Few could have predicted the runaway success of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when it premiered on FX in August of 2005. The show (now on FXX) recently wrapped up airing its 11th season, and has now been renewed through season 14. The show Rob McElhenney originally developed with Glenn Howerton is now a phenomenon.
While it shoots primarily in Los Angeles, It’s Always Sunny occasionally films some exteriors in Philly. On Friday, it’s filming in Center City around 12th and Locust. Read more »
The Philly LGBT Meetup is geared toward bringing the community together more.
Clutch – A Mr. & Ms. Philadelphia Bar Night
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Bike Stop, 206 South Quince Street.; over 21.
Mr. Philadelphia Leather, Rudy Flesher, wants you to come out for a night of mingling and cocktails. Wearing leather and gear is highly encouraged. Read more »
Candlelight vigil at City Hall for the Orlando shooting victims. Photo by Ernest Owens.
Since the weekend, I have not been able to think much about anything besides but the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The club had a reputation of having a huge LGBTQ Latinx crowd that lived in their truth and danced to diverse music. Diverse gay bars are a sacred space in which LGBTQ people of color can be themselves in a world where being a double minority in America carries unfair consequences. Read more »
Una Bruja is the mastermind behind the all-inclusive LGBTQ Cutn Paste events.
Dame Luz is one of the few consistent female event producers in the male-dominated Gayborhood. One of her wildly successful events, Cutn Paste, strives to include all LGBTQ walks of life through music and dance. We got to chat with the mastermind on what keeps her going on one of the community’s biggest weekends, Philly Gay Pride. Read more »
The Philly Dyke March is celebrating its 19th annual gathering, march and rally.
15th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
June 9th-11th, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; all ages.
Hosting one of the most prolific trans health conferences in the world, the Mazzoni Center is helping to put on three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. Read more »
Dr. Timaree Schmit is a popular local sex educator and host of the “Sex With Timaree” podcast. She chatted with us on her love for sex awareness and the creativity she puts into her monthly Honeygasm event.
You’re one of the few women I notice hosting events regularly in the Gayborhood. What is that experience like?
It’s true, most Gayborhood events are run by men, with male audiences more in mind, but there is absolutely space for everyone. Burlesque is magical because it’s largely female performers and the audience is often majority female — and there are few nightlife scenes like that, gay or straight. I got my start as a host/producer at Sisters. Influential women like Amber Hikes and Denise Cohen gave me my start — doing events with other women, for other women — and it was really inspiring to see that there is a market for that, and that we can make these things for ourselves. We don’t have to wait for the boys to set aside a spot for us. Read more »
“Time Is on Our Side,” a new play by R. Eric Thomas.
World Premiere: “Time Is on Our Side”
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 1512 Spruce Street; all ages.
Local playwright R. Eric Thomas debuts a new play that creatively transcends LGBTQ history and pop culture with a smart and humorous cast. Starring Brandi Burgess, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kristen Norine, and Ryan Walter. Tickets Read more »
Image of crest via GOAL Facebook page.
Amid a controversy that has been brewing since April, the Greater Philadelphia Gay Officer Action League (GOAL) announced Friday that it was withdrawing as one of the grand marshals of this year’s Philly Pride parade. “GOAL will not accept this honor until the community, loudly and proudly, decides we have earned it,” said Jo Mason, president of GOAL, in an official statement. “But rest assured, we will be there June 12th, as LGBT community members, and we will be there for the weeks, months, and years to come, listening, and working, for the betterment of all of us.” Read more »
RAISED is a fundraising event to benefit a production in this year’s 2016 Fringe Arts Festival.
Happy Bear — Memorial Day Kickoff
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.
Mingle with Philly’s most intriguing bears, cubs, otters, and salmon at Tabu! Be on the second floor of one of the Gayborhood’s most social bars for bumping musical vibes, drink specials, and a memorable experience. Read more »
By day, Stro Kyle, 30, works at the Attic Youth Center as a program specialist. But after sundown, he’s an emerging black queer-events promoter. Ahead of his all-inclusive Beards N Queers celebration this weekend, Kyle chatted with us about navigating the events scene in the Gayborhood and confronting racial conflicts as a way of bringing more inclusion into Philly’s LGBTQ community.
What made you interested in producing queer events in the city?
Philly is so diverse — it’s a city that thrives on individuality. I was born and molded to be unique and to never see myself as a follower — to find my true identity. The queer community holds these values, and I can identify with the scene. It’s literally a melting pot. I grew up with so many different art forms and musical styles. So for me, I believe my imagination is large enough to inspire the queer community. I’ve always dreamed of holding huge festivals and events that push boundaries. Contrary to what people believe, Philly is a breeding ground, an event promoter’s dream. Going to the Made in America festival confirmed that for me. Read more »