Clay Cane is a New York City–based award-winning journalist, author, television personality, documentary filmmaker, and CNN.com contributor. Cane is the creator and director of the critically acclaimed original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. We chatted with the Philadelphia native on his career, identity, and debut memoir.
For its “boylesque” flair and body-positivity, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Daddy & Friends. Get ready to see lion cubs, furry tigers, and hairy bears — male queer performers in all shapes, sizes, and talents. This popular monthly series, produced by Josh Schonewolf, feature musical acts, dance numbers, and other surprises we can’t describe here. The opening act is Moses Cyrus, and you can expert tristate-area performers such as Matt Knife, Vic Sin, Baron Atomy, and more. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, at L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street. Cover at the door. Read more »
For its celebratory spirit and expansive networking, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is IBA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy an evening that plans to “celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the local LGBT business.” IBA will be presenting their seventh annual PNC Bank $10,000 LGBT Business Award and honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart. Guests can expect an endless dinner buffet and top-shelf open bar while mingling with members of the LGBT and business communities, local and state government officials, and leaders from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th at The Down Town Club, located at 600 Chestnut Street. Tickets are available online. Read more »
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission has launched an investigation of state Rep. Brian Sims after a complaint was filed late last year alleging that he might have committed “potential Ethics Acts violations” by accepting honoraria for certain speaking engagements. The existence of the investigation was first reported by PGN. Read more »
For its seasonal vibes and throwback thrills, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Dame Luz’s “Summertime: Outdoor ’90s Dance Party”. Enjoy a late-night free dance party featuring the sounds of one of the city’s favorite queer DJs. It’s a ’90s-themed rave, so don’t hesitate to rock out your wide-leg pants, tie a hoodie around your waist, and flip that baseball cap backwards. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, at La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts. Free admission. Read more »
GALAEI, a queer Latin@ social justice organization, will celebrate influential LGBTQ leaders at the eighth annual David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Awards (DARLA). This year’s theme — “Celebrating Queer Latinx Resistance” — highlights how the local queer Latinx community has shown resistance in this adverse political climate.
“With a resurgence of new activists and social justice supporters focused on addressing racist and discriminatory policies from local, state, and federal institutions that have arisen, GALAEI has remained committed to ensuring our work focuses on advocating for our community,” said GALAEI executive director Nikki Lopez. “DARLA honorees exemplify those who have cultivated revolutionary change in the LGBTQ and Latinx communities through activism, education, or a continued commitment to empowering GALAEI.” Read more »
For its diverse lineup of entertainment and intersectional inclusion, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Queer Performances of Color. This edition’s theme is “This Is Us,” as your favorite queer performers show “unity and solidarity against the racism and discrimination happening in the Gayborhood.” Guests can expect performances from Kitty Devereaux, Zsa Zsa St. James, WORDZ The Poet Emcee, and many more. Special guest speaker is G Philly’s Ernest Owens. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28th, at CiBo Ristorante Italiano, 1227 Walnut Street. Free admission with option to donate to the performers. Read more »
For its civic timeliness and community-building vibe, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is 2017 Transgender HIV Awareness Day. Recognize this significant day of advocacy with a full lineup of tributes, receptions, and live performances. There is a cash bar with snacks, and proceeds from the entire event go to the Philly AIDS Fund. Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Sharron Cooks will give a keynote address and serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th, at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This event is free and open to the public. Read more »