Friday, March 20, 2015

Fran Drescher to host Philly Gay Pride

The Nanny, Fran Drescher, to host Philadelphia's Gay Pride Day at Penn's Landing on June 14th.
 
 
 
“Fran is someone that every generation knows,” said Philly Pride Presents executive director Franny Price. “She’s funny. She’s smart. It’s going to be very entertaining.”

The new Director of LGBT Affairs, Nellie Fitzpatrick and Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s acting physician general will both be grand marshals for the parade.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RIP Drag Legend Cashetta

Sad news out of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware....Last night the Blue Moon posted the following notice that legendary drag personality Cashetta passed away.

We are devastated

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a very talented and loved member of the Blue Moon family.  Scott Weston, aka Cashetta passed away during the night.  At this moment we have very few details other than the confirmation of the loss of someone very dear to all of us.

Cashetta Xmas

Cashetta was a true original making a name for herself well before the anyone had ever heard of Rupaul's Drag Race.



From celebrity impersonator Michael Waters:  What you might not know is that we owe much of the cabaret entertainment scene in South Florida to him! He approached the former owners of the Alibi years ago and convinced them to let him do a show in their Manchester room. They agreed and gave him a limited number of weeks to "make it work." He DID and the Manchester room has been going strong ever since and has fostered a nice entertainment community in Wilton Manors.

Tracy Young at The Raven

Monday, March 16, 2015

Photos from LGBT Media Convening in Philadelphia

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Assoiciation held its annual LGBT Media Journalists Convening in Philadelphia over the weekend.  The group discussed various issues that will face the media in the coming years such as equality after marriage, transgender, and race/racism with in the LGBT community.  Below are a few twitter photos from the attendees.

Steve Rothaus (Miami Herald) @srothaus

Zack Ford (Think Progress) @zackford

Dana Bagby (GA Voice) @dyanabagby

Joe Jervis (JoeMyGod)@joemygod

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

National Constitution Center and William Way Community Center Announce National LGBT Exhibit

The William Way LGBT Community Center will present Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court, a new exhibition at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Opening Friday, June 5, 2015, and continuing through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015, Speaking Out for Equality utilizes pivotal court cases, artifacts and personal stories to chronicle the decades-long debate over gay rights, a debate that ultimately brought issues of LGBT equality before the Supreme Court.

Before Stonewall, before Gay Pride parades, before ‘coming out’ was accepted, a small group of very brave people staged the first major U.S. protest for LGBT equality in Philadelphia. And how appropriate that they stood their ground in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1965. Coordinated by Philadelphia resident Barbara Gittings and Washingtonian Frank Kameny, now known as the mother and father of gay rights, the protest marked the first time activists from multiple cities openly identified themselves as gay and called for equality. The “Annual Reminder” protest took place every Independence Day for four years. This exhibit was inspired by those brave acts which will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on July 4th.





“This exhibit is historic in many respects,” said Chris Bartlett, executive director, William Way LGBT Community Center. ‘It is the first time that LGBT history, viewed through a Constitutional frame, is being explored at a national museum. It’s also historic given the time frame of the American LGBT civil rights debate: with a major LGBT civil rights case to be handed down by the United States Supreme Court while the exhibit is open in June. For July 4, 2015, Independence Mall will be ringed with a major LGBT civil rights exhibit and partner exhibits at other institutions on the mall. LGBT history is truly coming of age.”

Visitors to the exhibition will be greeted by images of Annual Reminder protests as well as media projections of current LGBT issues told through film, headlines and photographs, and
then proceed through six sections.

1. In section one, “Being Gay in Mid-20th Century America: A Climate of Fear and Intimidation,” which includes media, personal stories, and law enforcement accounts, visitors explore the extent of discrimination faced by LGBT people and learn about the risk of being visible.

2. In section two, “Frank Kameny, 1957: A Fired Government Employee Challenges the Status Quo,” tells the story of the Lavender Scare, a time when government employees believed to be homosexual could be fined at will , and a rising astronomer who is fired and fights back. Kameny’s petition to the Supreme Court ignited a sustained public debate over LGBT rights.

3. The right to speak out–guaranteed by the 1st Amendment–became a springboard in the LGBT movement for equality and is the subject of section three, “1960s Protest: Testing the Promise of the 1st
Amendment.” The exhibition will explore the rising visibility and activism in the gay community during this tumultuous decade.

4. As the gay rights movement emerged into public consciousness and the call for LGBT equality gained wider support, the debate over gay rights increasingly played out in the courts. In section
four, “Coming Out for Liberty: Amendments V, XIV, and the Response to Bowers v. Hardwick,” visitors learn how a 1987 Supreme Court ruling helped fuel thechange in focus for LGBT people, who would increasingly shed the cloak of invisibility to seek equality.

5. “A Debate Over Dignity: Amendment XIV,” addresses the timeframe after the Bowers v. Hardwick Supreme Court decision when LGBT people turned to their neighbors, employers and communities. This section explores the ongoing debate over legal protections for LGBT individuals and families from the 1990s to today.

6. The exhibition concludes by asking, “The End, The Beginning: What Does Equality Mean?” Visitors look at current issues surrounding LGBT rights and the courts. Legalizing marriage of same-sex couples, which the Supreme Court will address in June 2015, is an entry point to larger debates over anti-discrimination laws and exemptions.

For more information on the exhibit visit the National Constitution Center's website here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Miami's Winter Party Draws Thousands


Thousands of people flocked to Winter Party Festival on Miami's South Beach on Sunday.  DJs Seth Cooper and Phil Romano spun to a packed house at the 22nd annual event.  The beach for the rive.
The annual event, now in its 22nd year, benefits the National LGBTQ Task Force. 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bachelor Auction Raises over $5,500 for AIDS Law Project

More than 200 people packed into Boxer's PHL recently for a bachelor auction. The event raised more than $5,500 for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Below are a few photos of the event from Patrick Hagerty.









