Our Favorite Instagrams From OutFest 2015

The City’s annual OutFest, a celebration of just about everything LGBTQ, rocked the Gayborhood almost all day Sunday. Besides from the vendors and plenty of music (and drink), there were a few sobering moments to the festivities: A new Philadelphia rainbow flag was unveiled at a ceremony at City Hall (see our coverage of that event here) and a special mural was dedicated to the late Gloria Casarez at 12th Street Gym.

However, the day was mostly uninhibited fun, and Instagram was the perfect place to get a taste of all of those who celebrated. We rounded up some of our favorite shots from yesterday’s festivities.

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PHOTOS: The LGBT Community Rocked Out Diner en Blanc

Gays and a white party. Do we need to say more?

Last night, some of Philly’s LGBTQ community rocked out their best attire, brought along their fancy place settings, and journeyed to the Navy Yard for this year’s Diner en Blanc. Despite the rain, everyone looked fantastic, even with their balloons and masks, and Philly’s favorite queen, Martha Graham Cracker, gave a rousing performance. We were there to capture the evening’s LGBT community (and their allies) enjoying the wet, but joyous, festivities

We Will Turn You “Gay Outta Philly”

The idea came from our own Victor Fiorillo who, along with everyone else on the face of the planet, noticed the stream of “Straight Outta” memes flooding Facebook and Instagram.

Fiorillo, who is a member of Martha Graham Cracker’s fabulous band, decided to put a spin on the design and created this lovely little number, featuring Ms. Martha:

Gay Outta Philly

Here’s where things will get fun: Shoot us an email with a square-shaped photo that you want us to gay up. We’ll pick our favorites and feature them in all of their fabulous queerness in a post on Friday, August 14th.

Come on. You know you want to!

17 Gay Philly Nightlight Events for August 2015

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If you’re looking for a way to stay cool this August, we rounded up 17 hot nightlife events and shows that might not provide the chill you are looking for, but will be fun nonetheless. There’s something for just about everyone, from grooming get togethers to a Pulp Fiction-themed dance party. Enjoy!

Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret’s Roadtrip: Join the burlesque and drag troupe as they say farewell to one of their own members. Saturday, August 1st, 8 pm, $10-12, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

6 Appeal!: This weekly burlesque show will feature performances by Mika Romantic, Nikki Malicious, and Shia D. Monday, August 3rd, 9 pm, $5, Pennsylvania 6, 114 South 12th Street

Back to the 80s: Tavern on Camac invites you to a time when MTV actually played videos. The evening will feature music from Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, the Go-Gos, and more. Wednesday, August 5th, 9 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street Read more »

What If the Pope Visited the Philadelphia Gayborhood?

Last week, the Pope’s Philadelphia itinerary was announced, and, surprise, surprise: Gay Philly was nowhere to be found. We started to think: What if the Pope went on a tour of the Gayborhood and experienced some of the signature gay experiences in our city? With that in mind, we came up with our own fabulous visual itinerary for when his holiness comes to town, including stops at UBar, a Stonewall dodgeball game, drag performances, and a Stimulus party.

PHOTOS: Independence Business Alliance Annual Meeting

Over 120 attendees took to the Top of the Tower last week for the Independence Business Alliance‘s annual meeting, where the greater Philadelphia LGBT chamber of commerce introduced new board members Katrina Aikin, Michael Albany, Stacia Fisher, Stacey Moore, and Danielle Ryan. Drexel University student Robert Reid, recipient of the 2015 IBA/DVLF scholarship, spoke to the crowd about the influence of IBA on young professionals. DVLF’s Executive Director Samantha Giusti also presented some exciting news: DVLF is offering a $15,000 matching grant, which, according to the IBA, “gives everyone the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to support the annual scholarship and double their donation while continuing to foster opportunities to tomorrow’s LGBT business leaders.” Our friends from the event shared some of the great moments of the evening.

What If Cheesecake Factory Named Their Desserts After Gay Philly?

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.

Your New G Philly Editor Thanks You

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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.

That's me!

That’s me!

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 »

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