The Most Gay-Friendly Television Networks

gay tvGLAAD 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 »

What’s Happening at OutFest 2013

Photo courtesy of George Widman for GPTMC

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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New Gay Movies You Can Stream Right Now on Netflix

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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 »

Your Complete Gay Guide to the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival

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 »

10 New LGBT Movies You Can Stream Right Now on Netflix

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 »

SAVE THE DATE: Philly Gay Adventure Trips in August

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 »

Just In Time for Pride, 15 LGBTQ Films and TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now

One thing we can be proud of/thankful for this Pride season is the fact that the film industry has finally figured out how to make a good LGBTQ film. And there are so many more of them to choose from! To pay homage to some of the best offerings from the past decade, Netflix has compiled a “Pride Guide” of 15 LGBTQ movies and TV shows that are available on instant streaming — a good option for the weekend when you stumble home in between parties for a little disco nap.

There are a few mainstreamers on the list, like Brokeback Mountain and Far From Heaven, and some indie offerings that have popped up on Philly screens over the past year (Weekend and Keep the Lights On). One of my favorites is Glee precursor Camp — worth it for powerful Tiffany Taylor solo alone. You can check out the entire list below, with links to each film’s screening page on Netflix. Don’t see something you want to watch? Here’s a link to Netflix’s entire catalog of instant-streaming options in the gay-and-lesbian sub genre. Read more »

Philadelphia’s LGBT Voting Guide for Primary Election Day

Is it just me or did Primary Election Day just slip up totally unexpected? Whatever the case, it’s tomorrow (Tue., May 21) and Equality Pennsylvania has released this LGBTQ voting guide of endorsed community leaders across the state who have “all pledged to work hard to advance the policies that matter most to LGBT people.” In Harrisburg, there are two openly gay men running for office: Ben Allatt (above), who’s running for City Council, and mayoral hopeful Dan Miller (below).

There aren’t many terribly exciting elections happening here in Philly, but every office counts if we want to make some major moves on the LGBTQ civil rights front this year. Here’s the list of Equality PA-endorsed candidates, starting with here in the 215. Read more »

25 Best Gay Sex Scenes in Movies

It’s time to start filling up your Netflix queue. AfterElton just released their list of the 25 Great Gay Sex Scenes from Modern Movies, insuring we’ll be hip to all the best instances of man-on-man caresses, lip-locks and, in some cases, backdoor action that’s graced the sliver screen in the past decade. Not surprisingly, the list is mostly made up of gay indie faves, like Shortbus, the recent, totally adorable Andrew Haigh flick Weekend and Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, but a few mainstreamers made the list, too. Michael Fassbender in Shame, anyone? Click here to see the entire list, and drop a note in the comment section if you have any to add.

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