N.J. Waitress Receipt Slur All a ‘Hoax’?

The receipt Morales claims is the original.

The receipt Morales claims is the original.

Well, this is awkward.

Remember the lesbian waiter from Bridgewater, N.J., restaurant Gallop Asian Bistro, who highlighted a less-than-gay-friendly nasty-gram left on her receipt? (And allegedly didn’t get a tip?) The couple is now refuting that it happened at all. It’s all, they say, a big “misunderstanding” — one they felt the need to address when they realized the story was a slow-burner in the headlines. Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson ‘Wrapped in Red’

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red

Musically, this just might be the year Kelly Clarkson stole Christmas.

Clarkson’s sixth studio LP, Wrapped in Red, opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month — embarrassingly, just barely pulling ahead of the Robertsons’ Duck the Halls Pennsyltucky-pandering cringefest debut album. But don’t confuse those numbers as a reflection of quality: Clarkson’s album is easily the strongest Christmas release since Michael Buble’s ’50s-channeling, 2011 addition to the genre. And, to its credit, Red also boasts (in addition to being RuPaul-approved) the biggest opening numbers for a female Christmas album since Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You in 2010.

Cue the Mariah comparisons. Read more »

The Secret Lives of Sugar Babies

sugar babies

IT’S A SUNNY afternoon when he sees me, standing in the center of 30th Street Station. He gives me the once-over, barely says a word. He’s not quite what I’d hoped: Two muddied-white knee-high socks appear to mask a fluid build-up in his legs; he has a bald spot that’s surrounded by a bush of frizzy gray hair; his eyes strike me as uncannily cold and beady.

Stuart*, 61, from North Jersey, heaves his luggage over his shoulder and heads off to buy two tickets to Atlantic City, our first-date destination for the next two nights.

Meet the sugar babies after the jump »

MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Judge Sets Date for Hearing on Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Photo courtesy: ShutterStock, Andrey Burmakin

Photo courtesy: ShutterStock, Andrey Burmakin

Trolling the Web for LGBT headlines so you don’t have to.


Mark your calendar: Federal judge sets June 9 as date for hearing challening Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban


Bachmann disappoints again, refuses to include gay parents in adoption resolution

Dan Savage calls out Mary Cheney on marriage stance

President Obama signs bill that would eliminate ban on research involving transplant of HIV-infected organs between HIV-positive patients

City of Houston to offer benefits to employees in same-sex relationships Read more »

10 Totally Handsome Men Born as Women [NSFW]

Balian Buschbaum Trans

A German pole vaulter, Balian Buschbaum underwent gender-reassignment surgery in 2008 as Yvonne Buschbaum.

A must-see list of successful, super-studly (and oh-so-hairy!) trans men has been making the rounds around the Web this week, and it’s beyond enthralling. Not that we needed proof that the trans community has a host of folks who make for some va-va-voom sensations, but wow!

It’s not just the men making the rounds in headlines, either: Season Three Drag Race contestant Carmen Carrera made waves last week when she was considered for a Victoria’s Secret modeling gig. (One that would be well-deserved, if you ask us.) At last count, Carrera had 42,464 signed petitions of a desired 50,000 on Change.org. She would be the first trans Victoria’s Secret model.

Even in light of some continually disturbing trends, we’ll call it an all-in-all strong week for recognition of the trans community.

Take a look at the list of female-to-male hunks here, and judge for yourself how high they rank on the Hottie Scale.

Philly FIGHT and City Councilwomen Announce HIV Clinic for Spanish-Speakers

Philly FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull and councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announce a new HIV clinic at a City Hall press conference this morning.

Philly FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull and councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announce a new HIV clinic at a City Hall press conference this morning.

In a forward-thinking move, Philly FIGHT and city councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announced at a press conference this morning the development of a brand-new HIV clinic that caters to Spanish-speaking Philadelphians.

The clinic will open Dec. 11 at the North Philadelphia Prevention Point space, located at 166 W. Lehigh Ave. It is the first of its kind in the city, and a testament to the growing Hispanic population in Philadelphia. Census data from 2010 demonstrates as much: Philly added 58,683 Hispanic residents in a 10-year period, an increase of 45.5 percent. As a region, it also has the second-largest Hispanic population in the Northeast.

Jane Shull, executive director of Philly FIGHT, says FIGHT applied for a Department of Health and Human Services Special Projects of National Significance grant in February, receiving a response two weeks ago that the department would fund the project. Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez has contributed as, Shull says, “a strong voice for services in the community” — the starring role of “rallying the troops,” so to speak. Read more »

Philly Gets Kinky With 16th Annual Diabolique Ball

Diabolique Ball

A fetish model on stage at the 2012 Diabolique Ball. Photo courtesy: Diabolique Foundation

It’s one part charity fundraiser, one part horror show, and one huge part kink-and-fetish extravaganza: It’s this year’s Diabolique Ball.

Organizer Kali Morgan, along with a team of more than 100 volunteers, will throw the most leathered-up shindig this side of American Horror Story this Saturday night at Trocadero Theatre. The ball, which has a cinematic horror theme this year, began as a low-key creative project for Morgan in 1997 when she decided to marry fundraising and fetish, evolving over the years to something much more grandiose. The point, she says, is to not only shine light (and cash) on Philly’s diverse charities, but educate people about the city’s remarkably large scene of folks who play dress up with whips and corsets in the boudoir. (And at The Bike Stop, of course.) Read more »

National Transgender Day of Remembrance: Vigil Roundup


Candlelight Vigil

Today marks the 15th National Transgender Day of Remembrance, the beacon of National Transgender Awareness Month (yes, that’s this month) and catalyst of a bevvy of vigils being held across the region this evening to honor those killed as a result of transphobia. It was founded in 1998 to celebrate the memory of Rita Hester, who was found dead in her Boston apartment, stabbed 20 times in the chest. (We’re going to take a wild guess and say that “20” number is why we’re commemorating today.)

For some perspective, let’s absorb some startling factual tidbits: Read more »

‘Pennsyltucky’ Pastor Suspended for Officiating Gay Son’s Wedding

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

For weeks, we’ve been keeping you in the loop about Frank Schaefer’s ongoing conflict with Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township (Pennsyltucky territory), where he’s a pastor. Schaefer deviated from his church’s status-quo stance on marriage equality by officiating the wedding of his gay son in Massachusetts way back in 2007. On Monday, Schaefer was warned that if he didn’t reevaluate his position of solidarity with the LGBT community, he’d be stripped of his credentials. This, in anticipation of the volatile (and somewhat poetic, as you’ll see below) jury hearing among his peers that unfolded yesterday, Nov. 19.

The verdict: The Associated Press reports that Pastor Frank Schaeffer has been suspended for 30 days, and has within that timeframe to retract his stance on the issue. Read more »

PHOTOS: Scenes From Indigo Ball 2013

Rudy Flesher and Amber Hikes.

Rudy Flesher and Amber Hikes

Each year, William Way Community Center pulls out all the stops to throw the swankiest shindig this side of Prom Night, selling 350 tickets at $200 to $2,000 a pop in an effort to raise money for the long-running org’s counseling services and general community-center operations. And like always, this year saw a legion of the LGBT community’s top celebri-gays and supporters who came out to celebrate.

See photos and a video after the jump »

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