Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: David B. Devan + David A. Dubbeldam

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

David B. Devan & David A. Dubbeldam (plus guests)

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature David Devan, Artistic Director of Opera Philadelphia, and his husband, David Dubbeldam, from Philadelphia. Yes, they are a pair of Double-D’s!

Names: David B. Devan and David A. DubbeldamHands cropped

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: Two years.

When did you get married?: August 4, 2007

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: In the summer of 2006 we returned to Victoria, British Columbia, the city we met in and lived in before moving to Philadelphia, to be legally married (marriage equality has been recognized in B.C. since July 2003). Our wedding was the most beautiful day of our lives filled with cherished family and dearest friends (including over 20 from Philadelphia). We were not expecting to be so moved by all the love and support that everyone had for us as a couple—it was so powerful and we will never forget it! 

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

Man Crush Monday: Matthew Ray

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Chatterblast Creative Director and co-founder Matthew Ray.

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

Review and Photos: The New Giovanni’s Room Ain’t the Same

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There were a lot of questions surrounding the announcement that Giovanni’s Room, the famed LGBTQ bookstore on the corner of 12th and Pine, would be operated by Philly AIDS Thrift: would the store maintain the same kind of merchandise? Would it feel the same as it did when it operated as a bookstore? The answer to both of these question is pretty clearly “No.” Read more »

Police Seek Information About Possible Homophobic Attack at 15th and Walnut Last Night

UPDATE, 9 p.m.: This evening I spoke with Caryn Kunkle, one of the first people to post on social media about the attack. She says she has been long-time friends with both victims. Although she was unwilling to provide their names, she did tell me that the men are 30 and 31 and described them as “tall, masculine-looking dudes.” Kunkle said the men were walking home when a group of approximately eight to ten young people bumped into them. After a very brief verbal confrontation where one of the attackers asked if the men were boyfriends, the group physically struck.

“It went from 0 to 100 miles per hour,” she said. “They were calling them ‘fucking faggots’ and everything.”

According to Kunkle, one of the victims fractured both his cheekbones and jawbone, and has a 2-inch laceration from his nose to inside his lip; he is scheduled to go into surgery Sunday morning.

Kunkle also said that the Special Victims Unit is involved and that they should be issuing a statement within the next several days.

ORIGINAL: According to posts on Facebook and Twitter earlier today, a gay couple were attacked by a gang of eight to 12 people at 15th and Walnut streets at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday night:

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The #GayPhilly Instagrams Of The Week: Fall is Kinda Here…

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The air got crisp this week and there was a hint that summer was slowly coming to an end and fall was waiting to emerge her lovely head. Gay Philly seemed to jump on the trend nicely; here are our favorite Instagram picks of the week.

Weekend Roundup: Cutie Pie Comedy, Wedding Expo, Back 2 Basics, More

Don't miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

Don’t miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

It may be the start of Fall, but it’s a hot weekend of great gay happenings in Philly. Check out our picks for some of the must-do weekend events!

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at The Pyramid Club

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Last evening, gay Philly was treated to breathtaking views from the 52nd floor of the BYN Mellon Center, otherwise known as The Pyramid Club. The exclusive space opened its doors as part of the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s Our Night Out program. Guests had the chance to preview DVLF’s upcoming holiday extravaganza, TOY 2014, and were offered a chance to purchase discount tickets to the popular event; one lucky guest won a pair of tickets as part of a raffle. We were there to capture the mingling, the cocktails, and the really great looking crowd.

PHOTOS: Gay Night at Six Flags Great Adventure 2014

Kolby Kent Wilson, Sean Farrell, Robbie Sambuca, and Justin Torres

Kolby Kent Wilson, Sean Farrell, Robbie Sambuca, and Justin Torres

“What the fuck is an El Toro?” questioned one rainbow-clad adventure-seeker as he walked toward the ride. He was about to find out: The famed Six Flags attraction, voted best wooden coaster in the world in 2011 by the Internet Coaster Poll, is a massive 19 stories, and with speeds of 70 miles per hour, it was no wonder why it was one of the most popular attractions during Six Flags Fairgrounds Out at Night.

The rain, humidity, and storms didn’t stop hundreds of LGBTQ folks from taking part in the late-night private party at Great Adventure, the Jackson, New Jersey theme park. Conveniently located smack in the middle of Jersey, the crowd consisted of a mix of Philadelphians, New Yorkers, and just about everywhere in between.

Guests were greeted by performances from the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band and Cheer New York as they entered the park, and from there, they were free to explore the countless rides, games, shops, and arcades. I’ll admit: I’m not a fan of losing my dinner on the likes of the Green Lantern ride, but I did enjoy capturing the huge span of people who showed up to the event, and I may or may not have won a Grumpy Cat stuffed toy at a crane game …

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