Jonathan Beyer met his boyfriend of eight years, Brandon Cedel, when they were both students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. They lived in Center City for a good number of years, where, as Beyer gleefully points out, they were once voted the “cutest couple” in their apartment building.
Everyone’s favorite red-headed fag hag Kathy Griffin is in talks to take over the late Joan Rivers’ spot on the popular E! show Fashion Police. According to several reports, Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has given E! network her graces to continue the half-hour program that takes a no-holds-bar approach to critiquing Hollywood’s fashion choices (or, as Joan would have put it, the “fash-holes”).
Although the program will never be quite the same without Joan’s amazingly abrasive humor, we are quite excited about what Kathy will bring to the table.
How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 10 years
When did you get married?: Officially on May 10, 2014 in Connecticut; unofficially in Montgomery County on August 8, 2013.
Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married on our 10-year anniversary in Greenwich, Connecticut. One-hundred of our closest family and friends traveled to be with us from 15 states and two countries. Prior to getting married, our son produced an award winning documentary (see clip below) detailing his experience living with two moms. His film won him the Greenfield Youth Film Festival award for best producer and he was nominated for best documentary at the mid-Atlantic division of the Student Emmy’s. The most memorable part of our wedding is the fact that we got nearly a dozen thank-you notes from guests, thanking us for including them in our celebration.
Dena Underwood, via the Dena Underwood Facebook page
It’s been years in the making and tonight it becomes a reality: The nation’s first queer jazz festival, OutBeat, opens, thanks to the efforts of the William Way LGBTQ Community Center. The four-day musical extravaganza takes places all throughout Philly, and features some of the nation’s most renowned jazz players, players who just happen to fall into the LGBTQ spectrum.
When I was an undergrad, I took a feminist art history course as a random elective, and I loved it so much that I almost changed my major. When it came to the 1970s segment of the class, we spent a lengthy amount of time discussing performance artists. The piece I will always remember, not because of the physical performance, but because of the debate in our class surrounding it, was Carolee Schneemann‘s 1975 work “Interior Scroll.” In it, Schneemann posed nude while covering herself with mud. Then, she took a scroll out of her vagina and started reading it.
We were all really torn about whether or not to call Schneemann’s work “art.” That’s not really the point here: Call it whatever you want, but she really wasn’t harming anyone by performing the work, and it’s still considered one of the most provocative feminist “artworks” of the 20th century.
That clearly won’t be said about a performance that took place at last week’s Philadelphia Drag Wars competition that’s caused quite a stir. The show, which took place on September 11th, featured a number by drag queen Ariel Versace. Dressed in Muslim garb, Versace entered the stage adorned with bombs. From a balcony, someone threw dolls and shards of paper. The dolls were supposed to represent people jumping from the Twin Towers on 9/11, and the paper? If you watch footage from the day of the attacks, you can clearly see shards of Xerox copies falling from various offices in the World Trade Center.
Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature David Devan, Artistic Director of Opera Philadelphia, and his husband, David Dubbeldam, from Philadelphia. Yes, they are a pair of Double-D’s!
Names: David B. Devan and David A. Dubbeldam
How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: Two years.
When did you get married?: August 4, 2007
Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: In the summer of 2006 we returned to Victoria, British Columbia, the city we met in and lived in before moving to Philadelphia, to be legally married (marriage equality has been recognized in B.C. since July 2003). Our wedding was the most beautiful day of our lives filled with cherished family and dearest friends (including over 20 from Philadelphia). We were not expecting to be so moved by all the love and support that everyone had for us as a couple—it was so powerful and we will never forget it!
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Chatterblast Creative Director and co-founder Matthew Ray.
Hi! I'm queer South Philly boy Matthew Ray, the Creative Director and co-founder of ChatterBlast Media. I am doing this under cures; I hate to limit my love. But, I hope this truncated list bring some attention to a few fantastic boys we have in Philadelphia, and…please donate to my MS City to Shore ride! I'm trying to raise a bundle to help fight Multiple Sclerosis in our region. Donate $1, $10, $100…it all helps! Okay, enough philanthropy: here's the BEEF, with special music to listen to during your social media stalking of them!
