This weekend, the gays took over Atlantic City with the annual circuit party Sand Blast. Attendance was high, primarily for the boys, with lots of muscle heads that hailed from all over the U.S. We were there for most of the weekend to catch all the action. Check out these snaps from the main event, a beach party on Saturday that brought out lots of hotties from near and far.
The passage of marriage equality in May was such a major—and quite frankly unexpected—triumph, that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we still have such a long way to go in securing complete freedom for the LGBT community. Archaic laws still exist across the country that are keeping us down, and perpetuating horrible stigmas. Take, for instance, the USDA and FDA’s 1983 regulation that says any man who has had sexual contact with another male since 1977 (!) is restricted from donating blood.
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Bobby Norris and Harry Derbidge wear the utterly unflattering “string lateral flash” swimsuit. Don’t do this at home, please.
Okay, we’ve been flooded with pictures on Facebook of the very strange, very odd, very uncomfortable men’s swimwear trend that looks across between a thong and a boomerang. Yes, this is a thing, and we here at G Philly want to make a clear and resounding message: this bathing suit is not okay. Read more »
An Ina Garten parody Twitter account with over 8,500 followers? How bad can that be?
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UPDATE: [6/16/204, 4:17 p.m.]: According to edgeonthenet.com, the police officer depicted in the video below “has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city’s gay pride parade and festival. Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.” More here.
Things turned hairy at Pittsburgh Pride this weekend when a young woman confronted a group of anti-gay activists who were protesting in the crowd. Her actions not only got her arrested, but, for some unknown reason, spurred a cop to beat her. A video has surfaced of the altercation that has LGBT rights groups fuming. Calls have been made for a formal investigation. Pittsburgh advocacy group The Delta Foundation, an organization that sponsors the Pride celebration, also released this statement:
Video of the incident after the jump
G Philly would like to welcome our newest health contributor, Barry Eichner. Today, he gets thing started with a bang: Good sex is something everyone wants. But it takes work. Don’t forget that sex is a physical activity that requires strength, stamina, and flexibility, so it only makes sense that the more flexibility, strength and stamina you have, the better your experience will be … well, in theory. Today, with the help of model Brian Swope, I’m sharing a few yoga poses that will help you open up your body to give you the physical tools needed to make bottoming more enjoyable. Incorporate these poses into your weekly workout routine for a lifetime of romps in the sack void of leg cramps, numb thighs, and a sore back.
Ananda Balasana: Happy Baby
I like to refer to this pose as Happy Bottom ASSana. It doesn’t need much explanation, but if you can’t glean from the photo, this asana opens the hips, the inner groin, and — maybe most importantly — calms the mind.
Malasana: Yoga Squat
This posture puts the bottom on top, opens the hips, and strengthens and tones the belly.
Bitilasana: Cow Pose
If you’re doing it doggie style, making sure you're able to arch your back is crucial. This pose stretches the front torso and neck, it helps to open your front body so arching your back becomes almost second nature.
Prasarita Padottanasana: Wide-Legged Forward Fold
This pose stretches the inner and back legs, because, lets face it, if you’re going to have your legs apart for an extended period of time, it’s best to make sure they are prepped with a good stretch.
Upavistha Konasana B: Wide Leg Stretch
This is the “power-bottom pose” of yoga. It's more of an advanced asana that will open the inner leg and lower back, and tighten that belly, giving you strength, flexibility and the ever important endurance.
Not exactly a pose, but taking deep breaths is essential to happy, healthy anal.
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Kevin Gallagher, an HIV linkage coordinator at Drexel University College of Medicine.
My name is Kevin Gallagher, and these are my local picks for Man Crush Monday.
Bill is fab. We became friends in 2011 but have been Temple Owls together since 2006. What a studly, smart, successful, silly guy. I'm lucky enough to get a snapchat a day from him, usually him diva-liciously singing LeAnn Rimes' "Can't Fight the Moonlight" or any Britney or X-tina jam.
I remember instantly gravitating toward this fella at one of Angela Giampolo's epic dinner parties. Dude knows how to keep a conversation going. If you look up "comical" in the dictionary, there will be a picture of him making a goofy face and wearing a pretty fly bow-tie.
I don't know Chad that well but what a gentleman! Definitely a welcoming face when I go to Pennsylvania 6. His kind eyes and handsome smile are magnetic to the customers.
