Monday, June 23, 2014

Final Post - Thank you!

For the last 20 some years I have been front and center in Philadelphia's gay nightlife scene. I have managed nightclubs, tended bar, hosted, planned and executed over 200 events, penned stories, blogged daily for much of that time. I have met some of the nicest and dearest people along the way.

In addition to all those activities in my personal life, I have of course worked at Visit Philadelphia running it's gay campaign, executing events and pitching stories to press for the past 12 years.

Nightlifegay.com has not always been a blog. It started out as simply as a place to find information on my upcoming events. The blogging began as a way to drive traffic to my events. However, as anyone who has tried their hand at it know it takes time.  With that said, this will be my final blog post on Nightlifegay.com.

What does that mean for my events? I will most likely produce a few here and there but I am still figuring that out.

With that said - Thank you for your support!

Bruce

Lou Cutler Wins Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014

Congratulations go out to Lou Cutler who the Mr. Gay Philadelphia title Saturday night at the Field House. Lou is the first transgender person to ever win a Mr. Gay event.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brittany Lynn to Host Event at Scores in Atlantic City

Drag, male burlesque, comedy, djs, and dancing....what more could you want.  Brittany Lynn host a new event at Scores in Atlantic City kicking off on Sunday, June 22nd.  Doors open at 9pm.

Scores - 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue (Trump Taj Mahal) - Atlantic City

Eva Peron to Pop-up at Academy of Music

Look for Eva Peron today on the balcony at Philadelphia's Academy of Music between 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

It's all in celebration of the musical Evita opening tonight at the Academy. The classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is of course famous for 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina,' 'Buenos Aires,' and 'A New Argentina.' Evita will run through Sunday, June 22.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Judges for Saturday Night's Mr. Gay Philadelphia

Saturday night's Mr. Gay Philadelphia is shaping up to be another stellar event.  As the last stop on the Pink Pub Crawl, the Field House will be the place to be on Saturday night.  Come out and cheer on Philly's finest men as they compete for the Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014 title.

Unfortunately,  the current Mr. Gay Philadelphia - Thomas Westerfer - will not be able to crownd the new Mr. Gay Philadelphia as he is committed to a new show in NYC.  However, I am very excited to announce Andrew Petruzelli - the very 1st Mr. Gay Philadelphia will make the trip up from Washington, D.C. to crown the new winner.

Here are this year's Mr. Gay Philadelphia judges:



Doors open at 11pm - Show at Midnight
The Field House - 1150 Filbert Street - Philadelphia, PA

National Gay Blood Drive on July 11


On July 11th, a nationwide blood drive will take place to bring attention to the FDA's gay blood ban & help save lives. Gay & bisexual men will show their willingness to contribute by bringing allies to donate in their place. For more information visit: gayblooddrive.com

Friday, June 13, 2014

14 Year Vetran of Philly Metro Comes Out to Co-workers as Transgender Woman

After working at Philadelphia's Metro newspaper for 14 years as a man, Brandon Lydon finally told his co-workers who his true self was on March 19th. For Brandon was really Jennifer and was about to be free for the first time ever. Check this out as Jennifer reads the coming out letter.

Lydon pointed: “Can you close the door?”

“Look, I’m a little nervous,” Lydon said, his leg pumping like a jackhammer, as he unwrinkled a piece of paper. “So I’m just going to read this.”

Heads swiveled: Was he quitting? Was it cancer?

“Over the years, some of you may have noticed how I always seem to shy away from social situations and functions outside of the office. I’ve never really allowed myself to simply be me. I’ve been fighting a lifelong struggle — one that in the early 1970s was not even close to being understood, one that my [first] therapist made no attempt to understand.”

Was he an alcoholic? Is this his 12th Step?

“Well, approximately five years ago, after decades of guilt, suppression and substance abuse, I finally sought out the professional help I so desperately needed — and after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria, I finally accepted the fact that I am what is more commonly referred to as transgender.”



Thank you to Jennifer and the Philly Metro for sharing this story.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NYC's Big Gay Ice Cream is Heading To Philadelphia

The New York invasion of gay businesses continues with the Big Gay Ice Cream company announcing it will be here soon. Boxers Sports Bar announced several months ago a new location will open in Philadelphia this Fall on Walnut Street.

NOM Still Trying to Stop Marriage Equality in PA

The National Organization for Marriage is giving it one more try to stop marriage equality in Pennsylvania.  Governor Corbett has until June 20th to official appeal the ruling.  They released this message yesterday.




