Frank Kameny to Be Inducted Into U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor

Kameny in 2009. | Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

Kameny in 2009. | Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news surrounding this summer’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the LGBT civil rights movement, you’ve heard Frank Kameny‘s name. He, along with Barbara Gittings and other activists, organized the first Annual Reminder—which has been recognized as the nation’s first LGBT civil rights protest—outside Independence Hall in 1965.

During Pride month, the U.S. Department of Labor will honor his efforts to promote equality and end discrimination in the workforce by inducting him into its Hall of Honor. The tribute is shared by only a handful of people, including Edward M. Kennedy, Frances Perkins, Bayard Rustin, and Dolores Huerta, “who have made life-changing contributions in the field of labor, elevating working conditions, wages, and the overall quality of life of America’s working families.”

A press release from the U.S. Department of Labor details Kameny’s contributions:

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Philly Ranked Sixth Most LGBT-Friendly City in the Country

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

In anticipation of Pride month, consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has pulled together a variety of statistics and data to come up with their third annual list of America’s most LGBT-friendly cities. To get their results, they collected data from recent Gallup polls on LGBT population, FBI hate crime statistics, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index, and HRC rankings on hospitals leading the way in LGBT health care equality.

After everything was tallied and crunched, Philadelphia found itself at No. 6 on the list, just behind Baltimore and ahead of Seattle and Salt Lake City. The top 10 are represented in this nifty infographic:


Philadelphia scored particularly high in the municipal equality index part, with a score of 116. That number, NerdWallet says, tied San Francisco for the highest in its study. “Philadelphia scored high for its nondiscrimination and relationship recognition policies, LGBT services and relationship with the community.” More on their Philadelphia findings:

In the Philadelphia metro area, nearly 4% of the population identifies as LGBT. The FBI didn’t receive any reports of hate crimes related to gender identity or sexual orientation in the city for 2013. Philadelphia also tied for the highest score in the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index. In Philadelphia, the heart of LGBT nightlife is centered in what is nicknamed “The Gayborhood.” This year, Philadelphia is marking the 50th anniversary of the LGBT civil rights movement with a four-day celebration beginning July 2. The city is home to several civil rights, advocacy and LGBT youth organizations including the Bread & Roses Community Fund, the Spruce Foundation and the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI).

What do you think? Did we get a fair score? Explore more data from the study, which details Philly and other cities, here.

Teyana Taylor to Headline Philly FIGHT’s Hip Hop for Philly Concert

Local AIDS-fighting nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT announced today that Harlem-born songstress Teyana Taylor will perform at the third annual Hip Hop for Philly concert on June 27th at the Trocadero Theater. The concert is free and open to youth aged 13 to 24 who receive a free HIV test at a handful of participating agencies (see those below).

Taylor just released her first studio album, VII, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart last November. She is signed to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label, and was featured on his recent single “Dark Fantasy.” You may also recognize her from her roles in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy FamilyOther acts scheduled to perform at the concert include dance troupe Project Positive, and rapper E-Hos.

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11 Most Realistic Gay Sex Scenes in the Movies and TV


The erotic paint scene from J’ai Tué Ma Mère. See the clip below.

Back in 2013, we published “8 Most Realistic Gay Sex Scenes in the Movies,” but times have changed and there have been plenty other gay sex scenes that have graced both the big and small screens. We rounded up 11 that will surely get it a little hot in here, including scenes starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper. But it’s not all about the steam factor. These are the scenes we feel get it right, because we deserve realistic sex scenes in our movies, too, dammit. With that being said: These are all NSFW, so play at your own risk.

Aleksandr’s Price

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An Orgasm a Day Keeps the Prostate Cancer Away

man in bed

A new study out of Harvard proves what horn dogs have been trying to tell us for years: orgasming doesn’t only feel good—it can make you live longer, too!

The study reveals that men who ejaculate more often during their lifetime—about 21 times a month—have a 22 percent lower risk of getting prostate cancer.

There’s some heft behind the results, too: There were 32,000 males in good health involved in the study over the course of 18 years, which makes it the largest scientific study to date on male ejaculation. To get the results, subjects chronicled and shared their monthly ejaculation practices—from masturbation to full-on sex—between the ages of 20 and 29, and 40 and 49.

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16 Best Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week

South Philly hip-hop group El Malito performs Wednesday at MilkBoy. Check out their pro-LGBT video, "The Pissed Off Angry Voice of Losers," here.

South Philly hip-hop group El Malito performs Wednesday at MilkBoy. Check out their pro-LGBT video, “The Pissed Off Angry Voice of Losers,” here.

Wednesday, May 27

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Gay Sex and the Philly City: Don’t Take Me to a Gay Bar on a Date

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Nothing says “boner killer” like going to U Bar on a first date.

I’ve been asked to go on first dates at gay bars in Philly more times than I’d care to admit. Usually, my gut reaction is utter disgust: There are like 2,519 other places in this city where you can wine and dine me (and I’ve suggested half of them in text messages), yet you insist that Venture Inn is the perfect spot to kindle romantic feelings. Are you out of your goddamned mind?

Then I go. Usually because I’m scared I’m going to end up as that bitter, single old queen in the corner of Knock, drinking a whiskey. And usually, every single occasion ends in disaster. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with these establishments, but they aren’t the best places to get to know someone, and it sure as hell isn’t cute that you’re grabbing a guy’s ass at Tavern who just sang an off-key rendition of “Defying Gravity” from Wicked when you should have been grabbing mine. That’s not a date. Read more »

Gay Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philly


  • I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    Local performance artist Sebastian brings his “part theatre part concert special part social commentary extravaganza” Showbiz to Adobe Cafe. (Friday and Saturday)

  • Don’t miss Pig Iron Theatre Company’s intergalactic gay extravaganza, I Promised Myself to Live Faster, at FringeArts. (Through May 31st)
  • In the vein of the Sisters Sirens, Franky Bradley’s is presenting this week a troupe of drag queens who will perform in the restaurant’s burlesque lounge: Franky’s Foxes!
  • Brittany Lynn, Honey EvilTree and Joey Martini kickoff the quirk-tastic Tongue and Cheek Cabaret at Tabu.
  • Bev is shedding her holier-than-though persona for an evening of comedy that no Christian woman in her right mind would go near, in “See You in Hell.”
  • qFLIX Fridays hosts a screening of Such Good People.
  • Get your gay skate on at Philly’s first outdoor skating rink at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

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SEE THIS: Pig Iron’s I Promised Myself to Live Faster

pig iron I promised myself to live faster

Pig Iron Theatre Company has been at the avant-garde theater game for 20 years. For the first three-quarters of that run, the troupe could barely make a misstep, somehow producing theater that was both weird and experimental but also entertaining and crowd-pleasing. With its last two shows, however, they’ve run into trouble with theater- goers and critics, including Inquirer whiner Toby Zinman, who called them “rubbish” and “a waste,” respectively. So it’s good they’re going more, er, mainstream with their latest: I Promised Myself to Live Faster, an “intergalactic gay extravaganza featuring closeted extraterrestrials, high-stakes pursuits and nuns from outer space.”

But seriously, even Albert Einstein didn’t get the theory of relativity right until the eighth try, and with Pig Iron at the wheel, we’re happy to go along for the gay sci-fi ride, knowing full well that the destination is somewhere we’ve never been before. May 22nd to 31st, FringeArts, 140 North  Columbus Boulevard, Old City.

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