Change Philly Today is partnering with LGBT groups from Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia to shine an LGBT spotlight on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. And they’re not merely going to be standing around waving signs or pinning on a button—these folks are spending an entire night in Thomas Paine Plaza to, as organizer Rusty Doll puts it, “show solidarity and bring awareness by experiencing for one night what it is like to be homeless.”
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On Saturday, local gay-owned gym Unite Fitness hosted its first-ever day of working out dedicated to gay men. #GayMenUnite was a free, hour-and-fifteen-minute cross-training workout that included 30 minutes of cardio intervals, 30 minutes of strength training, and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation. Unite Fitness owner Gavin McKay tells me the venture was a huge success, bringing together 40 local gay dudes for bonding, exercising and a boozy post-workout brunch at Penn 6, another gay-owned establishment just around the corner. Participants also donated more than $300 for the Movember Foundation, an initiative fittingly aimed at “changing the face of men’s health.”
So, with all the success, can we expect another #GayMenUnite in the near future? “Lots of guys asked us to do it again, even weekly or monthly so you can be sure there will be another,” says McKay. He even hinted that he may host a #LesbiansUnite, so keep your ears open for that one, too.
McKay shared some photos of the afternoon. Check them out below:
Last night, at a cocktail reception at Le Meridien, the Philadelphia Business Journal (PBJ) revealed its list of 2014’s 25 top LGBT-owned companies in Philadelphia. The list comprises a whole gay gamut of services—from real estate to baked goods to PR firms to workout facilities.
The list is compiled based on a questionnaire PBJ sends to employees, seeking to find out about working conditions, employer relationships, etc … Here are the top score-getters in the region, listed in alphabetical order. Keep these businesses in mind next time you’re in need for a service or even a cupcake:
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Every Friday Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) Executive Director Samantha Giusti introduces you to a local LGBT non-profit in Philadelphia. This week, the LGBT Elder Initiative, an awesome DVLF grantee who works to promote healthy aging among LGBTQ older adults—the pioneers of our movement (and us, one day.)
Heshie Zinman, chair of the LGBT Elder Initiative.
Who are you? Heshie Zinman, chair of the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI). We are a volunteer-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to building bridges between the aging services network and LGBT older adults. We focus on improving awareness of, and access to, the services offered by the aging services network and those available within LGBT communities.
When was LGBTEI founded? LGBTEI was founded in 2010 as a result of the LGBT Elder Survey and a Community Summit on Aging that attracted over 125 people from more than 20 states.
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Netflix’s LGBT instant streaming queue continues to grow, with this list of 21 new queer-centric flicks to hit the streaming service over the past couple of months. The timing’s just right, too, considering we’re approaching that time of year when snuggling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a warm body, and a good gay flick is all you wanna do. No matter what your persuasion, you’ll find a handful of things on this list to keep you nice and toasty over these next few chilly months.
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Brian Sims just may break the gay Internet today with this #ThrowbackThursday post:
New Gayborhood sports bar Boxers PHL has been open for a couple weeks, but owners are ready to make it official with a special grand-opening hoopla on Saturday.
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Bad news if you were heading down to Atlantic City on November 28th to see the much-anticipated Culture Club reunion at Trump Taj Mahal’s Etess Arena. The band just released the following message, announcing that they are canceling all tour dates in the U.S. and U.K for the rest of the year:
It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014.
It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in [Boy] George’s throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation.
George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
“We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the members of Culture Club.