LGBTQ Event of the Week: POSSE’s The Greatest Show on Earth!

POSSE's Philly Free Ball is this Saturday, March 25th at 4:30 p.m.

POSSE’s Philly Free Ball is this Saturday, March 25th at 4:30 p.m.

For its advocacy and Cirque du Soleil appeal, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is POSSE’s The Greatest Show on Earth!. Come enjoy an epic live showcase as members from the House and Ballroom Community (HBC) compete for more $3,000 in grand prizes in 22 categories, including vogue, runway, and fashion entertainment. This event is being hosted to support the efforts and mission of POSSE (Promoting Ovah-ness through Safer Sex Education) Project Philly, a research study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through the Adolescent Initiative Department. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, at Coda Nightclub, 1712 Walnut Street. Admission is free. Read more »

OPINION: Michael Weiss Must Step Down From His Public Roles in the Gayborhood

Michael Weiss | Image via Mazzoni Center's website

Michael Weiss | Image via Mazzoni Center’s website

Michael Weiss is arguably one of the most powerful and politically connected men in the Gayborhood. He’s the co-owner of several popular bars (Woody’s, Rosewood Bar Lounge, and Voyeur), the board secretary of Mazzoni Center, a member of the Philadelphia LGBT Police Liaison Committee, an elected Democratic committeeman/treasurer for the city’s Eighth Ward, and a “special adviser” to District Attorney Seth Williams. Read more »

Philly Music Hall Owner: We’re Not a “Sex Club”

Deborah Rose Hinchey | Screenshot via Philly Music Hall YouTube

Deborah Rose Hinchey | Screenshot via Philly Music Hall YouTube

Over the past month, rumors have swirled around plans for turning the historic Tacony Music Hall in lower Northeast Philly into a sex-positive community center. Philly Music Hall — hardly a controversial-sounding name — has drawn concerns from local community members confused by the nature of the venue. Owner and programming director Deborah Rose Hinchey says the unconventional space is not intended as a place to have sex, but a meaningful gathering spot for the alternative-sex community. G Philly recently interviewed Hinchey on what she wants the broader community to understand about her unique venture.

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LGBTQ&A: Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman

Ashley Coleman is a queer businesswoman, bartender, and events producer in the Gayborhood. The outspoken entrepreneur chats with us about being a woman of color in the performance scene, Gayborhood racism from the inside out, and how the community can really come together. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Femme Noir

Femme Noir is this Friday, March 17th.

Femme Noir is this Friday, March 17th.

For its intentional inclusiveness and diverse music, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Femme Noir This time around, DJ Aura
and DJ Dame Luz will be spinning on the 1s and 2s for “a dance party & a celebration of black women & femmes but also femmes & women of color.” Queer black drag performer Icon Ebony Fierce will be there to strut their stuff and make this an empowering night to remember. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, at Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden Street. Entry is free between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., $5 at the door afterwards.

Other events to check out this weekend:

FRIDAY
Vogue: A Celebration of Dance: Dance Party: 10:30 p.m. at Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut Street.

SATURDAY
The Eric Jaffe Show!: 7:30 p.m. at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street.

SUNDAY
Obsessed: Beyonce (Beyonce Dance Party All Night): 9 p.m. at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut Street.

NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at gphilly@phillymag.com.

OPINION: Black Politicians Are Going to Have to Earn My Vote From Now On

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

The most open forum in which to hear the unfiltered thoughts of black men in Philly is arguably the barbershop. No matter what our wealth, age, religion, and/or sexual orientation, the need for a fine hair cut is the factor that unites us all. Heated conversations on social issues and personal anecdotes flow freely during long waits for shape-ups and fades. The barbershop has even become an obligatory stop for politicians to stump for undecided votes — during any election season, one can expect buttons and placards to be left on seats.

Such was the case last week with Tariq El-Shabazz, the only black candidate running for district attorney. Someone at my barbershop in West Philly wearing one of his campaign buttons prompted a conversation about the highly contested race. Now, per the barbershop code, what was said in the shop stays in the shop — but let’s just say the conversation was heated and divided. Read more »

Award Recipients Announced for the 18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO

18th Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO event is March 25th | Photo credit Jeff Fusco

18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO event is March 25th. | Photo credit Jeff Fusco

The AIDS Fund recently named the honorees who will be recognized at the 18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser centered on HIV/AIDS emergency services and public awareness efforts. “The huge impact that a small number of people can make is really extraordinary,” AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard told G Philly. “The honorees that have been selected this year have a great deal of passion for the cause, and not only does that raise awareness, but it’s also really important to our mission.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Aamina Morrison

Aamina Morrison

Aamina Morrison

Aamina Morrison is a long-time black trans activist and local HIV-prevention specialist. We got the chance to chat with her about the recent string of black trans murders and how the Gayborhood can be more inclusive of gender- nonconforming LGBTQ individuals. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision

2020 Vision - Miss Richfield 1981 is happening this weekend.

2020 Vision – Miss Richfield 1981 is happening this weekend.

For its popular notoriety and five-star entertainment, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision. This time around, veteran showstopper Miss Richfield plans to entertain “with comedic songs, videos, and her unique take on audience participation [that] will help calm any post-election panic, and provide tools to prevent the apocalypse!” Guests can expect to a part of this highly interactive performance that’s filled with surprises. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street. Tickets Read more »

OPINION: Single-Identity Social Justice Is No Justice at All

Photos | Dan McQuade

Photos | Dan McQuade

“There’s a gay Trump supporter in Philly,” a close friend of mine texted me on the last weekend in February. “Really? That doesn’t make sense,” I quickly responded. Minutes later, I was tagged on a viral post in a closed LGBTQ social media group I belong to. A scan of the outraged comments revealed that a senior adviser to Philly Pride Presents, Chuck Volz, a white gay man, is “an ardent Trump supporter.” I saw copies of provocative images and social media posts made by Volz that mocked people of color, women, and the Muslim ban. (All of this information was later reported on publicly.)

I quickly contacted Franny Price, the lead organizer of Philly Pride, to see if she had any clue what was going on. What I got back from her was that she’s always been aware that Volz was a conservative with “controversial views,” but that that didn’t necessarily keep him from being “a champion of LGBTQ rights in the community for a long time.” She later said that Volz wouldn’t step down from Philly Pride leadership because the organization felt that “his personal politics are separate from his commitment to the LGBTQ community.” Read more »

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