Thursday, October 16, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris to Host Oscars




Neil Patrick Harris announced by Twitter (with the help of Oscar Moby video) that he will be hosting the 2015 Oscars. This will be the first time as a host for the Oscars but Patrick Harris has already hosted the Emmys and Tonys.

Spirit Day 2014 - Taking a Stand Against Bullying


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Philly AIDS Walk & 5K Run on Sunday


AIDS Walk Philly 2014 - Sunday October 19

AIDS Walk Philly will kick off from the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Schedule:

AIDS Walk Philly Schedule

6:30AM 5K Run Check-in Begins
7:30AM Walk Registration Begins
7:30AM 5K Run Begins
Donation Tent Opens
Team Photos
Reading of the Names Begins
8:30AM Opening Ceremony
8:45AM Zumba Warm-Up
9:00AM 5K Walk Begins

Early Check-In: Skip the lines and stop by Early Check-In! Hand in your donations, pick up your button, and collect your fundraising award at the AIDS Fund Office: 1315 Spruce Street – 4th Floor - Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thursday, October 16 10:00AM-8:00PM
Friday, October 17 10:00AM-8:00PM
Saturday, October 18 10:00AM-4:00PM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Catholic Church Shows Signs of Change on Welcoming Gays


Catholic bishops took an unprecedented step on Monday to "welcome" homosexuals and noting they had "gifts and qualities" to offer the church.

As the global synod on the family entered its second week at the Vatican, the bishops released a midterm document summarising the closed-door debate taking place between nearly 200 bishops and lay officials.

While the church reaffirmed its opposition to marriage and same sex unions, the ground-breaking document said homosexuality prompted "serious reflection" and was an "important educative challenge".

"Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities?" the document asked. "Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home.




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Please Go Home"

Made me lol....

Outfest at a Glance

Philadelphia's Gayborhood block party, Outfest, returns on Sunday, October 12th.  The event celebrates National Coming Out Day and claims to be the largest celebration of its kind in the nation. Below is the main stage schedule for the day.

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

Noon - Opening Work Out with 12th Street
12:20pm - Gym Magic for the Children with Dale Varga
12:40pm - Pet Show Contest
12:50 pm - Mr. Philly Gay Pride 2014 “Jimmy Two Finga”
1:00pm -  Mazzoni Center “RE*BEL”
1:20pm - J CARSON
1:35pm - Optimal Sport “Zumba”
1:45pm - Tavern Group “Eric Jaffe”
1:55pm - Attic Youth Center Performance
2:05pm - OUTPROUD CEREMONIES
     Michael Byrne “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood
     OutProud Award — Elicia Gonzales
     OutStanding Youth — Gay Straight Alliance Hatboro-Horsham High School
     Gilbert Baker National OutProud Award — ACLU Pa
     Jaci Adams OutProud Transgender Award — Dawn Munro
     OutProud Friend — Hon. James Kenney
     OutProud Lifetime Award — Bill Wood
2:25pm - Pure Belly Dance
2:30 - Woody’s
3:00pm - Traditional Contests:  high heel race, hulu-hoop, penis shaped bagel eating, belly dancing
3:30pm - ICandy
4:00pm - Tabu
4:30pm - Venture Inn
5:00pm - Mrs. P.
5:10pm - Bob & Barbara
5:35pm - Miss Philly Gay Pride 2014 “Mimi ImFurst”
- Crowning of Miss Philly Gay Pride 2015

Monday, October 6, 2014

Forever Young - Saturday, October 11th at Tavern on Camac



Happy 50th birthday Dirk Allen!  Dirk will be hosting his birthday bash on Saturday at Tavern on Camac (243 S. Camac St.) in Philadelphia. DJ Brian Norwood will be providing the music in Tavern's all new Ascend Lounge beginning at 4pm.

For those that do not remember Philadelphia's Blue Ball Weekend, Dirk, along with Dave Rumsey and Glenn Sykes, produced the Sunday night party called Blue Redo at the Trocadero. The last Blue Redo party was held back in November of 2009 for Dave Rumsey's 50th. 

It's hard to believe but you can't even find any photos on the internet of Blue Ball Weekend.  It seems for now, the death of Philly's big gay dance parties is complete.  Hopefully, there will be a revival in the city soon and big dance events will return.

Philly Bike Share Coming This Spring


The City of Philadelphia is writing to solicit input from community members on the upcoming bike share program. Make your voice heard at phila.gov/bikeshare.

