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Transgender bodybuilder Aydian Dowling is blowing away the competition in an online model search conducted by Men’s Health looking for a man to grace the cover of an upcoming issue. If he wins, Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of the popular men’s fitness magazine.
You may remember Dowling, 27, as the buff chap who recreated Adam Levine’s iconic nude photo that appeared in Cosmo UK. That image spread like crazy across the Internet—which could explain his more than 15,000-point lead in the Men’s Health cover competition. (Tally taken at publish time.)
The contest is seeking “the guy who possesses all of the qualities that make up today’s well-rounded, active, health-conscious and thoughtful guy. … a guy who is fit and fearless; a doer who gives back and leads by example.”
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A couple from Oregon wrote and recorded a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song parody that effectively dropped the news to their family and friends that they’re expecting.
The video has since gone viral, being viewed on YouTube over 1.6 million times. The song, originally penned and performed by Philly rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, includes so-bad-they’re-good lyrics, like “I woke up in the morning about 7 or 8 and thought to myself, ‘Oh man, I’m late! ’Looked at the test stick, it was finally there. A little plus sign—we’re now three, not a pair.”
Check it out above; everyone else in the world did.
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It was recently announced that the Prince Music Theater, which sadly went bankrupt and closed last November, was given new life thanks to a deal struck by the Philadelphia Film Society. Suddenly the storied venue is planning a slew of events for the coming year, a couple of which will be gay, gay, gay.
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Joggers, roller-bladers and that one woman who skips along the Schuylkill River trail will notice a new sculpture marking their path.
“Air,” a work by Philadelphia sculptor Walker Hancock was erected after a $30,000 renovation. It had been sitting in storage since 1999, when the Civic Center, where it was initially erected, was destroyed. More on its history from Newsworks:
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Just two weeks from the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments about making marriage equality legal nationwide, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has taken to the floor of the U.S. Senate to argue the importance of same-sex marriage to his colleagues.
“We cannot fail now. Love is on the line. Citizenship is on the line,” Booker said on the Senate floor. “We cannot deny the worth of one American without denying the worth dignity and strength of our nation as a whole.”
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A New York street artist is using his craft—along with tons of wheatpaste and a cast of Fat Albert characters—to convince comedian Bill Cosby to respond to the still-rising number of sexual assault allegations that have come out against him.
The artist’s name is FLOOD, and he’s plastered everyone from Dumb Donald and Mushmouth to Fat Albert himself all over the streets of New York holding signs saying things like, “The proof is in the pudding,” and “Hey, hey, hey, Bill, just admit it.”
He’s posted several of the images on his Instagram feed, which you can check out below.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, Gunnar Montana, local dancer, choreographer, and visual artist shares his local crushes. (Cross your fingers, boys.)
Hey, guys. I’m Gunnar Montana. You may have seen my past works including BASEMENT and RESURRECTION ROOM, or my recent online Kitchen Video Series. I’m excited to nominate this handful of gentlemen as my “man crushes” because they are easy on the eyes, and because they all have something valuable and unique to offer the gay community in Philadelphia. I hope to see you all this coming September for my newest FringeArts production! Have fun this summer and be kind to each other. Love, Gunnar Montana.
I’ve yet to meet Mr. Corella, and with his sterling reputation I look forward to the day I do. Along with his rugged handsomeness, I find his career in the arts to be more than admirable. From the American Ballet Theatre to The Royal Ballet to The Kirov Ballet and The New York City Ballet, Angel is respected as one of the greatest male dancers of his time. I believe I can speak for most art-thirsty Philadelphians when I say that we are more than thrilled to have Angel as the new Artistic Director of The Pennsylvania Ballet. I look forward to not only meeting Angel, but to seeing him shake up, wake up, and raise the bar for art in our city.
Currently holding leadership posts with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick is also on my list of handsome fellows to cross paths with in the near future. His reputation precedes him as yet another great addition to the artistic community of Philadelphia. Not only am I thankful to have this French Canadian hunk in our city, I also admire his extensive background and achievements as a conductor and a pianist. Philadelphia is a beautiful place to make art and it’s an honor to have such an accomplished artist literally conducting the musical culture of this city.
Dito Van Reigersberg & Matthew Neenan
In my eyes, these two are clearly “Philadelphia’s Most Beautifully Constructed Artistic Power Couple.” Both radiate an artistic energy that impacts Philadelphia’s art scene on a daily basis. Dito, also known as Martha Graham Cracker, is one of the most unique and genuine performers I’ve seen, and his theatrical genius always leaves me inspired, empowered, somewhat tipsy, and smiling. Matthew commands an audience just as effectively with his renowned choreography. A former dancer in PA Ballet and co-founder of BalletX, his work is progressive, spunky, and playful, bringing yet another dimension to contemporary dance in Philadelphia. I’m not only thankful to have these two as friends, but also admire the connection they have with each other as artists and partners.
Dusty Latimer & Jason Keith Cohen
Successful, accomplished, humble and hunky, Dusty and Jason are beautiful individuals, and share a relationship together that is crush-worthy. As a member of the clinical staff at the Mazzoni Center, Dusty spends his time nursing me through frostbit toes and dance injuries, and helps gay men throughout the city lead happy and healthy lives. His partner, Jason, is equally as passionate and articulate about the law he teaches, as he is about art in our city. I am grateful to have these two not only as friends, but also as huge fans and supporters of my work.
This man is everything! … except gay. That said, there are few things more attractive than a self-made restaurateur and talented chef with tattoo sleeves. From my first bite at his newly opened restaurant Aldine, I realized that George and I share the same sense of creative curiosity. I crush on George for his willingness to push boundaries and constantly experiment with his craft. Not only is he a visionary in the kitchen, George is also a loving husband, doting father figure, and ally to our community.
Crushing on Chris Bartlett is simply a given, and everyone does it. As a matter of fact, when I asked my Facebook friends who they believed was the most influential and empowering person in the gay community, Chris was the clear favorite. His unyielding passion and commitment to helping Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community is more than crush-worthy, it’s simply inspiring. Too bad he’s already met my Mom, he would be the perfect guy to bring home to meet the parents.
Mike has been my biggest man crush and my main squeeze for seven months now. A few weeks after meeting we jumped on a plane for a quick trip to Berlin and have been inseparable every since. He spends his time enriching the musical culture of Philadelphia, as well as my life as an artist. He is self-made, self-taught, and selfless. I’m thankful to have him in my life and look forward to having him on my list of Man Crushes for many Mondays to come.
Submit Your Man Crush Monday!
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.
Doylestown pop-rocker Pink (known around those parts as Alecia Beth Moore) has taken to Twitter to put some folks in their place who decided to take some jabs at her weight on social media.
It all started when she attended a cancer benefit over the weekend, when she noticed some tweets criticizing her figure. Never one to shy away from such things, she Tweeted this empowering message:
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Promising news in New Jersey: This afternoon, a court in New Jersey ruled to uphold a judge’s recent decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy. More from CBS Philly:
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The Late Show With David Letterman is quickly approaching its final show on May 20th, so producers have released the list of guests who will be appearing during the 28-episode stretch.
Among those Letterman—the longest-running late-night show host in television history—will be Upper Darby’s Tina Fey, who will likely be there to chat about her new Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and her voice-over turn in Disney’s Monkey Kingdom, which comes out nationwide this weekend.
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