The “Where East Meets the Wild West” ifCon event held from August 30 to September 3 brought together gay Asians and friends to Denver from across the nation and beyond. International Friendship Weekend (ifCon), an annual international gathering, is a chance to promote cultural diversity and learn about a new city.
Chairman Alan Esler welcomed guests by sharing that Denver has become a “cosmopolitan American city, 23rd largest in the nation.”
This year’s attendees included singles, couples, people just coming out, and people who have been out for years, who all came together to make new friendships.
During Labor Day weekend, the conference goers experienced a true Colorado adventure: visiting Isle Casino in Black Hawk, rafting down the Arkansas River, horseback riding, taking a Denver walking tour and enjoying “A Taste of Colorado”. The weekend ended with a magnificent banquet at the Grand Hyatt downtown. Comedian and Vietnamese-American Dat Phan flew in to Denver to share his stand-up and entertain the audience. As the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 1, Phan joked about growing up with nine siblings, pressures from his mother and his metrosexual fashion sense.
The conference is organized by Asians and Friends, a group that began in 1988 with members from Washington and New York. For more information about Asian and Friends, visit: www.afdenver.net.