Throwback Thursday: Harry Eberlin’s Bin, Part 1

Every week William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett and I meet for a rummage through the LGBT community center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past.

Today, we share photos picked from a plastic bin of photos donated to the archives after it was discovered in the basement of  late Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) photographer Harry Eberlin‘s longtime partner Richard DeMatt. The photos span the past few decades, and feature some local LGBT notables, like PGN publisher Mark Segal, Philly leather community matriarch Pearl, Woody’s founder and Knock owner Bill Wood, and even a baby-faced Ed Rendell. 

We weren’t able to identify everyone, so feel free to comment below or email me if you recognize anyone in the photos.



Have photos from the Philly’s LGBT past you’d like to share? Submit them to Josh Middleton at jmiddleton@phillymag.com

Tracy Morgan May Never Perform Again, Says Attorney

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The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident in Mercer County, New Jersey, in June.

Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, tells the New York Post that the comedian suffered a “debilitating brain injury” when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo bus, and that “the jury’s still out” about whether or not he’ll ever perform again.

“The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer,” he says.

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Big Brother’s Evel Dick Reveals HIV-Positive Status

evel dickFans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.

This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.

“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”

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Preliminary Hearing Set for Gay-Bashing Suspects

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Attorneys for Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams, the three suspects in the attack on two gay men in Center City on September 11th, attended a status hearing in court this morning to pick a court date for their preliminary hearing.

The preliminary hearing date was set for December 16th, at which point the case will be brought before a municipal court judge to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the suspects. Attorney for Kevin Harrigan, Josh Scarpello, tells me, “we won’t decide the truth of the matter in that first hearing. It is a probable-cause hearing to establish if the case should go to trial.”

Scarpello confirms that all three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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DO THIS: Questlove Playing This Weekend at UNIQLO Philly Love Fest

Questlove001The Roots drummer Questlove is spinning a set in town this weekend at the free UNIQLO Philly Love Fest on Saturday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival, taking place at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) is a welcoming celebration of sorts for the new UNIQLO store opening in Rittenhouse at 1608 Chestnut Street on October 3rd. The afternoon will feature all kinds of activities, like runway shows, carnival games, food trucks and a variety of kid-friendly shenanigans. But our eyes are on the closing affair:

Questlove will end the party with a free set from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Weekend Roundup: “First Comes Love,” “The Gran Varones” Debuts, Bruce Yelk Gets Back in the Nightlife Game, and More

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Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud's new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, First Comes Love.

Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud’s new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, “First Comes Love.”

Wilmington photographer Barbara Proud brings back an expanded version of her Kickstarted photo exhibitFirst Comes Love,” a collection of touching black-and-whites that feature longterm LGBTQ couples in our area. This time, however, she’s launching the “First Comes Love” book, all the images in bound form that will look fabulous on your coffee table. Check out some of the images in the slideshow above. 6 p.m., exhibit runs through October 30th, Hamilton and Aaronson Galleries, University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street. 

Opera Philadelphia presents The Barber of Seville, starring out baritone Jonathan Beyer as Figaro. He told us in an interview this afternoon that he’s playing the character as “mildly gay.” Catch a free screening of the performance at Opera on the Mall Saturday at 7 p.m. September 26th to October 5th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street. 

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