TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

RAISED is a fundraising event to benefit a production in this year's 2016 Fringe Arts Festival.

RAISED is a fundraising event to benefit a production in this year’s 2016 Fringe Arts Festival.


Happy Bear — Memorial Day Kickoff
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Mingle with Philly’s most intriguing bears, cubs, otters, and salmon at Tabu! Be on the second floor of one of the Gayborhood’s most social bars for bumping musical vibes, drink specials, and a memorable experience. Read more »

CHOP Launching Virtual Running Challenge for May

Looks like virtual running challenges are really starting to trend and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the latest to get in on the action: This May, they’re launching their annual Daisy Days campaign, a month-long fundraising campaign they’ve been putting on for the past 60 years, with a month-long virtual running fundraiser called the Daisy Days 31-Day Challenge. The idea is, you log miles throughout to month of May to help raise money for CHOP’s Cancer Center. (And probably earn some good karma in the process, too.)  Read more »

Fishtown Pharmacy Turning Hilarious Photos of Kids Crying With Santa Into Money for Charity

Fishtown Pharmacy owner Kris Hunsicker's kids posing with Santa.

Fishtown Pharmacy owner Kris Hunsicker’s kids posing with Santa.

Guys, this is by far the easiest and most hilarious way to give back this holiday season: Fishtown Pharmacy will donate 10 bucks to No Kid Hungry for every funny and/or awkward photo folks post to their Facebook wall of a kid posing (so crying) with Santa. The photo can be of your kids or yourself as a kid. All you have to do is post it to their wall with #NoKidHappy, and BOOM: You’ve done your good deed for the day.
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Community Comes Together for Tara Lessard, G Philly Contributor and Gayborhood Photographer

Tara Lessard

Writer’s note: I’ve received permission from Ms. Lessard to share this story.

I first learned about Tara Lessard‘s cancer diagnosis while I was in a hotel room. She sent me a text and I was quite literally speechless.

Chances are, if you’ve been to an event in the Philadelphia Gayborhood, you’ve encountered Ms. Lessard. Her photography company, Freedom G Photography, has captured countless memories of Gay Philly, from various Pride festivals to parities to awards ceremonies. Tara has also been a regular contributor to G Philly, and I can tell you from personal experience that she is professional, passionate, and thoughtful. She has such an interesting story and has been a valued friend for many LGBT organizations throughout the city. And now, people are eager to give back. Read more »

Eli Kulp Day Benefit

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We updated you on his medical status, and then we told you about the fundraiser campaign for Eli Kulp‘s medical expenses, so now here’s something a little more lighthearted going on for the chef, with tickets available now. This Thursday, July 16th, join High Street Hospitality Group at Fork; they are hosting a benefit evening to raise money and show support for Kulp as he continues his recovery.

And you’re invited to take part.

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Kick Cancer’s Butt at Voyeur

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

“Cancer is gross. I mean, okay, yes. Cancer is ‘gross’ in the hypothetical, figurative sense with the daily life messes created by running around to doctor’s appointments, calming distressed friends and relatives, and trying to remember when you took your last does of anti-[insert side effect here] medication. But, beyond that, in a very literal sense, cancer is really gross.”

Those of the words of Bee Reed, whose blog, One Body, Two Battles, shares the often times gritty details of her fight with both HIV and leukemia (“I am living in a world where my body is fighting against two very different (and potentially lethal) diseases,” she wrote, “But, you know, things could always be worse”). However, Ms. Reed’s friends are coming together to help support her healthcare costs in a drag-themed show at Voyeur. Read more »

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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