PHOTOS: Our Night Out at The Shambles at Headhouse

There’s a reason why Our Night Out was named our “Best Gay Night Out” for 2015: The crowd who showed up to Wednesday’s event at South Street’s Shambles at Headhouse had to be pretty committed to mingle, given the absurdly high temperatures outside. It looks like everyone adapted well, wearing short-sleeves (or tank tops) and enjoying the cool sips offered by Brauhaus Schmitz. The evening’s festivities benefitted Philly AIDS Thrift, who was on hand with information about their new HIV Testing Center. If you’re bummed you missed this month’s event, sign up now for the August 6th Our Night Out at Morgan’s Pier.

Some Reasons Behind Philly’s STI Problem

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The headlines have been screaming: Philly has a STD/STI problem (more on the difference between both abbreviations later). But why?

The chatter has always been present amongst the community, but headlines from The Advocate and our own Citified blog have brought the discussion to the forefront. The catalyst? A “app” that essentially lets users see “how bad the STDs”are  in a given city. Montgomery, Alabama is the top city, which isn’t a surprise: At a conference I attended earlier in the spring, I sat through a sobering presentation on maternal mortality rates, and tales of the lack of health care access in several Southern states were deeply disturbing.

But Philly is a major metropolitan area. How did the City of Brotherly Love (no puns intended) rank in the top four most concentrated STI areas in the country? Read more »

PHOTOS: GayFest 2015 Preview

The play about killer lesbian secretaries is right up my alley!

This year’s GayFest, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ theater festival, is presenting a wide assortment of theatrical delights for all tastes. We previewed the 2015 line-up back in June of this year, and hot off the presses are some great production shots of the four main stage productions.

We also have some scoop on the August 7th opening night party, which will feature food from Cosi, Tria, and Cake and the Beanstalk. There will also be a series of prizes including a subscription to the Wilma Theater’s 2015-16 season, tickets at Theatre Exile and InterAct Theatre Company, admissions to Longwood Gardens and the National Constitution Center, a tour for 6 of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s private collections, gift cards at Tria, Cake and the Beanstalk, ICandy, and Tavern on Camac, free printing of 500 business cards, plus a male and female haircut from Charlie Salon.

For more information on the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit the Quince Productions webpage.

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