Monday, June 2, 2014

Pride at Philadelphia Macy's on June 4th

Date: Wednesday, June 4th
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Macy's - 1300 Market Street - Philadelphia

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pink Pub Crawl Route Announced - Ends at the 2014 Mr. Gay Philadelphia


One price gets you two of Philadelphia's premier events.  Just buy your Pink Pub Crawl ticket and your Mr. Gay Philadelphia admission is included.  Buy in advance or at any of the stop on the Pink Pub Crawl the night of June 21st.

http://www1.nightlifegay.com/tickets

Sign at former oldest gay bookstore

Philadelphia's Giovanni's Room really is closed.....maybe there is hope for a new owner according to the sign but the store is cleared out.

GayCities Offers $10K to be Stoli Guy

Who will be the next Stoli Guy?  Philadelphia's own Bill Cavallo won last year's competition which is run by GayCities.  The winner will be crowned in New York City in September and will walk with a cool $10,000.  Will another Philadelphia guy take the crown?

To enter and find out more about the competition - Click Here.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PA GOP Rep. Charlie Dent Comes Out In Support of Marriage Equality

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent (R) came out in support of gay marriage yesterday in an interview with The Washington Post.

"Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage," Dent told the Post. "As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives... I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well."

Trans Actress Covers Time

Orange is the New Black's  Laverne Cox is on the cover of the newest TIME Magazine.  Cox wrote this on her Facebook page:

What a wonderful bday present! Yes today is my birthday and I am on the cover of @TIME magazine. I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation's history where it is no kinger acceptable for trans lives to be stigmatized, ridiculed, criminalized and disregarded. This is for my trans siblings out there and for anyone who has ever been told that who you know yourself to be at your core is not legitimate. You are who you know yourselves to be. #girlslikeus #whereislavernecox #lavernehive


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Admission - Partrick Kelly Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Patrick Kelly was an American fashion designer who rose to fame in the mid 1980's. Kelly's designs were sold in upscale retailers including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's and were worn by celebrities including Isabella Rossellini, Bette Davis, Cicely Tyson and Grace Jones. Kelly's designs frequently incorporated bright colors, were often embellished with ribbons and buttons and suggested a sense of whimsy and joy while sometimes addressing difficult issues of race. This was pointed out by the giving his audience a tiny brown doll with molded black hair that could be most accurately described as a pickaninny. Kelly also used culture using motifs such as watermelon and the golliwog. He was known to walk the runway in baggy overalls and used a large spray paint heart as the background to his fashion shows.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Perelman Building) is offering free admission to the exhibit on Friday, May 30th from 6-8pm.

Rupaul paying the bills at Logo

Looks like everything is not all rosie over at Logo.....

RuPaul responded to a BuzzFeed post which stated "Logo TV Distances Itself From RuPaul For Defending Use Of Anti-Transgender Slur"....Rupaul responded with this on Twitter.


The controversy began because Rupaul likes using the word "Tranny" which many in the community find offensive.

8 LGBT Couples Married at Philadelphia's City Hall

The first gay marriages entered the history books at Philadelphia City Hall on Friday, as exhilarated couples both young and old exchanged vows.

Eight couples were married in the mayor's gilded reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban.

"We couldn't really turn that (offer) down because it is such a historic day for our community, and for Philadelphia," said 32-year-old printing company owner Adam Woods as he prepared to marry actor Justin Jain.

Eight city judges performed the weddings simultaneously as family and friends circled around the couples.

"I'm full of love and pride for our city, our community and each other," said Jain, who is also 32.

Pennsylvania could host scores of same-sex weddings this weekend after a federal judge Tuesday threw the state's 1996 ban on "the ash heap of history." Gov. Tom Corbett, who has fought gay marriage on several fronts, decided Wednesday not to appeal, saying it would be unlikely to succeed.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bianca Del Rio transforms James St. James

PA's Gov. Tom Corbett Will Not Appeal Marriage Equality Decision

Governor Tom Corbett announced he will not appeal Tuesday's federal court decision striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. His announcement makes the commonwealth the 19th state to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, volunteer counsel from the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, and University of Pennsylvania School of Law Professor Seth Kreimer.

“We applaud the governor for letting the constitutional principles of freedom and equality ring throughout Pennsylvania by allowing loving same-sex couples to marry. As the judge noted, we are a better people than the marriage ban and the Governor’s historic decision not to appeal will be an enduring legacy.” -- Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Mark Aronchick of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.

“This is a milestone for our movement. It reinforces the reality that this isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about fundamental fairness and dignity for all people, including lesbians and gay men,” -- James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sign ACLU's Petition: Gov. Corbett - Don't Appeal Today's Marriage Ruling in PA


Sign ACLU's petition asking Pennsylvania's Gov. Tom Corbett to let today's decision on marriage equality stand.  To sign it - click here.