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!
Prab Sandhu, right, with guest.
Marvin Rocha, gala co-chair, with friend.
Dr. Rachel Levine, right, with guest.
Katherine Sprissler-Klein, gala co-chair, working it!
Helen "Nellie" Fitzpatrick with friends.
Art Varela, right, with guest.
DVLF's Samantha Giusti and Amy Scarano.
Joseph Sinkus and Neil Bardhan.
D'Ontace Keyes, center, with friends.
Yes, even Ben Franklin joined in the fun.
He may be several hundred years old, but Ben knows how to use the photo booth better than these two gents.
Marvin Rocha and Katherine Sprissler-Klein, gala co-chairs, are changing careers: They make fabulous Wheel of Fortune models.
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!
Oh, honey! Look at the fierce face @mscooks1 is giving here! #GlamGirls indeed!
It's almost time for MANNA's Shut Up and Dance; @joshuathomasmusic captured this fabulous shot of two Pennsylvania ballet dancers prepping their routine.
@phillyginger does a totally unique #TBT post of a collage featuring pictures from his driver's licenses through the years.
Hello, doctor! We'll start off our green theme with @jcjamesf5 chilling in his scrubs. Sorry to say, the color choice here had nothing to do St. Patrick's Day.
Doesn't @seanbrophy1 look adorable with his itty, bitty green hat?
Talk about the luck of the Irish! Look at this $2,700-plus jackpot @xxr4adnyxx won on St. Patrick's Day at Parx Casino. Let me borrow some of that luck.
John Jarboe, artistic director of @beardedladiescabaret, didn't get the memo: It was St. Patrick's Day, not Halloween.
Forget the man bun! @stadlerkahn is rocking out this sick gold chain on his head, but I have to admit, that must get heavy after a while (and doesn't it leave a mark?).
@mr_breig and his buddies were at Tabu for Quizzo, and they clearly won the "hottest threesome in the room" category.
I mean, this shot is clearly the best way to end our roundup: a man and a dog. @chuckross2 welcomes a new therapy puppy to Longwood Gardens.
The New York Times is reporting on a new analysis of a Gallup poll that shows metro areas that have the highest and lowest LGBT populations in the country. Despite what we might think about our mighty gay scene, Philly doesn’t even make it in the top 20 on the “highest” list. Read more »
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.
@tommeeboom broke the rules by wearing white before Memorial Day, but he looks cute with his boo, so all is forgiven.
DVLF's Executive Director @sgiusti captured this amazing shot of the rainbow flag outside of the National Constitution Center. If this doesn't scream "gay spring time," what does?
@clstrfx had the right idea: It was a great week to take a walk around Race Street Pier.
It was the first ice coffee of the season for @tommy_mcnamee (that's a lot of writing on that cup!).
Philly's own @coryw4de was giving face as he was enjoying a lovely evening outside.
Nothing says "spring" like two sets of beautiful blue eyes from @frowles while at OurNightOut.
We are loving this idea from @annalinaaagenes for this two-in-one pair of fabulous spring shoes.
@ethanblades captured this fab shot of the crowd outside waiting to get into the Meghan Trainor concert earlier this week.
Some people, like @partycleve, were beach-ready and headed out of town to soak up some rays.
Others, like @isjoeyacarb, were prepping for the beach by getting their tan on.
Yet others, like @mattydoneill, were building up their beach bodies in-between posting shirtless selfies on Instagram...
And then there were some that said "Screw it" to the gym and wanted to get some ice cream. This shot is from our favorite Gayborhood ice cream shop, @morethanjusticecream.
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 »
Photo by HughE Dillon
Sure, the wind chill felt like it was -20 outside, but inside the Hotel Palomar, the ActionAIDS crew kept Thursday night super hot: Their now-annual Glamsino Royale fundraiser heated up the top floors of the gorgeous hotel for a night of gambling, cocktails, and fun—all for a good cause. Read more »
Mr. SEXO 2015 Marcous Marchese with last year’s winner Syfr Gavriel, Elicia Gonzales and host Cyannie Famouz. Photo by Freedom G Photography
In December, we reported on the controversy surrounding the crowning of a white male at this year’s Mr. SEXO competition, a self-proclaimed search for a “gay/queer Latino who is the epitome of sexy,” co-sponsored by GALAEI and PhillyGayCalendar. An open letter from The Gran Varones, which essentially slammed the competition, calling it “a reduction and objectification of brown bodies in a community that does not even acknowledge us as whole people,” added quite a bit of fuel to the fire as to why the contest seemed to have gone astray. Read more »
There’s an exciting momentum in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Jewish community that is being highlighted by two major projects: the National History of Jewish American History (NMAJH) is presenting “LGBT Stories: A Collecting Project,” and a new LGBTQ Jewish consortium, J. Proud, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Read more »