Democratic mayoral candidate JimKenney joined the Liberty City LGBT Democrats (LCLD) last night on a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. During the third stop, at piano bar TavernonCamac, he stepped up to the stage to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the pianist.
The song was first recorded by BingCrosby in 1936, and later covered by everyone from BillieHoliday and DinahWashington to FrankSinatra. How do you think Kenney did? I’m told it took some convincing to get him up there, but he really picks it up during the chorus—encouraged, no doubt, by the crowd shouting things like, “You better work!”
Check out the video above, sent by LCLD’s StephanieHaynes. And below, photos of other LCLD-endorsed candidates who joined the crawl, like openly gay City Council hopefuls PaulSteinke and SherrieCohen.
State Representative Brian Sims with Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke at Woody's.
Steinke with guests at Icandy.
Out judicial candidate Chris Mallios with Rep. Sims and his husband Bill at Tavern on Camac.
Sherrie Cohen with judicial candidate Dan Sulman at Tavern on Camac.
Judge Abbe Fletman (far right), another endorsed candidate, at Icandy.
The late John Patrick Stanton was called “the father of Philadelphia’s pro-life movement” by LifeSiteNews.com and the “pro-life movement’s leading light” by Catholic Philly. He lead radical anti-abortion protests outside the Planned Parenthood location at 12th and Locust for years. His protests were often so disruptive that he was arrested. Now, the PA House is attempting to pass a resolution to honor Mr. Stanton as a “humanitarian, activist and founder of the pro life movement in this Commonwealth,” despite information distributed to members of a House committee alleging that he was violent and homophobic toward to patients, community members, and Representative Brian Sims. Read more »
A contingent of Philadelphia LGBT advocates and business leaders attended a press conference this afternoon to announce their official endorsement for openly gay City Council At-Large candidate Paul Steinke.
Among the most notable endorsers was State Representative Brian Sims, who told the crowd that Steinke “has devoted his entire career to making Philadelphia a better city in which to live, work, play and visit. His proven leadership has produced real results, whether it’s from his time at University City District, Center City District, or the Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphians need results-focused leaders like Paul to address the enormous challenges they face.”
Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is stopping by Woody’s this evening for a fundraiser and to chat about his vision for the future of Philly.
A rep from Kenney’s office says that his stop in the Gayborhood is part of his pledge to travel to every neighborhood and community in Philadelphia throughout the course of his campaign. The candidate is also a longtime supporter or LGBT rights in Philly, helping pass 2013’s LGBT Equality Bill and last fall’s LGBT-specific hate-crime bill during his time as city councilman.
Tonight’s event starts at 6 pm. With temperatures expected to be in the high 50s—and given Kenney’s outgoing, off-the-cuff personality—I’m guessing Woody’s will open its front windows to throw a big ol’ festive affair. Tickets are pricey, though, at $100 a pop.
If you’re looking to meet Kenney in a more laidback (read: cheaper) atmosphere, he will be at William Way this Friday at 10:30 am to speak at a free event with Brian Sims and other LGBT leaders.
After a little over two years as State Representative Brian Sims’s deputy chief of staff, Anna Aagenes is moving on to a new gig that will find her working for LGBT people in sports.
Starting March 23rd, the Penn grad will step into the role of vice president of operations for You Can Play Project, a nonprofit that works to promote LGBTQ inclusivity in sporting leagues across the nation. There, among other things, she tells me her duties will run the gamut from general management of programs and developing partnerships with leagues and media to spearheading athletic conferences. One of her most important missions, however, is partnering with organizations to secure more female athlete involvement and helping to expand initiatives to make sure female leagues and female athletes get the spotlight they deserve.
Anyone who follows State Representative Brian Sims on Facebook is sure to have gotten occasional peeks into his Washington Square West abode, a second-floor apartment that’s now in store for a new tenant as Sims recently decided to leave in favor of “a place with no stairs for my dog.” (Awwww!)
A few hours ago Star Trek legend and super out advocate George Takei tweeted something that looked awfully familiar:
Yep, that’s our very own State Representative Brian Sims. But that’s not where the funny stops. The link actually goes to a Queerty Astroglide advertorial that features “Ten Most Eligible Bachelors Who Will Inspire You To Stick To Those New Year’s Resolutions.”
Awkwardly, the first paragraph is about lube and self-pleasure:
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, one of Philly’s most unique, head-scratching drag queens: Pretty Girl, who brings an unusual amount of puss to a list dedicated to local man crushes.
Hi guys its me, Pretty Girl! As some of you know, I like to share some of my #prettygirltips to everyone in the public who needs pretty. Some of my fave tips are nails, dive bars, Ikea dinners, Taco Bell after Ikea dinners and poppers. Here is my list of the dudes in Philly that really swoop me off my feet.
Rick came into my life last year. He is like really strong and his tail is, too. He eats anything in sight. Rick likes to open the fridge, and in the past has eaten 1/4 of a pecan pie, a quart of pumpkin eggnog and even a loaf of bread. He's a real sly guy and that's why I love him.
PD is Rick's significant other. Even though they have two cat beds they still stack up on each other in one. PD is a nervous one and is often seen running away from the ghosts he sees. His little nervous bald spots on his belly from licking too much makes him, well, special.
Erie is PD's Ex. He is like Rick but add 25 pounds. Erie likes to eat, sleep and breathe heavy. He also likes to run and slam into closed doors if he knows there is food on the other side. He's also had a stuffed animal duck since he was a baby that he carries from room to room.
Uncle titi is a jerk. He is a little abusive and it shows in his face. He is an old man stuck in a forever-kitten body. I actually do not have a crush on this dude but he is cute.
Denzel is lacking a voice box so the only way I know he's meowing is when he opens his mouth. He also is a total bottom, because when he's fighting with his companion, Carmelo, he just lays on his back and uses his hind legs to fight.
As a total trailblazer and pioneer in Philadelphia and LGBTQ politics, it's no wonder Brian Sims is on my list. He is an adorable politician who you can tell is for the people—unlike the rest. He is super strong and just recently scaled to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. He used Philadelphia skyscrapers to practice for the climb. I thought that was really cute.