Just a spoonful of sugar won’t raise the minimum wage in America, so Mary Poppins has packed her carpet bag and is so flying out of here.
The newest satirical sendup from the ever popular website Funny or Die features Kristen Bell embodying the oh-so-practical Disney nanny expounding on why the federal minimum wage needs to be raised by three dollars. According to Mary, “In every job that must be done, you must be paid in more than fun. You get your paycheck and, SNAP, federal and state income tax, medicare, and social security…why, you’re living below the poverty line!” Mary also claims the current system is “supercalifragilisticexpialibullshit.”
The sketch is “practically perfect in every way,” as Mary Poppins often described herself. Julie Andrews would be proud, as would every musical theater queen who watches it!
You can check out the clip below:
Gay Bar: U Bar
There isn’t a dance floor in the whole place, and drag-queen sightings are rare. But that’s exactly what’s so great about the bar formerly known as Uncles. (Well, that and the studly bartenders.) U Bar stands apart from other Gayborhood watering holes as a no-fuss, no-’tude, unpretentious spot to grab a strong drink or two and gab with friends. 1220 Locust Street, Midtown Village, 215-546-6660.
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Former G Philly editor-in-chief and burgeoning local painter Natalie Hope McDonald is in a bit of a pickle this morning. It seems one of her paintings—a 12×12 abstract piece titled We Only Had Silence—was stolen from the William Way’s Homecoming auction. She donated it to the Center’s Homecoming auction in June.
This morning she posted a message on her Facebook wall asking, “if you know someone who has it, or if you know anything about what may have happened, please let me know. And if you do have the piece, please don’t destroy it. I ask that you drop it off at the center—no questions asked.”
If you have leads, you can contact her at email@example.com.
Garden State Equality’s new Executive Director Andrea “Andy” Bowen.
New Jersey’s Equality PA equivalent Garden State Equality (GSE) made history this week when it named Andrea “Andy” Bowen executive director. The position makes Bowen the nation’s first openly transgender executive director of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights.
Bowen comes to GSE from Washington D.C., where she worked as the social policy organizer with the D.C. Trans Coalition, and policy expert for the National Center for Transgender Equality. In these roles she played an integral part in getting key legislation passed for the LGBT community, including a bill that allows transgender people to change their birth certificates and names, and she helped spearhead a movement that ensured D.C. health insurance policies covered many trans-specific health care needs.
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Misty Maven in an ad for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Photo by David Phelps.
It’s been too long since we’ve had a Philadelphia queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but chances are high our dry spell will end next season. I chatted up a blogger from Drag Official at Tabu last night, who has it on good authority that local-bred drag diva Misty Maven (aka Josh Plock) will be on season seven of the show.
It’s hard to verify such things, since all the contestants are sworn to secrecy. There is one tell-tale sign, however: Facebook. Maven’s page might as well have tumbleweeds blowing across it. Besides the occasional “Kween text me,” or “Just dropping by to say I missed you, girl” messages from friends, the queen in question hasn’t posted a thing since March 14th. Her alter ego, Josh Plock, has been silent, too. Maybe she’s just a terrible Facebooker? It’s possible, but my guess is that girl’s busy filming a reality show.
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Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Stimulus Philly Co-Founder Morgan Levine. Miss Levine wears many hats day to day: She is currently completing her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania; working as the project manager for Dubois’ The Ward Oral History Project; and completing her MSW fieldwork with Representative Brian Sims’ office.
My name is Morgan Levine, and these are my picks for Woman Crush Wednesday:
Noe Bunnell is my version of a girl wonder. She's the owner of BONeJOUR in Old City, a budding horticulturist, a talented home chef, and she can fix just about anything. Basically, she's one of the top three people I'd want around if I were ever stranded on a desert island.
Chaska (Precolumbian) is a genderqueer Philadelphia-based DJ who stole my heart when she flawlessly mixed a Disney song with a booty bumpin jam at the height of a Stimulus party. I admire her ferocious originality almost as much as I admire her dedication to positive, inclusive nightlife spaces.
Becky Sell is an all around badass. Seriously, she's a historical preservationist who scales the exterior of buildings for a living. When she's not hanging from perilous heights, she's a Philly Roller Girl, snow boarder, and she recently discovered her love of ice hockey. Swoon!
Hannah Zellman and I don't know each other well, but what I do know makes Hannah a forerunner as one of my Philly social justice #wcw's. Hannah, director of Philadelphia Fight's Institute for Community Justice, works diligently to reduce the number of people in prison living with HIV, and to reduce the lasting effects of mass imprisonment on the communities most affected.
I promised myself I would avoid the usual redo's that are inevitable of the most visible, crush-worthy women in Philly, but I had to make an exception for Elicia Gonzalez. Elicia is the executive director of GALAEI. Sex-Positive Social Justice Advocate. Authentic. Role Model. Fierce Femme. Leader. #WCW.
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Behind all the fun pictures and hot bodies from last weekend’s Sand Blast event in Atlantic City, it appears that not all was quite as peachy as it seemed. There are claims that certain guests were the victims of verbal homophobia. A memo released yesterday by the event’s executive producer, Brad Hurtado, claims that staff at Harrah’s pool were anything but welcoming to gay guests.
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Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash.)
American Horror Story: Freak Show aside, there’s a whole other reason to get excited about TV this fall. The Huffington Post reports that CW Arrow spin-off series The Flash will feature two gay characters. More from out writer/producer (and current boyfriend of soccer star Robbie Rogers) Grant Berlanti:
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Researchers at Temple University say they have “designed a way to permanently rid human cells of HIV-1 in a laboratory setting,” making this the first time any such procedure has been successfully accomplished.
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