Are Pa. Judges Refusing to Do Same-Sex Marriages?

A new database suggests a number of Pennsylvania judges have stopped performing civil marriage ceremonies since same-sex marriage was legalized in the state last year.

The news comes as the nation watches Kentucky, where a county clerk, Kim Davis, refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay people, saying to do so would violate her conscience. Is the same thing happening here?

“While judges are not statutorily obligated to perform weddings, many of them do,” PennLive reports. “But starting last summer, after same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, a number of district judges stopped performing marriage ceremonies.” Read more »

Opera Philadelphia Has Found Its Queer Beard

John Jarboe

John Jarboe

“I bought some nail polish, so if you’re stressed, you can do your hands and do your toes.”

This is what Opera Philadelphia‘s newest director said to his cast before a tech rehearsal. He’s dressed in camouflage cargo shorts, green sneakers, and a silver and white iridescent sparkly tank top. He indeed took his own advice: His nails were painted and very glittery.

This doesn’t sound like the typical director that a major opera company would hire to mount the start of their season, but one might argue that Opera Philadelphia isn’t typical. John Jarboe is the nail polish-donning man at the helm of the company’s first show of the year, ANDY: A Popera, based loosely on the life of Andy Warhol.

Now, that’s gay.

The artistic director of the popular avant-garde queer cabaret cohort, The Bearded Ladies, Jarboe makes no qualms what he thinks about those patrons who might not be thrilled with Opera Philadelphia’s choice of staging a new opera in a warehouse in the middle of Northern Liberties. Read more »

Here’s the Thing About People Like Kim Davis

The video still that made Kim Davis famous.

The video still that made Kim Davis famous.

People like Kim Davis aren’t going away. Not yet, anyway.

But, there are things we can and should be doing to prevent them from hurting the LGBT community.

Sure, people like Kim Davis seem utterly and completely ridiculous, and that’s why they’re getting the attention they are: They hold a bygone worldview that is slipping away, a little at a time, although not fast enough for many of us. Read more »

Tangle Movement Arts Tackles Romance, Conflict, Urban Space and Recycling in The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct

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Think kinetic cityscapes, suspended ropes, trapeze duets, climbing silk curtains to clean cobwebs and an all-female ensemble of gender-bending, non-conforming performers. That is what you will get with Tangle Movement Arts new work “The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct” premiering on September 10, 2015 at the Philadelphia Soundstages in Northern Liberties.

Tangle Movement Arts is known for its edgy performances, sparking discussion around gender roles and challenging societal rules and expectations around love, relationships and identity. The company’s new work “The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct” will not disappoint and as a bonus, patrons will walk away with a little lesson on recycling, too. Can you recycle a used pizza box? The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. The show will tackle being environmentally responsible by offering the audience snippets of not so well known facts about daily recycling while staying true to the company’s art form of feminist circus art.  Read more »

25 Gay Things to Do in Philly This September

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

Madonna is headed to the City of Brotherly Love this month. Photo via Shutterstock.

The Pope who? There’s a lot more going on in Philadelphia this September besides a visit from the Vatican. We rounded up 25 LGBT events, shows, and minglers that will keep you busy during back to school season.

Faced with Discrimination Photobooth: Equality Pennsylvania is teaming up with the William Way Community Center for this free event where guests can take a picture and describe why discrimination is a problem that isn’t just theoretical. Thursday, September 3rd, 11 am, free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

Sharon Needles: The RuPaul icon “with the look of a cover model and the soul of a shoe” will be at Kung Fu Necktie for a one-nigh only show, featuring the Haus of Ham and The Homophones. Thursday, September 3rd, 7 pm, $20-50, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street

FringeArts Festival 2015: There’s so many queer performances at this year’s FringeArts Fest that we’d be here all day if we listed all of them: everything from You Are the Hero to Not For Profit to Growing Into My Beard. In short, there’s something for everyone. Opens Thursday, September 3rd, various times, prices, and locations
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William Way Community Center Offering LGBT Alternative to Papal Visit

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The William Way LGBT Community Center is offering a series of alternative programming during the upcoming World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit in hopes to appeal to those in the LGBTQ community that may feel alienated or unwelcome during the plethora of Catholic activities that are taking place in Philadelphia.

The “Celebration of Inclusive Family” will take place September 25 through the 26 and will feature performances, art exhibits, and services available to anyone who wishes to take part in them. Read more »

Ellen DeGeneres Teams Up With Gap to “Empower Girls Everywhere”

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You may have seen Ellen DeGeneres’ face in the window of the Gap on Walnut Street and wondered what that was all about. Well, the popular television celebrity has teamed up with the clothing store to introduce a line of girls’ clothing that aims to “empower girls everywhere.”

The line, called “Girl,” is described as “a collaboration dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans, build forts or paint rainbows, or everything in-between. We encourage girls everywhere to take pride in what makes them unique.” What a refreshing notion, right? I love the video below of Ellen interviewing a young skateboarding posse wearing the collection:

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RuPaw’s Drag Race Is Better Than a Million Cat Videos

From Instagram: @rupaws_drag_race

From Instagram: @rupaws_drag_race

Sometimes I trip upon things on the interwebs that are utterly brilliant: This is one of them.

Even if you are not a religious follower of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll still get a total kick out of this funny-as-heck Instagram account that turns poor innocent cats into drag queens. What’s it called? Well, @RuPaws_Drag_Race, of course, which features “handmade kitty queen couture.” Whatever. I just call it hysterical.

I pulled some of my favorite cat transformations below, and I’m pretty sure no kitties were harmed in the process. You can check out the entire account by clicking here. Read more »

Gay Places to Escape During the Pope’s Philadelphia Visit

A scene from 'The King and I" at Lincoln Center.

A scene from ‘The King and I” at Lincoln Center.

Chances are, if you live in the Philadelphia region, you are debating about whether to hunker down during the upcoming Papal visit (with a ton of liquor, I’m sure) or escape town. If you’re leaning towards the second option, we’ve come up with three gay-friendly destinations within a moderate distance of Philly that would make for an ideal getaway without a lot of hassle. Be warned: Plan your travel accordingly, and check out our Philly Mag Citified report on the “official” word on road closures within the region.

For The Performing Artist In You: There’s nothing like an early Fall weekend at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the one-stop shop for just about every kind of performance you’d desire. During the weekend that the Pope is invading Philly, you can catch the gorgeous Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, a whole host of shows at the Metropolitan Opera (Il Trovatore with Anna Netrebko on Friday, Anna Bolena and Turandot on Saturday), a Ray Charles tribute with Bryan Carter, and free exhibits featuring performance portraits. For eats, we recommend The Smith, which is literally smack dab in the center of the Center, and Center Bar, just a few blocks way at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Read more »

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