Today at 2 p.m., State Representative Brian Sims will host an event in Love Park for the two victims of the September 11th gay-bashing in Center City, and to call for hate crime laws that would protect LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
William Way Community Center‘s IndiGoGo party was everything I hoped it would be. For the first time, the annual fundraiser brought together 11 Philly party producers who put on a hell of a shindig Saturday night at Underground Arts. The affair took up five (Six? I lost count) rooms within the Loft District venue—each featuring DJs, circus performers, go-go dancers, and there was even one where you could get spanked by porn star Colby Keller.
If you’re not already pumped about this event, you should be. Who wouldn’t get excited for a night with an Olympic runner and complimentary massages? If that sounds like a good night to you, head over to Indigo Schuy in Chestnut Hill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th.
On Friday night — at Fire and Ice in Old City — GALAEI hosted its 19th annual Alternative Prom. The event invites LGBT youth and allies for an evening of all-inclusive prom festivities for area youth aged 13 to 21. Young people filtered in—wearing everything from sequined gowns and tuxedos to halter tops and even workout attire—to the welcoming environment, not waiting a second before hitting the dancefloor. (I told you it was better than your prom.)
The sense of acceptance in the air was undeniable. Kids were cheering each other on in dance circles, and compliments were flying left and right: “I love your dress.” “I’m so glad you came.” “Girl, you gotta tell me where you got that wing. I want one just like it!” It was heart-warming, and fabulous, and it brought a tear to my eye just thinking about all the stuffy proms around the world where boys aren’t allowed to wear dresses, or a transgender male can’t run for prom king. GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales explains the history and importance behind the event here:
Check out some more of our photos of the Alternative Prom here.
Over the weekend, Cure Duchenne hosted a fundraiser, Blingo to Cure Duchenne, the Hyatt at Penns Landing. The event generated approximately $173,000 that will go toward finding a cure for a rare muscle-wasting disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys. Guests — including Ed Rendell — showed up in snazzy attire to enjoy hors d’Oeuvres, an open bar, music, and, of course, bingo with a blinged-out twist. Photographer Mike Hirata shares some shots of the evening below.
I spend so much of my time writing about other people’s events (I’m looking at you, Schonewolf!) that I thought I’d take a minute to chatter about one of our own.
I’m excited to announce that G Philly has once again been asked to host the LGBT Party at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Our afternoon soiree takes place opening weekend, so it’ll be a great chance to mingle with the gays and get an early peep of the show, which, this year, is themed “Art-iculture.” Here’s what we have planned for the day:
It’s baaaaack. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s second annual Race to Anyplace indoor cycling spin-a-thon is happening on April 5th. Last year, LLS raised $42,000 for critical blood-cancer research from this event; this year, their goal is $60K.
Here’s how it works: Team members of 12 or more will each complete at least one 15-minute, all-out spinning heat during the six-hour day; individuals can also take part, completing up to two 15-minute segments. Teams will compete—for prizes, of course—to cover as much mileage as they can over the course of the event, while individuals will go head-to-head for best heat time. Winners will be announced after 3 p.m. when the race ends.
Gayborhood paparazzo — and G Philly‘s 2013 pick for Favorite Instgramer — Alexander John shares some shots from last night’s kickoff of Burlesque Battle Royale, a 10-week competition to find Philly’s numero uno burlesque performer.
I love that yoga and acupuncture, together, are becoming a thing here. The two just seem to go so well together (both promote self care, good health, deep relaxation), I’m happy to see that local studios are finding ways to bring them together.
Starting tonight, the Navy Yard’s Nava Yoga Center will host monthly community acupuncture sessions with Owen McPeake, a practitioner from Flat Rock Health in Manayunk and the Vincera Institute. On the second Wednesday of the month, following the studio’s heated Slow Flow class from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., students can stick around (or you can drop in, even if you didn’t take the class) to lie in a comfortable, supported savasana while Owen works his magic. The goal is to help you replenish and restore your energy, something that’s vitally important as we move into a busy holiday season.
I love a good health-and-fitness mash-up event. The latest? Yoga-puncture (that’s yoga and acupuncture, folks) at Mama’s Wellness Joint.
On November 16th, the Washington Square West yoga studio will host a two-hour session focused on detoxing and de-stressing before the holiday season. Philly yoga instructor Liana Cameris will start the workshop by leading a rejuvinating Vinyasa flow. Then, licensed acupuncturist Caroline Grace Ashurst will take over with an aromatherapy-infused ear acupuncture treatment, which helps promote blood flow and detox. Neat, right? Learn more and sign up here. (Click the Workshops tab.)
$45 until November 9th, $55 after; November 16th from 2 to 4 p.m.; Mama’s Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street, Philadelphia.
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