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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Brittany Lynn Does AC, Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014 and More

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Atlantic City is going to get a little gayer this weekend when Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn debuts her new weekly show at Trump Taj Mahal, The Royal BurlesqueThis will be Ms. Lynn’s first time hosting a regular show in AC since Pro Bar closed in November. Since then AC has been regaining some of its gay power, first with the recent opening of a new gay beach, and a string of LGBT events, like Sandblast Weekend, hosted throughout the summer and fall.

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Man Crush Monday: Brittany Lynn Reveals Her 7 Local Crushes

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Philly drag legend — and one of our town’s funniest queens — Brittany Lynn. 



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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

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The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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PHOTOS: Miss Fancy Brigade at 2014 Mummers Parade [UPDATED]

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Miss Fancy Brigade pauses near Broad and Washington. Photo courtesy of Wang Newton.

The Mummers Parade got one of the fiercest kickoffs in its 114-year history yesterday when the Miss Fancy Brigade lined up to sashay down Broad Street. Mother of the pack Brittany Lynn (aka Ian Morrison) stood front and center, flanked by 10 drag queens and — for the first time — kings. Among them were RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Mimi Imfurst, Satine Harlow, Miss Pinklewinkle, Wang Newton and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque founder Lascivious Jane.

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LGBT Brigade Expands for 2014 Year’s Mummers Festivities

At today's press conference. (L-R) Scott Brown, Director of Tourism for the Fancy Brigade Association; Councilman Mark F. Squilla; Dandy Lion; Crystal Electra; Leo Dignam, Mummers Parade Director; Brittany Lynn; Karen Von Say; Mistress M; Bill Burke, Vice President of the Philadelphia Fancy Brigade Association; and Councilman Jim Kenney were all smiles on Tuesday at the Mummers Museum, where the “Miss Fancy” Brigade announced its plans to march up Broad Street once again as part of the 2014 Mummers Parade.

(L-R) Scott Brown, Director of Tourism for the Fancy Brigade Association; Councilman Mark F. Squilla; Dandy Lion; Crystal Electra; Leo Dignam, Mummers Parade Director; Brittany Lynn; Karen Von Say; Mistress M; Bill Burke, Vice President of the Philadelphia Fancy Brigade Association; and Councilman Jim Kenney at today’s press conference announcing the return of Brittany Lynn and her drag brigade.

Last New Year’s Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia made history when they brought drag back to the annual Mummers parade. For the first time since the mid-1980s queens were marching in the lineup down Broad Street and performing in the subsequent Fancy Brigade Finale at the Convention Center. In a press conference today at the Mummers Museum, Lynn – the matriarch of the Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee — announced that she and the ladies will be returning for the 2014 festivities and bringing along a few exciting twists.

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It Happened Last Night: Philly Drag Queens Got Out of Drag

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On Wednesday night, the First Person Arts Festival presented Dear Sir or Madam at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. The evening featured drag queen Martha Graham Cracker* interviewing the male alter egos of drag queens Brittany Lynn and Icon Ebony-Fierce and the twenty-something female alter ego of septuagenarian drag king Stanley Epps. Below, some photos and revelations from the event. Read more »

HEADS UP: Brittany Lynn Will Be on “Snooki & JWOWW” Tonight

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Brittany Lynn (left) and Snooki sneaking selfies during the taping of Snooki & JWOWW.

I know, you’ve had more than enough of Snooki and JWOWW, but tonight, on their MTV reality show, Snooki & JWOWW, a special guest from Philly will give us a whole new reason to tune in. Brittany Lynn joins the gals for the fourth episode of the show, which finds them partying at the recently shuttered Pro Bar in Atlantic City. Back in August, Brittany (aka Ian Morrison) told me that her role in the episode is to show the girls a good time. She lets them try on her dress and boobs, and teaches them how to work it like a drag queen. “They were so cool and fun,” she says.

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ThinkFest’s Drag Queen Panel Stirs Drama [UPDATED]

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On Tuesday, I posted about Philly Mag’s gayest ThinkFest panel, Philly’s Emerging Drag Queen Culture, which will see drag titans Brittany Lynn and Martha Graham Cracker coming together with Bearded Ladies founder John Jarboe to discuss the evolution of Philly’s drag scene. I found it hard to contain my excitement about this first-time pairing between Brittany and Martha, but some of the readers didn’t agree. The post generated a lot of comments from folks none too happy about the three panelists chosen to speak.

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