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. Dubbeldam
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!
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Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Chatterblast Creative Director and co-founder Matthew Ray.
Hi! I'm queer South Philly boy Matthew Ray, the Creative Director and co-founder of ChatterBlast Media. I am doing this under cures; I hate to limit my love. But, I hope this truncated list bring some attention to a few fantastic boys we have in Philadelphia, and…please donate to my MS City to Shore ride! I'm trying to raise a bundle to help fight Multiple Sclerosis in our region. Donate $1, $10, $100…it all helps! Okay, enough philanthropy: here's the BEEF, with special music to listen to during your social media stalking of them!
Popular, adorable, amazing. The official “godfather” of my business, “Brauny” is one of the sweetest, kindest, friendliest men I’ve ever met. It helps that his beautiful eyes and wide smile remind me of my favorite television star, Kermit the Frog. Just like a Muppet, Michael is cuddly and cute and is devoted to his pack.
Music to stalk him by: I Wanna Get Better, The Bleachers
Christian William Myers IV
Local boy and Penn grad (one of several on this list) Christian is a HUNK. I now that’s a dated term, but he is so freakin’ hot. Stylish to a fault, friendly and funny – I’ve had a crush on Christian since we got blasted on a party bus to Vermont. Or was it New Hampshire. Connecticut? Where we went to exactly is unclear, but I didn’t care ‘cause he was there.
Music to stalk him by: King Of The World, Rising Young Sons
This highly sought after consultant spends his week jetting across the country, and his weekend brunching at some of the city’s most select spots. If you happen to make the cut as one of his pieces of arm candy, then you’re in for a fun ride. Champagne for everyone! David is suave, dreamy, and the only man who makes he laugh so hard my sides hurt. Mama always said: “Marry a man who makes you giggle.”
Music to stalk him by: Automatic, Pointer Sisters
Geoff Kees Thompson
While incredibly handsome and masculine, Geoff’s sexiest quality is his unswerving love for Philadelphia and his devotion to making it a better city. One of the best bloggers (check out This Old City) in the region, Geoff’s intelligence and empathy are so attractive you can’t help yourself but want to learn everything this guy knows… MORE PLEASE.
Music to stalk him by: Feels Like Summer, Panama Wedding
Perfect body, great dancer, spiritual guy – Gavin’s knockout looks might seem intimidating but he’s really a big softy. FYI: Boys who build businesses are boys who we should date, and Gavin has built a health and wellness biz to beat the best. Truth be told, he’s a bit to much of an aggressive/dominant… ahh… cuddler… for me– but if that’s your kink, he’s your dream.
Music to stalk him by: Simply The Best (RMX), Tina Turner
Ian Michael Crumm
Most self-proclaimed fashionistas are vapid, vain and vicious. Ian’ is none of the above. He’s warm, personable, cute, and impeccably dressed, ALWAYS. Transcending twink, Ian is a spirited and witty young man with the brightest future possible. He has a no pretense approach to fashion that makes him classy even when he gives you a devilish little smirk. Check out his blog, and look at those eyes! >> Sigh <<
Music to stalk him by: Donatella, Lady Gaga
Jeff almost got booted from this list since he is now commuting to New York, leaving us without his magnificence. I adore Jeff and think he is a beautiful man inside and out. I don’t give a flying fig about kickball, but I followed his team this year like I had money on it. Every appearance Jeff makes on the ‘book is a “BRAVO!” I’ll let you make up any puns about his last name. (Wink-wink)
Music to stalk by: My Friend Has A Swimming Pool, Mausi
Dr. Nick France
British. Ginger. Doctor…. Covers most of the bases in my sexual fantasies. Aren’t all of us white trash kids from the sticks suckers for handsome fellas with accents? When people say, “The world is broken.” I agree, mostly because Nick is still single. This sassy lad is honest to a fault, but when he tells you that your too fat for your Speedo – that accent makes you blush and giggle. Well, at least it did for me.
Music to stalk him by: London Calling, The Clash
Dr. Scott Grossman
Jewish. Lacrosse God. Doctor…. Again, covering the bases. Strong but sensitive, sweet but can be tart, Scott is fascinating mystery. I would marry him and even convert. (Jesus will forgive me.) It makes me sob to think he’ll be leaving Philly in less then a year for an amazing position in New York’s medical community. Such a keeper. The buffet line to gobble up this sweetheart begins behind ME, ladies.
Music to stalk him by: All Eyes On You, St. Lucia
I met Dan in the wave pool of Typhoon Lagoon during a mad-mad-MAD Gay Days Disney. I was a wacky Temple undergrad with bleach blond hair; he was a debonair and direct Center City socialite. Fast forward a few decades later and he still makes my head spin. He also still has a thing for Temple undergrads. ZING!
Music to stalk him by: The Promise, When In Rome
The Alpha and Omega: Evan Urbania
Evan is my best friend, my business partner, my rock and handsome, helpful, hysterical homosexual. Confident and cool with perfect features, Evan’s touch of grey reminds you he is a professional even when he lets his whimsy walkabout. I love him.
Music to stalk him by: Harbor Lights, A Silent Film
Submit your Man Crush Monday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to email@example.com.
