WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Boys of Summer, The Story of Love and Equality, BlackStar Film Festival and More

Marriage Equality remains a controversial topic for folks on both sides of the issue. Because the battle is so heated, people rarely take time to actually hear arguments from the other side. Filmmaker Becca Roth set out, along with her girlfriend, to open a dialogue between both parties in this political and social war. The result? One: A Story of Love and Equality.

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Weekend Roundup: Sebastian’s Life On the Fringe, Happy Bear Happy Hour, Songbird Concert and More

sebastian life on the fringe

A new brand of concert is hitting Philadelphia this weekend: Created and led by local performance artist Sebastian, the raw Life On the Fringe (LOTF) shines a spotlight on the folks living “on the fringe of society.” Dubbed as a “multimedia concert for adults,” LOTF is performance art that seeks to challenge, educate, and empower.

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Weekend Roundup: Bev Offends the Masses, “Proud Exposures” Debuts at William Way, Back 2 Basics Returns and More

GASP: Bev (left) dances with a crucified Jesus.

GASP: Bev (left) flirts with a crucified Jesus.

A new show is coming to Voyeur this Saturday that’s prefaced with a bold warning: “Not for the faint at heart or easily offended!” Bev, one of Philly’s best rising drag personalities, will put on a show fittingly called “We’ll See You In Hell.” No joke is off-limits. Everything is on the table.

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July Theater Guide: The Book of Mormon, Xanadu and More Summer Theater Picks

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Gay July 4th BBQ, GI Jane Sleepover Party, Tennis Fundraiser, and Red, White, and OOOOH!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Is there any better (gay) way to celebrate America this weekend than with a classic burlesque? Red, White, and OOOOH is the July 5th show by the Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque, and it’s serving everything classic about America. Think apple pie, baseball, and Marilyn Monroe… with a little bit of kink.

What makes this show even more special is that this is one of the last chances to see the incomparable Notorious OMG before he sashays out of the spotlight. Once the show is over, you can dance the night away with the award-winning cast. Bonus: If you come dressed in kink, you get a small discount for entry. Hey: it’s hard out there!  Every dollar counts! If you’re not looking for fireworks this weekend, head to this kinky show at Tabu instead. July 5-6, 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., $10 (in drag/kink/costume) or $12 (regular admission), Tabu.


  • U Bar will be hosting The Big, Gay 4th of July BBQ with delicious food, and specialty cocktails that will make this holiday one to remember.
  • It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another Venture Inn Sleepover Party. The theme for this one is G.I. Jane. Think military wear (or PJs if you want), push ups, and arm wrestling contests.
  • Tabu’s 4th of July celebration is a bit hairier than the others. Don’t miss Red, White, and Bear, the dance party with the fuzziest boys around.


  • Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret is just in time with Red, White, & OOOOH (see above for more information).


WEEKEND ROUNDUP: A New Daytime Dance Party, The Ladies of Songbird, and The Black Slot

Icon's Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

Icon’s Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

There’s a new monthly dance party and its name is Icon’s Werkshop. Led by Philly favorite Icon Ebony-Fierce, this happy hour shindig is breaking the mold and bringing dance to daytime, along with burlesque, vendors, and local artists and performers. But wait, that’s not all. In addition to being a dance party, Icon’s Werkshop also doubles as a fundraiser, specifically for the Phreak N Queer music festival.

Ebony-Fierce had this to say about Werkshop: “I wanted to do a midday event for people who work at night, [people who are] tired of late night drag/burlesque shows, or even people who want to day-drink on a summer day to pre-game for Saturday night.”

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Brittany Lynn Does AC, Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014 and More

royals burlesque

Atlantic City is going to get a little gayer this weekend when Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn debuts her new weekly show at Trump Taj Mahal, The Royal BurlesqueThis will be Ms. Lynn’s first time hosting a regular show in AC since Pro Bar closed in November. Since then AC has been regaining some of its gay power, first with the recent opening of a new gay beach, and a string of LGBT events, like Sandblast Weekend, hosted throughout the summer and fall.

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Weekend Roundup: Saint Harridan Pop-Up, Thank Goddess It’s OMG Comes to an End, the Legendary Crystal Ball and More

saint harridan pop up shop philly

There’s an old adage — you know the one — that says “clothes make the man,” and trans clothing designer Saint Harridan here to making the saying true for women and FTM transgender people, too. This innovative company began with the mission of designing clothes that, “fit your body and your gender.”

Shoppers can buy Saint Harridan’s suits and accessories online at any time, but those looking for a more personal shopping experience can head to its three-day pop-up shop in Philly, starting Friday at the Hampton Inn.

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PHOTOS: 2nd Annual IBA Sails With Pride

On Sunday — smack in the middle of the Pride festivities at Penn’s Landing —  the Freedom Elite set sail on the Delaware for Independence Business Alliance’s (IBA) 2nd Annual Sails With Pride event. Attendees were welcomed onto the private yacht by a tall, dark, handsome (and shirtless!) stud, and a beautiful blonde woman. Once everyone was checked in, the Freedom Elite left the dock and the PRIDE lunch began. The dress code for the afternoon? Summer chic. darling.

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