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Philanthropy Friday: Philly Dyke March

Every Friday we introduce you to a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: The Philly Dyke March is an annual rally and march to create a space that celebrates the experiences of self-identified dykes and their allies.

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Philly Dyke March Outreach Committee Chair Kate Hinchey

Who are you? My name is Kate Hinchey. I volunteer as the outreach committee chair for Philly Dyke March (PDM). I work as a development and communications associate at William Way Community Center, PDM’s home!

When was Philly Dyke March founded? In 1998, a small group of dedicated dykes united to organize what has become an 18-year tradition here in Philadelphia. From our founding, the organizers emphasized that the March needed to be inclusive and reflective of the Philly dyke community. Since its founding PDM has been open to anyone who identifies as a dyke. We strive to make dykes of all abilities, ages, genders, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and any other potentially divisive categories and identities feel welcome and create a safe space for them to march with their community.

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How Old Does Microsoft Think These 15 Philly Drag Queens Are?

Microsoft has created the website equivalent to one of those carnival attractions that claims to be able to guess your age and weight. “How Old Do I Look” uses “state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms” to decipher human faces, guess their age, and taunt the gay community for eternity.

Gay Star News gave it a test run (and veered into dangerous territory) using photos of 18 gay icons. The results were a little off-base. The site guessed Christina Aguilera was 48 (14 years older than what it guessed for Cher!), Ellen was 64 (even with all that Cover Girl!?) and Madonna was 27 (it must have confused her with her boyfriends.)

I wanted to tinker with it, too, and I thought “What better way than to use Philly drag queens?!” That couldn’t get me into any trouble at all, right? It’s all fun and games, people, and Microsoft even admits that they’re still working to improve the feature. So without further adieu, Microsoft attempts to guess the ages of some of our most popular drag queens:



Try it out for yourself here.

Magazine Cover Printed With HIV+ Blood to Combat Stigma

A men’s magazine out of Germany called Vangardist has printed the cover of its latest issue with ink infused with HIV-positive blood. The point of their decision is to combat the stigma associated with the disease.

“If you’re holding the ‘infected’ print edition in your hands right now, you’ll get into contact with HIV like never before … It will make you reflect on HIV and you will think differently afterward. Because now the issue is in your hands,” writes Vangardist publisher and CEO Julian Wiehl in a forward to the special edition, the front of which is emblazoned with the words “This magazine has been printed with the blood of HIV+ people.”

Canoe has more:

resize_then_crop_753_422Vangardist printed 3,000 special edition copies with the blood donated by three HIV-positive people, but it assures readers that handling the magazine poses no risk of infection. …

“We believe that as a lifestyle magazine it is our responsibility to address the issues shaping society today,” publisher and CEO Julian Wiehl said in a press release.

“With 80% more confirmed cases of HIV being recorded in 2013 than 10 years previously, and an estimated 50% of HIV cases being detected late due to lack of testing caused by social stigma associated with the virus, this felt like a very relevant issue for us to focus on not just editorially but also from a broader communications standpoint,” Wiehl said.

The blood was donated by a 26-year-old gay man from Berlin, a recently diagnosed heterosexual man who wished to remain anonymous, and a 45-year-old mother who was infected 20 years ago by her then-husband who didn’t tell her he had HIV, CBS reported.

Pretty powerful message. Read the rest of Canoe’s piece here.

Former Philly Artist Pens Grindr Opera

Photo via Facebook.

Erik Ransom | Photo via Facebook.

No, it’s not Verdi, but the plot of GRINDR: The Opera reads like something you’d find staged at Opera Philadelphia or The Met (and we think that iPhones would be allowed throughout the performance). From the synopsis:

We meet GRINDR, a mythical siren from remote antiquity who has been awoken from her millennial slumber by technology. Her power, which is derived from human lust, is exhibited as she manipulates her gay devotees in a soaring soprano…GRINDR: The Opera is entirely sung-through and intended to be staged with a cast of five actors: The four men and the Siren, GRINDR, who is intended to be a masked man in drag.

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WATCH: NJ Woman Channels Flo Rida on Dining Out for Life Rap

A New Jersey woman is channeling Flo Rida in a new parody video in which she raps about why you should take part in tonight’s Dining Out for Life event.

Jade Gasper altered the words to Flo Rida’s “G.D.F.R (Goin’ Down For Real),” spitting rhymes like “Ordered just one app? You should have ordered five! / Get a few entrees but leave lots of room for pie.”

Check out the video above, and see her in person tonight a Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in South Jersey, where she’ll be bopping from table to table asking for donations—and making sure you order dessert.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser where restaurants in the region donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. See a full list of participating restaurants here.

Big Gay Ice Cream Opening As Early As Friday [UPDATED]

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UPDATE [5/1/2015, 4:59 pm]: Big Gay Ice Cream opened a day earlier than we expected. They threw open the doors last night, on Thursday, April 30th. Here, a shot of the Big Gay Ice Cream crew, with owners Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint.

ORIGINAL: Philly food writer Michael Klein stopped in to Philly’s Big Gay Ice Cream location this week, and he projects the New York-based treat shop could be open as early as Friday, May 1st. According to the board in the photo they sent, the shop will offer up everything from shakes to sundaes to specialty cones with sassy names like Salty Pimp, the Bea Arthur and American Gloss. It’s located near the intersection of Broad and South streets.

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Stonewall Boots Player Who Sexually Harassed Female Teammate

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The very gist of Philly LGBT athletics league Stonewall Sports is all about fun and games, but organizers drew a serious line in the sand this week when a handsy player took the shenanigans too far.

A Stonewall member who wishes to remain anonymous tells me that a male participant sexually harassed a female teammate at Tabu this weekend, when folks from the league gathered to celebrate Sunday’s opening day. The man in question has been booted from the team, which, as Stonewall’s board of directors explain in an email sent out to league members  yesterday afternoon, is the first time that’s happened in the Philly league’s existence:

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