LGBTQ&A: Rashad Corey

Rashad Corey

Rashad Corey

Rashad Corey is a fashion entrepreneur and sexual abuse prevention activist. We got to chat with the Philly transplant on how he is using his advocacy to revamp his upcoming Stomp the Runway event this Saturday.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Baltimore native who moved to Philly in 2008 to study fashion at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I was the president of the Fashion Organization at the Art Institute. I began my fashion career by working for BET’s 106 & Park as an assistant stylist. While interning in NYC, I landed a second internship for Oscar de la Renta, their bridal collection, as a team member of the backstage staff. This all culminated in my love to bring fashion and awareness for a greater purpose, to inspire others through the arts. This allowed me to work with multiple local celebrities as a stylist and make numerous television appearances to promote my brand, the “I Survived” T-shirt campaign. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: SuperDope House Party

SuperDope is on Saturday, August 20th at Tabu.

SuperDope is on Saturday, August 20th, at Tabu.

For its eclectic taste in diverse music genres and its ambition in turning such passion into one big Gayborhood showstopper, SuperDope House Party is this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week. “I am so excited to bring SuperDope House Party back into the scene,” said event producer Stro Kyle. “This event represents everything I stand for — being all-inclusive, judgement-free, celebrating of queer rebel lives, and bringing to the forefront those who feel left in the shadow of mainstream Philly LGBTQ culture.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Diner en Blanc’s Fernando Valle

Fernando Valle

Fernando Valle

Fernando Valle is a long-time supporter of Philadelphia’s Diner en Blanc, the popular annual all-white popup dinner party. We chatted with him about the LGBTQ history of the event and what to expect this Thursday.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role with Diner en Blanc.
I’m originally from Mexico City and have been enjoying Philly since moving here in 2011. This year, I am one of the group leaders for Diner en Blanc. I have six amazing table leaders, and all together we are responsible in assisting 150 of the 5,000 guests who will attend the fifth edition of DEB in Philly. The table leaders ensure their group knows where to meet and what to bring. They also answer many questions. I was a table leader last year. Read more »

OPINION: Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs Should Seriously Address the Gayborhood’s Racial Insensitivity

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

A little more than a year ago I first shared publicly my experience of dealing with racial insensitivity in the Gayborhood. After that, I took the conversation national, telling the rest of the world that diversity issues do exist within our LGBTQ scene and that it’s time to address it. I soon realized that I wasn’t alone — other prominent members of the community also had notable thoughts on the issue.

At one point, things looked promising. There was a town hall last fall — spearheaded by Philly Black Pride after a summer of heated discussions and a petition I started calling for the Gayborhood to diversify — that included members and leaders of the community sharing their own uncomfortable experiences at Gayborhood bars. Unfortunately, no bar owners actually attended the event to hear what some patrons had to say about their alleged institutionalized racist practices, but they later pledged to event organizers to improve their efforts. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Kiehl’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR

7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR! this Friday, during the company's 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research.

7th-Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR!, the company’s 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research, concludes in Philly on Friday.

This week’s inaugural LGBTQ event of the week nod goes to Kiehl’s for bringing motorcycles, community, cosmetics, and celebrities together for an important cause. The company’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR event is wrapping up an “11-day multi-state, charitable motorcycle ride throughout the Northeast that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.” During the event, the organization Philadelphia FIGHT will receive a $5,000 donation for their efforts in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the city. Read more »

GayFest! Kicks Off This Week

GayFest! returns August 12-27, 2016.

GayFest! returns August 12-27, 2016.

Starting Friday, Quince Productions will be putting on the sixth-annual GayFest!, a festival of LGBTQ theater, at Studio X and the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake. This year, the event will showcase four Philadelphia premieres as main-stage productions and include the New York-based dance company the Bang Group as a returning favorite. But beyond a growing lineup of 30 scheduled performances, the subject matter is evolving too.

“I think sometimes people think ‘Well, you got marriage, you’re home free,’” says Rich Rubin, Quince’s producing artistic director. “I think they forget there are still challenges facing the community, so it’s important not only for people like that young man to see his life on stage, but for the non-LGBT community — and we get quite a few at GayFest — to see some of the questions and challenges and dilemmas still faced.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Rue Landau

Rue Landau, Esq.

Rue Landau

Rue Landau has been the executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC) for the past eight years. We got to catch up with the out and proud lesbian about her work to increase LGBTQ visibility in the city and what it will take to make our community more inclusive. Read more »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Boys of Summer have a full line-up of events happening throughout the weekend.

The Boys of Summer have a full lineup of events happening throughout the weekend.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Bears of Summer
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Bear, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Bears want in on the action too as they help kick off the Boys of Summer weekend with a happy hour filled with drink specials, hairy men, and those all those who love them. TICKETS Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Jamarcus Henderson Bares It All With Man at Arms

Jamarcus Henderson on the cover art of "Man at Arms."

Jamarcus Henderson

Most debut pop albums strive to give you a promising introduction. But then there are those unique few that just dive right into your consciousness naturally. In his debut, Man at Arms, Jamarcus Henderson, 23, has absolutely produced the latter. Its 11 tracks reflect an emotional vagabond seeking a destination that’s self-determined. The vulnerabilities expressed in this record, the kind that can take most established artists three to four records to get to, signal that Henderson has no time to wait. Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: VP Joe Biden Makes the First Wedding He Officiates a Gay One

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

The vice president officiated at a gay wedding outside his residence on Monday.

Joe Biden presided over the same-sex union of White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, on Monday. As this was the first time Biden had ever performed such a ceremony, he had to get a special temporary certification in D.C. to make it legal. Biden, a longtime proponent of same-sex marriage, is said to have been instrumental in President Obama’s decision to back gay marriage during their 2012 re-election campaign. Read more »

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