In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Fittingly, we end our monthlong series of highlighting local black, gay icons with a literal Icon: Drag artist and rapper Icon Ebony-Fierce. Ms. Ebony-Fierce has been featured numerous times on G Philly. We love her as a game-changing local drag queen with a, well, fierce, social-political mission to promote individuality and equality. One of her most impressive moves, if you ask us, is organizing the Freak Boutique, a party that benefits a different non-profit each month by generating funds through drink sales. She also hosts the monthly, all-inclusive Neon GNDRFCK Ball for the ”afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” inside all of us.
Two years ago today the world lost a superstar when Whitney Houston died, and the LGBT community lost a veritable gay icon. Today, we pay tribute to the diva the best way we know how: With a roundup of drag queens performing some of her greatest hits. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
I found some gems while gathering the clips, including RuPaul’s Drag Race diva Morgan McMichaels taking on Whitney’s mammoth hit “I Will Always Love you,” Moltyn Decadence’s slaying performance of “I’m Every Woman,” and a vintage local video of Philly’s Mimi Imfurst, Cherry Pop, Brenda Dharling and others doing “The Greatest Love Of All” at the now defunct Q-Lounge.
9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party
Philly drag queen Bev may tout herself as the holier-than-thou “Gayborhood God Warrior,” but when that gal gets to complaining, Lord, you’d believe she was possessed by the Devil himself. To be fair, she has a lot to bitch about — namely just pulling a disappointing second-place win in Drag Wars — so Tabu has invited the queen to host her very own evening of comedy, burlesque and other “bitchy surprises” in “Bev’s Bitchfest: The Bitch is Back.”
Garrett Matthew — photographer to the Gayborhood drag queen community stars — recently released a sexy shot from a photo session he did with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Manila Luzon when she was in town for “Battle of the Seasons” earlier this month. The provocative pic shows Luzon cradling shirtless local model Billy Cavallo‘s head in her hands, while Cody Allen — also sans shirt — lounges dreamily on top of them.
I was surprised Matthew only revealed one photo from the shoot, which I know must have been good for at least a thousand images. So I asked him if he’d share any behind-the-scenes shots on G Philly. Check out the two he sent me below, each with a little back story from Matthew.