host many Oscar-viewing parties, including:
The most historic of all gay bars presents the Annual Oscar Party at the Stonewall Inn.
Mingle with movie industry professionals at the Paracademia/Gallery MC Oscar Night Party.
Enjoy Hollywood glamour and support an LGBT charity at the Academy Awards Viewing Party at Chelsea’s The Lounge at Elmo.
Compete in The Big Oscars Quiz Thing and watch the ceremony at Le Poisson Rouge.
Take in the Oscars, the view, and the open bar at The Oscars 2015 Viewing Party at 230 Fifth.
No Wire Hangers hosts the Oscar Red Carpet Event and Viewing Party at Brando’s Speakeasy on Dearborn.
Minneapolis Movie Bears present its Sixth Annual Oscars Party to benefit the 2015 Minnesota AIDS Walk at Chatterbox Pub in St. Paul.
Brave the snow for the Brattle Film Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Oscar Party at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.
Dress to impress at the Women in Film & Television Atlanta Oscar Party at Studio 7.
Which Oscar night party will you attend in your town? Let us know in the Comments section below and we just might see you there!