For its advocacy and Cirque du Soleil appeal, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is POSSE’s The Greatest Show on Earth!. Come enjoy an epic live showcase as members from the House and Ballroom Community (HBC) compete for more $3,000 in grand prizes in 22 categories, including vogue, runway, and fashion entertainment. This event is being hosted to support the efforts and mission of POSSE (Promoting Ovah-ness through Safer Sex Education) Project Philly, a research study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through the Adolescent Initiative Department. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, at Coda Nightclub, 1712 Walnut Street. Admission is free. Read more »
Ashley Coleman is a queer businesswoman, bartender, and events producer in the Gayborhood. The outspoken entrepreneur chats with us about being a woman of color in the performance scene, Gayborhood racism from the inside out, and how the community can really come together. Read more »
For its intentional inclusiveness and diverse music, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Femme Noir This time around, DJ Aura
and DJ Dame Luz will be spinning on the 1s and 2s for “a dance party & a celebration of black women & femmes but also femmes & women of color.” Queer black drag performer Icon Ebony Fierce will be there to strut their stuff and make this an empowering night to remember. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, at Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden Street. Entry is free between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., $5 at the door afterwards.
Other events to check out this weekend:
Vogue: A Celebration of Dance: Dance Party: 10:30 p.m. at Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut Street.
The Eric Jaffe Show!: 7:30 p.m. at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
Obsessed: Beyonce (Beyonce Dance Party All Night): 9 p.m. at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut Street.
NOTE: If you have weekend LGBTQ events that you would like considered for our top picks, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIDS Fund recently named the honorees who will be recognized at the 18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser centered on HIV/AIDS emergency services and public awareness efforts. “The huge impact that a small number of people can make is really extraordinary,” AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard told G Philly. “The honorees that have been selected this year have a great deal of passion for the cause, and not only does that raise awareness, but it’s also really important to our mission.” Read more »
For its wildly queer humor and out-of-the-box versatility, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is The 2017 Bechdel Test Fest. This two-day comedy festival celebrates “the talented and hilarious women and trans comedians of the Philadelphia comedy community.” Get ready for a wide range of comedy, including improv, sketch, stand-up, and more. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street. Tickets Read more »
For its charitable giving and festive appeal, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Glamsino Royale: Carnaval. This time around, the event plans to host a “perfect night of glitz, glamour and good fortune.” Guests can expect to be wowed by partaking in high-roller casino table games and silent auction bidding while listening to the party jams of DJ Sharyn Stone. There is a open bar and endless Brazilian bites, and proceeds from the entire event are going to ActionWellness. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd, at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 South 17th Street. Tickets
“The Revolution,” Philadelphia’s first-ever LGBTQ Women’s Week, is launching this week. Started by The Strong Catalyst, a local lesbian multimedia collective, the event is centered on “bridging the gap between lesbian women and the rest of the LGBTQ women’s community.”
“I began wondering what it would look like to have a weeklong event that was just for LGBTQ women that was socially conscious, charity-focused, and conversation-driven,” Amanda Swiger, co-founder of The Strong Catalyst and executive producer of the event, told G Philly. “After attending Outfest last year for the first time as a community organization and a normal person, I saw things differently. It felt too male, too white, too party driven to actually do our community much good.” Read more »
Amber Hikes, the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, has served in community leadership positions at the Attic Youth Center, William Way Community Center, Philadelphia Dyke March, and many other organizations. We chatted with the unapologetically proud black queer woman on her goals in combating Gayborhood racism, things she’s never told anyone, and following in the footsteps of one of her favorite mentors, the late Gloria Casarez. Read more »
For its diverse lineup of entertainment and intersectional harmony, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Queer Performances of Color. This edition’s theme is “Empowering Women of Color Through Intersectional Feminism” as your favorite queer female performers “show unity and solidarity in our community.” Guests can expect performances fromSelene Rose, VinChelle, Jakeya, Isa Ardiente, Jaeda, Büm Büm Kapau, and many more. Special guests speakers at the event are Ashley Coleman and Shani Akilah of the Black & Brown Workers Collective. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, at CiBo Ristorante Italiano 1227 Walnut Street. Everyone is welcomed and suggested donations are $5 to $20. Read more »
As news broke that President Trump might actually encourage discriminatory anti-LGBTQ policies in an upcoming executive order, Gayborhood leaders have been especially proactive in mobilizing the community for immediate action.
Last week, the community and its allies threw a “Queer Rager” that brought a crowd of 1,000 out to protest Trump’s visit to Philly. This past Sunday, Philadelphia Gay News founder/publisher Mark Segal moderated a private, predominantly white meet-and-greet with Senator Cory Booker on how the community can unite surrounding LGBTQ discrimination. Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club is now putting together a “March Against Discrimination” that diverse organizations across the city have signed on to co-sponsor. This newfound sense of activism has even gotten some thinking that we should skip Philly Pride this year and head to D.C. for a national LGBT march that’s happening on the same day (June 11th).
But as I notice all of this emerging enthusiasm for social justice, I ask myself: Where were all of these white community leaders and activists during the fight against Gayborhood racial discrimination?