Is This the Tackiest Gayborhood Holiday Party EVER?

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Any party being promoted as “The Gayborhood’s Tackiest Holiday Affair” promises to be one thing: really good.

That’s exactly what The Bronzed Bee, the airbrush tanning and waxing boutique located on Rittenhouse Square, is aiming for when they invade U BAR for a one-night-only event aptly titled “My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party.” The evening, which takes place on Wednesday, December 10 from 6-8PM, is a party for a purpose: guests are asked to bring a toy to benefit Toys For Tots. In exchange, you’ll be able to enjoy the tawdriest affair around. Read more »

News From Philadelphia FIGHT: World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Y-HEP Staffer Named to POZ 100 List

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There’s a double dose of exciting news coming out of Philadelphia FIGHT, the comprehensive AIDS service organization that provides a variety of healthcare and educational services throughout our region.

To start, they’ll be hosting the World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast this Monday, December 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 237 S. Broad Street. The ceremony, which features Bishop Ernest McNear, starts at 8 AM. Philadelphia FIGHT describes the event as follows:

“People of faith and faith-based organizations have been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, by engaging in practical health care, social and emotional support, pastoral care and advocacy with and for those living with the virus, to eliminate stigma and discrimination and to promote access to treatment for all those living with HIV. Each year on World AIDS Day (December 1st), Philadelphia’s faith community comes together at the Prayer Breakfast to lift up hope and healing for those who are living with HIV/AIDS. At the event, over 250 people will remember those who have passed and those who are still with us and also recommit to standing with our sisters and brothers in faith, in activism, in reducing stigma, and in enduring love.”

Members of the Philadelphia FIGHT Gospel Choir and the VOICES of Philadelphia FIGHT Choral Ensemble will perform uplifting numbers throughout the breakfast.

Antonio Boone

Antonio Boone

Also in FIGHT news, Antonio Boone, a staffer at FIGHT’s Y-Hep youth program, has been named to the fifth annual POZ 100 list,

which celebrates youth empowerment. Boone, who was diagnosed with HIV as a junior in college, has become a major local youth advocate in the fight against HIV, with a focus on education and advocacy.

For more information on the World AIDS Day Breakfast, or for information on Philadelphia FIGHT’s other work, visit their website.

WATCH THIS: Alec Baldwin Gets Schooled on Grindr and Scruff

Alec Baldwin and couple Toby and Brian on Alec Baldwin's Love Ride.

Alec Baldwin and couple Toby and Brian on Alec Baldwin’s Love Ride.

Let’s face it: Alec Baldwin hasn’t had the most glorious reputation within the gay community, especially after his rather grotesque homophobic Twitter rant back in 2013. However, on his new web series titled Alec Baldwin’s Love Ride, he recently provided some half-ass relationship advice to a rather adorable gay couple, and got schooled on the differences between Grindr and Scruff. Read more »

Will 1316 Walnut Street Be Denise Cohen’s New Lesbian Bar?

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Over the summer, we reported on what appeared to be failed plans for Denise Cohen, the former manager of now-shuttered Sisters Nightclub, to open a new lesbian bar. Her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds didn’t work out as planned, as she netted a mere 15% of her targeted goal.

However, G Philly has obtained a copy of an application for a liquor license at 1316 Walnut Street, at the old Hokkaido restaurant. The name on the license is none other than Denise Cohen’s.

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Rachelle Lee Smith, Artist Behind Speaking OUT, on Displaying Queer Art on Broad Street

Rachelle Lee Smith

Rachelle Lee Smith

Chances are, you’ve seen Rachelle Lee Smith‘s work: you just haven’t realized it is hers.

If you’ve walked by the now abandoned Robbinson Luggage store on the corner of Broad and Walnut over the last few months, you’ve surely taken note of the plethora of pictures of LGBTQ youth in the windows. This pop-up project, which is part of Smith’s Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, has brought her photography quite a bit of local attention. The aim of Smith’s photoessay is to, according to her, “open up minds, humanize the people who fall under the LGBTQ (and the list goes on) spectrum, and create empathy.” Read more »

PHOTOS: Stimulus Black and White Party at Voyeur

The biggest Stimulus event of the whole year was held Friday 11/20/14 with over 800 sexy, hot ladies packing the Black and White Party at Voyeur and dancing to the tunes of DJ Jovi Baby. It was also the birthday party for Stimulus producers Morgan Levine and Amber Hikes. We captured some of the hottest moments of the party below.



Man Crush Monday: Russell Odom

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, we feature Russell Oden, a self-proclaimed Philadelphia lover and QVC stylist.



Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

Michael Sam on Coming Out Before the NFL Draft: “If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did.”

A preview of the GQ cover featuring Michael Sam.

A preview of the GQ cover featuring Michael Sam.

Out athlete Michael Sam graces the cover of the GQ “Men of the Year” issue, out on newsstands nationwide November 25, where he gives a candid interview about his childhood, his coming out, and all of that horrible locker room reporting. We have a preview of some of the more poignant moments of Sam’s interview with GQ writer Andrew Corsello. Read more »

PHOTOS: QOTA Under the Trees at Urban Jungle

QOTA, a monthly happy hour on East Passyunk Avenue for our LGBT neighbors, friends and allies, held their November event at Urban Jungle last Thursday. Guests were treated to an early holiday wonderland, plus plenty of decorating ideas, snacks, and sips to keep the evening moving. We captured some of the best moments, thanks to the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.



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