Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.
BARTENDER: Ashley Coleman, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar
After slinging drinks for nearly four years at the now-shuttered Sisters, this gorgeous ray of sunshine has found a new home around the corner. You’ll usually find her working the upstairs bar, beaming and pouring her delish signature drink, the Ashley Punch, a fruity vodka-and-rum-based version of the Long Island Iced Tea. 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675, tabuphilly.com.
Alyssa Edwards poses with Philly drag queen Bev (aka Drew Gaver.) Photo by Alexander John Photography.
This year, a number of Drag Race queens have stepped down in Philly — Alaska, Jinx Monsoon, Manila Luzon — and while they were all great in their own right, none of them could bat an eye lash at the Vanessa Williams of drag herself, Alyssa Edwards, who performed last night at Ratchet Wednesdays at Tabu.
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Rendering of the John C. Anderson LGBT Friendly Apartments to open at 12th and Spruce.
In case anyone ever doubted the need for LGBT-specific housing for seniors, the John C. Anderson LGBT Friendly Senior Apartments, opening in January at 12th and Spruce streets, puts those doubts to rest. From the start, the buzz in the community was high; more than 100 potential residents lined up and waited outside the leasing office at the William Way Center on the first day applications were available.
Now comes word that the building is no longer taking applications for the lower-income-level apartments because there are already multiple applicants for each. But there are still apartments left for seniors 62 and above who make between $28,000 to $33,000 per year.
For more info, call the leasing office at William Way LGBT Community Center at 267.428.0269.
An Internal Affairs investigation has been launched after two men who were arrested at OutFest a few weeks ago claim that officers unnecessarily used excessive force when taking them into custody.
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Halloween is far from over, but the queens came out in droves this weekend in the Gayborhood to parade a lineup of creative, hilarious, downright sexy costumes. Here are some of the best ones that hit my radar.
The cast of Orange is the New Black at Stimulus. Photo courtesy of Amber Hi.
Our fall Guy at the End of the Bar Jeremy Tyler (right) as Maverick and Jason Lewis as an Amish hipster.
(L-R) Unidentified Cookie Monster, Ryan Leichtweisz, KYW Radios' Michael Braunstein, Scott NG and Chatterblast co-founder Matthew Ray.
(L-R) Rick Naugton as Green Lantern, unidentified Captain America and Joseph Fazio as Superman.
Penn 6 co-owner Tim Adams as Long Island Medium.
Tim Adams as Long Island Medium, with Barbie.
R. Eric Thomas is Teenage Mutant Ninja Urkel.
Philly singer-songwriter Aiden James
NSFW and The Guild co-founder Marquise Lee as Yo Gabba Gabba host DJ Lance Rock.
The Goddess Isis as Shirley Knott.
Maddy Milan (center) as "Pooo Chard" with friends "Zinfandel" and "Sancerre." Technically Maddy partied up in NYC, but how could I avoid sharing?
Charlie Biggs and Edward Benner (right) as Thor.
Temple web series One of the Guys star Aaron Palmer is a nerd.
Steve Cizzle as Sonic the Hedgehog.
Host Brittany Lynn (second from left) with Peek-a-Boo Revue and organizer Peter Sterling (red suit) at the successful inaugural launch of Peter Sterling Halloween Ball 2013.
Scene from Peter Sterling's Halloween Ball
Scene from Peter Sterling's Halloween Ball.
Love is Love Project, lead by Gianni (center)
Abdul Lateel riding the mechanical bull.
TwinkerBilly Swallos (left) and Lascivious Jane (right) of Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque
Optimal Sport Health Club Dance Workout
Timmy Tenderloin, Mr Philly Gay Pride 2013
Red Bull DJ booth outside Tabu.
Josh Schonewolf bartending at Tabu.
Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque's Lascivious Jane
OutFest was amazing this year — one of the best yet. The turnout was immense, the performances were hilarious and sexy and exciting, and each party was better than the next. Enjoy our slideshow of photos, where we focus on some of the fiercest entertainers and a handful of the most-colorful faces in the crowd. We’ll have the rest up on our Facebook page later this evening.
Photos by Ian Watson
Pull out the rainbow balloons, because today marks the first day of your LGBT History Month celebrations. Now this stuff isn’t something we learned in high school history class, so I’ve rounded up a few go-to resources that you can turn to this month to make sure you get all the facts
See our favorite four ways to celebrate LGBT History Month after the jump »
The Velvet Lily specializes in some rather spicy merchandise — and we’re not talking about food. Adult aids, pretty lingerie…but while some associate it with sex toys, the Lily takes education and sex-positivity seriously. And after five years, the company was looking for a neighborhood where its message could reach more people than it might on it prior location on Liberties Walk.
Velvet Lily owner/founder Khara Cartagena says, “There’s a lot more going on in the Gayborhood or Midtown Village–I don’t even know what to call it anymore; in New York they call it Midtown Village but I say Gayborhood–there are more interesting restaurants, more interesting shopping. We get closer to the hustle and bustle of hotels.”
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Ed Hermance, owner of the pathbreaking LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, is looking to make a change, reports WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler.
“I’m hoping to sell the store,” Hermance told her. “I’ve been looking for a partner, a successor for 25 years, and I think I’ve come close several times but it’s never actually happened.”
Hermance says he’s open to proposals from people who’d like to buy the store.
• Owner Selling Philly LGBT Bookstore Giovanni’s Room [G Philly]
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Legendary LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, which owner Ed Hermance has run for 37 years, is up for sale (both the building and the store). He (and the community, surely) is looking to keep the bookstore alive, but will sell it outright if there isn’t enough cash to make it happen. And in case he doesn’t, you better head to 12th and Pine and get your fix. Much more at G Philly.