Gayborhood Hotel Evacuated After Fire

A fire late Monday afternoon at the Parker Spruce Hotel in the Gayborhood forced the evacuation of at least 54 residents. The one-alarm fire was under control in 10 minutes, but still forced scores of residents to leave.

They were apparently taken away from the scene on SEPTA buses.

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PHOTOS: OutFest 2014 Packed the Gayborhood Again



G Philly teammates were out taking in OutFest during three parts of the day. Contributor Bryan Buttler went early, as local organizations were setting up their tents and photographers were wiping off their lenses for a full day of picture-snapping. It was a gorgeous day for a Gayborhood block party.

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Weekend Roundup: Same-Sex Wedding Expo, Aiden James, Pissi Myles, OutFest, and More

Radisson Blu LGBT 10-12HIGHLIGHT: We’re all waiting on pins and needles for this weekend’s 24th annual OutFest celebration. The event is one of gay Philly’s best, a reliable afternoon of good times, high spirits and A-plus entertainment from drag queens and LGBT arts groups across the city. The formula has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it’s worked, but this year we have a little something extra to celebrate: marriage!

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling in May, this year’s OutFest will see more married and affianced couples than ever before. And I bet we’ll see a few engagements, too. With that in mind, local wedding expo organizer Bouche Productions is teaming with Wired 96.5 for a complementary Same-Sex Wedding Showcase happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the nearby Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. They’re inviting lovebirds to stop by before, after or during OutFest to get to know some of the local vendors who are biting at the chomp to help put together a gay wedding.

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6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Fortune Feimster at Helium, One of the Guys Finale, the First QOTA of Fall, and More



Philly Drag Queen Offends With 9/11-Themed Performance. Did She Go Too Far?

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Divine, from the Official Divine Facebook

When I was an undergrad, I took a feminist art history course as a random elective, and I loved it so much that I almost changed my major. When it came to the 1970s segment of the class, we spent a lengthy amount of time discussing performance artists. The piece I will always remember, not because of the physical performance, but because of the debate in our class surrounding it, was Carolee Schneemann‘s 1975 work “Interior Scroll.” In it, Schneemann posed nude while covering herself with mud. Then, she took a scroll out of her vagina and started reading it.

We were all really torn about whether or not to call Schneemann’s work “art.” That’s not really the point here: Call it whatever you want, but she really wasn’t harming anyone by performing the work, and it’s still considered one of the most provocative feminist “artworks” of the 20th century.

That clearly won’t be said about a performance that took place at last week’s Philadelphia Drag Wars competition that’s caused quite a stir. The show, which took place on September 11th, featured a number by drag queen Ariel Versace. Dressed in Muslim garb, Versace entered the stage adorned with bombs. From a balcony, someone threw dolls and shards of paper. The dolls were supposed to represent people jumping from the Twin Towers on 9/11, and the paper? If you watch footage from the day of the attacks, you can clearly see shards of Xerox copies falling from various offices in the World Trade Center.

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Philly Business Owners Offering $10K for Info Leading to Arrest of Gay Men’s Attackers

UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. Are These the Gay Beating Suspects Having Dinner at La Viola?

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I just got word from Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams that his business partners, the folks who run Penn 6, City Tap House, and Field House, want to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the people who attacked the two gay men last week in Center City.

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Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney Reveal Plans for 13th and Locust

Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.

From Turney's Instagram: "This is #Bud&Marilyn's restaurant opening day photo in 1950."

From Turney’s Instagram: “This is #Bud&Marilyn’s restaurant opening day photo in 1950.”

The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.

So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.

Review and Photos: The New Giovanni’s Room Ain’t the Same

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There were a lot of questions surrounding the announcement that Giovanni’s Room, the famed LGBTQ bookstore on the corner of 12th and Pine, would be operated by Philly AIDS Thrift: would the store maintain the same kind of merchandise? Would it feel the same as it did when it operated as a bookstore? The answer to both of these question is pretty clearly “No.” Read more »

BEWARE: Your Fruit Fly is Not Your Friend

Fruit flies, also known as fag hags, queen bees, homo honey, fruit loops, Goldilocks, flame dames, fairy princesses, gabes (a sweet combo of “gay” and “babes”) and cherry fairies, are frequent companions of gay men and visitors to the Gayborhood. Historically, these are the girls who surround themselves with gay men, usually only associating with gay men. They’re everywhere, they love us, and I want them to get the hell away from me.

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