Thursday, January 29, 2015

Turkish Pop Diva Reyhan Karaca shoots new Sobe video in Philadelphia

Reyhan Karaca, who is a pop big diva in Turkey, just released her new video of "Sobe."  The video is full of great shots of Philadelphia's City Hall and South Broad Street as well as a few from NYC. Unfortunately, there is not an English version but the beat for the song is upbeat and fun. Below is a translation Isaac Angel sent to me....

Life's half made of pain and lies
The other half hope and love
Our paths are always seperate
But the ending is the same

That famous sorrow that is in our faith is weak
When that arrow strikes at our hearts
Each lover's like a child
Afraid of the dark
Don't play with us, it's unfair
And leave us alone

Just Go! Go! Go! Go!....

I've got a feeling that tomorrow's gona be great
Come out from wherever you're hiding and seek for me
I've got a feeling that sun will shine again

Come out (love) from wherever you're hiding and find me

Follow Reyhan on Twitter here.

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Boxers PHL to host Superbowl Party

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Love Train" to celebrate PA gay marriage with actual wedding

Mural Arts celebrates the five-year anniversary of its landmark Love Letter project and marriage equality in Pennsylvania with the final iteration of LOVE TRAIN.

For the first time ever, Mural Arts’ popular Valentine’s Day event will feature a same-sex marriage during a Love Letter tour. This special version of one of the Mural Arts Program’s bestselling tours will feature a privately chartered, slow-speed, guided ride amidst the 50 Love Letter rooftop murals along the Market-Frankford SEPTA line in West Philadelphia, painted by world-renowned street artist Stephen “ESPO” Powers and crew—great for Love Letter newcomers and repeat riders alike. The Honorable Daniel J. Anders, Philadelphia’s first openly gay male judge, will wed a lucky same-sex couple aboard the SEPTA train during this one-of-a-kind ride.

To book your ticket to witness this landmark moment in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ history click here or call 215-925-3633. Space is limited and tickets are nontransferable.

ITINERARY for February 8

11:30 am – Check in at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street - All ticketed guests must check in with Mural Arts staff before riding the Love Train! Guides will escort guests to the “El” platform for boarding.

12:00 - 1:30 pm – Love Train 2015 - Experience Love Letter from the Market-Frankford El, one of the most popular and talked-about projects in Mural Arts history, and be there as our happy couple is wed, in a ceremony performed by Judge Daniel J. Anders.

1:30 - 3:00 pm – Reception at Loews Philadelphia Hotel - Toast to the newlyweds and enjoy a catered reception from project partners Loews Philadelphia Hotel and Cakes by Maryellen. Love Letter books will be available for purchase and signings from artist Stephen Powers.

Winter Party Returns March 4-9

Winter Party Festival
returns to Miami on March 4-9, 2015. The six-day celebration first kicked-off back in 1994 and will celebrate twenty one years this March. The annual event benefits the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Equality Forum Cancelled for 2015

Philadelphia's Equality Forum, the multi-day symposium, parites and special event including its business dinner and SundayOut taking place the first weekend in May, has been cancelled for 2015. Well, it actually was never planned as the organization decided to put its efforts this year on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the gay rights movement. That's right, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the entire movement and it began here in Philadelphia!

The movement started back on July 4, 1665 when gay activists from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia protested for equality in front of Independence Hall. It was the first time that activists from more than one city openly identified as gay and called for equality. That first protest was repeated every July 4th from 1965 to 1969 and were called “Annual Reminders.” They were spearheaded by Washington’s Frank Kameny and Philadelphia’s Barbara Gittings who are now recognized as the father and mother of the gay rights movement.

Of course, Stonewall then happened and this group went on to help organize the very 1st Gay Pride Parade which took place in NYC.

For more information on the upcoming 50th celebration visit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GLAAD Announces Media Award Nominees

GLAAD Media Awards are held in Los Angeles on March 21, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton and in NYC on May 9, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

2015 Nominees:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release:
The Imitation Game
Love is Strange
The Skeleton Twins

Outstanding Film - Limited Release:

Dear White People
Life Partners
The Way He Looks
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Outstanding Drama Series:
The Fosters
Game of Thrones
Grey's Anatomy
How to Get Away with Murder
Last Tango in Halifax
Masters of Sex
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Liars

Outstanding Comedy Series:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Faking It
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Please Like Me

To check out the complete list vist here.

