For its civic timeliness and community-building vibe, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is 2017 Transgender HIV Awareness Day. Recognize this significant day of advocacy with a full lineup of tributes, receptions, and live performances. There is a cash bar with snacks, and proceeds from the entire event go to the Philly AIDS Fund. Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Sharron Cooks will give a keynote address and serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th, at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This event is free and open to the public. Read more »
The AIDS Fund recently named the honorees who will be recognized at the 18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser centered on HIV/AIDS emergency services and public awareness efforts. “The huge impact that a small number of people can make is really extraordinary,” AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard told G Philly. “The honorees that have been selected this year have a great deal of passion for the cause, and not only does that raise awareness, but it’s also really important to our mission.” Read more »
December 1st is World AIDS Day, a chance to not only memorialize those who have died from AIDS, but to promote activism, education, and community engagement on all matters related to HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, and this year, Philadelphia-area organizations will offer a host of events that will feature the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the AIDS Fund Traveling Timeline titled “1981 Until It’s Over.” We rounded up local 21 events where guests can view the quilt, the timeline, and, in some cases, both, along with speaking engagements and workshops of how to add a square to the quilt.
Prevention Point Philadelphia: Display of quilt. Now through Sunday, December 13th, 8 pm to 11:30 pm, free, Prevention Point.
William Way Community Center: Display of quilt. Now through Monday, December 7th, various times, free, William Way Community Center.
Siloam Wellness World AIDS Day: Display of quilt. Now through Monday, December 7th, 10 am to 5 pm, free, Siloam Wellness.
No, Martha Stewart won’t be there in the flesh, but I am willing to bet there will be plenty of queens who will don their most fabulous Talbots-styled get-up during the GayBINGO’s “A Very Martha Stewart Christmas” showdown this season, which is one of the many themes that the AIDS Fund will be rolling out throughout the GayBINGO year. Read more »
The award goes to an individual—or in this case a team of folks—who has made significant contributions to the HIV/AIDS or LGBT communities. In a press release, AIDS Fund explains why they chose the WMMR morning show, which has been on the air for 16 years, to receive their prize:
Weekend Roundup: GayBingo! Hosts a Pre-Golden Globes Soiree, a New Poker Day at Boxers PHL, One Final Lipschtick With Pissi Myles and More
This week at Tabu drag queen Ariel Versace hosts Chaos in Wonderland, which, as the name suggests, is an evening of twisted, cross-dressing performances inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The cast includes Satine Harlow, Sutton Fearce and Ladie Geisha.
- At William Way, Martha Graham Cracker hosts an LGBT-themed Quizzo Cabaret to benefit Philly’s Friend Select School’s LGBT scholarship and the Attic Youth Center’s efforts to provide safe-space and community-building opportunities for LGBT youth. More info here.
- Philly Improv Theater is hosting DTF Darryl and Timaree Fun House, a hilarious sex ed/comedy/game show all rolled up in an hour of laughs and education from Dr. Timaree (sex educator) and comedian Darryl Charles, and guest appearances by R. Eric Thomas and Alex Gross. This is a new spin on getting DTF.
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.
Thanks to the Bingo-Verifying Divas, there’s always a dress-to-impress element to Gay BINGO, but that never holds more true than at AIDS Fund‘s annual Black Tie Gay BINGO fundraiser. Set in the beautiful Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, folks will dazzle in tuxes and gowns as they sip cocktails, shout “BINGO!” (if they’re lucky), and enjoy a sit-down dinner. In addition to all the revelry, there will be a silent auction that will go toward AIDS Fund‘s grant program that benefits organizations in the Philadelphia region that provide care to those living with HIV and AIDS. Saturday, April 5th, 6:30 p.m., $150, The Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East.