Everything Fresh, a Small Supermarket With a Big Heart, Opens in the Gayborhood

Everything Fresh

Oh boy: this is going to be a game changer.

I just got in from the opening day of a super cute new supermarket located right at 1222 Walnut Street, Everything Fresh. Imagine taking Whole Foods, reducing the size, and cutting the price. That’s what you’ve got at this quaint new grocery that is going to save a lot of Center City residents from heading over to Wegmans or SuperFresh. Read more »

Penn Employee Asks University to Reconsider Hosting Anti-Gay Red Cross Blood Drive

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University of Pennsylvania Administrative Coordinator Joseph Hallman was taken back when he received an email from the Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) announcing that Red Cross would be holding a blood drive on campus. The reason? The Red Cross excludes gay men from donating blood, a touchy topic as the FDA recently endorsed a lifetime gay blood ban. In response to the University’s announcement, Hallman composed an email to the chair of PPSA, expressing his concerns regarding the discriminatory practices of the Red Cross: Read more »

Mr. Gay Philadelphia, Lou Cutler, Named to The Advocate’s 40 People Who Broke Gender Rules

lou cutler mr gay philadelphiaGood news for the first ever transgender man to win the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia: Lou Cutler was named to The Advocate‘s “40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules” list.

Compiled by The Advocate‘s Mitch Kellaway, Cutler was ranked amongst the likes of Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, and Janet Mock. According to the magazine, “Winning Mr. Gay Philadelpha as an out trans man allowed Cutler’s audiences and readers across the country to see queer, trans male sexuality in a way they hadn’t before.”

After his June crowning, Cutler shared with us that, “[Winning] means a lot to me. … It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes. … But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”

Congrats to Lou on his national recognition!

Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: You Can Get Married at a Buddhist Temple in Japan

Although gay marriage is not yet legal in Japan, it doesn’t mean that couples can’t take part in a spectacular and unique gay wedding ceremony overseas. As a matter of fact, one Buddhist temple has teamed up with a luxury hotel to offer a special same-sex-marriage experience that is utterly unique and quite beautiful.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering a four-day gay wedding package that includes a Buddhist “spiritual union” at a historic temple, traditional wedding attire, accommodations, and even a pink cake. The hotel claims that “gorgeous Japanese traditional kimono wedding attire, a customized floral bouquet with that special touch of Japanese elegance, and the mystique of exchanging vows at a historical Japanese temple…will be the most memorable and romantic day of your lives together.”

Couples will take their vows at Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, which offers English-language Buddhist spiritual unions in traditionally-appointed ceremony rooms. Of note, the Temple’s website makes it clear that they “welcome all couples regardless of faith or sexual orientation.” I just love the pictures of the ceremony rooms and how peaceful and inviting the setting is:



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Q&A: John Angeles on STOMP and Performing During a Ferguson Protest

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

“I was a little nervous before I got on,” says John Angeles, a New York-based performer who is bringing the international sensation STOMP to the Merriam Theatre right after Christmas. Angeles and his fellow cast mates were scheduled to perform at the City Hall Tree Lighting ceremony, but previous acts, including children’s choirs and gospel performers, were loudly booed by the hundreds of “Black Lives Matter” protestors who swarmed the scene.

“I remember thinking, ‘I don’t even know why I’m on the stage,'” he recalls. “But then I decided that I was gonna play as hard and as loud as I could. They stopped protesting for a minute. Someone actually told me that we were the only act that the protestors didn’t ‘boo.'” Read more »

PHOTOS: My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party at U Bar

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Girl, you tacky!

That’s exactly what The Bronzed Bee was hoping guests would say as they showed up to U Bar in their ugliest holiday sweaters for its first My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party. On hand were the fabulously feisty Brittany Lynn, the ever popular (and ever big mouthed) Bev, and America’s Next Top Model alum Cory Wade Hindorff, who all doubled as the event’s judges. Their task: to decide who wore the tackiest holiday sweater. There was plenty of laughter, cocktails, and holiday cheer, all for a good cause. (Guests brought donations for Toys for Tots.)

We were there to take part in the fun and capture some of the great moments of the super gay event. It was the only time when being the worst dressed was awarded this holiday season!



PHOTOS: Our Night Out at XIX

The extremely nasty weather didn’t stop hundreds (literally, hundreds … it was packed) of gay Philly’s finest from taking the Bellevue elevators all the way up nineteen floors for an evening of cocktails, mingling, and holiday cheer. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s popular Our Night Out happy hour and networking event was co-sponsored this month by the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee, who showed up with plenty of equality stickers and paraphernalia for guests.

The views, even in the cold rain and wind, were stunning: Several of XIX’s signature bay windows were opened so guests could take a peek at the City of Brotherly Love (if they didn’t mind getting a little wet in the process). We were there to capture some of the fabulous fun and excellent outfits that graced the evening.

P.S. Kudos are in high order for the folks at DVLF for throwing another great event so quickly after their annual TOY fundraiser, which was this past Saturday evening. Now, that’s some great party planning!



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