Boxers PHL - Looking For A Few Good Men


New York City's Boxers Sports Bar is coming to Philadelphia later this month.  If you are interested in working at the new bar be sure to stop in their 1330 Walnut Street location from 3-8pm today.  You will need a resume and photo.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday


Midtown Village Fall Festival returns on Saturday in the Gayborhood.  This one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events taking place on 13th Street from Chestnut to Locust Streets.  The event, which kicks-off at noon, features eight hours of tasty food, drinks, live entertainment, shopping and more.  For more information visit midtownvillage.org.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Erasure Concert Photos

The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa hosted the Erasure Concert on Saturday night. Below are a few photos from the event.








David Barton to open in Philadelphia

Another New York staple is making its way to Philadelphia.  This time it's a David Barton Gym which will move into the current LA Fitness location at 15th and Locust Streets. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUPERSTAR Photos

It took me a couple of days to recover after this weekend but wow what a fun time I had in Atlantic City.  SUPERSTAR debuted at Mixx Nightclub in the Borgata Hotel and Casino on Friday night with Erasure's Andy Bell and DJ/Producer Tony Moran.  Check out some photos of the event below.








 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

23rd Annual Miss'd America returns to Atlantic City on Sunday

Atlantic City's annual tradition continues on Sunday with the Miss'd America Pageant. This year's event will be hosted by Carson Kressley and will be held at Harrah's Resort.  For tickets click here.

The event was created as a spoof of the world-famous Miss America Pageant to raise funds for a local charity. It took place annually on the night after the famous beauty pageant when held in Atlantic City.

Proceeds from the 2014 Miss’d America Pageant will be equally divided between the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation and then split among various charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated over $225,000.00. For more information on either organization, visit acglbt.org or schultz-hill.org.     


2013 Highlight Reel:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Queer New York International Arts Festival runs through Sept. 27

The Queer New York International Arts Festival returns for a third year with performances by artists from around the world. Broadening the traditional concept of “queer” (in) art, QNYI challenges perceptions about what queer is — and can be. During the Festival’s intensely paced twelve days, New York audiences will have the opportunity to experience a range of performances that challenge heteronorms and the status quo on various levels, by artists who are probing contents and contexts of different performing art formats and redefining the margins of their expressive forms.

All Queer New York International Arts Festival performances at the Abrons Arts Center are FREE to the public with a $10 - 15 suggested donation per ticket. By donating, you are supporting a new generation of bold and international performance artists aggressively challenging traditional representations of 'queer' in art.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Kelly Osbourne featured in Good Girl Freak Out video

Kelly Osbourne is featured in Double Duchess's (Krylon Superstar and davO) just sent me their amaaazing new video Good Girl Freak Out - directed by JB Ghuman Jr. Check it out.


Buy it on itunes here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Dallas Pride : Sunday, September 21

Dallas Pride is already underway but the big festival and parade are on Sunday.  Click here for the week's full schedule of events.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Turtle Creek Blvd. between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St.

Parade Route down Cedar Springs Road
The parade travels down Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Blvd. The entries will turn left on Turtle Creek and proceed to Lee Park.

2014 Grand Marshals
Rev. Carol West, Senior Pastor - Celebration Community Church
Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center - Communications & Advocacy Manager, Member - Dallas Bears


MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE
  • 12:00 PM - DJ Ryan Tiffin
  • 2:30 PM - Mi Diva Loca
  • 4:30 PM - Chaz Marie (Set # 1)
  • 5:30 PM - Voice of Pride Winners
  • 6:00 PM - Parade Entry Awards
  • 6:05 PM - Chaz Marie (Set # 2)
Location
Lee Park is located on Turtle Creek Blvd between Lemmon Avenue and Hall St., just one block Nortwest of Cedar Springs Road.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Xelle releases Sweat

The new Xelle video for Sweat is out and features cameos by Bianca Del Rio and Sherry Vine....check it out.

Erasure's Andy Bell to join Tony Moran at SUPERSTAR

Erasure's lead singer Andy Bell will join Tony Moran on September 26 at the Borgata's Mixx Nightclub for a brief DJ set.  The superstar singer will make his way over to the nightclub immediately following the Erasure Concert.

Tickets for the after party are only available at the door the night of the event.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Philadelphia sees 6% more moving in than out

United Van Lines today announced its Summer Long-Distance Moving Trends Study, indicating that Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta are the most popular moving destinations.