Popular, adorable, amazing. The official “godfather” of my business, “Brauny” is one of the sweetest, kindest, friendliest men I’ve ever met. It helps that his beautiful eyes and wide smile remind me of my favorite television star, Kermit the Frog. Just like a Muppet, Michael is cuddly and cute and is devoted to his pack.
Local boy and Penn grad (one of several on this list) Christian is a HUNK. I now that’s a dated term, but he is so freakin’ hot. Stylish to a fault, friendly and funny – I’ve had a crush on Christian since we got blasted on a party bus to Vermont. Or was it New Hampshire. Connecticut? Where we went to exactly is unclear, but I didn’t care ‘cause he was there.
This highly sought after consultant spends his week jetting across the country, and his weekend brunching at some of the city’s most select spots. If you happen to make the cut as one of his pieces of arm candy, then you’re in for a fun ride. Champagne for everyone! David is suave, dreamy, and the only man who makes he laugh so hard my sides hurt. Mama always said: “Marry a man who makes you giggle.”
While incredibly handsome and masculine, Geoff’s sexiest quality is his unswerving love for Philadelphia and his devotion to making it a better city. One of the best bloggers (check out This Old City) in the region, Geoff’s intelligence and empathy are so attractive you can’t help yourself but want to learn everything this guy knows… MORE PLEASE.
Perfect body, great dancer, spiritual guy – Gavin’s knockout looks might seem intimidating but he’s really a big softy. FYI: Boys who build businesses are boys who we should date, and Gavin has built a health and wellness biz to beat the best. Truth be told, he’s a bit to much of an aggressive/dominant… ahh… cuddler… for me– but if that’s your kink, he’s your dream.
Most self-proclaimed fashionistas are vapid, vain and vicious. Ian’ is none of the above. He’s warm, personable, cute, and impeccably dressed, ALWAYS. Transcending twink, Ian is a spirited and witty young man with the brightest future possible. He has a no pretense approach to fashion that makes him classy even when he gives you a devilish little smirk. Check out his blog, and look at those eyes! >> Sigh <<
Jeff almost got booted from this list since he is now commuting to New York, leaving us without his magnificence. I adore Jeff and think he is a beautiful man inside and out. I don’t give a flying fig about kickball, but I followed his team this year like I had money on it. Every appearance Jeff makes on the ‘book is a “BRAVO!” I’ll let you make up any puns about his last name. (Wink-wink)
British. Ginger. Doctor…. Covers most of the bases in my sexual fantasies. Aren’t all of us white trash kids from the sticks suckers for handsome fellas with accents? When people say, “The world is broken.” I agree, mostly because Nick is still single. This sassy lad is honest to a fault, but when he tells you that your too fat for your Speedo – that accent makes you blush and giggle. Well, at least it did for me.
Jewish. Lacrosse God. Doctor…. Again, covering the bases. Strong but sensitive, sweet but can be tart, Scott is fascinating mystery. I would marry him and even convert. (Jesus will forgive me.) It makes me sob to think he’ll be leaving Philly in less then a year for an amazing position in New York’s medical community. Such a keeper. The buffet line to gobble up this sweetheart begins behind ME, ladies.
I met Dan in the wave pool of Typhoon Lagoon during a mad-mad-MAD Gay Days Disney. I was a wacky Temple undergrad with bleach blond hair; he was a debonair and direct Center City socialite. Fast forward a few decades later and he still makes my head spin. He also still has a thing for Temple undergrads. ZING!
Evan is my best friend, my business partner, my rock and handsome, helpful, hysterical homosexual. Confident and cool with perfect features, Evan’s touch of grey reminds you he is a professional even when he lets his whimsy walkabout. I love him.
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.