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


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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PHOTOS: Our Night Out at XIX

The extremely nasty weather didn’t stop hundreds (literally, hundreds … it was packed) of gay Philly’s finest from taking the Bellevue elevators all the way up nineteen floors for an evening of cocktails, mingling, and holiday cheer. The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s popular Our Night Out happy hour and networking event was co-sponsored this month by the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee, who showed up with plenty of equality stickers and paraphernalia for guests.

The views, even in the cold rain and wind, were stunning: Several of XIX’s signature bay windows were opened so guests could take a peek at the City of Brotherly Love (if they didn’t mind getting a little wet in the process). We were there to capture some of the fabulous fun and excellent outfits that graced the evening.

P.S. Kudos are in high order for the folks at DVLF for throwing another great event so quickly after their annual TOY fundraiser, which was this past Saturday evening. Now, that’s some great party planning!

Philly Man Uses Grindr and Scruff to Search for Missing Cat

UPDATE [12/8/2014, 7:25 p.m.]: Jack the Grindr Cat was found! Details here.


The adorable baby boy pictured above is Jack; he’s a 10-year old Turkish Bengal cat who went missing several days ago in the Washington Square West neighborhood of the city (10th and Spruce, to be exact). If Jack looks familiar, it might be because you saw him, not wandering the streets, but on Grindr and Scruff.

Yes, you read that right. Read more »

PHOTOS: A Gay Old Time at the Pink Pub Crawl 2014

As if Thanksgiving Eve doesn’t produce enough madness, Nightlife Gay went and booked *NSYNC legend and kinda-sorta gay icon Lance Bass for its annual Pink Pub Crawl. And sure, Lance wasn’t around for much more than an eye-lash bat and a “Hi…Bye,” but it was more than enough to throw a sea of gays (and a few blood-pressure-heightened groupies) into full-on Swoon Mode.

Oh, and Brittany Lynn showed up with inflatable breasts.

See the night in photos below:

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Performs at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Members of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, from their official Facebook page.

Members of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, from their official Facebook page.

It was a frigid morning, but members of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus donned some adorable sweaters and took to the Parkway to perform in the 6 ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was the first time that a LGBTQ organization was a featured performance in the age-old holiday tradition in Philly, and they fit in quite nicely!

We rounded up some of the best shots of the gay-ole choral group from social media to share with our readers, and don’t forget to check out their upcoming concert, Down Home Holiday, which runs from December 4 through the 6. Details can be found here.

Is This the Tackiest Gayborhood Holiday Party EVER?

christmas gayborhood party

Any party being promoted as “The Gayborhood’s Tackiest Holiday Affair” promises to be one thing: really good.

That’s exactly what The Bronzed Bee, the airbrush tanning and waxing boutique located on Rittenhouse Square, is aiming for when they invade U BAR for a one-night-only event aptly titled “My Big Gay Tacky Sweater Party.” The evening, which takes place on Wednesday, December 10 from 6-8PM, is a party for a purpose: guests are asked to bring a toy to benefit Toys For Tots. In exchange, you’ll be able to enjoy the tawdriest affair around. Read more »

Will 1316 Walnut Street Be Denise Cohen’s New Lesbian Bar?

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Over the summer, we reported on what appeared to be failed plans for Denise Cohen, the former manager of now-shuttered Sisters Nightclub, to open a new lesbian bar. Her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds didn’t work out as planned, as she netted a mere 15% of her targeted goal.

However, G Philly has obtained a copy of an application for a liquor license at 1316 Walnut Street, at the old Hokkaido restaurant. The name on the license is none other than Denise Cohen’s.

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