The Top LGBTQ Performers of the Summer

Martha Graham Cracker

As curtains begin to rise on summer showcases, Philly’s LGBTQ performers are living for the applause. Here are five acts giving us the most inventive LGBTQ entertainment in the city. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn

Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn is Saturday, July 22nd.

For hosting a celebration that unites diverse LGBTQ women, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn. Her Philly MOVES returns with their once-a-month summer day party appreciating LGBTQ women of color during the 4th Annual HoodStock Festival, a community music showcase. Come join these diverse queer women, who have secured their own section, stage, DJ’s, and artists performing during the festival. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd, at Philadelphia Urban Creators, 2315 North 11th Street. Tickets Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day

LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day is Sunday, July 16th.

For hosting a charitable event that unites community and various identities, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day. This free charity event features a donation drive, barbecue, games and community building. The LGBTQ Home for Hope will be accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, food (fresh meats and vegetables, canned goods, breakfast, lunch and dinner items), toiletries, school/art supplies, hygiene items and much more. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th, at the LGBTQ Home for Hope, located at 2831 N. Hutchinson St. Donations. Read more »

The Top LGBTQ Venues of the Summer

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre performing. | Courtesy of FringeArts.

As summer begins to heat up, it’s time to hit the streets and venture out. In recent months, our city’s LGBTQ night life has definitely gotten a well-needed revamp with new spots elevating the inclusivity and creativity of the community. Here’s four venues with the most unique LGBTQ events, drinks, and vibes. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Jill Sobule Live

Jill Sobule is performing live at the William Way LGBT Center on Friday, July 7th.

For giving us a well-needed exclusive concert, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Jill Sobule Live. Billed as “topical, funny and more than a little poignant … grown-up music for an adolescent age,” this Los Angeles–based singer songwriter plans to sing her heart out with “great compassion, empathy, wit and considerable charm.” Net proceeds from the concert will go to support the William Way LGBT Center. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 7th, at at William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce St. Tickets. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: The 22nd Annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom

The 22nd Annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom is Friday, June 30th at the Arden Theatre.

For its inclusive celebration of youth, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom. Billed as the “longest consecutive-running prom of its kind in the country,” this event (for ages 14 to 20) aims to provide an affirming and welcoming space for LGBTQ youth and allies. This year’s theme is “Neon Lights” and encourages youth to come dressed in whatever they like and be their full authentic selves. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, at Arden Theatre Company, 40 North 2nd Street. Community members are encouraged to purchase tickets to donate for youth who may not be able to afford the event on their own. Tickets. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Philly HER Summer Party

Philly HER Summer Party is Friday, June 23rd, at World Cafe Live.

For its immense popularity and girl’s night out vibes, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly HER Summer Party. After its previous social gathering quickly sold out, the HER app team now plans to “take over one of Philly’s hottest venues that’s sure to create the best vibes!” Guests can expect a dance party, art visuals, prize giveaways, ice breakers, and an LGBTQ-inclusive space full of queer women to mingle with. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd, at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Tickets. Read more »

OPINION: Complicity and the Gayborhood

Last Wednesday, June 14th, was just an odd day. Not only was it the birthday of our current president, but also a reminder that progress is a journey full of unfortunate setbacks.

One such setback occurred at a book signing for a black gay media colleague of mine from New York at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse. The evening affair, which opened with a Q&A followed by a meet-and-greet, was packed mostly with black LGBTQ community members who came to hear a first-time author offer perspective on writing a collection of personal essays that explore self-discovery, resilience, and cultural empowerment. Such themes resonated with a crowd of people who have themselves experienced the power of fighting for survival and inclusion while facing discrimination and erasure. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” Celebration

Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” event is Sunday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m.

For its innovative approach and intersectional lens, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” Celebration. Come embrace inclusion and diversity at an event planning to “publicly demonstrate the strength, endurance, and power in solidarity of the queer and trans communities and our accomplices in the resistance against the increased discrimination and violence towards our community perpetuated by the current political and social environment.” As an alternative to the traditional Philly Pride festivities happening over the weekend, the Equality Coalition’s celebration is centered more on activism and empowering marginalized groups within the community. Local speakers and performers from various diverse groups within the city are slated to attend. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18th, at City Hall (North Apron, under the flags). Free admission. Read more »

Philly’s Pride Flag to Get Two New Stripes: Black and Brown

Image of new Pride flag via its designing company, Tierney.

Multiple sources closely connected with Thursday’s First Annual Pride Kick-Off at City Hall have confirmed to G Philly that the city’s Pride flag will add black and brown stripes below the traditional six-color rainbow layout. The new permanent design will be, from top to bottom: black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Read more »

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