GIVEAWAY: Win a Pair of Tickets to the Wine and Food Festival [UPDATED]

UPDATE [4/10/2014, 11:15 a.m.]: Well that was fast! We already have a winner for the free tickets, but the promo code is available from now until the event on May 10th. Remember, enter “gphilly15″ for a 15-percent-off discount.

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Philadelphia magazine’s Wine + Food Festival kicks off at the swanky Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on May 10th with an afternoon of Philly-centric nibbles, and samplings of over 600 vinos from around the globe. Because I love you (and I know how much you love your wine) I’ve wrangled a few deals exclusively for G Philly readers.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Elicia Gonzales

Philly ladies share their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday (#wcw). Today, hot-as-a-firecracker GALAEI Executive Director — and our 2013 HERO honoree — Elicia Gonzales. 



Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

Share your Woman Crush Wednesday! Here are the rules: (1) Name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

DJ Carl Michaels Presents:
10 Tracks for Bop-Tastic City Walks

Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.

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Wasn’t winter exhausting?  Sitting inside the house, watching reruns of Real Housewives of wherever, longing for a tropical vacation (Puerto Rico with Nene and Kenya?).  Well, we are here!  Spring is upon us.  It’s time to stretch those legs.  Get out of the house, walk around the city, smile at strangers, walk the dog, sit at an outdoor cafe.

To accompany your spring perusals, here is my boppin’-around-the-city playlist for April. I hope these tracks put an extra spring in your step.  I know they are keeping me moving.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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EQUALITY TODAY: Dept. of Justice Stays Out of Marriage Fight, Major PA Group Backs ENDA, and More

We’re keeping you on your gay-game with this daily rundown of stories pertaining to Pennsylvania’s ongoing fight for equality. 

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MARRIAGE RECOGNITION: Dept. of Justice Stays Out Of PA Gay Marriage Fight

The U.S. Department of Justice … declined to intervene in a suit challenging a Pennsylvania law that bars recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, after DOJ attorneys concluded that the case did not implicate the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The government said that a suit challenging Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban could be decided without the court weighing in on the constitutionality of a provision of DOMA, known as Section 2, that gives states the right to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages carried [out in other states.] —Law 360

ENDA news and a subtle citizen protest after the jump

Photographer Discovers Rare, Fascinating Photos of 1960s Drag Queens

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New York Magazine has a great story this week about a Kansas City artist who stumbled upon a slide carousel of photos from a drag party in the 1960s.

“The first image I looked at was this picture of a man in a kimono that was incredibly colorful — it was just a stunning image to behold,” Heishman told the Cut. “There were family photos, and then I hit this line of images that were all people dressed in drag, predominantly standing in front of this beautiful mosaic outside a bar.” Intrigued, Heishman purchased the slides — for $2. “I didn’t really know what I was purchasing, but I wanted to have time to sit with them a little longer,” he explains.

See more photos after the jump

Get Everything Real Good, Honey:
Divine’s 5 Best Movie Moments

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I Am Divine, the touching, often zany documentary that profiles the life of performer/drag extraordinaire/cult icon and all-around filthiest person alive Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead), played to sold-out audiences at last year’s QFest.  So, to celebrate the film’s DVD release we’re honoring the B-movie queen by highlighting her Top 5 best onscreen moments. If you don’t agree with our choices, to paraphrase the words of Divine character Babs Johnson, you’ll stand convicted of assholism!

Divine’s best onscreen moments after the jump

6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: OurNightOut, Quince’s Latest, Young Friends for Brian Sims and More

Our picks for the week’s best gay to-dos, including a happy hour for Brian Sims, Quince Productions’ latest, and an evening of duets starring two of Philly’s tallest drag queens Martha Graham Cracker and Brittany Lynn. 



Looking for something else? Check out our sister blog Ticket’s roundup of local events through June. 

3 Philadelphians Named to National Trans 100 List

Three local folks have been named to This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans‘s second-annual Trans 100 list, a roll call that celebrates the work and achievements of trans people throughout the U.S.

dionne stallworthFormerly homeless, A. Dionne Stallworth has risen to become one of Philly’s most go-getting activists for people living with mental health issues, the homeless, people of color, and LGBT rights.. She is the founding member of the country’s first transgender political action committee, Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), and is one of the first members of the Philly-based Transgender Health Action Coalition. She also has her hands full working as the resident activities coordinator for Philly’s Project H.O.M.E., an initiative that works to ”empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.” One of her latest projects is Movie Magic With Dionne, a night of film screenings that inspires community, and lots of popcorn-munching. Read a good interview with Miss Stallworth on TransGriot, here.

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MAN CRUSH MONDAY: Michael Callahan

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. 



Recent Man Crush Mondays: 

Want to share 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 jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

PHOTOS: Black-Tie Gay Bingo 2014

The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.

The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.

On Saturday AIDS Fund hosted the 15th annual Black-Tie Gay Bingo, an annual springtime event that raises money for the nonprofit’s mission to provide monetary aid to regional HIV/AIDS organizations. Gays, drag queens, allies and shirtless waiters packed the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a night of cocktail-ing, Bingo-ing, dancing, and mingling. The much-loved Bingo-Verifying Divas did one number, Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” awards were handed out to locals working to bring HIV awareness to Philadelphia, and the whole shebang ended with a fantastic dance party. Check out some photos from local paparazzo HughE Dillon after the jump.

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