Comedian Ian Morrison, who you just might also know as drag queen Brittany Lynn, joins The Vicious Variety Show. The LOL-worthy evening comprises a host of local comedians, like 2014 Philly's Phunniest winner Matt McCusker, the frighteningly funny Necrosexual, and standup comics N.A. Poe, David Piccolomini and Rick Robotin performing in drag, with, I'm guessing a few pointers from Brittany under their garter belts. Wednesday, October 29th, 8 p.m., $8, Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street.
This has can't-miss written all over it: Cory Wade as Freddy Krueger, Mistor Fahrenheit, Lili St. Queer and Pissi Miles as the the trio of witches in Hocus Pocus? Yes, please! Ukulele master/Ghostbuster Eric Jaffe will host the variety show, which promises all that, and an evening of music, more drag, a costume contest and spooks out the yang. A perfect pre-Halloween shebang. Thursday, October 30th, 9 p.m., free, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
Recurring Events Roundup
On Tuesday, Josh Schonewolf's Burlesque Battle Royale continues with, wouldn't you know it, a Halloween theme. Guest judge Holly Ween (pictured) joins the judges' panel.
On Wednesday, the Halloween theme continues at Schonewolf's Mr. Everything competition.
Don't feel like getting out for Halloween shenanigans? We round up some great horror films with an LGBT twist that you can stream instantly—everything from gay werewolves and lesbian vampires to gayest Freddy movie every made. See our 10 picks here.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
My name is Trevor, and these are my local picks for #MCM:
Rick is an amazing person, primarily because, regardless of the situation, he exerts only positive energy. Having worked with him on political campaigns, I can attest to the fact that, even under the most stressful of circumstances, he’s always kind-hearted, outgoing, and level-headed. It never ceases to amaze me how he can balance his hectic political career with his vibrant social life, and yet he manages.
Whether it’s randomly running into him on Temple’s campus (where he’s a sociology professor), or at the gym, or at the café, it’s always a pleasure to make contact with Dustin. He’s incredibly intelligent, handsome, a fellow cat-lover, and a comic book aficionado. Need more be said? There’s more than one reason why he has a chili pepper next to his name on Rate My Professors.
Editors note: You can catch a discussion with Dustin Kidd at this year's ThinkFest, where he'll present "Men are from Marlboro Country, Women are from Wisteria Lane: Gender Inequalities in Mass Media." More information here.
Whenever I see Rob, which is primarily at Café 12, his head is always in a book. Aside from being deeply intellectual, he is also well-travelled (having taught English in Germany), and politically engaged. In addition, he’s extremely handsome—yet reserved and modest—which adds to his allure.
I miss seeing David as a barista at Café 12. Since he left, I’ve been less motivated to go there. I could always count on David to motivate me through his upbeat personality and confident mindset, even on my darkest days. David is the kind of person, who, through his engaging smile and upbeat demeanor, can light up an entire room.
Kevin’s a sweetheart. He works at Icandy, and is one of the most adorable and outgoing guys in the Gayborhood. He’s able to balance an incredible amount of maturity with his youth, and exerts an extreme level of self-confidence wherever he goes.
Jay lives in South Jersey, but he still makes the list. I’ve spent the last few years with him in the political trenches—advocating for marriage equality, medical marijuana, environmental protections, and fair-minded candidates. Jay adds a touch of fierceness to politics and is not afraid to speak his mind—whether it’s in one of his editorials, news interviews, or testimonies before the New Jersey State Legislature. He’s got it all: looks, courage, intellect, a killer sense of humor, and passion.
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Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett and Philly AIDS Thrift and Giovanni's Room manager Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou.
Meg Rider and partner Natalie Hope McDonald.
Rudy Flesher (center) and Lascivious Jane (right) with friend.
Megan MacTurk, Kelly Burkhardt, Rada Yovovich, Dileimys Franco, Mary Pitek, Amber Hikes, Kaitlin Apostol
Steve Cisowski (far left) and Bill Chenevert (second from left) with friends.
Rue Landau and wife (left) with Elicia Gonzales and finacé Megan Hannah.
Garrett Olthuis and Sara Kelly
Kate Hinchey, Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, Jason Goodman
Carrie Jacobs (speaking) and staff members from The Attic Youth Center
Judge Dan Anders (far left) Judge Ann Butchart, John Dougherty, guest, and Rue Landau
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.