Which Philly RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party is Best For You?

Only a week away from the premiere of the seventh season RuPaul’s Drag Race, and local gay bars are coming out of the woodworks announcing weekly viewing parties. The Gayborhood has been playing host to these types of parties for several years, but this year’s options seem to be especially prolific. Which one better suits you? We’ve put together a guide to sashay you in the right direction.

If You Always Root for the Comedy Queen

10888698_10155241710505344_7892173342251948343_nJosh Schonewolf’s weekly event at Victoria Freehouse will suit you for two reasons: It’s located outside the Gayborhood (because you’re such an outsider), and it’s hosted by two of the city’s funniest drag divas, Bev and Aurora Whorealis. Schonewolf will be bartending while the queens banter and perform during commercial breaks. The debut event features special guest star Sutton Fearce. Mondays, 8:30 pm, free, Victoria Freehouse, 10 South Front Street. 

If You Want to Watch With Future Drag Race Contestants

I’m gonna catch some flack for this, but Satine Harlow is made for Drag Race. If she’d turn in that application, she’d be in line to be one of the series’ best villains. She and her big-boobed pal Navaya Shay will be hosting a viewing party every Monday at Woody’s, with drink specials and puh-lenty of T and shade.  Mondays, 9 pm, free, Woody’s, 202 South 13th Street. 

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight: The Legends

In collaboration with Philly Black Pride, we celebrate Black History Month with a weekly spotlight on local LGBT African Americans who are moving and shaking things up. Today, seven extraordinary individuals whose history contributes to the blueprint of today’s LGBTQ community in Philadelphia.



This year’s Philly Black Pride takes place April 22-26. More information on the itinerary of events here.

Temple Grad and Big Brother Star Cody Calafiore Does Underwear Spread in Gay Magazine

Cody Calafiore, the Temple alum and runner-up of Big Brother 16, is baring almost all in a new spread in Winq, a publication billed as a “luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.” The 24-year-old former Temple Owls soccer player is no stranger to underwear modeling. He did this smoking-hot video for Grip Athletic before his stint on Big Brother, and in Winq he more than proves he’s still got the goods. Check out the steamy shots below:



Wendy Ho and Mimi Imfurst to Headline OUT at Borgata Party

Wendy Ho

Wendy Ho

Several weeks ago, we reported on a brand new LGBT initiative that Atlantic City’s Borgata is rolling out, including a series of concerts, travel packages, and parties featuring entertainers like Kathy Griffin and Lady Gaga. Now, Borgata Nightlife announced that the OUT at Borgata kick-off party on March 13th will be hosted by none other than rapper/comedian Wendy Ho, with DJ Mimi (AKA Mimi Imfurst) spinning beats all night long. Read more »

PHOTOS: Lots of Hotties Braved the Cold for OurNightOut at Brü Craft & Wurst



Last night at Brü Craft and Wurst on Chestnut Street, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its wildly successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer, and boy was it packed. Sources tell me more than 250 folks came out in the cold to mingle, drink some suds and try some of the Bavarian-inspired grub Brü is known for.

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New Studies Show PrEP “Extraordinarily Effective” in HIV Prevention

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The Human Rights Campaign is speaking out about early results of two new studies that show using Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is “proving extraordinarily effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV.”

Findings for the studies were released at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. The first, called The PROUD Study, “assesses the effect the use of PrEP has on the frequency with which men have sex, how often they use condoms, and whether they contract other sexually-transmitted infections.” The other, called the IPERGAY Study “examines whether Truvada is still effective as a preventative when taken “on demand,” which is defined as taking the pill two to 24 hours before sexual intercourse and again after, as opposed to daily.” The results:

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Researchers Say Same-Sex Couples May Soon Be Able to Produce Biological Children Together

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Well this is a game-changer if I ever heard one: Scientists say that same-sex couples may soon be able to produce biological children together.

Researchers at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science say they have discovered a way to “create human egg and sperm cells from the stem cells in the skin of two adults.” Which means, for instance, an egg can be created from the stem cells of two men, and sperm cells can be created from the stem cells of two women. Queerty has more:

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Top LGBT Civil Rights Organizations in Philadelphia

aclulACLU of Pennsylvania

P.O. Box 40008
215-592-1513, aclupa.org
ACLU of Pennsylvania works to secure total rights for LGBT people by working to defend and expand the individual rights and personal freedoms afforded to us all by the state and federal constitutions and the Bill of Rights.

Bread & Roses Community Fund

1315 Walnut Street
215-731-1107, breadrosesfund.org
Bread & Roses provides grants and technical assistance to communities in the Philadelphia region that are taking collective action to bring about racial and economic justice. Bread and Roses Fund offer scholarships for Philadelphia LGBT students, giving young minds the opportunity to expand their education.

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IBA Looking for Next LGBT Business Award Recipient

Last year's winners, Roger Halman (second from left) and Vincent Whittacre (far right) of The Gold Standard.  | Photo by HughE Dillon

Last year’s winners, Roger Halman (second from left) and Vincent Whittacre (far right) of The Gold Standard. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Heads up, queer entrepreneurs. Philly’s Independence Business Alliance (IBA) is on the lookout for a recipient to receive its fifth-annual LGBT Business Award, and folks only have until April 13th to apply.

The big news this year, is that the grant, which is awarded to a local LGBT business, has increased from the usual $5,000 to $10,000. Qualifying hopefuls should be able to present “a well-defined plan for growth, including innovation, sustainability, and ongoing contribution to the community.” Besides that, nominees must also be:

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