After thumbing through a record-breaking 746 submissions, the Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the nominees for the 26th annual Lammys. The list, which rewards excellence in LGBT writing in books in 2013, includes two wordsmiths from our neck of the woods.
INTERVIEW: Gossiping With Leslie Jordan
A conversation with America's country bumpkin sweetheart.
6 Things to Do This Week in Gay Philly
Giovanni's Room and Brittany Lynn turn 40 + more.
PHOTOS: HRC Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner
HughE Dillon shares snaps of the snazzy (and handsome!) guests.
My Interview With Rosie O’Donnell
The outspoken star sounds off on Ellen at the Oscars, her health issues and Adele Dazeem.
On Thursday, PhilaMOCA is screening Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies, the coming-of-age tale about four gay choir boys growing up in a church in the South. The film stars Leslie Jordan, the adorable, country-bumpkin dynamo who’s stolen scenes — and our gay hearts — in everything from Sordid Lives and Will & Grace to, most recently, American Horror Story: Coven (AHS), where he held his own alongside the likes of Jessica Lange and Francis Conroy.
QOTA — the monthly queer party on East Passyunk Avenue — turned five this weekend. The occasion was fittingly celebrated at Paradiso, where the first QOTA party kicked off in 2009. Here are some snaps of the event, from event spearhead Kory Aversa.
Looking for more events? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on through May.
I’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.” So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.
Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.” A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.
6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Giovanni’s Room and Brittany Lynn
Turn 40, Sissy Hop Debuts at
Dolphin Tavern and More
In our fall issue, we named Temple’s One of the Guys our favorite local gay web series, but now they’re being recognized on a national stage, too. The Emmy Foundation’s 2014 National College Television Award nominations were just announced, and the series is in the running the Best Series prize.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) held it’s annual Philadelphia Region Gala Dinner on Saturday. Philly native and HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs Tom O’Donnell served as the speaker for the evening, welcoming Philly State Rep. Brian Sims as special guest. Other notable honorees and performers that evening included 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy, who received the 2014 Visibility Award, out country singer Steve Grand, and ’90s pop diva Crystal Waters. The evening began with a cocktail party, and an impressive silent auction featuring everything from dinner at a Stephen Star restaurant to signed footballs and trips abroad. Then guests enjoyed dinner and the program in Millennium Hall, followed by an after-party at Voyeur.
Eighties pop star, gay icon and the karma chameleon himself, Boy George, is coming to Philadelphia‘s TLA on April 18th to promote his latest album, This is What I Do, and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away!
The album is a comeback of sorts for the singer-songwriter, who recently announced he’s on track to beating a longtime drug and alcohol addiction. He’s looking great, sounding fabulous, and the new album — the first all-new studio work since 1995′s Cheapness and Beauty — is getting solid reviews. The Guardian actually called it “the comeback of 2013.”
To win tickets to the show, fill in your name and email in the box below. Each day around 5 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner and email them with info on how to pick up their tickets. Entries get wiped out daily, so be sure to submit every day. You can find details about the show here.
Still reeling from the hype they received being commentators for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, figure skating champs Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers in a sketch where they offer hilarious commentary on everyday skaters at Rockefeller Center. Hilarious.
Every Friday we roundup the best shots from some of Philly’s most celebrated LGBT Instagram hams. This week: shots that are gradually spring-inspiring, plus someone got bitch-slapped on Ash Wednesday.