Yesterday evening the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund teamed up with the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League (who will be making history in October when they host Gay Bowl XIV, the championship tournament for the National Gay Flag Football League) to welcome guests at the oh-so-swanky Four Seasons Hotel for the monthly Our Night Out LGBT networking event. Attendees at this Our Night Out were treated to a gorgeous outdoor patio, plenty of cocktails, and lots of summer-evening fun. We were there to snap some shots that captured the night perfectly.
Rob Holt, Gavin Houston, and Art Varela
Julianne Oothoudt, MariAnne Mondt, and Prab Sandhu.
Steve Cisowski and Jonathan Edmunds.
Michael Beachem, Ed Benner, Chuck Ross, and Gokham Afyon.
Chanrasmay Mak and Shovaughn Chism.
Michael Griffin and Vin Giannetto.
Fran Lawn, Paul McElwee, Zachary Chiero, and Glen Abrams.
The lobby at the Four Seasons was perfumed with fresh floral arrangements.
A table fit for a bunch of queens (and kings) was front and center at the event; it served as a promotional tool for the hotel, advertising their venue for gay weddings.
Well, we were expecting Ellen to show up, but she never did...
The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League had a diorama to promote Gay Bowl XIV.
The outdoor crowd at Our Night Out.
A view of the gorgeous Four Seasons and the happening party.
“Don’t even think about bringing back Hasselbeck.”
After last week’s announcement that the ever-opinionated Rosie O’Donnell will be returning to daytime television’s The View, there’s been heavy speculation about who will join her and Whoopi Goldberg on the roundtable. Joy Behar, one of the former co-hosts, suggested on an interview with Don Lemon of CNN that the show is “going for fireworks rather than camaraderie.” And, boy, if any of the rumors are true, there will be explosions!
We rounded up some of the most talked-about co-host rumors, plus added in a few picks of our own. In short, it’s everything you need to know about who’ll sit next to Whoopi and Rosie (and what kind of shit-talking will start from day one of the new season.)
You betcha! According to several reports, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee has been courted by ABC to join the show. Let the fireworks begin!
Although nowhere near as conservative as Mrs. Palin, Meghan McCain, John McCain's 29-year-old daughter, is in serious talks to join the show. The blogger and outspoken conservative pundit would make an interesting choice.
Our conservative pundit pick? The one and only Ann Coulter. Even more than Palin, Ann Coulter's political theories and beliefs would lead to some extremely explosive battles between the ladies. BOOM!
Another Ann who is up for a spot on the show (although nowhere near as explosive as Coulter) is Ann Curry, the highly respected television journalist from NBC. Curry's extensive reporting experience would bring a depth of knowledge to the table (and, personally, I just love her.)
According to a New York Post report, the producers are considering a rotating chair that would be filled with Broadway stars. Bernadette Peters, a former fill-in co-host for Live! With Regis, is under consideration. Hey, Sondheim would like it.
The same New York Post report indicates that Idina Menzel, star of Broadway and the voice behind Frozen, may be the other musical star taking turns in the rotating seat. Let's hope John Travolta is a guest so she can mispronounce his name.
There is heavy speculation that the show may have its first male co-host in the ever fabulous Mario Cantone. Cantone has been a guest co-host in previous seasons, and his straightforward (and often times highly inappropriate) humor would be a great fit—if you ask us.
The other male co-host rumor that is circulating is the ever-charming Ross Matthews, host of the show Hello Ross. If both Matthews and Cantone join the ladies, more than half of the co-hosts would be gay, an interesting choice by the producers.
If the producers really wanted some fireworks, we think they should add drag superstar RuPaul to the panel. If any guest got out of line, she would make them lip-sync for their lives—or read them to filth like only she could.
Here’s to the ladies who lunch: Elaine Stritch, the multi-talented award-winning actress of stage and screen, has passed away at age 89. She died peacefully in her home in Michigan.
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There are finally some new developments in the 2013 murder case of Diamond Williams, the transgender woman who was brutally dismembered in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia last July. Today, accused killer Charles Sargent was ruled competent to stand trial for the murder.
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Last week, Britney Spears admirers all but hit the proverbial fan when an un-autotuned version of her single “Alien” leaked on the internet. WARNING: it’s bad. Really, really bad:
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After years of speculation, Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, 31, announced he was gay (or, “not straight,” as he put it) during a television interview which aired Sunday evening. He claimed during the interview that it wasn’t until the last two weeks that he could actually articulate his own sexuality.
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Josh Schonewolf presents … racism?!
That’s what a pair of local bloggers are claiming after marketing materials for his upcoming event “Once You Go Black” recall images from the American minstrel show era, and include a few questionable choice of words. (We obtained the original promotional poster—since removed due to the public’s reaction—pictured left.)
Besides the obvious artistic styling of the poster, what seems to have caught the attention of critics are the phrases “Feat. some of Philly’s most innovative sparkly black performers,” and “You know, the girl you see on the street corner talking about, ‘Yo man, I saw one them thangs walking down the street.’” The title of the event alone, “Once You Go Black,” is a direct reference to the hyper-sexualization of men and women of color.
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In 1967, Joan Rivers performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Her act, although amazingly mild to today’s standards, was groundbreaking for a female comic in the ’60s: Women just didn’t talk about this sort of stuff:
Fast-forward to 2014: Joan Rivers is 81 years old and she keeps talking about things that most people wouldn’t dare think, never mind say. She hosts Fashion Police weekly on E! and has her own reality show, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WEtv. She has her own line of clothing and jewelry on QVC. She’s won Emmys and has been nominated for Tonys. In other words, girlfriend has put in her damn time. She’s literally the reason why Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, and a host of other gay-loved comediennes, have careers. Read more »
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Grammy-nominated composer Joseph Hallman. His work has been featured both at home and abroad. When not writing or travelling, He works at University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater, and teaches at Drexel. He believes heartily in the continued development of Philly’s arts and cultures market. He is also decidedly single.
Joseph Hallman's Man Crush Monday Picks
My name is Joseph Hallman, and these are my picks for Man Crush Monday.
"Marc Silver has been one of my long standing mancrushes. Aside from being pretty dreamy, he's got a gorgeous voice and writes great songs. One of these days, we will eventually figure out a collaboration!"
"Jordan one of the mancrushes I have known the longest. Jordan is a kind, mindful man with lots of creative and intellectual interests. He is a definite asset to his students at University of the Arts and to artistic life in general, in Philly."
Charles Cobine and Owen Franklin
"These two! Both handsome, both hella smart, and both super kind (and they both look good in hats)!"
"Jay has been doing his best to diversify the Philly arts scene via his role as Programming Director at the Kimmel Center (and he's a little cutie too!). Kimmel is lucky to have him, and he's also a Penn alum."
David Devan and David Dubbeldam--The Double D's
"David Devan is the Director of Opera Philadelphia and has transformed not only Philly's art scene, but has influenced the opera world both domestically and internationally. His creative approach to programming and his out-of-the-box thinking in regards to arts management, promotion, and programming has been inspiring. The other David just wrapped up his schooling and is serving as a chaplain. Both are handsome, kind, and pretty damn brilliant."
Submit your Man Crush Monday!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s official: We can say goodbye to any attempt to overturn Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling.
Today, a Third Circuit Court rejected Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffne’s attempted appeal of U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s historic May 2014 ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Today’s decision states that Santai-Gaffine had no real reason to file the claim, as she was not harmed by the May 2014 ruling. In other words, her case was thrown out due to lack of standing.
The rejection of Santai-Gaffne’s case by the Third Circuit seems to put the nail in the coffin, so to speak, on the ban of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.