I only recently became friends with Zach. We have a love/hate relationship. I'm from Northeast Philly and he grew up in Fishtown, so he constantly makes fun of my accent. He's approximately 9 feet tall and loves to travel the world. I strive to be as fun and free-spirited as Zach!
How many times has Josh been on #MCM? I don't care because he takes fun selfies with cool hats. I constantly wonder if this man ever sleeps, because he is literally doing all the things, all the time, all around the city. HOW?! With that tight bod and sultry look in every picture, I should be living at Tabu. No, but seriously, sweetest Philadelphian.
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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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Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary friends, and everything in between: Philly Pride is officially upon us. And what perfect timing — mere weeks after we became the 19th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. (Cue the confetti, rainbows, and music!) This is the time of year when the queer community comes out (pun intended) to celebrate our strength, love, camaraderie, and accomplishments. In short: It’s the thing summer and lifetime memories are made of.
Find our Pride Guide after the jump
Billy Cavallo in Andrew Christian’s latest viral video, “Gay & Lucky.”
A few months ago, Gayborhood bartender Billy Cavallo jetted out to L.A. to fulfill one of his requirements as winner of 2013′s Most Original Stoli Guy competition: to film an Andrew Christian video. (You can watch that here.) While he was there, however, filmmakers had him star in another spot that veered away from the underwear retailer’s typical bulge-tastic ads in favor of something a little more heartwarming.
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What’s happening this week in Gay Philly:
The 20th annual AIDS Education Month kicks off with a free reception and awards ceremony that honors individuals who stand out as exemplars in the community of those fighting for the rights of people with HIV. This year the award will be presented to Francoise Barre-Sinoussi (pictured), PhD and recipient of a Nobel Prize in medicine. Hors d'oeuvres and meaningful conversation is free for all in attendance. Check out the full AIDS Education Month itinerary here. June 3, 5:30 p.m., Free, Independence Visitor's Center, 6th and Market streets. —Joe McGee
Lambda Legal is hosting a screening of George Zuber's Just Gender, a documentary that utilizes archival footage and interviews with transgender people, their families and health experts to "explore the breadth of transgender diversity and the experiences of daily life within the transgender community." The screening is part of a series hosted by Lambda Legal that benefits local trans-benefitting organizations. There will be a talk-back session following the film. Tuesday, June 3rd, 6:45 p.m., Ritz East, 125 South Second Street.
Philly Dyke March readies for its annual march with a good old-fashioned craft night and sign-making party. Expect drink, snacks, and some of the liveliest conversation you're likely to find on a Wednesday night in Philly. Wednesday, June 4th, 6 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Debbie McGeorge of Art + TK Photography
Now that the initial excitement of gaining marriage equality in Pennsylvania has died down a bit, it's time to ask some serious questions, namely what in the hell does this mean for us now?! To help put it all into perspective ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Mazzoni Center and a handful of other local organizations have invited a team of attorneys and law professors to discuss the implications of Whitewood v. Wolf, and the legal rights and responsibilities that come with it. Among the topics will be all the new things that are coming our way, like adoption and divorce, and "how Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination laws might (or might not) protect same-sex couples from discrimination based on marital status." Wednesday, June 4th, 6 p.m., free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Song Wars judges have finally narrowed down its crop of contestants to five: Eric Jaffe, John McCarthy, Katie White, Lauren Cohen, and Madonna Black. One of these chanteuses will walk away with a $2,000 prize, and the title of the Gayborhood's best singer — or at least until Josh Schonewolf hosts another singing competition. Wednesday, June 4th, 10 p.m., Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street.
Mazzoni Center‘s The Real Impact Project (TRIP), an empowering, health-first campaign for men of color who have sex with men, and trans women of color, is hosting another testing event, this time with a screening of the web series Boys. Director Isaiah Freeman will be in attendance for the event, which includes a spread of soul food, and free HIV/STD testing. Everyone who attends gets a free token to cover their trip to and from the venue. Thursday, June 5th, 5 p.m., William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
SugarHouse Casino is getting in on this year's Pride festivities with a variety show featuring some of the area's most legendary talents. I'm talking Lisa Lisa, Sandy Beach, Morgan Wells, and comedy queen Carol Ann Carol Ann. Five dollars from every ticket sold will benefit MANNA. Thursday, June 5th, 8 p.m., $15, SugarHouse Casino, 1001 North Delaware Avenue.