PHOTOS: Kids and Dogs in Halloween Costumes at East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) hosted its Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday over the weekend, drawing families and pets from across the region to take part in costume contests, seasonal foods from restaurants on the avenue, and live music throughout the day. It was a gorgeous day for a street festival. Check out some snaps from EPABID below:



 

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PHOTOS: Baby Giraffe Born at Six Flags Great Adventure

Mika and her mom, Noel.

Mika and her mom, Noel. | Photo via Six Flags Great Adventure Twitter

Most people clamor to Jackson, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure for rides like the new Zumanjaro Drop of Doom, but over the next few weeks that death drop will be overshadowed by a new arrival at the park: a baby giraffe named Mika.

The 5-foot, 10-inch female was born on October 11th to first-time mother Noel. Mika is the ninth giraffe born at the theme park’s Safari Off Road Adventure .

You can get your first chance to see her this weekend, when Mika is set free in the Off Road Adventure. For now, check out a video of her below.

WATCH: Jenna Bush Hager and Natalie Morales Scared Out of Their Minds at Terror Behind the Walls

Today show gal pals Natalie Morales and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager recently took a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls,” the annual haunted attraction that’s been scaring people shitless for decades.

The whole thing was caught on video and shown on the Today show this morning. The segment starts with a history of Eastern State, which is interesting in its own right, but the real fun starts around the 3-minute mark, when the ladies start meeting the ghouls in “Terror Behind the Walls.” Screams abound! Check out the video above.

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Philly’s Passional Boutique Teams With Suddenly Fem to Sell Fashions for Transgender Women

Sud-fem-products-2Philadelphia’s Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium is teaming with Suddenly Fem, the national retailer that specializes in clothing for the M2F woman, to sell a collection of clothing for crossdressers and transitioning transgender women.

Suddenly Fem, which, before now, was primarily a online-based clothing company, will offer dresses, teddies, gaff panties, skirts and pants at Passional, where personnel has undergone collaborative training meetings with Suddenly Fem to be better prepared to guide the transitioning customer.

Passional‘s Kali Morgan says she gets a lot of requests from trans customers. “We have sold items for the transgender community since the start of our business, but this partnership will allow us to offer a wider variety of merchandise and educational resources for this underserved market.”

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Man Arrested for Murder of Norristown Man He Met On Craigslist for Sex

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Chad Marshall Wilcox

Twenty-eight-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox has been arrested and charged with robbery and first-degree murder of a Norristown man he met on Craigslist for sex.

Instinct reports that “Wilcox allegedly killed his victim, Manuel Hakimian, 36, on September 21 at Hakimian’s home in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Authorities believe Wilcox slit the victim’s throat. … After allegedly killing Hakimian, Wilcox used Hakimian’s bank and credit cards in at least five states. Wilcox also stole his car, which was spotted on September 24 by police in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wilcox crashed the car and escaped on foot; police found a folding knife with blood on it along with receipts matching some of the purchases made with the stolen cards. Wilcox was ultimately arrested in Johnston County, North Carolina a few days later.”

The Associated Press has more:

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Man Crush Monday: Trevor Powell

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: the boy next door to beat all boys next door, Trevor Powell. When Trevor isn’t studying at Temple, you can catch him slinging cocktails at Knock, or carrying a “Vote for Tom Wolf” sign around town as the local field director for Liberty PA



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GAY NEWS FLASH: Defrocked Reverend Frank Schaefer Refrocked By Methodist Church

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, the man who was defrocked by the Methodist Church for officiating the marriage of his gay son, received some good news this morning. The Judicial Council of the Methodist Church has affirmed his appeal, which asked that he be reinstated to ordained ministry. Read Schaefer’s reaction on GLAAD’s site:

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PHOTOS: Indigo Ball 2014

On Saturday night, the William Way Community Center hosted its annual, oh-so-stylish fundraiser Indigo Ball at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). As always, it brought out Philly’s best-dressed LGBTers for a night of dancing, cocktailing and mingling. Philly photographer Sammy Munsch was in the house, and she was kind enough to share some of her best shots from the evening.



17 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week: Drag Performers Marry Under a Shower of Glitter at Voyeur and Other Snaps to Warm Your Heart

In a week weighed down with sad news, I thought it would be fun to focus this week’s #GayPhilly Instagram roundup on some of the more heart-warming snaps I saw throughout the week. It all started Sunday with what may have been the gayest wedding ever.

Ryan and Foster, also known as popular Philly drag performers Lili St. Queer and Mistor Fahrenheit, were the happy couple. Here they are the morning before their wedding at Voyeur Nightclub.

A photo posted by Mr. F (@mistorfahrenheit) on

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