This morning, the National Constitution Center, William Way Community Center, and the DMH Fund hosted a very touching private tour of their exhibit “Speaking Out for Equality” for several of the original “gay pioneers,” John James, Paul Kuntzler, Randy Wicker, and Ada Bello. William Way’s Executive Director Chris Bartlett provided a curated walk through of the moving collection at the Constitution Center, while James, Kuntzler, and Wicker gave insightful comments about the exhibit. We were there to capture some of the really wonderful moments of the event.
Gay pioneers (John James, Paul Kuntzler, and Randy Wicker) with Chris Bartlett and Mark Segal.
The second season of qFLIX, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ film festival, opens on July 7th and features over 50 diverse films from a wide variety of genres. The six-day cinema event includes several world premieres from both local and internationally-known filmmakers. Read more »
James Obergefell, the Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff, has had a busy few days. Besides the landmark victory with the Court in his favor, he’ll be here in Philadelphia this afternoon for a wreath laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers Historical Marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets.
What's Independence Day without a celebration at the place that started it all? Historic Philadelphia is hosting a ton of events all weekend, including storytelling, tours, a pub crawl, concerts, a cannon drill, crafts, and a lot more. Many of the festivities are free. Through July 4th, various times, prices, and locations throughout Philadelphia.
Orbiter 3 launches with a new play, Moon Man Walk, written by Barrymore winner James Ijames. Set (mostly) in Philly, "This magical journey through space and time takes us literally from Philadelphia to the moon and back." Through July 19th, various times, $22, Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street.
This is perfect for the kids: Join your favorite Sesame Street characters for an open-air BBQ both this Friday and Saturday at Sesame Place. After the dinner at Big Bird's Riverside Pavilion, catch a family-friendly fireworks show. Through July 4th, 5 pm and 7:30 pm, $18-29, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the LGBT civil rights movement in Philly, and the city is celebrating with dozens of parties, ceremonies, and events. Check out our comprehensive guide to the weekend, including a free event featuring Wanda Sykes.
This highly anticipated interactive show features all of your favorite Marvel characters at Lincoln Financial Field. Our preview of the experience got us pretty excited: There will be the ultimate selfie station, a climbing wall, 3-D theaters, tasers, touch screens, and a lot more. June 24-July 5, various times, $24.50, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
There's no shortage of fireworks shows throughout the Philadelphia area, so we rounded up fifteen spectacular shows in the sky in our huge July 4th fireworks guide with locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
The Tony Award-winning musical Memphis takes to the stage of Walnut Street Theatre, and it's perfect summertime fare. The show tells the story of 1950s underground dance clubs and how one singer was turned into a star. With a score by Bon Jovi's David Bryan, you'll surely be dancing in the aisles as the curtain goes down. Through July 12, various times, $20-85, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street.
Contemporary artist Colin Quashie presents an installation of modern works titled Plan-ta-shun at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Quashie uses "the language and imagery of marketing and mass media to lampoon racist historical norms and challenge contemporary racial and social constructs." Through August 16th, various times, free after museum admission, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.
The newest offering from the ever-charming Bearded Ladies, Bitter Homes and Gardens, runs in two separate pop-up locations. The first stretch through July 10th is at the PHS Pop-Up Garden at 9th and Wharton. Get ready for singing and dancing florals, country music, and lots and lots of cardboard! Through July 10th, various times, pay what you wish, PHS Pop-Up Garden, 829 Wharton Street.
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Over 120 attendees took to the Top of the Tower last week for the Independence Business Alliance‘s annual meeting, where the greater Philadelphia LGBT chamber of commerce introduced new board members Katrina Aikin, Michael Albany, Stacia Fisher, Stacey Moore, and Danielle Ryan. Drexel University student Robert Reid, recipient of the 2015 IBA/DVLF scholarship, spoke to the crowd about the influence of IBA on young professionals. DVLF’s Executive Director Samantha Giusti also presented some exciting news: DVLF is offering a $15,000 matching grant, which, according to the IBA, “gives everyone the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to support the annual scholarship and double their donation while continuing to foster opportunities to tomorrow’s LGBT business leaders.” Our friends from the event shared some of the great moments of the evening.
A shot from Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video.
Honestly, Rihanna: What the heck is this?
The diva dropped the music video for her newest hit, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and it’s a whole entire world of NSFW craziness. Nudity. Gore. Violence. Profanity. You name it, it’s there. It’s shock for the sake of shocking. Read more »