Based on United's summer moving volume data, the most popular metro areas for U.S. families to move to this peak season were:

1. Chicago, Il
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Atlanta, Ga.
4. Boston, MA
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Dallas, TX
7. Pheonix, AZ
8. New York, NY
9. Minneapolis, MN
10. San Diego, CA
11. Houston, TX
12. Philadelphia, PA (6% rise)

The data also revealed the top metro areas families were moving from this peak moving season:

1. Washington, D.C.
2. Dallas, Texas
3. Atlanta, Ga.
4. Houston, Texas
5. Phoenix, Ariz.
6. Chicago, IL
7. Seattle, WA
8. LA, CA
9. Denver, CO
10. San Jose, CA
11. Portland, OR
12. Charlotte, NC

A survey of United Van Lines customers moving to the top destination cities revealed that most (71.6 percent) moved for a new job or corporate transfer. Approximately 13 percent moved because of retirement and nearly 10 percent moved for health or other personal reasons.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Las Vegas to Host International Gay New Year's Event

Las Vegas, recently voted Favorite American Destination by OutTraveler Magazine, is set to host a new gay New Year's event called Evolve. The 3-day experience will bring men from more than 30 countries, on six continents, to the city that provides non-stop fun, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will serve as the host for the event which begins on December 30, 2014 – January 1, 2015. The 3 days includes offers to shows, receptions, parties, dining, shopping, tours and more.

“I am so excited, as this will be the first time in my 30 year Las Vegas career that I will be performing for an all gay audience. Finally, I can do pop-culture jokes that everyone will get! This night is going to be one Big Party!” says Frank Marino, headliner of the Divas Las Vegas. Celebrating the 25,000th show this year, Frank Marino’s Divas is one of the most spectacular production shows in the city, and is just one of the many events included in the Evolve Vegas NYE experience.

To check out the complete line-up, which includes a special Zumanity performance, visit: evolvevegasnye.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Philadelphia to Host 1st Queer Jazz Festival

Philadelphia is gearing up for OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival on September 18-21. The four-day festival will serve as the finale for the William Way Community Center’s annual music series and highlight the intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.
OutBeat will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of world-renowned jazz musicians brought together to educate and entertain audiences with once-in-a-lifetime performances, panel discussions, and master classes.

Schedule:

THURSDAY, September 18 
  • 5-6pm  The New York Times’ Nate Chinen in conversation with Fred Hersch (Free) @ William Way LGBT Community Center
  • 6-8pm  OutBeat Kickoff Reception featuring Dena Underwood ($100) @ Mark Segal Ballroom

FRIDAY, September 19

  • 3pm “From Strayhorn to Cecil: Jazz Innovation in America” featuring David Hajdu, John Szwedand Orrin Evans in conversation withJazztimes’ John Murph (Free) @ University of the Arts’ Arts Bank
  • 5pm VIP Reception (Free with VIP Ticket) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 5:45pm Fred Hersch Trio ($23.50 – $38.50) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 8:30pm Philadelphia Jazz Project presents “Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn” ($25 – $35) @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre
SATURDAY, September 20
  • 5pm Pre-Concert Discussion with Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, and William Way’s Chris Bartlett moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph (Free) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 7pm Bill Stewart Quartet ($25 – $40) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 8pm Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle  ($25 – $35) @ Chris’ Jazz Cafe
SUNDAY, September 21

OutBeat Festival Finale @ Union TransferFestival Begins at 1pm ($40 – $70)

  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
  • Andy Bey
  • Patricia Barber Quartet
  • Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio
  • Jennifer Leitham Trio
  • Mike McGinnis Splang-a-lang Trio +1 performs the music of Drew Paralic, Cole Porter, and Billy Strayhorn
  • Dena DeRose Trio
  • David Coss Quartet
  • Ben Flint and the Diesel Puppies
  • Monnette Sudler
  • Weez the Peeples
  • TreZure Empire
For tickets and more information visit: outbeatjazzfestival.com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Broadway to dim lights in Joan River's honor

The Broadway League, after receiving criticism for their initial decision not to dim Broadway to pay tribute to the late Joan Rivers, has reverse its decision and will honor Joan tonight 6:45PM.  VICTORY!!!!

“Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Giovanni's Room to reopen on September 12th

Philly AIDS Thrift recently acquired Giovanni's Room, the nations' oldest gay book store, which closed back in May.  The new Giovanni's Room is slated to open this coming Friday, September 12th as the below announcement was made on Philly AIDS Thrift's Facebook page.

PhillyAIDSThrift@Giovanni's Room OPENS for SNEAK PEEKS this coming Friday, September 12th at 11am. We're jumping right in with a full 7 DAYS A WEEK schedule and here it is:

Monday to Thursday: 11am to 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 11am to 7pm

We'll be open longer hours than Giovanni's Room was in its final years, we want to be there for you when you need us! We're about 70% stocked and 75% done with our renovations and freshening up, and we'll get all the rest of the way there in the month leading up to our Grand Opening on Outfest Weekend, October 10th to 12th. So c'mon in and dig the work-in-progress vibe. We're pretty sure you're going to like how much we've already gotten done.

So tell all your friends. And make some new friends and tell them too. Giovanni's Back and Philly AIDS Thrift's Got Him!