Tuesday, June 30, 2015

26 Million People Use Facebook's Rainbow Profile Overlay

From CNN:

Over the past three days, 26 million people have super imposed rainbows over their Facebook profile pictures using a free tool provided by the company. The rainbow filter launched Friday and continued to gain steam over Pride weekend, garnering more than half a billion likes and comments all over the world. Famous people including Russell Simmons, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff changed their profiles. The tool was created by two Facebook interns during an internal hackathon last week. Changing a profile picture is easily dismissed as low-effort activism. But for many people who are not typically political it was a way to quietly show support.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ariana Grande starts NYC Pride Pier Party performance with Whitney and Madonna

Ok - talk about knowing your audience. Ariana Grande rocked the NYC pier party last night by starting off her performance not with her own music but Whitney and Madonna. Her show was - well, FABULOUS! Check out the first few minutes.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Passes Marriage Equality Nationwide!

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for same sex couples to marry the people they love. This is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Philadelphia icon - Donna Mae - Passes

I am sad to report a icon in Philadelphia's Gayborhood has passed away. Donna Mae was a fixture in the community and could be spotted at every major event Philadelphia hosted for as long as I can remember.  Rest in peace Donna Mae!

Philadelphia installs rainbow crosswalks in the Gayborhood

Philly Pride installed rainbow crosswalks in Philadelphia's Gayborhood at 13th & Locust Streets last night.  The organization spearheaded the project in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders which took place in front of Independence Hall back on July 4, 1965.  Philly Pride will host a block party on July 5th in the Gayborhood to close out a week long celebration of the anniversay.

 For more information on the celebration visit LGBT50th.orgwww.lgbt50th.org.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fire Island’s ‘Ascension’ Party Moves to Greece Due to Boycott

Wow, Fire Island's Acension party will be leaving the island for 2015 and heading to Greece! Each year Fire Island plays host to two big event weekends during the summer: The Pines Party & Ascension. Ascension's event producer, Eric von Kuersteiner, is moving the event as he decided to boycott most of the venues in the Pines that were recently purchased by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass. Earlier this year, Reosmer amd Weiderpass threw a fundraising reception for anti-gay conservative Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Reisner and Weiderpass own the OUT NYC Hotel complex have been under fire since as Cruz is not a friend of LGBT causes. The big question now is how will this now impact the Pines Party schedule on the island for July 24-26?

Wrote Von Kuersteiner:

Good Morning. As many of you know part of the Ascension Weekend has always included events at the commercial properties. When I owned the commercial properties, Ascension rivaled the 4th of July in terms of income for the properties. In addition, homeowners have been able to receive a premium for the rentals because Ascension is considered a Holiday. Again last year it gave a boost of revenue to the downtown. When admission is $60 to go to the Sip N’ Twirl (100% of proceeds is donated to charity) on a Saturday night and the place is packed to maximum capacity (pavilion had no cover and was empty) it should give you an idea of the power of the Ascension Brand and our customers that come for the weekend. Last year we sold out at the T Dance, with the highest ever attendance. I thought that the Boycott would have convinced Ian to do the right thing and sell (he’s had offers since I withdrew mine) unfortunately however he has not. As I would not personally patronize any of his properties, I cannot in good conscience support his businesses with any additional revenue that Ascension brings to the Pines every year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Appearance After Community Backlash

Iggy Azalea, the 25-year-old Australian rapper, announced that she was cancelling her Pittsburgh Pride performance after receiving some backlash from the LGBT community for her past tweets, which many homophobic. “This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTQIA communities, however I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event,” Iggy shared on Twitter.

Here is just one of her tweets which are offensive:

Monday, June 8, 2015

All Access and Student All Access Badges for qFLIX Philadelphia on Sale Now

Philadelphia's gay & lesbian film festival - qFLIX Philadelphia - now is offering their All Access Passes.  Good news - No increase in price for 2015. This

(A $288 Value) Access to all films, Opening and Closing night parties, and select private parties throughout the festival.

All the benefits** of the full price ALL ACCESS at half the cost!
*Active Student ID is required to be shown when picking up Student ALL ACCESS badges.
**Some events are for people 21 and over only, under 21 entrance may be restricted.

