PHOTOS: Exciting Announcements Made at Last Night’s IBA and OPAL Mixer

Last evening, members of the greater Philadelphia LGBT chamber of commerce, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), teamed up with the Out Philadelphia Athletic League (OPAL) to host their monthly mixer at Field House. Along with valuable networking opportunities for LGBT professionals and their allies, the night also brought several big announcements.

Jeff Sotland, who serves as board chair at the William Way Center, told the crowd that Braeden Lange, the young Pennsylvania lacrosse player who was recently featured on ESPN, and his parents will receive a special award at the upcoming William Way Indigo Ball on October 10. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Executive Director Samantha Giusti shared that her organization is offering the IBA a scholarship for a LGBT student who is studying business and will match funds up to $15,000. OPAL also announced that they will be teaming up with the You Can Play Project to provide grassroots support for LGBT athletes in the Philadelphia area.

We were on hand to capture the guests at the event, and stay tuned for information about other future IBA mixers on G Philly.

PHOTOS: Gays and Allies Flipping Cups and Raising Coins at Field House

On Friday night, beer-chugging revelers gathered at Field House for a good ol’ fashioned flip-cup championship to raise funds for National Multiple Sclerosis Society and gay-run theater company Mazeppa Productions. Co-organizer and Chatterblast co-founder Matthew Ray tells me that at least 300 people showed up to play (45 teams) and watch, and that $10,000 was raised. That’s about $4,000 more than was raised at last year’s inaugural event.

Paparazzo with the most-o, HughE Dillon was there to capture all the drunken shenanigans. Check out the pics below.

DO THIS: 2nd Annual — and Very Gay — Charity Flip Cup Tournament

Testy scene from last year's Flip Cup Tournament. | Photo by HughE Dillon

Testy scene from last year’s Flip Cup Tournament. | Photo by HughE Dillon

A gaggle of Philly gays (and some allies) will channel their inner frat boy for the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s second annual Flip Cup Tournament. The event — a fundraiser for both organizations and gay-run theater company Mazeppa Productions — calls on different teams to play everyone’s favorite college drinking game in the attempt to be crowned Philly’s next Flip Cup champion.

“The MS Society has long traditions of doing innovative and out-of-the-box fundraisers, and the gang at Gay Bowl wanted something unique that seemed kinda sporty,” Chatterblast founder Matthew Ray says, explaining the thinking behind the tournament. He, along with Field House and Gay Bowl rep Tim Adams, helped organize the event. “We gays haven’t always embraced our ‘frat-tastic’ side,'” he says, “but over the last few years I have participated in more and more drinking games at homo parties. So it seemed like something cuckoo that might be fun.”

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PHOTOS: A Gay Old Time at the Pink Pub Crawl 2014

As if Thanksgiving Eve doesn’t produce enough madness, Nightlife Gay went and booked *NSYNC legend and kinda-sorta gay icon Lance Bass for its annual Pink Pub Crawl. And sure, Lance wasn’t around for much more than an eye-lash bat and a “Hi…Bye,” but it was more than enough to throw a sea of gays (and a few blood-pressure-heightened groupies) into full-on Swoon Mode.

Oh, and Brittany Lynn showed up with inflatable breasts.

See the night in photos below:

Drink, Write and Paint

red-umbrellaTuesday, September 9th is shaping up to be an evening reserved for getting your drink on and dipping into your inner artìst. Be careful not to get too tipsy though, or you might end up sending some embarrassing mail.

PubLetters, the awesome (and free) idea that has been happening at Doobies recently, is coming to The Standard Tap starting September 9th. PubLetters runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and supplies you with all the essentials–stationery, stamps, and the inspiration to have a drink and write someone a letter. The Tap will also be hosting PubLetters September 16th, 23rd and 30th. Drink specials will be plentiful and provides a great excuse to unplug for the night.

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Lou Cutler Wins Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2014

lou cutler mr gay philadelphiaLGBT Philly history was made last night when Lou Cutler, 33, was crowned the very first transgender Mr. Gay Philadelphia. He took the crown and sash in the wee hours of the morning at a competition at Field House hosted by local party promoters Bruce Yelk and Josh Schonewolf.

After his win, I pulled Cutler aside to ask what being the first trans winner means to him.

“It means a lot to me. … It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes. … But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”

Fourteen contestants showed up to compete for the prize, showing their stuff in a casual and swimsuit round, then answering a series of questions from judges. Besides looking dapper in both clothing rounds, Cutler stood out for his positive, fun-loving personality. He didn’t blink an eye in the Q&A round when he was asked one of the sillier questions out of the bunch: “How big is [host] Brittany Lynn’s penis?” (The answer? As big as you want it to be.)

Other winners of the night included Mr. 12th Street Gym, Felipe Carrillo, who won the second place prize, and Billy Cavallo, the reigning Most Original Stoli Guy, rounded out the top three. Cutler also took home the prize for Best Body, and Robert Touchton won Mr. Congeniality.

Congrats to Cutler, and all his competitors. It was a great night.


Kegs, Kapes, and Wizards, Oh My!


Have you ever wondered what event involves beer pong, capes, and wizards? Well wonder no more. In celebration of Wizard World coming to the Convention Center, Field House is throwing a Kegs and Kapes party on Friday, June 20th at 7 pm.

The event will be full of taps from DuClaw Brewing Company, beer pong tournaments and costume contests. So be sure to bring your A game (whether you’re playing pong or putting on a cape) and be ready to get down and nerdy.

The event is hosted by Ming Chen, from the Comic Book Men podcast, and special guest Mike Zapcic.

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Yards Collaboration Beers Hit the Streets, the Pier and the Pitch

SOB_Tap_Sticker_AlePageYards Brewing is on an exclusive beer kick. Last week they debuted Sons of Ben Rowdy Style Ale. A beer dedicated to Philadelphia Union’s supporters club. And over at Morgan’s Pier, they’ve just begun pouring Yards Petty’s Island Ale, a nitro cream ale brewed for the outdoor bar with summer-day drinking in mind.

And tomorrow, City Tap House is debuting their exclusive Yards Brewing collaboration, Just Off Walnut. This beer is a Belgian Brown Ale brewed with a De Koninck yeast strain, leaving a fruity nose and spicy crisp finish. City Tap House managing partner Andy Farrell and Yards brewmaster Tim Roberts went back in forth in creating an accessible beer that is light and easy but sophisticated enough for the beer snob as well. 

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Getting (Coat) Checked: Is Philly’s Guerrilla Queer Bar One Big Marketing Ploy?

coat check guerilla queer barI’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.”  So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.

Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.”  A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.

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Philly Beer Week Trip to Belgium Raffle Is Tomorrow

PBWLogoOn Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m.Philly Beer Week will host its annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House. The grand prize is for one lucky winner will travel to Belgium along with his or her favorite brewer in order to consult on Philly Beer Week’s annual collaboration beer. This year the beer will be brewed with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.

There will also be other secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants plus Beer Week event tickets to be awarded.

Raffle tickets are still available online. The tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.

Philly Beer Week [Official]

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