Why is There a Union Rat Outside Boxers?

A union rat outside of the future Boxers on Walnut Street.

A union rat outside of the future Boxers on Walnut Street.

It’s not the iconic mutt you’d expect to see outside Philly’s newest gay bar, Boxers, but a giant, inflated Union rat that’s inhabited the sidewalk on Walnut Street over the last two days. Members of Local 19, the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, have picketed the home of the future bar, claiming that the owners have used non-union contractors on the construction of the site.

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Man Crush Monday: Billy Cavallo

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Billy Cavallo, bartender, student, and reigning Most Original Stoli Guy. You can see him passing off his local title this week, when five guys compete to represent Philadelphia in the national competition. Details here.

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

BIGOT WATCH: PA High School Principal Cancels Spamalot Over “Homosexual Themes”


Opponents of marriage equality may not have much luck nixing same-sex marriage in our state, but, according to some recently revealed emails, they can keep it from playing out on stage.

Keystone Progress uncovered a series of emails that reveal South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School Principal Jesse Smith cancelled a production of Spamalot at his school because it contained “homosexual themes.” More from Towelroad:

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DATE NIGHT: Wine Classes and Cruises at Old City’s Pinot Boutique

Pinot Boutique in Old City.

Pinot Boutique in Old City.

“When the founding fathers weren’t planning the American Revolution, they were drinking,” says Dan Soskin, owner of Pinot Boutique in Old City. As a matter of fact, he continues, it was safer to drink liquor than water at that time. I was treated to this and a host of other wine and spirit-centric anecdotes when I met Soskin at Pinot, where offers a plethora of wine tastings, wine classes, and even wine cruises (!)—all of which would make for a perfect date night with your sweetie.

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WATCH: Drone Offers Stunning Overhead Look at P-Town 2014

Videographer David Cox stuck an HD camera on a drone and let it coast over and around P-Town. The footage is quite stunning, featuring the coast, and lots of parties, like a tea-dance, and last week’s Comic Book Carnival Parade.

The footage serves two purposes: For those like me who haven’t been to P-Town, it’s the ultimate kick in the pants to start making plans for next year. For regulars who missed it this year … well, you’re probably kicking yourself in the pants that you missed it. Check out the video above.

Source: Instinct

Philadelphia Rose of Tralee Reveals She’s Gay

Last week it was reported that Philadelphia’s Maria Walsh took the crown in the 55th annual Irish international beauty pageant Rose of Tralee. The pageant crowns young women of Irish descent from around the world.

This week Walsh is making headlines again by coming out of the closet to a reporter from The Irish Sun, saying, “I’m confident in who I am as a person. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women’s intelligence, careers, their volunteer work.”

She went on to give a very logical explanation when asked why it took her this long to come out. “The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal. It’s natural.”

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22 #GayPhilly Dîner en Blanc Photos You Should See This Week

Last night nearly 3,500 piled onto the Avenue of the Arts for the third go-round of Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that LGBTers made up a pretty hefty chunk of that population, donning their whitest threads for a gay evening of dining, dancing, and picture-posing.

HughE Dillon was kind enough to share some shots of the #GayPhilly crowd who came out last night, plus I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from Instagram. Check them out in the slideshow below.

PHOTOS: Paper Dresses Work the Runway at Tabu

Last night Tabu played host to the Paper Dress Competition, a contest (that was not presented by Josh Schonewolf, oddly enough) that benefitted locally based cancer- and HIV-fighting organization City of Hope.

The event was similar to one of those unconventional challenges on Project Runway. Contestants were tasked to create two looks—formal wear and “fun wear”— out of any kind of paper material. Then they paraded the looks up and down a makeshift runway in front of a panel of judges that included HughE Dillon. Of course HughE wouldn’t be HughE if his camera wasn’t in tow, so he whipped it out and took some photos of the evening. Check them out in the slideshow below.


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