No doubt, you’ve noticed the monstrosity that is the huge, multi-level, glass-encased Cheesecake Factory, set to open today at 15th and Walnut Streets. Just in case eating one of those 800-calorie pieces of cheesecake wasn’t enough, you can now do it while being surrounded by panoramic city views! We started thinking: Wouldn’t it be much better if the desserts at Cheesecake Factory were named after gay Philly people and organizations? We took a stab at re-creating the sweet menu below, and hope you have a few laughs while trying to decide which cake you want to try.
Thank you for reading. That’s a very good place to start. My name is Bryan Buttler, and I can’t express how excited I am to be here at G Philly. However, make no mistake: There will be a lot of your own voices incorporated into this blog, and I hope to really expand upon the already awesome work that my predecessors started through the years. There’s a lot of letters in the LGBTQ “soup,” and I hope I can continue to provide interesting news, opinion, and insight into that entire pot.
A bit about me: I’ve been writing with Philadelphia Magazine since January 2014, and my work has been primarily featured on the G Philly and Philly Mag Ticket venues, although you’ll find me popping up on some of the other website chanels on occasion. There’s nothing I like better than telling a good story, and I’ve been so lucky to share some amazing tales about the great people who make up Philly. If you’ve followed my writing, I also am not afraid to tell my opinion (when it is called for) and am not shy when it comes to controversy. I’m also super passionate about the arts, so you’ll continue to see some of my blogs on the Ticket page, manned by former G Philly super guru Josh Middleton, who is not only a fabulous writer but a great and true friend of mine. Read more »
When Ernest Owens wrote “Black Not Fetch Enough for Woody’s” in last week’s Metro, he was hoping to start a discussion. Well, he succeeded: As of this publication, his commentary is the No. 1 “most read” piece on the Metro website, and chances are, if you’re involved with LGBTQ culture in Philly and you’re on social media, you’ve seen the piece posted on your newsfeed. Yet, I felt that there were a ton of misconceptions floating around about the message that Owens presented in his piece, plus there were a lot of unanswered questions that started to surface about race, class, and culture in Philly’s LGBTQ community. Lucky enough, I was able to chat with Mr. Owens about his piece to get more insight on his discussion of inclusion and micro-aggressions.
When your first piece first came out, I was joking that it broke the Internet. Did you have any idea that it would cause so many people to start a conversation? I hoped it would. This discussion was a long time coming, and when I first pitched it to the editor at Metro Philly we were both stunned to see that there really wasn’t any recent pieces that directly spoke on it. Social media and many of my queer mentors for years had water-cooler debates about their experiences, but no one really took it further than that. I was fortunate to have the opportunity and platform to get this published as we prepare for Pride next month. It’s high time we start thinking about inclusion in a different way. Read more »
A who’s who of equality supporters donned their finest outfits and headed over to the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel on Saturday evening to celebrate the Human Rights Campaign‘s annual gala. VIP guests were greeted to a vodka bar and a huge silent auction with something in everyone’s price range, plus Ben Franklin even joined in, helping partiers take photo booth shots (because, you know, Ben was a pretty smart cookie in his day, so 21st Century photo booths wouldn’t be too hard for him to figure out). Dr. Rachel Levine and Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick, both equality pioneers in their own rights, were amongst the guests who took part in a fantastic catered dinner, complete with rainbow glow-sticks and giant Hershey’s Kisses. Congrats are in order to gala co-chairs, Marvin Rocha and Katherine Sprissler-Klein, for putting together the fabulous event. We captured some of the evening’s fun below, and we can’t wait for the next party, HRC!
Your Friday afternoon guilty pleasure has arrived: We spent the week finding some of the best Instagram posts from LGBTQ Philly and compiled them all, so you can use your cell phone browsing for more important things (like trying to avoid all of the spam on Grindr these days). Below, in no particular order, are our favorite pictures that graced Instagram this week. Happy weekend, #GayPhilly!
For the first time since before Christmas, the Philadelphia region had temperatures in the 60s this week. That was enough for everyone to celebrate the melting of all of the snow, ice, and slush and enjoy the start of warmer times to come. Of course, #GayPhilly took to Instagram to post some seasonably appropriate shots, and we couldn’t help but show off some of our best picks of this week’s photos.
It’s safe to assume that Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s soiree at The Barnes last night may have been the best OurNightOut to date. A final count says nearly 1,000 people showed up to the famed Parkway museum to enjoy an assortment of excellent cocktails, food, networking, and gorgeous art. Visitors could roam the galleries for free, and, in addition to the huge indoor space, a fabulous outdoor patio, complete with bar and fireplace, was available to mingle. Take a look at the great-looking crowd who showed up, and get ready for next month’s event. Here’s a hint: It is at another arts-based organization! Stay tuned for details.
Sports fans, get ready: You’ve seen the players roam through the Gayborhood wearing their color-coordinated T-shirts and socks, and now you, too, can join in the fun. Stonewall Kickball begins open registration today for their kickball season, and there’s a few options on the table for those who want to take part. Read more »