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STRIPPED: Personal Trainer Noe Espinosa

My coming-out story is … Sitting at dinner with my mother and suddenly telling her I was gay. She left the table, went to her […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Services

HIV TESTING: Washington West Project Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Philly AIDS Thrift, Mazzoni Center’s HIV-testing hub recently spruced up its four-story digs to provide […]

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The Secret Lives of Sugar Babies

IT’S A SUNNY afternoon when he sees me, standing in the center of 30th Street Station. He gives me the once-over, barely says a word. […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Hero Elicia Gonzales

HERO: GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales As the matriatch of the only organization for Philly (and all of Pennsylvania)’s gay and lesbian Latino community, GALAEI’s […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Entertainment

THEATER TROUPE: Mauckingbird Theatre Company There’s a lot of queer theater happening in Philly these days, but no company devotes itself to the art of […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Shopping

MEN’S BOUTIQUE: Suitsupply You wouldn’t know it by the jersey-and-sweatpants-wearing slobs who meander among us (straight girls, please do something about your men!), but Philly […]

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HEY, CHIRL: Help, I’m Scared of My Boyfriend’s Sex Toys!

The holidays are here, which means it’s time for our annual fight over whose family we spend them with. Is there any fair formula to […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Bars

BEST BAR: U Bar A mix of every type of guy, young to old, buff to not-so-buff. A no-’tude vibe. Efficient, friendly bartenders. A horseshoe layout […]

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THE PLAYER: The NFL’s (Almost) First Out Player

It’s two months before Gaybowl XIII, when the seven-on-seven National Gay Flag Football League champion will be crowned in Phoenix, and the Philadelphia Revolution is […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Cafes

GREENSTREET It can sometimes seem like Counter Culture (North Carolina) and Stumptown (Oregon) have a bean-roasting lock on Philly’s new-wave coffee scene. But Tom and […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Restaurants

GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Bartender

BARTENDER: Ashley Coleman, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar After slinging drinks for nearly four years at the now-shuttered Sisters, this gorgeous ray of sunshine has […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Hair Salon and Stylist

HAIR STYLIST: Brooke Dorothy, American Mortals Having perfected her skills with American Crew, this tatted-up ally can work a men’s haircut like nobody’s business. Her client […]

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Instagram

INSTAGRAM: @alexanderjohnphotography Everyone needs a little beefcake on his Instagram feed, and local photographer Alexander John Ortiz keeps the protein coming, not only with provocative shots […]

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GUY AT THE END OF THE BAR: Josh Stephenson

Being an electrical engineer, do guys throw you a lot of cheesy lines, like “I could use a jump”? [laughs] Actually, no. When guys find […]