Rocky fans get surprise of a lifetime on PMA steps!

Can you imagine running the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and running into Stallone? Well, it happened yesterday to these lucky guys!

Pete Rowe, who just moved to Lancaster, was with his friends Jacob Kerstan and Andrew Wright who were visiting him from Azusa Pacific University in greater Los Angeles when they ran into Stallone.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pink Pub Crawl & Ball with Lance Bass Tonight

Rain, Snow or Shine...the Pink Pub Crawl will go on with Lance Bass!  Tickets will be available at the door of each venue along the route.

November 26, 2014 Route:
8:00 PM - Tabu Sports Bar - 200 S. 12th St.

9:30 PM - The Field House - 1150 Filbert St.

10:30 PM - Trocadero Theater - 1003 Arch St.

   Tickets will cost $25 in advance and $25 the night of the event for those wearing PINK - $35 for those not.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

RSVP Vacations to Celebrate 30 Years

RSVP Vacations is set to celebrate 30 years of gay and lesbian cruises with their largest cruise yet on the brand new Regal Princess. The cruise, which sets sail on February 8th, will host a record-breaking 3600 guests cruising from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and the private island of Princess Cays.

RSVP's most popular entertainers from the past 30 years and some dazzling new stars are slated to perform in the stunning venues onboard. The all-star lineup already includes, RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon, Tony-nominated songstress Ann Hampton Callaway, RSVP favorites Amy & Freddy, co-star of the current hit film Gone Girl, actress/singer Missi Pyle, and RSVP Cruise Director Brad Loekle.

RSVP President Randle Roper says, "For 30 years, RSVP has led the gay travel industry in creating fun and fabulous experiences for our guests. Regal Princess takes us to a whole new level. Plus, we're offering our guests new ways to customize their vacation with options ranging from unique individual moments to designing their own party. We know Regal will be one for the record books!"

Check out for more information on this and other RSVP vacations.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pope to visit Philadelphia in 2015

It's official. Pope Francis is coming to Philly in September to participate in the World Meeting of Families.

"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families," he told a gathering of religious leaders in Rome.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chus + Ceballos to join Lance Bass at PINK Ball

 Spain's SUPERSTAR DJ duo Chus + Ceballos will join *N'SYNC's Lance Bass and Brittany Lynn for the PINK Pub Crawl's Ball at the Trocadero Theater on Thanksgiving Eve.  The acclaimed DJs have spun just about everywhere in the last year including Burning Man, Fire Island's Pines Party, PACHA NYC, Space Ibiza and many more.  Check out this documentary where the duo are hyped by NYC's in-the-biz folk including the legendary DJ/Producer Danny Tenaglia.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tickets on Sale Now - Pink Pub Crawl & Ball with Lance Bass

Join Hostess Ms. Brittany Lynn, N'SYC's Lance Bass and SUPERSTAR DJs (TBA on Thursday) on Thanksgiving Eve for the PINK Pub Crawl & Ball.

2014 Philadelphia Route:
8:00 PM - Tabu Sports Bar - 200 S. 12th St.
9:30 PM - The Field House - 1150 Filbert St.
10:30 PM - Trocadero Theater - 1003 Arch St.

Ticket includes: 1 drink at each venue + admission to the PINK Ball with DJ TBA on Thursday.

Monday, November 10, 2014

NSync's Lance Bass to Host Philly's Pink Pub Crawl

Attention all NSync fans:  Lance Bass will host Philadelphia's PINK Pub Crawl along with Ms. Brittany Lynn on Thanksgiving Eve.  Advanced tickets will go on sale here at on Wednesday.  Tickets for the crawl will be limited to 300 people.   If you are unable to get a Pink Pub Crawl ticket, you can still see Lance at the PINK Ball- last stop at the Trocadero Theater.  Individual PINK Ball tickets will also be available in advance and at the door the night of the event.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Philadelphia to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Gay Rights Movement in 2015

Plans were unveiled yesterday in Philadelphia for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the LGBT civil rights movement at Independence Hall on July 4, 2015.The 50th Anniversary festivities from Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 5 include panels, LGBT history exhibits, parties, a festival and special events with the highlight the 50th Anniversary Celebration on a large stage in front of Independence Hall on Saturday, July 4.

