PHOTOS: HRC Philly 2015 Gala

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!



12 Must-See #GayPhilly Instagrams This Week

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!



13 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week

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.



PHOTOS: OurNightOut at The Barnes Brought Out Nearly 1,000 People

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.



GALAEI Issues Response and Apology Over Mr. SEXO Event

Mr. SEXO 2015 Marcous Marchese with last year's winner Syfr Gavriel, Elicia Gonzales and host Cyannie Famouz. Photo by Freedom G Photography

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 »

NMAJH Kicks Off LGBT Storytelling Project, and Other Reasons It’s a Good Time to Be Gay and Jewish in Philly

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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 »

Mayor Nutter Appoints Helen Fitzpatrick Director of LGBT Affairs

Helen Fitzpatrick

Helen Fitzpatrick

It was announced today that Mayor Michael Nutter has appointed Assistant District Attorney Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick as Director of LGBT Affairs effective January 20, 2015. The position was previously held by Gloria Casarez, who passed away in October 2014.

According to a press release, Nutter praised Fitzpatrick for her previous work at the District Attorney’s Office, stating, “Nellie has a proven track record of coalition building and getting stuff done. We are eager for the energy and enthusiasm that she will infuse into our diverse City, including prioritizing inclusiveness.”

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