LGBTQ&A: Nima Etemadi

Nima Etemadi | Photography by Dominic Perri

Nima Etemadi is an award-winning pastry chef and co-owner of Cake Life, a new seasonal bakery in Fishtown. We chat with the winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars about being a successful transgender business owner, culinary life, and making the service industry more inclusive. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: SuperDope House Party

SuperDope House Party is Saturday night at the Sankofa House.

For its return to party house vibes and all-inclusive atmosphere, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is SuperDope House Party: Sankofa Edition. Top summer events producer Stro Kyle is turning this Labor Day/Made in America weekend into “the DOPEST most EPIC SuperDope House Party EVER!” Geared toward celebrating Afro Queer/LatinX Culture, the event is happening outside the Gayborhood and in one of Philly’s most beloved diversity hubs, the Sankofa House. There will be plenty of surprise moments throughout the night as the recent birthdays of two legends are celebrated: the Queen Of Philly Queers, Ms. Icon Ebony-Fierce, and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, at 906 South 49th Street. Door cover is donation-based; outside alcohol is not permitted, and you must be 21+ to attend. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Elicia Gonzales

Elicia Gonzales

Elicia Gonzales is a long-time queer Latinx activist and nonprofit leader in the community. We spoke with the executive director of the Women’s Medical Fund on her new role, advice for GALAEI, and the current state of LGBTQ people of color. Read more »

Trans Worker Says Coffee Shop Fired Them After They Reported Harassment

Function Coffee Labs | Photo by Avante Edmonds

A former employee at South Philly’s Function Coffee Labs says they were terminated after making complaints about harassment on the job from a “transphobic” customer who frequented the shop.

The former employee, who identifies as transgender and prefers they/them pronouns, spoke with Philly Mag exclusively about their experience and requested anonymity because “it is often difficult for transgender people to find employment.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Tiommi Jenae Luckett

Tiommi Jenae Luckett

Tiommi Jenae Luckett is a transgender activist and HIV awareness advocate. We chat with the fearless social justice champion on Arkansas, living with HIV, and confronting Gayborhood racism as a Philly transplant. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party

Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party is at the Trocadero on Thursday.

For its festive celebration of powerhouse drag, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Martha Graham Cracker’s 12th Anniversary Party. Enjoy a night featuring an entertainer who has given audiences “12 years as the world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen.” Following the star-studded bash, the raw unabashed punk performer Christeene will hit the stage. Expect an appearance from DJ Robert Drake. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th, at The Trocadero, located at 1003 Arch Street. TICKETS Read more »

Ricky Peterson, the Forgotten Man of the ICandy Video Controversy, Reacts to Apology

Ricky Peterson

Following the release last week of a video featuring ICandy Nightclub owner Darryl DePiano formally apologizing to a “Ricky Peters” — and the LGBTQ community of color — for calling him a “nigger” in a viral YouTube video that surfaced last year, the actual victim, former ICandy employee Ricky Peterson, speaks to G Philly exclusively on being back in the public eye.

What was your reaction to Darryl DePiano’s apology to you in his video?
I was very shocked and disappointed, for two reasons. First, I was baffled at the way the video seemed so scripted. Second, I didn’t understand why it took him all this time to “apologize” for his wrongdoing. Read more »

Popular Gayborhood Producer Admits “Untimely Payment to Performers”

Josh Schonewolf via Facebook

After Tabu Lounge and Bar announced recently that it was parting ways with well-known Gayborhood events producer Josh Schonewolf, speculation arose on social media that the split had been sparked by his allegedly poor performer payment practices. Schonewolf has now exclusively given G Philly his side of the story.

A staple in the Gayborhood, Schonewolf has produced popular events such as “Mr. Everything,” “Bearlesque,” and “Daddy & Friends” through his promotions company, Josh Schonewolf Presents. Tabu was one of Schonewolf’s recurring venues and became his mainstay after he cut ties with ICandy following its owner’s racial slur controversy in 2016. Read more »

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