11 Gay Things to Do This Week
Guerrilla Queer Bar in University City, two new shows from Mimi Imfurst and more.
Win Tickets to See Kiesza and Betty Who
Coming to TLA in May.
Our Chat With Michael Urie
Dishing career and pop culture with the Ugly Betty star.
PHOTOS: Our Big Gay Flower Show Party
Complete with zany costumes and the one and only Pam Grier.
This year’s Wing Bowl seemed to stir up a particularly hefty amount of criticism, mostly concerning its objectification of women. This didn’t escape Alexander Kacala, socialite, a former contributor to G Philly and, full disclosure, a personal friend of mine. So he decided to do something to turn the whole thing on its head: compete in 2016 as his long-retired drag persona Tammy Faymous.
“I think we can all agree that the annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia reeks of misogyny and homophobia,” he tells me. “So I took to social media to tell people I would compete as Tammy, and it was well received.” But then he thought he’d take it a step further: “Why not bring a bunch of drag queens together for a good cause and have them do what they do best, eat.”
His idea evolved into Wigs & Wings, where drag queens sponsored by Gayborhood businesses will pull up to a table and stuff their faces with chicken wings to raise funds for the William Way Community Center and MANNA, a local nonprofit that works to feed people in Philadelphia with life-debilitating diseases such as HIV and cancer.
In a budget address this afternoon that laid out his priorities for the coming legislative session, Governor Tom Wolf took time to mention the LGBT community, calling for laws that would protect us from being fired from our jobs, or kicked out of housing and places of business just for being gay.
Michael Urie had just graduated Juilliard when he was offered a starring role in Brian Sloan‘s new play, WTC View, which chronicled the life of a young gay man named Eric living in New York City in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks. It was 2003, only two years after the towers fell. To say the play was a risk is an understatement. Yet, Urie not only took on the part in the play, but also in the 2005 movie adaptation of Sloan’s work.
“It was interesting,” Urie told me as we chatted about his role in the play-turned-film. “It was a beautiful way to revisit those weeks after 9/11 because the play is a microcosm of New York in late-September 2001. The city became very much a city of familiarity. Normally, in New York, people don’t talk to strangers, and, if you have to, you deal with people, but people aren’t outgoing or friendly without a need to be. But in those weeks after 9/11, people became protective of each other. In New York specifically, everyone was talking about the same thing. We became a closer-knit group.” Read more »
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, something a little different: About Face Skin Care co-owner Becky Fenlin shares five of her favorite local gay man crushes.
Last Five Man Crush Mondays:
Pornhub—the world’s No. 1 free porn site—has compiled more of its data to enlighten us with our daily dose of NSFW statistics. What is this information we have gleaned? According to research, Pennsylvanians prefer the term “cock” when referring to “everyone’s favorite organ.” They came up with the data according to what words folks were using when they were searching porn on the site, and “cock” actually wins out in most of the country. More from Pornhub:
The heat map below indicates that America primarily loves cock. Here at Pornhub HQ, it’s been argued that depending whether you’re in the heat of the moment or telling a joke, one’s use of ‘dick’ and ‘cock’ may change. In other words, context is everything. Seemingly when porn searches are involved though, cock reigns supreme. Of the 50 states, an overwhelming 37 choose ‘cock’ first when perusing pornhub for some dong-centric content.
Despite the fact that ice was falling from the sky, more than 200 revelers came out yesterday for our fifth annual LGBT Party at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The afternoon kicked off with opening remarks from openly gay Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President Drew Becher. Our special guest, film legend Pam Grier, was there as an ambassador for Dining Out for Life. She was presented with an award from Subaru for her dedication to the gay community, particularly her work to bring an end to HIV/AIDS.
I got to sit down for a Q&A with her, where, despite some unfortunate technical difficulties, we chatted about her involvement for Dining Out for Life, and her next film project—a film adaptation of her 2010 memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.
The rest of the afternoon was spent catching up with friends, and eating and drinking from our fab lineup of food and drink vendors. Our good buddy HughE Dillon was there to snap some photos, which you can see below while hitting a few of the highlights in the captions.
If you missed out, the Philadelphia Flower Show is running now through March 8th. More information can be found here.
See shots from last year’s party here. Man, how time flies.
The set, which took place in the space formerly known as Sisters, comprised a whole range of well-known pop tunes—from a couple Beatles numbers to Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” The real showstoppers, though, were ambitious renditions of Aretha Fraklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” She nailed ‘em both. Her voice was in perfect form that night—soulful, strong and unwavering, even after two-and-a-half hours of hard singing. Her diva status continues to rise.
Don’t worry, queens. The fall didn’t phase her. The queen of pop is hitting the roads this summer for a 35-city Rebel Heart tour of North America—and she’s coming to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on September 24th.
Tickets will begin going on sale on Monday, March 9th (March 3rd if you’re an “Icon Member”). And, as her promoter, Live Nation, points out, each ticket purchased online will include a digital copy of the super deluxe version of Rebel Heart, which I’m going out on a limb and calling her best album since Confessions On a Dancefloor. You can find ticket information on Madonna’s website, and I’ve got her full list of North American tour dates below.