Man Crush Monday: Jeremiah Downes

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Jeremiah Downes, who you may recognize as the music director and headliner at the Walnut Supper Club.



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Woman Crush Wednesday: New G Philly Writer Christina Ferraz

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, we’re killing two birds by introducing G Philly‘s brand new reporter, Christina Ferraz. See who she’s crushing on in the slideshow below:



Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

Share your Woman Crush Wednesday! Here are the rules: (1) Name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

Man Crush Monday: Gary M. Kramer

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Philly film critic and author of the recently published Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, Gary M. Kramer. 



Submit your Man Crush Monday! Here are the rules: (1) You have to name three to five guys you’re crushing on (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

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WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY:
Sara Ann Kelly

Similar to our Man Crush Monday feature, Philly ladies share their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday (#wcw). Today, Sara Ann Kelly PR maven Sara Ann Kelly.



Want to share your Woman Crush Wednesday? Here are the rules: (1) You have to name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

MAN CRUSH MONDAY: Alexander Kacala

Sure, when it comes to dating, everyone likes a little mystery, but let’s face it, mystery gets in the way of letting you get down. Here, we provide a space for Philadelphia gay men to spill the beans on all the guys they’re crushing on. Think of it as a missed connection but all gay and all out-on-the-table. Today: Philly Mag contributor — and one of our city’s busiest, smiliest gadabouts — Alexander Kacala.



Want to shareyour Man Crush Monday? Here are the rules: (1) You have to name three to five guys you’re crushing on (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

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MAN CRUSH MONDAY: Brandon Baker

Sure, when it comes to dating, everyone likes a little mystery, but let’s face it, mystery gets in the way of letting you get down. Here, we provide a space for Philadelphia gay men to spill the beans on all the guys they’re crushing on. Think of it as a missed connection but all gay and all out on the table.

To kick if off, G Philly contributors are going to share their crushes. First up: 22-year-old reporter, and Temple University senior Brandon Baker.



Want to take part in Man Crush Monday? Here are the rules: (1) You have to name three to five guys you’re crushing on (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com

STRIPPED: Peter Andrew Danzig

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Photo by Evan Schapiro.

My coming out story is …
My friend Danielle. I decided to tell her I was gay at a football game, in which she responded, “So that’s why you’ll never make out with me!” It was sobering to have that moment met with a laugh and a smile. My mom responded similarly, telling me it didn’t matter as long as I found love.

If I’m checking out a guy, chances are he has …
Beautiful eyes. It’s all about eye contact for me. That reveals a lot about a person. Also, pecs are kind of my thing. So there is that, too.

My worst date was …
Someone took me out for ice cream and then told me 15 minutes in he had purchased a hotel room. Ummmm … no. It was the shortest date ever. I’d say 20 minutes in total — enough time to finish my ice cream!

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STRIPPED: Personal Trainer Noe Espinosa

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Noe shows off his tightest black undies. Photo by Jim Graham.

My coming-out story is …
Sitting at dinner with my mother and suddenly telling her I was gay. She left the table, went to her bedroom, and I thought, She will never talk to me again. After a couple of hours she came out and said, “You are my son and I will love you no matter what.”

If I’m checking a guy out, chances are he has …
An athletic body, big arms, wide shoulders, thick legs, a nice butt, dark hair, big eyes, and a killer, mischievous smile.

I feel sexy wearing …
Briefs. The smaller the better.

I think love is …
Like a tree that you have to nurse and water every day if you want to keep it alive. When you stop watering the tree, it dies. You cannot expect to get love if you don’t give love.

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Services

Mazzoni Center HIV-testing hub Washington West Project.

Mazzoni Center HIV-testing hub Washington West Project.

HIV TESTING: Washington West Project
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Philly AIDS Thrift, Mazzoni Center’s HIV-testing hub recently spruced up its four-story digs to provide a more comfortable, streamlined experience, including rapid HIV testing, state-of-the-art STD screening and free treatment referrals. 1201 Locust St., 215-985-9206, mazzonicenter.org.

Personal trainer and Best Day Spa after the jump »

BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Entertainment

Chancellor Dean (left) and James Ijames in a Mauckingbird Theater Company production.

Chancellor Dean (left) and James Ijames in a Mauckingbird Theater Company production.

THEATER TROUPE: Mauckingbird Theatre Company
There’s a lot of queer theater happening in Philly these days, but no company devotes itself to the art of gayness quite like Mauckingbird. Each production comes with a gay slant, most recently a gender-bending take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In January, the company will take on Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony-nominated The Little Dog Laughed. Mauckingbird.org.

COMEDIAN: Alejandro Morales
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Stan. Stan who? Standup comedian Alejandro Morales is one funny son of a bitch. (Ba-dum-bum.) Catch the “comedian at large” in shows around the Gayborhood and beyond.

Drop everything and find out when Philly drag ditz Maddy Milan is performing next.

Drop everything and find out when Philly drag ditz Maddy Milan is performing next.

NEW DRAG QUEEN: Maddy Milan
Part Kitty Wells, part Joan Collins on too much bubbly, you never know if this ditzy queen is going to dazzle you with a ditty or smack you upside the head with a pair of the lowest hanging titties this side of Shady Pines. If you’re extra lucky, she just might do both.

ANNUAL EVENT: OutFest
As gay Philadelphians, we’re blessed with an array of LGBT goings-on, but only one takes place right in the Gayborhood. This autumn block party continues to grow, this year bringing in more than 20,000 homos to rage in the name of being out and damn fabulous.  Phillypride.org/outfest.

Matt McWilliams, TK and Steve Fala from Temple gay web series One of the Guys.

Matt McWilliams, Jeff Familetti and Stephen Fala from Temple gay web series One of the Guys.

WEB SERIES: One of the Guys
Out of the handful of Philly-based LGBT web series that popped up this year, nothing makes us smile as consistently as Michael Busza’s Emmy-nominated (!) One of the Guys. Shot on Temple’s campus, the show concerns three gay men and their straight roomie, tackling all kinds of millennial-focused shenanigans and doling out LOLs by the minute. The last two episodes of the series will air between now and next spring, with the finale promising to find the guys splashing around in … Rehoboth!

ART GALLERY: Bridgette Mayer
Housed in an airy 1799 Old City brownstone, the contemporary collections never get dull, thanks to the glamorous blonde curator, whose drive to showcase quixotic, under-the-radar artists is both passionate and laser sharp. And she’s the gallerist who truly gives back: A recent show turned over 20 percent of proceeds to BalletX, the city’s edgy ballet company. Now that’s creative inspiration. 709 Walnut St., 215-413-8893, bridgettemayergallery.com

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