Gay Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Philly

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  • I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    I Promised Myself to Live Faster plays this weekend at FringeArts. | Jason Frank Rothenberg

    Local performance artist Sebastian brings his “part theatre part concert special part social commentary extravaganza” Showbiz to Adobe Cafe. (Friday and Saturday)

  • Don’t miss Pig Iron Theatre Company’s intergalactic gay extravaganza, I Promised Myself to Live Faster, at FringeArts. (Through May 31st)
  • In the vein of the Sisters Sirens, Franky Bradley’s is presenting this week a troupe of drag queens who will perform in the restaurant’s burlesque lounge: Franky’s Foxes!
  • Brittany Lynn, Honey EvilTree and Joey Martini kickoff the quirk-tastic Tongue and Cheek Cabaret at Tabu.
  • Bev is shedding her holier-than-though persona for an evening of comedy that no Christian woman in her right mind would go near, in “See You in Hell.”
  • qFLIX Fridays hosts a screening of Such Good People.
  • Get your gay skate on at Philly’s first outdoor skating rink at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

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SEE THIS: Pig Iron’s I Promised Myself to Live Faster

pig iron I promised myself to live faster

Pig Iron Theatre Company has been at the avant-garde theater game for 20 years. For the first three-quarters of that run, the troupe could barely make a misstep, somehow producing theater that was both weird and experimental but also entertaining and crowd-pleasing. With its last two shows, however, they’ve run into trouble with theater- goers and critics, including Inquirer whiner Toby Zinman, who called them “rubbish” and “a waste,” respectively. So it’s good they’re going more, er, mainstream with their latest: I Promised Myself to Live Faster, an “intergalactic gay extravaganza featuring closeted extraterrestrials, high-stakes pursuits and nuns from outer space.”

But seriously, even Albert Einstein didn’t get the theory of relativity right until the eighth try, and with Pig Iron at the wheel, we’re happy to go along for the gay sci-fi ride, knowing full well that the destination is somewhere we’ve never been before. May 22nd to 31st, FringeArts, 140 North  Columbus Boulevard, Old City.

Major League Lacrosse Players Coming to Philly This Weekend for First Annual Courage Game

Major League lacrosse star Andrew Goldstein with Philly out youth and fellow lacrosse player Braeden.

Major League lacrosse players from around the country are convening in Philadelphia Sunday for the first annual Courage Game, held in conjunction with the NCAA Championship Weekend. The event was co-founded by two-time Dartmouth “All American” Andrew Goldstein and Washington-based coach Nick Welton to “encourage and support gay youth, rebuke bullying and promote wider education and awareness of LGBT equality within the sport of lacrosse.’

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PHOTOS: Penn 6 Anniversary Party Was Quite the Gay Affair

Midtown Village restaurant/cocktail lounge Pennsylvania 6 celebrated 2 years in business on Wednesday evening, with a fete showcasing its signature raw bar, flowing cocktails and live music. Penn 6’s Tim Adams invited a few of his nearest and gayest for a happy hour toast before the festivities began. Attendees included Joshua Durando, who’s soon to leave his post at The Welcoming Committee Philly for a job with the organization in Boston; local community advocates and NSFW Dance Party founders Paul Blore and Marquise Lee; and the Attic Youth Center‘s Alyssa Mutryn, who was there with her fiancé Shay Selden. (Psst: They’re getting married in a very intimate ceremony on Saturday.)

Philly paparazzo HughE Dillon also stopped in before heading to a VIP affair at the soon-to-be-opened Spruce Street Harbor Park. He had is camera with him, naturally, so he took a few shots that I’m sharing today. Enjoy.



Today is National Give OUT Day

Give OUT Day Rainbow Flag

Today, Thursday, May 21st, is Give OUT Day, a national, 24-hour campaign that rallies donors for LGBTQ-specific causes. Samantha Giusti, executive director of local nonprofit-championing Delaware Valley Legacy Fund explains more: “For 24-hours, the LGBTQ community and its allies from across the country will come together to raise critically needed funds to support the diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits including community centers, arts groups, organizers, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more.” Last year, she says, 13,000 people donated to raise more than $1 million for over 500 LGBT causes nationwide.

There’s no denying that there are a plethora of worthy organizations all across the country that deserve our dollars, but, naturally, we’d like to see some of our local organizations rack up some serious cash, too.

By doing a simple search for “Philadelphia” on the Give OUT Day site, I found a handful of statewide non-profits set up to receive donations. Here they are (with links to their giving pages.):

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Gay Sex and the Philly City: It’s Not Me, It’s You

gay couple

I had a therapist about a year ago tell me, “You need to let your hair down when it comes to sex. You need to let loose”

I, quite frankly, took offense to that. I mean, I have been out since I was 16, and if the back seat of my first car (my late grandfather’s white clunker) could talk, well, I’d be labeled a big old whore. (God, the things that happened in the parking lot of the Best Buy store about 20 minutes from my parents’ house …) Yet, my therapist thought I needed to be more playful with the people I dated, or that I needed to show other guys that I could be a fun-loving sexual being.

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Schedule Announced for Gay Beach Party Sand Blast

Shot from last year's Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala

Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala

Event producers Brad Hurtado and Bruce Yelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.

Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled Margaret Cho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.

Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday,  May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

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Lesbian Judge Abbe Fletman Wins Court of Common Pleas Race

Abbe Fletman photo via Facebook

Abbe Fletman photo via Facebook

Democrat Abbe Fletman, an open lesbian, was one of 12 candidates to win her race for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas during Philadelphia’s primary election on Tuesday. She joins fellow winner Chris Mallios as the second openly LGBT person to clench a win. She will now be placed on the ballot for the general election in November, and all signs are pointing to a win. (Since that’s usually how it goes for Dems here.)

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