Beautiful Something
From Opening Night Film Beautiful Something 

Monday, June 1, 2015

LGBT Film at the PFS Roxy

The Philadelphia Film Society is celebrating LGBT Pride Month through a mix of outstanding contemporary and iconic queer film beginning tomorrow at the PFS Roxy Theater.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Michelle Visage - The Diva Rules

Michelle Visage just revealed the cover for her new book: The Diva Rules out November 2015.  The book, subtitled "Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top" takes examples from Michelle's own colorful life and then channels them into 25 Rules that fans can use to guide their lives in a positive and fulfilling direction. With her distinctive voice Michelle encourages her readers to "Be the Honey and Wait for the Bees," "Celebrate Your Competition," and "Stop Relying on That Body." She also gives advice such as "Make Your Boss Look Good," " Find Your Scene" and "Exposure Isn't Money, but Sometimes it Can be Worth More."

Diva Rules includes a foreword by Michelle's long-time friend and international superstar RuPaul.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden wins Eurovision 2015

Mans Zelmerlow from Sweden won Saturday's Eurovision 2015 Grand Final with his song Heros. The show celebrated its 60th year and is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the "Longest Running Annual TV Music Competition" ever. Check out Mans' performance below....which is really pretty cool.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wanda Sykes Named Master of Ceremonies for 50th Anniversay of Gay Rights Movement Celebration

Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration announced that entertainer and advocate Wanda Sykes will MC the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th at Independence Hall.

Said Malcolm Lazin, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Chair: “We are tremendously excited to have Wanda Sykes, an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate, as the Master of Ceremonies for the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony. This historic one-hour Ceremony, in front of Independence Hall, commemorates the Gay Pioneers, celebrates 50 years of LGBT civil rights progress, and addresses future challenges. Wanda is a perfect MC. We are grateful to Live Nation Philadelphia and their President, Geoff Gordon for their assistance.”

From July 2 to 5, in Philadelphia, the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration includes panels, Gay Pioneers screening, fireworks, daily parties, six LGBT history exhibits, concerts, National Interfaith Service, wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historic marker, and street festival in the gayborhood with the highlight the one-hour National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on a large stage in front of Independence Hall on July 4th.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ariana Grande to Headline NYC Pier Party

Ariana Grande will headline NYC Pride's annual Dance on the Pier, joining the DJ's The Cube Guys, Ralphi Rosario, and Wayne G.  Ariana is expected to sing some of her songs that shot her into the spotlight including "Love Me Harder," "Bang Bang," "Problem," and "Break Free."

Said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride: "With the rich history of this event involving artists such as the late Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Cher, Demi Lovato and more, we think Ariana will be the perfect fit."

Hudson River Park's Pier 26 will be the site of this year's event with doors open in at 3 p.m. Dance on the Pier, now in its 29th year, will again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and our LGBT nonprofit grant winners. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PGMC Summer Concerts This Weekend

The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus is back this weekend, May 15-16, for their Summer in the City concert.  They are so happy to be back that they are taking their shirts off to celebrate....at least in the above photo.

Expect to hear classic summer tunes like “Under the Boardwalk,” the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA,” “Summer Nights” from the award-winning musical, “Grease”, even music from Disney.

Summer in the City
Fri. May 15, 2015, 8 pm &
Sat. May 16, 2015, 2 pm & 8 pm
The Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Tickets - Click Here

Photo by Patrick Hagerty

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gay Kiss Caught on Dodger's Kiss Cam

Big Cheers for a gay kiss during the traditional "kiss cam" at the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.  Check it out....

KILL THE F*GGOT - All Of The Content Warnings... All Of Them

Randall Hermann released the above video game titled Kill The Faggot. The violent anti-gay video game was pulled from PC gaming platform Steam after many complaints.  How did it get on there in the first place?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dining Out for Life Tonight in Philadelphia

Action AIDS presents it’s 25th Dining Out for Life today in Philadelphia. 200+ restaurants in the area will donate 33% of their proceeds to local AIDS education, testing and care. For a complete list of participating restaurants click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Photos: DVLF's Our Night Out at La Peg

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's Our Night Out (#ONOphilly) turned out a very big crowd last night at Philadephia's La Peg restaurant. Below are a few photos from the event by Chris Balbi.