Weekend Roundup: The Gayest Ways to Spend the First Weekend of Fall

There’s a lot going on this first weekend of fall—from the start of FringeArts to LiCK’s latest Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret to gay night at Six Flags Great Adventure. I round up all the notables below:


Drag performance artist Christeene performs Saturday at the FringeArts building.

Drag performance artist Christeene performs Saturday at the FringeArts building.

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Gay Guide to the 2014 FringeArts Festival

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Two Street by Tribe of Fools: The newest brainchild of the Philadelphia-based Tribe of Fools, the physical theater company has won critics over with its previous Fringe festival hits Heavy Metal Dance Fag and Antihero. The troupe, which consists of Terry Brennan, Zachary Chiero, Tim Popp and Peter Smith, welcomes Peter Andrew Danzig, Isa St. Clair, and Karina Balfour to the group for the FringeArts Festival take on Shakespeare’s classic tale, updated for queer contemporary audiences. More here. September 4-13, The Church of the Crucifixion, 620 South 8th Street. —Bryan Buttler

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15 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week: Remembering Joan Rivers

Our weekly recap of #GayPhilly most double-tappable Instagram hams. Today, a look at how locals remembered gay icon Joan Rivers after she passed away Thursday at the age of 81.

Whitewood vs. Wolf Plaintiffs, Neshaminy High School and Others to Be Honored at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner

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Whitewood family

Though we still have a ways to go, it’s hard to deny that it’s been an amazing year in Pennsylvania when it comes to securing LGBT rights. I mean, hello, we can get married now!

To reflect on this monumental achievement, the ACLU-PA will honor some of those who helped us attain it at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner, happening on October 8th at the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East).

Among the evening’s honorees will be plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit; the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case; and the Neshaminy High School newspaper editorial board members who fought for the right to exclude the word “Redskins,” the name of their school football team, from print because of its racist overtones. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer, who will be honored by the ACLU as an “outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser.” Felzer is also director of development and finance at SeniorLAW Center, and he helps organize the annual Gay Nights at the Phillies.

The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project—and attorney for Edward Snowden—Ben Wizner.

The Bill of Rights Dinner takes place on Wednesday, October 8th, starting at 6 p.m.. Tickets and more information can be found here.


TOY to be Held at Fire & Ice This Year

TOYTo celebrate its eighth anniversary, TOY, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s annual charity gala for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will move from Reading Terminal Market, where it has been held for the past two years, to Fire & Ice in Old City.

I don’t know about you, but I was surprised to hear it was moving. It really seemed like the event was becoming synonymous with RTM, where people would gather after hours to hobnob and bring toys that would be donated to the pediatric HIV/AIDS unit at CHOP. It was fabulous there. Why is it moving?

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Chef Crystal Fox

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Crystal Fox, whom you may recognize from the 2007 season of Chopped. Today Fox whips up mouth-watering Italian cuisine as the executive chef at Giorgio on Pine

Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

PHOTOS: Girls Star Allison Williams Does Boy Drag as Peter Pan

Girls star Allison Williams shared the first photo of herself as the boy who never grows up in NBC’s upcoming production of Peter Pan Live! 

“The transformation begins!,” reads her Instagram photo. (She was a day late for Transformation Tuesday, but whatever.)

She also shared that crew members talked her out of shearing her locks. “I was all ready to cut my hair, then was told by the folks who actually know what they’re doing that a wig works better for everybody.”

Welcome to the world of boy drag!

Peter Pan Live! airs December 4th. So set your alarms for an evening of fun live-tweeting.


Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Dana and Tracey Jones

Dana and Tracey Jones

Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Dana and Tracey Jones, a lesbian couple from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who incorporated their two lovely children in their marriage ceremony.

Names: Dana and Tracey Jones

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 2 years

When did you get married?: October 2, 2010, in Pennsylvania with a ceremony and reception. Then we did it in New York City to make it legally recognized on April 20, 2012.

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