You’ve seen the Secret app, right? I haven’t. I’m one of those guys who still has an iPhone 4, so I can’t download it and check it out for myself. So, because Apple decided that my phone is obsolete, I can’t partake in the app sensation that puts Mean Girls’ “Burn Book” right in our pockets.
I know, I’m totally missing out, right? Who doesn’t enjoy texting catty comments about other people anonymously? Except for the fact that it’s really mean. Like, super mean. It’s the kind of mean that some of us endured in Middle School from the popular girls. That’s right, if you participate in this whole Secret nonsense, you are a 14-year-old girl who has yet to experience this crazy thing called maturity.
Okay maybe that’s a little harsh. But what is the appeal of apps like Secret? What is the appeal with anonymously talking shit on friends, acquaintances or people you just don’t like? Does everyone want to be Regina George? Because that wasn’t the message from Mean Girls. You know who won in Mean Girls? The nice girl who did her math and gave everybody a piece of her crown at Spring Fling. You know what happened to Regina George? She got hit by a bus.
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Over the past month former Sisters manager Denise Cohen has been working to raise funds for a new Gayborhood lesbian bar. She was seeking to crowdsource donations from Indiegogo, but it didn’t quite seem to pan out. The campaign ended on August 23rd, and she was only able to generate $7,275 of her lofty $50,000 goal. That’s a mere 15 percent.
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Every hump day, a Philly woman (or man) shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, co-president of the Spruce Foundation, activist, entertainer and mainstay on our Man Crush Monday column Rudy Flesher.
My name is Rudy, and these are my picks for Woman Crush Wednesday.
When she's not empowering youth at The Attic Youth Center she's kicking ass and taking names for Girls Justice League. Does it hurt that she's a total babe and has a dog that looks like an Ewok extra from Return of the Jedi? No, no it does not.
I met her as one third of Screw Smart, but she's a fierce lady in her own right, as well. She has a honking laugh that can cheer the despondent and wake the dead, and a smile that beams pure joy across a city block. One day I will win her heart by getting in good with a curator at the Mütter Museum and taking on her a behind-the-scenes tour of rare dental disease specimens. So weird, so Philadelphia, so her!
Some queens have drag mothers, but I'm genderfuck royalty and I have a Glitter Mama. Maybe that makes this all a bit Freudian, but she makes my list! Without her I would have never shaken in Philly, shimmied in New York, or done a spoken-word burlesque striptease and prayer in Cambridge. True story! Whenever she's on stage, you should be in the audience!
My first memory of Ms. Lobstar Bisque is her pulling me aside at a bumping Stimulus party to sing a soaring opera aria right into my ear as though it were a private concert. Whether she's singing with the Anna Crusis Women's Choir or working a burlesque stage, she brings talent, joy, and a hell of a set of pipes to every stage she graces.
I don't know if I want to read Ashley's tarot, date her, or rein reincarnate as her in another life. It's no secret that if I rang in at a zero on the Kinsey scale I'd be a boob man, but the first thing I noticed about Ashley was her hair styled in a retro victory roll and pinned with a stylish fascinator. She's an award-winning bartender for a reason—you can't walk away from her bar without a warm heart and a big smile!
What can be said about Amber that hasn't already been written in sonnets, and Woman Crush Wednesdays of yore? Among the very best things about my tenure as a Board member at William Way has been the opportunity to become friends with Amber, not to mention us discussing our mutual crush on Pennsylvania history-maker and former Board colleague Judge Ann Butchart. Our mutual love for brilliant, trail-blazing women in smart suits keeps us close. (Hillary 2016!)
Mistor Fahrenheit and Lili St. Queer
I don't have any drag daughters—we can probably all agree that one The Notorious OMG was enough for the Gayborhood. However, both of these brilliant performers gave their first show on my stage, and that is one of the proudest points of my cabaret career. The only thing cuter than them as individuals is them as a couple and I cannot wait to toast their marriage.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:
Anthony Lower and Nick Scott with Mayor Michael Nutter.
Every Wednesday, we feature a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Anthony Lower and Nick Scott from Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
Names Anthony Lower and Nick Scott
How long have you been together as a couple before you got married? 18 years
When did you get married? May 24, 2014
Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?
Anthony Lower and Nick Scott
We got our license on day two, missing the license office closing by two minutes on the first day. We walked out with the license not knowing what to do next. We wanted a big wedding, but hadnt saved for one. That Friday, City Hall called to ask if we wanted to be married on Saturday by Mayor Nutter. It turned out there were 20 couples being married. My brother and his wife came and cried the entire time. Our ceremony, vows provided by the judge who married us, was lovely. We both cried as well—though the video doesn’t show it. People on the streets were knew we were newly married. We got lots of “Congratulations” yelled out of cars and across the street as we walked to lunch from City Hall. Then there was the decrepit, sweet-looking little old man who asked me where my bride was and then called us “f*ggots”! Nick, my brother, his wife, Nick’s best friend, and I laughed our asses off.
Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?
- The folks at Farrell’s Florist in Drexel Hill were awesome. As soon as they heard “gay wedding,” they were very excited that we’d be their first one and treated us so well.
- The folks at Macy’s helped us find the perfect suits; like we were family members.
- We did spend the honeymoon weekend in The Windsor Suites Hotel and even though they were booked due to some event in the city, they upgraded us to a really nice room on check-in when they realized we’d just been married. The entire front desk team was clapping.
Want to be featured in a future Wedding Wednesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!
A new Gallup Poll suggests that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are more likely to be uninsured than those who don’t identify as LGBT. This remains true even after the Affordable Care Act’s stipulations requiring Americans to have health insurance went into effect.
Some of the reasons this may be happening, the poll suggests, is that “one-quarter of LGBT adults report they did not have enough for money for healthcare needs at least once in the last year, compared with 17 percent of non-LGBT individuals.”
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Mauckingbird Theatre Company, which has made a name for itself producing works with gay twists, is going both ways next month with staged readings of lesbian and gay classics The Children’s Hour and The Boys in the Band.
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It is one of those moments that’s leaving us shaking our heads: ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, has reverted to an utterly important topic: how he is taking his showers while in training camp. Read more »
Factory Girl—and one of our favorite local musicians—Rena is back with another original track and we have the first listen.
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A union rat outside of the future Boxers on Walnut Street.
It’s not the iconic mutt you’d expect to see outside Philly’s newest gay bar, Boxers, but a giant, inflated Union rat that’s inhabited the sidewalk on Walnut Street over the last two days. Members of Local 19, the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, have picketed the home of the future bar, claiming that the owners have used non-union contractors on the construction of the site.
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