DJ to take a spin in parade

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Wednesday June 20, 2012
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This year's LGBT Pride Parade should have a little more bounce than usual when the contingent including Edaj makes its way on Market Street.

Edaj is one of this year's community grand marshals. The versatile artist made her debut in San Francisco in 1996 where she became an influential entertainment specialist.

Also well-known as a DJ, Edaj, 39, whose real name is Jade Williams, served as executive producer of the women's stage at San Francisco Pride from 2002-2010.

In a 2010 interview with the Bay Area Reporter Edaj said the aim of NectArena, the women's stage, was to take women "out of the box of the lesbian community" to truly represent all queer women.

According to information from the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, Edaj's career as a choreographer, producer, emcee, and DJ began in 1991 when she was serving in the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, Japan.

Her most memorable performances were as co-choreographer/dancer for Club Q from 1996-2000. Her most celebrated performance is at Mango, "where she has amazed and delighted patrons since 1997," the Pride Committee statement said.

The statement added that Edaj's work "supporting and empowering women through artistic expression stretches across the nation and internationally through her company Mizdj Creations."

Edaj declined an interview request with the Bay Area Reporter this year, but two years ago said, "This is Pride. This is the one weekend where thousands of women come together ... to actually party."