OPINION: White People, Only You Can Stop the Next Charlottesville

White nationalist protesters and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. Photo by Steve Helber/AP

The moment I came out of the womb, I already had two strikes against me: being black and gay in a nation that continues to systemically oppress both aspects of my identity. I am expected to function as a productive citizen while experiencing a daily onslaught of discrimination and microaggressions — and added to this personal and social distress is the burden of having always to defend my community: When one black person deviates, we are all held accountable. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Tiommi Jenae Luckett

Tiommi Jenae Luckett

Tiommi Jenae Luckett is a transgender activist and HIV awareness advocate. We chat with the fearless social justice champion on Arkansas, living with HIV, and confronting Gayborhood racism as a Philly transplant. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party

Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party is at the Trocadero on Thursday.

For its festive celebration of powerhouse drag, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party. Enjoy a night featuring an entertainer who has given audiences “12 years as the world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen.” Following the star-studded bash, the raw unabashed punk performer Christeene will hit the stage. Expect an appearance from DJ Robert Drake. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th, at The Trocadero, located at 1003 Arch Street. TICKETS Read more »

Ricky Peterson, the Forgotten Man of the ICandy Video Controversy, Reacts to Apology

Ricky Peterson

Following the release last week of a video featuring ICandy Nightclub owner Darryl DePiano formally apologizing to a “Ricky Peters” — and the LGBTQ community of color — for calling him a “nigger” in a viral YouTube video that surfaced last year, the actual victim, former ICandy employee Ricky Peterson, speaks to G Philly exclusively on being back in the public eye.

What was your reaction to Darryl DePiano’s apology to you in his video?
I was very shocked and disappointed, for two reasons. First, I was baffled at the way the video seemed so scripted. Second, I didn’t understand why it took him all this time to “apologize” for his wrongdoing. Read more »

Popular Gayborhood Producer Admits “Untimely Payment to Performers”

Josh Schonewolf via Facebook

After Tabu Lounge and Bar announced recently that it was parting ways with well-known Gayborhood events producer Josh Schonewolf, speculation arose on social media that the split had been sparked by his allegedly poor performer payment practices. Schonewolf has now exclusively given G Philly his side of the story.

A staple in the Gayborhood, Schonewolf has produced popular events such as “Mr. Everything,” “Bearlesque,” and “Daddy & Friends” through his promotions company, Josh Schonewolf Presents. Tabu was one of Schonewolf’s recurring venues and became his mainstay after he cut ties with ICandy following its owner’s racial slur controversy in 2016. Read more »

Black Trans Activist Airs Claim of “Retaliation” by LGBTQ Nonprofit Leader

Christian Lovehall

A black transgender activist claims he is facing “retaliation” for speaking out about a controversial collaboration announced by the black HIV/AIDS advocacy organization COLOURS and two other black LGBTQ groups with ICandy Nightclub, whose white owner, Darryl DePiano, was heard repeatedly referring to a former employee and black patrons as “niggers” in a video that surfaced last year. Read more »

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