A host of state LGBT organizations this week have endorsed Philadelphia State Senator Mike Stack‘s run for Lieutenant Governor. Among them is Philly’s Liberty City Democrats (LCDC), Pittsburgh’s Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Philadelphia (GSPC), which released a statement saying Stack, “has a strong organization, strong ties to our community, and has been instrumental to moving bits of progressive legislation through a government largely controlled by people who demonize our community.”
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Sand Blast — what’s referred to as “the largest mid-Atlantic LGBT beach party” — will be moving to Atlantic City after 12 years in Asbury Park. In a press release sent out today, producer Brad Hurtado explained the decision:
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Yesterday Out magazine unveiled its 2014 picks for its annual Power 50 list, a roll call of the LGBT community’s most influential movers and shakers. It included everyone from Ellen Degeneres and Robin Roberts to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Neil Patrick Harris.
Following the big reveal, Out announced the eight folks who almost made the cut, and it includes Philly State Rep. Brian Sims, who’s touted as a “rising star champion of equality legislation for LGBTs and women.” While this may seem like a glorified “honorable mention,” he shares the distinction with a handful of pretty impressive folks, like Janet Mock, it girl Laverne Cox, and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.
Congrats to Sims. Check out the full list here.
A thoughtful roundup of five of the week’s best gay to-dos.
Pussy Division, a group of Philadelphia feminist activists, and local artist collective Vox Populi (VP) are teaming up for an event that piggybacks off VP's current exhibition, "Alien She." Five speakers, including GALAEI's Elicia Gonzales, Faan Mail's Nuala Cabral, and Preeti Pathak of PAVE, will discuss "the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today." Ethel Cee moderates. Wednesday, April 16th, 7 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
This year, Philly's Dumpsta Players' (DP) annual PromTrash fiasco will serve as the penultimate event in this month's Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series. Like always, the group is on the lookout for Philly's trashiest prom queen, but this year things get a Broadway musical twist. Here's a synopsis, told only the way DP can tell it: "Cheery Hell High's drama teacher, Mr. Blob Claymation, is working the kids up into a frenzy as this prom is guaranteed to be an extravaganza. From A Chorus Line to Bye, Bye Birdie the kids promise a show you will not soon forget." Did I mention this was DP's 150th show?! Proceeds will benefit Philly's The Rotunda. Wednesday, April 16th, 10 p.m., $1.99, Bob and Barbara's, 1509 South Street.
Billy Cavallo's #VentureVariety show is seeing a pretty great lineup this week: The Short Bus Sisters (aka Navaya Shay, Satine Harlow, and Cherry Pop), and comedic drag legend Brittany Lynn are all scheduled to perform. If that's not enough to get you there, maybe the fact that Cavallo hosts in his undies will do the trick. Wednesday, April 16th, 11 p.m. Venture Inn, 255 South Camac Street.
Yours truly will be a guest this week on Butch Cordora's weekly LGBT-centric radio show, Straight and Butch, on G-Town Radio. We'll be talking about all things gay Philly in the first hour, then turn our attention to some current pop culture haps. No Kardashian, Knowles or Efron is safe! Should be a fun night. Tune in here at 6 p.m. Thursday. Thursday, April 17th, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., G-Town Radio.
Wild child Ann Artist (pictured), and Pussy Von Weinermuff will the second go-round of Dolphin Tavern's new queer dance party Sissy Hop. DJs Scopitone and Nolita Selector will play a 45 rpm vinyl set showcasing everything from Motown hits to garage to surf. Thursday, April 17th, 10 p.m. Dolphin Tavern, 1539 South Street.
Hungering for more? Check out Philly Mag Ticket’s well-curated list of local events happening now through June.
This week Philly HIV/AIDS nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT released the itinerary for its 20th annual AIDS Education Month (AEM). Held in June, the schedule includes all kinds of parties, panels and workshops geared toward increasing local awareness, and sharing current information about how to prevent and treat HIV.
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Temple media and communications major Michael Busza — who you may also know as creator of the local gay web series One of the Guys — is on a mission before he graduates in May to have a long-overdue LGBT resource center established on Temple’s campus.
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Philly film critic and author of the recently published Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, Gary M. Kramer.
Submit your Man Crush Monday! Here are the rules: (1) You have to name three to five guys you’re crushing on (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
Recent Man Crush Mondays:
Mac’s Tavern co-owner Ben Haney (far right) taking on his next opponent. Philly Vanity Fair editor Michael Callahan (center) makes sure everyone’s following the rules, dammit!
On Friday a slew of Philly beer-loving do-gooders gathered for a friendly Flip Cup Championship that raised funds for both the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event was organized by Penn 6 and Field House rep Tim Adams, who wrote on Facebook that, ”Two-hundred people packed the Upstairs Loft [of Field House] and we were able to write Gay Bowl and MS Society checks rounding up at $2,000 each.” That’s a lot of cup-flipping.
After the jump, some photos of the rowdy occasion from our pal HughE Dillon, and photographer Jenna Herman..
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From The Star Ledger: “A total of 2,955 gay couples were married in New Jersey from Oct. 21, when same-sex weddings began under the orders of a state judge, through the end of March, according to the state health department.”
More of the weekend’s headlines after the jump
Yesterday I told you about a Canadian man visiting Philly who was raped and beaten by a fellow he met on Grindr. Now police have a suspect, and they’re asking for the public’s help in tracking him down. From NBC 10:
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