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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Pig Iron Theatre’s Pay Up is an unusual twist on reality that also speaks to the universal truths of money: Guests are given five one-dollar bills to spend on their choice of eight sectioned-off theater performances — each toting a different price tag. The venue itself is a gargantuan, all-white loft space reminiscent of Willy Wonka’s quixotic chocolate factory — a space where attendees roam freely (and frantically) with quirky, fictitious employees (the actors) of “The Corporation.” Read more »
If your gay-boy libido didn’t kick into overdrive at PhillyGayCalendar’s Boys of Summer event on Saturday at Voyeur, you should probably see a doctor — pronto. Titillating twinks, beefy bears, macho muscle studs, a bevy of queens gawking from a distance — to be sure, there was no lack of diversity (or sexual chemistry) populating this year’s Main Event. And though the summer soiree didn’t heat up until shortly after 11 p.m. (probably because of Tabu’s Bearlesque at 10), the euphoric sex-on-the-beach atmosphere was full throttle from the get-go. Read more »
“Showtime’s in 15 minutes!” shouts Ivan Kane, owner of Revel’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, as well as the reality-TV-highlighted “Forty Deuce” clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Donning his wide-rimmed black sunglasses (as you might imagine a club owner would do), he motions stage-side bystanders to the outside casino bar as he oversees last-minute preparations for the ripe all-male burlesque show’s invite-only rehearsal performance. Read more »
Oh you fancy, huh? Tabu sure is hoping so – it’s rolling out the red carpet for the now-monthly Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret: Starstruck event, embracing a Hollywood theme that obliges all of you L.A. glamour, Brangelina-obsessive types out there. Of course, the show’s fame-and-fortune tie-in (with a “kinky twist”!) is meant to emphasize its support for Philadelphia QFest — which, by the way, is debuting some pretty impressive films this year. Starstruck: Hollywood Edition promises performances by Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque, Icon Ebony Fierce and Saline Storm. Those of you who arrive in drag, kink or costume will save $2 on admission. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $12, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. Read more »
Robert Drake revisits Ireland for the first time since his attack.
In January 1999, the unthinkable happened to Philly gay-lit writer Robert Drake. Having traveled to Sligo, Ireland, to research a novel, Drake was assaulted — in his own apartment — by two men he’d encountered earlier that night at a neighborhood bar. The men, who were sentenced to eight years in prison in connection with the crime, left Drake for dead in a pool of blood. Unable to speak for weeks as a result of brain-damaging acute head trauma, and beaten to the point of paralysis, Drake was thought to be the next Matthew Shepard — but unlike Shepard, Drake lived to tell his story.