Participating in the press conference were Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin, Independence National Historical Park Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod, Visit Philly President Meryl Levitz, and subsets of the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choruses. Equality Forum is the organizing committee of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Independence National Historical Park has issued a permit for activities on Independence Mall on July 4, 2015, for the 50th Anniversary Celebration and will join the celebration on Independence Square.

The LGBT civil rights movement began when activists from New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia protested for equality each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969 in front of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell. It was the first time that activists from more than one city openly identified as gay and called for equality. The demonstrations, which were called “Annual Reminders,” were spearheaded by Washington’s Frank Kameny and Philadelphia’s Barbara Gittings. Kameny and Gittings are recognized as the father and mother of the LGBT civil rights movement.

“The 50th Anniversary will commemorate the Gay Pioneers and celebrate 50 years of civil rights progress,” stated Malcolm Lazin, 50th Anniversary chair. “When 40 activists protested on the Fourth of July, 1965, it was the largest-ever gathering of gays and lesbians petitioning for equality. The 50th Anniversary is an inclusive celebration. It will reflect the leadership and diversity of the LGBT civil rights movement. The organizing committee has solicited advice from grassroots to national organizations and will highlight movement leadership throughout the celebration.”

Meryl Levitz, Visit Philly president, said, “Since the country’s inception, Philadelphia has been at the forefront fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. On July 4, 1965, the gay community chose Philadelphia as the site, in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, to call attention to the injustices against them. Fifty years later, we are proud to celebrate their bravery, determination and the role that Philadelphia had in that pursuit.”

“The mission of the National Park Service is to safeguard the places core to our nation’s heritage and to tell the stories of our shared past,” said Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park. “Independence Hall has long served as a symbol for freedom and liberty, a place where individuals have gathered to air their grievances and work together to effect change. The protests of 1965 were one such event. We are honored to be able to participate in the celebration of this significant historical moment.”

Scheduled activities include the following:

Thursday, July 2
Kick-off events featuring panels of nationally renowned experts. National Legal Panel in collaboration with the Williams Institute at the National Museum of American Jewish History and a National Politics Panel in Congress Hall, where Congress first met with sessions from 1790 to 1800.

A party at the National Museum of American Jewish History follows.

Friday, July 3
A screening of Gay Pioneers with distinguished panel will be held at WHYY, the Philadelphia NPR and PBS affiliate, on Friday, July 3. WHYY is located on Independence Mall. WHYY/PBS and Equality Forum co-produced “Gay Pioneers,” a documentary about the Annual Reminders and how these protests laid the groundwork for Stonewall in 1969.

A party on Independence Mall follows.

Saturday, July 4
Luncheon at the Independence Visitor Center, wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historic marker and the 50th Anniversary Celebration in front of Independence Hall, plus other special events.

Sunday, July 5
Festival presented by Philly Pride Presents in Philadelphia’s gayborhood.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lisa Ling Covers IGRA on Sunday

Lisa Ling’s CNN series This is Life with Lisa Ling, will cover a gay rodeo and the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

SUPERSTAR to join Pink Pub Crawl on Thanksgiving Eve

I'm happy to announce the Pink Pub Crawl will return on Thanksgiving Eve - November 26, 2014.  It will be a SUPERSTAR event which ends in a Ball this year.  I will release the route later this week and the celebrity tie-in next week.  Additional details on the Ball will be be released shortly as well....stay tuned!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Big Cash Prizes Offered In Philly's Gayborhood for Halloween

Tabu, Knock, Woody's and Icandy are all offering cash prizes for their Halloween costume contests tonight. Someone could walk away with around $3,000 if they can hit them all....

Tabu - 200 S. 12th Street

Knock - 225 S. 12th Street

Woody's - 202 S. 13th Street

Icandy - 254 S. 12th Street

"Say I Do" Wedding Expo in Philadelphia - November 2nd

Celebrate love, equality and pride at the Say I Do LGBT Wedding & Life Expo 2014 in Philadelphia on November 2! The event will be held at the Top of the Tower (1717 Arch Street) and will kick-off at 1pm. For ticket visit

Rupaul's Queens Featured in Starbucks' Ad


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