For its charitable giving and festive appeal, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Glamsino Royale: Carnaval. This time around, the event plans to host a “perfect night of glitz, glamour and good fortune.” Guests can expect to be wowed by partaking in high-roller casino table games and silent auction bidding while listening to the party jams of DJ Sharyn Stone. There is a open bar and endless Brazilian bites, and proceeds from the entire event are going to ActionWellness. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd, at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 South 17th Street. Tickets
“The Revolution,” Philadelphia’s first-ever LGBTQ Women’s Week, is launching this week. Started by The Strong Catalyst, a local lesbian multimedia collective, the event is centered on “bridging the gap between lesbian women and the rest of the LGBTQ women’s community.”
“I began wondering what it would look like to have a weeklong event that was just for LGBTQ women that was socially conscious, charity-focused, and conversation-driven,” Amanda Swiger, co-founder of The Strong Catalyst and executive producer of the event, told G Philly. “After attending Outfest last year for the first time as a community organization and a normal person, I saw things differently. It felt too male, too white, too party driven to actually do our community much good.” Read more »
Amber Hikes, the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, has served in community leadership positions at the Attic Youth Center, William Way Community Center, Philadelphia Dyke March, and many other organizations. We chatted with the unapologetically proud black queer woman on her goals in combating Gayborhood racism, things she’s never told anyone, and following in the footsteps of one of her favorite mentors, the late Gloria Casarez. Read more »
For its diverse lineup of entertainment and intersectional harmony, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Queer Performances of Color. This edition’s theme is “Empowering Women of Color Through Intersectional Feminism” as your favorite queer female performers “show unity and solidarity in our community.” Guests can expect performances fromSelene Rose, VinChelle, Jakeya, Isa Ardiente, Jaeda, Büm Büm Kapau, and many more. Special guests speakers at the event are Ashley Coleman and Shani Akilah of the Black & Brown Workers Collective. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, at CiBo Ristorante Italiano 1227 Walnut Street. Everyone is welcomed and suggested donations are $5 to $20. Read more »
As news broke that President Trump might actually encourage discriminatory anti-LGBTQ policies in an upcoming executive order, Gayborhood leaders have been especially proactive in mobilizing the community for immediate action.
Last week, the community and its allies threw a “Queer Rager” that brought a crowd of 1,000 out to protest Trump’s visit to Philly. This past Sunday, Philadelphia Gay News founder/publisher Mark Segal moderated a private, predominantly white meet-and-greet with Senator Cory Booker on how the community can unite surrounding LGBTQ discrimination. Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club is now putting together a “March Against Discrimination” that diverse organizations across the city have signed on to co-sponsor. This newfound sense of activism has even gotten some thinking that we should skip Philly Pride this year and head to D.C. for a national LGBT march that’s happening on the same day (June 11th).
But as I notice all of this emerging enthusiasm for social justice, I ask myself: Where were all of these white community leaders and activists during the fight against Gayborhood racial discrimination?
For its refreshing entertainment and impressive spirits, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Toasted Walnut Grand Opening Celebration. The Gayborhood is expanding with a new bar geared toward “quality and equality, a perfect mix for your nightlife.” Guests can look forward to drink specials, a variety of hors d’oeuvres from Food Network’s CHOPPED Ultimate Champion Chef Diana Sabater, and music from DJ Sal Ly. This event features free admission and kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut Street. Read more »
“Better late than never” might be the best way to describe the nearly complete restoration of The Lincoln, the apartment building at 1222 Locust Street in Washington Square West’s Gayborhood that was seriously damaged in a fire in 2006.
David Perelman bought the onetime hotel-turned-apartment building in 2014, and the company he founded, PRDC Properties, has been rebuilding it for the past year. Even as construction crews were working to finish the lobby and several apartments on our recent tour, new residents are already moving into the building. Read more »
For its diversity and charitable vibe, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Something of a Different Color. This is event is an all-inclusive gala that includes drag performers, burlesque performers, and visual artists of color. Centered around forming “solidarity against racism, misogyny and transphobia,” the event is a kickoff for the Team Bayard MLK Day of Service. Starring Sapphira Cristal and Icon Ebony-Fierce, the charity event also features performances by Ann Artist, Dee Composed, The Means, Dada Cos, and Honey Davenport. With live music by DJ J Clef, proceeds will support the efforts of The William Way Center and the artists. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street. Food, snacks and beverages will be served; donations are requested on a sliding scale of $5 to $500.
Other events to check out this weekend:
LGBT/ Non-Binary Pride Celebration: 1 p.m. at Washington Square Park, 7th and Spruce streets.
Eat Your Beats: 10 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street.
This Little Piggy – January Edition!: 10 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street.
Buck’s Junk: 9 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street.
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For its charitable game-show entertainment and classic Hollywood nostalgia, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is GayBINGO’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road This time around, your favorite BVDs (Bingo Verifying Divas) are “off to see the wizard” with live music and exciting giveaways. Guests can expect to be dazzled by incredible drag performances while playing one of the most spectacular rounds of gay bingo in the region. There is a cash bar with snacks, and proceeds from the entire event go to the Philly AIDS Fund. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, at The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street. Tickets Read more »
Gayborhood community leaders and nonprofit organizations are mourning the untimely death of HIV-prevention advocate Chris Collins, 37, on Tuesday morning. The cause of death has not been made public.
Many have taken to social media to remember his legacy. Read more »