Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, photographer Rachelle Lee Smith, who, on October 1st, released her latest book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus, a photographic compilation featuring queer youth and their stories about being LGBT in a modern world. She’s officially launching the book at a reception at William Way on October 10th. More info on that here.
Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:
If at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 10th, you suddenly find yourself surrounded by a singing ensemble of Edith Piafs as you head for the train home, don’t be alarmed. You’re simply being led to a very special performance by queer-centric performance cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) on The Porch at 30th Street Station. Pull up a seat and let that train go by. Trust us, you’ll want to stick around for this.
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Fans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.
This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.
“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”
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Lily McBeth, a transgender activist and substitute school teacher who fought to keep her job in the Ocean City school district after transitioning, died on September 24th at the age of 80. NJ.com has a nice writeup about her legacy:
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Attorneys for Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams, the three suspects in the attack on two gay men in Center City on September 11th, attended a status hearing in court this morning to pick a court date for their preliminary hearing.
The preliminary hearing date was set for December 16th, at which point the case will be brought before a municipal court judge to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the suspects. Attorney for Kevin Harrigan, Josh Scarpello, tells me, “we won’t decide the truth of the matter in that first hearing. It is a probable-cause hearing to establish if the case should go to trial.”
Scarpello confirms that all three defendants have pleaded not guilty.
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Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.
Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Philadelphia’s Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney. The couple planned their wedding for years but secretly hoped that Pennsylvania would change their marriage equality laws so they could tie the knot here; lucky for them, their dream came true.
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Twenty-seven Pennsylvania couples who married in Montgomery County last year are awaiting word on a settlement with the state that would recognize their unions performed when D. Bruce Hanes legalized marriage equality for about a week late last summer.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: prolific local party producer Josh Schonewolf, who’s soon taking his popular Gayborhood singing competition Songbird to New York City for a 14-week run.
My hometown hero. Brian Sims is not only physically handsome, he's always so captivating and a true leader of our community. I find him really inspiring, and always a joy to run into. He's such an important figure in Pennsylvania's LGBTQ community. I am honored to stand behind him. Brian is everything that I like about a man: strong, confident, and easy to talk to.
So excited to be running Philly Beauty Ball with Rick in a few weeks. I love this guy, and he really cares about his community. If there was a Mount Rushmore of Gayborhood people, his smiling face would have a spot for sure.
He hosts a lot of my events, and that's with great pleasure. Eric recently sold out his Gay Fest! one-man-show, Always the Bridesmaid (which returns to Philly October 7th and 12th), and I was zero-percent surprised. I admire him for so many reasons. He is truly a voice that needs to be heard—at all times. And that is why I'm happy to hand over the the mic—whenever I can—to R. Eric Thomas, the Best Host in the Gayborhood.
Tim is going to make some lucky dude very happy one day, as he makes everyone around him very happy just by being Tim Adams. Tim is such a hard worker for our community, and he has become an awesome friend to me, too. Mr. Adams is relatable, hilarious and always the life of the party. The next time he walks into a room, get that man a drink.
Back in the day when I was starting my first weekly event, Ratchet Wednesday, I knew I needed a mind-blowing talent to DJ. Nearly two years later, Javas has become my righthand man. His talent is limitless, and there's no end in sight for our nightlife union. Javas and I are welcoming our brand new child, S.O.S., into the world on November 2nd at Stir.
My true love. I met Danny seven months ago, by bidding on him at a bachelor auction at Woody's. A few Jameson shots later, I made a bid on him. After losing the bid, I ended up meeting Danny later on that evening, and we hit it off so hardcore and organically. Sometimes we just have to accept what life holds in store for us, and Danny and I were meant to be together. He's as beautiful as he is perfect in every way possible. And just seven months in, I am 100 percent sure I found my Happily Ever After.
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Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
Last Five Man Crush Mondays:
Yes, I’m pleased that the three alleged gay-bashing suspects were finally arrested last week (although they are now out on bail). What they are accused of doing to the two gay men literally in my backyard is atrocious. I hope that, come their trial, they are convicted.
With that said, however, I’m super uncomfortable with the way my social-media feed looked this week in reaction to the capturing of the suspects. Read more »