Sure, we’re living in a society that has become absolutely dependent on its digital calendar, but until Google comes up with a way to add pretty pictures to its bland grid of days and months, there will always be a need for the old-fashioned wall calendar (or one of those cute desktop flippies, if that’s how you roll.) Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s time to start looking for a replacement for our diminishing 2013 date planners.
To make your search easy — and more gay — I’ve done a little digging to find 10 good LGBT options. I’ve tried to cover all the bases here — from those filled with hot, shirtless gay men and some for the ladies to an awesome trans-focused option that I’m putting on my Christmas list immediately. You can find all the options, including links to where they can be purchased below. Have other good ideas? I’d love to hear them. Leave suggestions in the comments section. Happy holigays!
1. CUB CAMP: Cub Camp — the yearly party for the gay furry set — just released its second annual calendar with hunky, hairy men gallivanting through the woods. Unlike last year’s edition, which featured bears in Toronto, this go-round shines a spotlight on 12 of America’s hottest furry heartthrobs. Extra buying incentive? Sales benefit the Munro Fund for Queer and Trans Youth Living With Cancer. $20.
9 more 2014 calendars after the jump »
Drop everything and watch Bridegroom right now.
The biggie on this month’s list of new films to appear on Netflix Instant is the much-much-recommended Bridegroom, an emotional documentary that tells the story of a gay couple whose time together was cut short by tragedy. It’s an eye-opening must-watch for anyone — gay or straight — but it will speak loudest to those LGBTers dealing with intolerant families. (Quick tip: View with a full box of Kleenex.)
Another tear-jerker, Any Day Now, starring the marvelous Alan Cumming, also made its way from DVD to instant streaming. For those who don’t mind waiting, I’ve also included a list of DVD-only rentals Behind the Candelabra and Petunia, and some that should be coming down the pipe any day now. Check below for more info and trailers.
This month’s newest films on Netflix Instant after the jump »
We mentioned this in our Big Gay Halloween Guide, but as the first of two All Hallow’s Eve-themed balls being held this year, we thought it warranted another mention: Peter Sterling will unroll a 50-foot “dead carpet” along the Avenue of the Arts for his third-annual Halloween Ball. Originally started in the suburbs, this is the first year the party will be held in Philadelphia, and Sterling promises to turn up the glam-meets-terror factor for the event’s first romp in the big city. To start, he has enlisted the help of Drag Mafia maven Brittany Lynn as host, and a troupe will perform the dance sequence in MJ’s “Thriller” video. Plus there will be music, drinks and costume contests galore. Don’t be afraid to turn up the flare! Fri., Oct. 25, 9 p.m., $40. For more information and ticket links, go here.
More of the weekend’s events after the jump »
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Lai Ryanne
With Halloween just a over a week away, the 2013 festivities are already rolling out with a vengeance. To help you make the most of your spooky revelries, we’ve rounded up some of the year’s best goings-ons — from drag parties to boat parties to two huge gay balls.
Our list is broken into categories, with events listed in chronological order. You’ll also find links to every single shenanigan so you can easily find more information and ticket links when applicable.
So without further aboo (har-har), get to gay-Halloweening!
Our Big Gay Halloween Roundup after the jump »
GLAAD just released its annual “Network Responsibility Index” which scans every major television network to find which ones gave LGBT issues the most airtime in the last year. You can read the full report here, but, with the help of The Advocate, I’m listing the basic info below, where you’ll find broadcast and cable networks listed from best to worst. Not too many surprises here, except maybe that Behind the Candelabra failed to earn HBO a coveted “Good” mark, and out of the two channels that scored “Failing,” one scored a big fat zero in LGBT-inclusive airtime.
See the list of networks after the jump »
Photo courtesy of George Widman for GPTMC
There are some who believe OutFest, the annual celebration to mark National Coming Out Day, is the ultimate Philly Pride celebration. Why? Well, unlike other major LGBT events, like Pride or Equality Forum, this one takes place right in the heart of our Gayborhood. It’s also one of the season’s last block parties, where, as Alexander Kacala explains in our Big Gay Fall Guide, “The fiercest of Philadelphia drag queens are represented by performances all day … while cruising becomes an Olympic event in the Bike Stop’s back parking lot, where cheap beers are chilled and the boys treat 12th Street like a runway.”
To help you make the most of your festivities, I’ve rounded up some of the day’s must-do events — from Philly’s largest-ever outdoor drag show to the two lesbian parties that seek to keep the wayward Sisters crowd bumping all day long. Happy Coming Out Day!
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Yossi, the sequel to 2002′s steamy Yossi & Jagger is now available on Netflix Instant Streaming.
What better way to kick off LGBT History Month than with a marathon of good gay flicks. But before you say, “I’ve already seen them all!,” consider some of these fresh additions to Netflix’s DVD rental and instant-streaming lineups.
Newbies include Stephen Cone’s The Wise Kids, an engaging drama about three teens coming of age in a tight-knit Baptist community; Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, a fan favorite at last year’s QFest that takes a peek at a very gay moment in the Hollywood heartthrob’s too-short life; and Yossi, the sequel to 2002′s über-provocative Yossi & Jagger.
Find all the new entries with trailers and links to their Netflix streaming pages (when available) after the jump »
From top, L-R: Brian Sanders' JUNK's "Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak"; Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell, Jordan Seavey and Boo Killebrew in "The Momentum"; local actor Nate Golden; Jess Conda in "Eternal Glamnation"; and Sam Swift Shuker-Haines in "XY Scheherazade."
To help you get the most gay for your buck at the 17th annual FringeArts (Sept. 5-22), we’ve combed through the list of shows to find all the LGBT offerings at this year’s festival. And boy is there a ton — from a comedy about a woman who wishes she was a drag queen and a live taping of a gay web series to a riveting piece that explores trans/gender identity in an apocalyptic fantasy world.
So you don’t miss a beat, we’ve rounded everything up into one succinct, gay guide. Here’s how it works: Everything is broken into categories (theater, dance, etc … ) and each show is listed in order of its opening. All dates are included in the descriptions — which come straight from the Fringe catalog — but you can click on each shows’ title to access more info about ticket prices, dates, etc …
So without further ado … your Big Gay Guide to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival: Read more »
Ira Sachs “Keep the Lights On,” which one Best Feature Film at last year’s QFest, is now available via Netflix instant streaming.
We all love a good gay movie — especially when it’s available at the click of a button whenever the fancy strikes us to watch. To help you stay up-to-date on what’s available, I’ve rounded up some of the newest offerings to hit Netflix instant in the last month. I’ve attached trailers and Netflix descriptions, too, so you don’t get roped in to two hours of snoredom.
July saw the release of lots of goodies, including Jonathan Lisecki hilarious Gayby and Keep the Lights On, Ira Sachs intense drama about the shaky romance between a gay filmmaker and an attorney that played at last year’s QFest. Check out more below: Read more »
Sure, summer in the Gayborhood can one fab evening after another, but sometimes you need to get the hell out of dodge for a little gay adventure time. Here, I round up four upcoming get-out-of-the-bar excursions that’ll give you a chance to escape the mundane and meet a new crop of folks that probably rarely pass the thresholds at Woody’s or iCandy. Read more »