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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5 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Gay Speed-Dating, Stoli Guy Contest, Animated Drag, and More



Sisters to Re-Open as a Straight Bar

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You may have seen some action happening around Sisters lately. The shuttered lesbian bar on Chancellor Street is being prepped to open as … are you ready for this? A straight bar.

Real estate mogul—and gay rights champion—Mel Heifetz says he sold the building to Lord Chancellor, LLC for $750,000 on November 4th of last year. “It will reopen in a few weeks, totally redone as a straight bar and restaurant, catering to a new clientele,” he told Philadelphia Gay News. “It will welcome gay business, but not be oriented to our community.”

There are few details being released about what the space will look like. PGN suggests that renovation is taking place under the hand of Silk City Diner and N. 3rd owner Mark Bee, whose company, Justaplumber, received a liquor license transfer on the Sisters location from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in December.

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Opinion: Hey, Gayborhood Drag Queens, It’s Time To Up Your Game

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Three years ago, if you’d told me that I would spend every weekend being called “Fat Butt” by the local drag queens, I would have said, “Uh, no way. I’m afraid of drag queens.”

It wasn’t the “guy in a dress” thing. It was the clown thing. I’m terrified of them. The bright makeup, the colorful costumes, being able to fit seven or eight of them in a single cab—you know, the typical clown fear. And I had a hard time disassociating the two.

However, in the nearly two years I’ve been hanging out in the Gayborhood, I’ve lost my clown-based fear of queens, only to have it replaced by an appreciation for the art. Lately, though, there’s a boredom creeping in. I’m tired of seeing essentially the same show week after week. Similar costumes. The same songs. Between Top 40 radio and weekly drag shows, I’m getting a double dose of the already-repetitive songs the music industry pushes on us.

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8 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Drive-In Movie Nights, Warhol Operas, Brave New Voices and More



WEEKEND ROUNDUP: A New Daytime Dance Party, The Ladies of Songbird, and The Black Slot

Icon's Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

Icon’s Werkshop host Icon Ebony-Fierce. Photo courtesy of Alexander John Photography.

There’s a new monthly dance party and its name is Icon’s Werkshop. Led by Philly favorite Icon Ebony-Fierce, this happy hour shindig is breaking the mold and bringing dance to daytime, along with burlesque, vendors, and local artists and performers. But wait, that’s not all. In addition to being a dance party, Icon’s Werkshop also doubles as a fundraiser, specifically for the Phreak N Queer music festival.

Ebony-Fierce had this to say about Werkshop: “I wanted to do a midday event for people who work at night, [people who are] tired of late night drag/burlesque shows, or even people who want to day-drink on a summer day to pre-game for Saturday night.”

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Here’s Your Boys of Summer 2014 Lineup

Singer/dancer/model Mike Munich will headline Boys of Summer's Swimsuit Party at Voyeur on August 2nd.

Singer/dancer/model Mike Munich will headline Boys of Summer’s Swimsuit Party at Voyeur on August 2nd.

Steve McCann and PhillyGayCalendar have released the itinerary for this year’s Boys of Summer (BOS) festivities, which, like last year, promises to be a raging, all-weekend affair.

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