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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 »
A video from NBC10 contains photos of the aftermath of the attack on Thursday evening.
Last evening, we reported on the vicious attack of two gay men Thursday night. Now, new details are emerging, including a video from NBC10 that shows blurry pictures of the possible assailants:
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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 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.
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!
The Cutie Pie Comedy Club: We're Back
Alejandro Morales hosts a gang of slide-splitting comedic geniuses is the return of the Cutie Pie Comedy Club at Venture Inn. Although Joan Rivers won't be coming back from the dead to make an appearance, you're sure to see Caitlin Feeney, Kate Banford, Sidney Gantt, Alex Pearlman and Matt McCusker. (Friday 9/12, 10:00PM, Venture Inn, 255 S Camac St, Philadelphia)
Giovanni's Room Re-Opening
Friday is the much-anticipated re-opening of what is arguably the nation's most famous gay bookstore, Giovanni's Room. Now operated by Philadelphia AIDS Thrift, the store will now carry secondhand clothing, furniture, and jewelry. Read our article about the opening here, and stop by this weekend if you're in the hood. (All weekend, 11:30AM on Fri/Sat, 1:00PM on Sun, 345 S. 12th St, Philadelphia)
Back 2 Basics: DJ Showcase Round 1
Stimulus Philly presents their ever popular queer dance party Back 2 Basics this Saturday at Tabu, featuring guest DJs pumping the best jams for a hot night of entertainment. Expect to hear DJ Trish and DJ ShyE spinning Top 40, hip-hop, Latin, old school jams, reggae, dancehall, and mashups, and there's always a boatload of sick drink specials. (Saturday 9/13, 10:00PM, Tabu, 200 S 12th St, Philadelphia)
Two Tux Weddings Presents LGBT Wedding Expo
Thinking about walking down the isle? Two Tux Weddings presents its first annual LGBT Wedding Expo at the Morris House Hotel. Stop by to get a complementary pomegranate champagne while browsing the numerous gay-friendly vendors. Also, stick around to hear Angela Giampolo give a presentation on the legal ins-and-outs of tying the knot. (Sunday 9/14, 1:00PM, Morris House Hotel, 231 S 8th St, Philadelphia)
If you're looking to get your hair fried, dyed, and laid to the side, Sunday is a great day to do it; it's the Philadelphia-area celebration of HopeCuts, where stylists will donate 100% of their daily proceeds to fight HIV/AIDS and cancer. There's an entire list of salons in the region that are taking part in this event, so reach out to them to see what specials and offers they are running on this special day. (Sunday 9/14, 10:00AM, Various Locations)
Out in the Park Rainbow Pride Picnic
An afternoon of performances and fun await guests at the South Jersey Rock the Rainbow Pride Picnic. Guests at Cooper River Park can expect to see Kalil Valentino, Rob de Anthony, Icon Ebony-Fierce, and DJ Jeminii, amongst others. There's even a voguing contest. Now, that's a gay picnic! (Sunday 9/14, 12:00PM, Cooper River Park, 1301 North Park Dr, Pennsauken)
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.
Samantha Giusti, Executive Director, DVLF, greets guests.
Ryan, Philip, and Dave
Matt and Nick
Will and Chuck
Amber and Kaitlin
Chris and Sharif
The crowd mingling at The Pyramid Club.
Michael and Richard
Joe and Jim
Mark, Randal, Richard, and Gary
Dan and Jon
Guests purchasing raffle tickets to win TOY admission.
Rob and Jose
The Magnum PI, one of the cocktail specials. It was delicious!
This was a very popular scene: guests took pictures of the amazing Philly skyline. Peyton joined right in.
Peyton, Ben, and Derek
Mike and David
G Philly’s editor, Josh Middleton, with his soon-to-be husband Alan and their two pups, Doris and Galileo.
Sometimes, we get so excited here at G Philly that we can’t hide it. Today is one of those days! Read more »
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.
Tank Tops for Days
Omar and Roy enjoy the evening's festivities.
A Happy Couple
Katelyn and Beth visited the park from New York.
Kelly, Ron, and Jeremy.
Anna, Maurizio, and Mike
They survived a coaster!
Jeff, Mike, Pumpkin, Ed, and Marcello.
Get That Toy!
Michael tries to win a stuffed animal.
Ride Them Scooters!
The arcade provided a cool alternative to the outdoor humidity.
Win those tickets, boys!
Sara, Ali, and Fred.
Strike a pose!
Aeryanah and Russell.
A group of friends started the evening at Six Flags right as the sun set.
The perfect outfit!
We think Sara was perfectly dressed for the evening!
Hey, I think I gave Gaga a run for her money here!
Taking a Break
Becca, Alex, Cole, Riley, and Hannah.
Guests could take part in rock climbing.
Climb For Your Life!
More rock climbing.
Cheer New York
Cheer New York, a LGBT cheerleading corp, greeted guests as they entered the park.
More routines from Cheer New York.
Due to the weather, the ferris wheel was out of commission, but it does look pretty!
Guests waiting for their dare-devil friends to emerge from the epic Green Lantern coaster.
After the ride...
A brave soul emerges from Green Lantern.
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 …