Philly State Representative Brian Sims will be honored with DVLF’s 2014 Community HERO Award.
On March 30th, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) will honor six local LGBTers and allies at its eighth annual HEROES event. The affair was created by DVLF to pay tribute to “youth, adults, non-profits, straight-allies & businesses who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity, and are regarded as courageous in advancing the equality of the [region's] LGBTQ community.”
Those being awarded are mega gay rights advocate Mel Heifetz (Lifetime Achievement), Philly State Representative Brian Sims (Community HERO), pro-marriage fighting MontCo Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes (Straight Ally HERO), Donald Jackson (Youth HERO), the City of Brotherly Love Softball League (Non-Profit Organization HERO), and Philly iconic gay bookstore Giovanni’s Room (Business/Corporation HERO).
The awards will be handed out at a brunch on May 30th in the Lafayette Ballroom of the Hotel Monaco. For more information and tickets go to dvlf.org.
A handful of great new gay movies on Netflix instant streaming: (from top left, going clockwise) “Christopher and His Kind,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Beyond the Walls,” and “C.O.G.”
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for all the best new gay movies on Netflix streaming, and I’ve come up with a pretty good list. Notables? Capote, starring the recently deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Looking‘s Jonathan Groff stars in C.O.G., a film based on a short story by gay humorist David Sedaris; and the critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color. Check out the full list below, with trailers, links to streaming pages, and descriptions.
14 best new gay movies on Netflix streaming after the jump
Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov appeared in a New Jersey court this week to settle a disturbing domestic dispute. According to Radar Online, Voronov filed a police report about a month before the Winter Olympic games claiming that Weir bit him. The couple went to court today to ask that the case be dismissed. More:
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Pardon me if I toot our own horn a little, but we just received the exciting news that G Philly is up for a 2014 City Regional Magazine Award (CRMA).
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Outspoken comedian and LGBT icon Rosie O’Donnell is coming to Philly this week to perform a four-night standup gig at Helium Comedy Club. I caught up with her on the telephone to see what the show’s all about, how she’s doing after suffering a heart attack two years ago, and of course I couldn’t let her go without picking her brain about recent pop culture news. Keep reading for her thoughts on Ellen at the Oscars, John Travolta’s “lazy” Adele Dazeem flub, and whether or not those rumors about her taking over for Piers Morgan are true.
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TEDx Philadelphia announced the lineup for its daylong 2014 conference, ‘The New Workshop of the World,’ which “brings together engaging voices from across the city … to examine Philly’s rich past and promising future as a hub of global innovation.”
On the long list of speakers is William Way Community Center Executive Director Christopher Bartlett, who tells me that his discussion will focus on Chinatown and the Gayborhood, talking about the value of cultural districts like these for cities, what it takes to invest in cultural enclaves, and the challenge in maintaining them. ”I believe cultural districts make cities like Philadelphia stronger — and that it takes a political effort by a community to insure the strength and maintenance of its community and culture,” he says.
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Equality Forum 2014 launched this week, unveiling what activities to expect during this year’s week of events (May 1st to May 4th), and who’s being honored at the ritzy International Equality Dinner on May 3rd. Here’s the deal:
Attorney General Kathleen Kane will receive the Distinguished Equality Award during this year’s Equality Forum.
Panels: Equality Forum 2014 will include a National Politics Panel, National Religious Colloquy, International Workplace Panel, National Legal Panel, and Featured Nation Panel, which is TBD.
Featured Nation: Canada gets the prize for featured nation this year, honoring the country’s 10th year of marriage equality. ”It is an opportunity to learn from same-sex marriage experience of our nation’s closest ally,” says Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin.
Honorees: This years honorees includes PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane will receive the Distinguished Equality Award for her refusal to defend Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage; the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Burke family will receive the International Role Model Award for instituting the You Can Play Project, an initiative to make the NHL more inclusive for LGBT players; and TD Bank gets the International Business Leadership Award. Awards will be given out at the International Equality Dinner on May 4th at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Get tickets here.
SundayOUT: returns to the Piazza on May 4th.
The Equality Forum takes place May 1st to May 4th. More information here.
HughE Dillon shares photos from our LGBT Flower Show Party. Thanks to all who came out to support G Philly and the Flower Show. It was a fab affair!
Ryan Eberwine, Michael Flynn, Michael Liddick, and Jerry Mumford
Kelley Mansfield and Nick Pytel
Tom Longo and Bryan Hoffman of Hoffman Design Group, which won honorable mention in the PHS Window & Lobby Display contest this year.
G Philly editor Josh Middleton and PHS President Drew Becher
Paul and Christine Wareikis try some of East Passyunk’s Ms. Goody Cupcakes' spirited treats.
Drew Becher with Celebrity Cruise dames Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland and Cher
Project Runway All-Stars Winner Mondo Guerra being interviewed by Philly Mag Shoppist editor Emily Goulet.
Jim Miller and David Schwartz
John Cucci and Pierce White
Matt Klahre and Vlahos PR's Matt Vlahos
Evan Schapiro and Alexander Kacala
Rose Mayfield, Sandy Toney and Charita Amazola
Edward Odonnell of Samuels and Son Seafood, Lindsay Daniels, Lizzy Afable and Amanda Hagenbuch, all of Luke’s Lobster.
Margie Renzi, Marjilyn Murray, and Gina DeGiovanni
Sergio G. Martinez and Michael O’Flaherty
Patrick Hagerty, Joe Cannella, Steve Gantzos, Douglas Famy, Bryan Eberwine and George Craig, who won a Best Dressed award for his hat.
Sean McKoy and PHL17's Antoine Johnson
The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
Noah Hoffman, Kirsten Griffith and Marty Griffith
The Philadelphia Flower Show is happening now through March 9. More info here.
The Igloo, a healthy and all-natural frozen dessert emporium, opened its doors to its second location, located in the Gayborhood on the corner of 12th and Walnut streets, on March 1, and given the amazing selection of homemade yogurts and gelatos available, this is one place where you won’t mind the chill.
Owner Isaac Parker opened his first Igloo store on Grays Ferry Avenue several years ago. There, he and his team created a carefully curated collection of wholesome, high-quality frozen desserts which became quite popular with Philly locals, especially the homemade frozen Greek yogurt. The new Gayborhood shop, housed in the former Yogorino location next to Starbucks, continues that tradition, but adds a few fresh twists that are unlike other self-serve yogurt franchises throughout the city.
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