Monday, March 2, 2015

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Hits Philadelphia on September 24th

Madonna released her Rebel Heart tour dates for North America. The tour will stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 24th which happens to be 2 days before the Pope arrives in Philadelphia. However, the World Meeting of Families (which the Pope is attending) begins on September 22nd. So, book your hotel room now if you are planning on making the Madonna concert an overnight event.

NORTH AMERICA / PUERTO RICO:

Date / City / Venue
Aug. 29 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 2 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 5 - San Juan, PR - Coliseo de Puerto Rico - On sale Mar. 21
Sept. 9 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre - On Sale Mar. 14
Sept. 12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center - On Sale Mar. 9
Sept. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - On Sale Mar. 16


Sept. 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - On Sale Mar. 16
Sept. 28 - Chicago, IL - United Center - On Sale Mar. 9

Oct. 1 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 3 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 5 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 8 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 17 - Portland, OR - MODA Center - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 19 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose - On Sale Mar. 9
Oct. 22 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena - On Sale Mar. 23
Oct. 24 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena - On Sale Mar. 16
Oct. 27 - Los Angeles, CA Forum - On Sale Mar. 16

Thursday, February 26, 2015

National Constitution Center Gears Up for Gay Exhibit

 
The National Constitution Center is gearing up for Speaking Out for Equality which is a new exhibit it will debut in June.  The exhibit is timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement Celebration in Philadelphia.  The celebration culminates in a week of events around July 4th which will include a commemorative program, concert, block party, panel discussions and various other exhibits throughout the city.

Madonna's fall at Brit Awards

Ouch....

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Philly's Patti LaBelle Named to "Dancing with the Stars Cast"

Philly's own Patti LaBelle will join the 20th edition of Dancing with the Stars on ABC this season.  LaBelle will be joined by OUT football player Michael Sams, U.S. army vet and amputee Noah Galloway, Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, Olympic gold gymnast Nastia Liukin, Glee actor and singer Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, LMFAO’s RedFooHunger Games star Willow Shields, actress Suzanne Somers, and Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer Willis. A 12th star will be announced at a later date.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lady Gaga Kills Sound of Music Performance at Oscars

Amazing....


Oscars 2015 Award Winners:

Best Picture: "Birdman"

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, "Birdman"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Best Original Song: "Glory" from "Selma" - Music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Sound Mixing: "Whiplash"

Best Sound Editing: "American Sniper"

Best Sound Effects: "Interstellar"

Best Production Design: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"

Best Film Editing: Tom Cross, "Whiplash"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Ida" (Poland), PaweĊ‚ Pawlikowski, director

Best Live Action Short Film: "The Phone Call," Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer

Best Documentary Short Subject: "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," Perry Film

Best Documentary Feature: "CitizenFour," Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Animated Short Film: "Feast," Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer

Friday, February 20, 2015

Madonna Tops Dance Chart Record 44th Time

The Queen of Pop, Madonna is making Billboard chart history with her 44th No. 1 son on Dance Chart for "Living for Love." The only other artist on any chart with as many #1 records it George Strait, who's logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs. It's fitting history for the artists also known, respectively, and reverently, as the Queen of Pop and the King of Country.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tavern on Camac to Celebrate 11 Years


When: Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th
Where: Tavern on Camac - 243 S. Camac Street - Philadelphia, PA 19107

We purchased the bar back in February 2004! WOW!! Come out and help us celebrate 11 years together.

To honor this milestone we are throwing a party. We are going to party like it's 2004 with $5 cocktails and $3 beers all day long. Plus since you all need something to knosh on while drinking, we will have free food from 6pm-9pm each day. It's such a big celebration that we need two days; so join us Wednesday and Thursday for the festivities.

Come find out why we have been around so many years and are still going strong. We love our customers and look forward to another 11 years to come!

Stephen and Dennis


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Philadelphia is having a moment - Wins Democratic National Convention bid

Philadelphia will host yet another mega event in the coming two years.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz named Philadelphia as the location for the DNC's National Convention, in 2016.  This event joins the Pope, Tall Ships, Mural Art's Open Source Exhibit, PMA's Impressionist Exhibit (only stop in US) and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Gay Rights movement on July 4th as big national events the city will host.  

Philadelphia hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000 but has not hosted the Democratic National Convention since 1948.
 

Forbes:  "The City of Brotherly Love is having a moment" 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tracy Young Announces Final Club Tour

DJ Tracy Young made a surprise announcement yesterday that makes me a little sad.  Tracy announced she is booking her final club tour as a DJ. Moving forward, she will turn her focus to special events, remix projects, celebrity events and television. 

I have made the decision to make this my final club tour. Genesis will continue and I am planning to launch the Genesis brand globally. I will be performing for special events, unique parties, DJing private events, and television. I want to thank all my fans who are also friends. I would never have made it this far without the support of so many and the love that I have been given over the years. This is the new beginning and next chapter in the book of Tracy Young.

With Regards,

Tracy Young


Tracy Young is most known for her work with Madonna for the past two decades. She was selected by Madonna to DJ her wedding reception to Guy Richie in Scotland and has remixed more than a dozen of Madonna's singles including "Music" in which Billboard Magazine named an "Emotional Masterpiece".

Tracy and her works have been featured on MTV, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The A-List, Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Sundance, BVLGARI, and Lincoln Automotive to name a few. Tracy is the Official Remixer for Beyonce, Britney Spears, Madonna, Cher, Katy Perry to name a few…

Tracy’s club tour has taken her to over 30 countries, on nearly every continent. She has performed for over millions of fans over her career and DJ’d the World’s biggest nightclubs.