In today’s edition of What The Heck Are People Thinking, there’s this: a full-size stuffed reindeer that sings Christmas carols and talks. His name is Trevor, he can support the weight of kids, and he can be programmed to sing and say pretty much anything. Oh, and he’s $5,600. But it gets crazier.
If you’re dreaming more of fun in the sun than a white Christmas, you may enjoy singer-songwriter Keo Nozari’s new holiday anthem, “Christmas Came Early.” Be on the lookout for gold hot pants, a few crazy party guests and even an angel twink having some homo-rific hijinks around the pool.
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In case you missed Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus‘ holiday show, we have a highlight with no shortage of sexy Santas – and some drag.
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Gay choral groups around the country always seem to have great twists on holiday favorites. That’s definitely true for the One Voice Chorus in North Carolina which recently sang about Chick-Fil-A to the tune of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”
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For many LGBT young people, the holiday season can be especially difficult as they navigate family, religious communities and their own feelings. That’s what inspired as many as 40 real moms (and some dads) from around the country to join YourHolidayMom.com, a website offering messages of support to the community.
The concept was started by a woman named Robin Rice who sent recorded messages to young people under the guise of Your Holiday Mom. She eventually recruited other parental figures to join the cause. Here’s an example of just one of the messages being shared this season:
East Passyunk Avenue has become a kind of second Gayborhood in recent years. And for good reason. The gay-friendly enclave is not only home to many in the LGBT community, but also plenty of gay-owned shops, restaurants and other attractions. To celebrate everything we love about this creative little enclave, The East Passyunk Ave. Business Improvement District (EPABID, for short) is kicking off a new, month-long “Deck the Ave” campaign tonight (Nov. 29) with events, sales and promotions at more than 150 independently owned retail shops, restaurants and bars.
It all gets started with the official Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain (5 p.m.). And starting on Saturday (Dec. 1) – and every Wednesday through Dec. 22 – kids can have their photo taken with Santa at Alphabet Gardens.
Here’s a roundup of events:
With Halloween, perhaps the gayest holiday of the year, just around the corner, we wanted to share some creative inspiration from Simon Doonan. The gadfly and former window dresser for Barney’s New York (also Jonathan Adler’s longtime squeeze) teamed up with Ravenswood Winery to channel the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe this season. And as many of us may know, Poe spent many years in Philadelphia penning his masterpieces, so these how-to tips for the ultimate Poe party could never be lost on our gay denizens, right?
Here are Doonan’s Do’s and Don’ts for the ultimate Edgar Allen Poe-themed party:
Do enjoy it. Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday beacuse it is all about self-expression and fun … and some quality hooch. Nobody dreads Halloween. People always feel good about Halloween. It’s a great time to express your personal style and your sense of fun.
Do impersonate. What better time to pay homage to your heroes and anti-heroes? I’m talking Ziggy Stardust, Winston Churchill, Kermit or Kim Kardashian, and yes, Mr. Gothic himself, the late great Edgar Allan Poe.
Do let it rip. Halloween is a great time for a little hedonism, by which I mean knock back the Ravenswood (how Poe-tastic is that Raven-embellished label?) and have a good time! A really, really good time.
Do look stylish. Halloween is also the perfect opportunity to step up your fashion quotient: higher heels, daring chapeaux, tighter frocks … and that’s just the men.
Zombie Superman? Ben Franklin? A vampire? Or should he go Gangnam Style? PA’s soon-to-be first openly gay legislator Brian Sims wants you to help decide what he should wear for Halloween this month. “I hate fundraising. Period,” says Sims. “Campaigns should be about issues, policy and leadership, but unfortunately campaigns cost a lot of money. I spent a lot in my race, even went in to debt, and soon have to start fundraising for my next election.”
So he’s accepting votes with campaign contributions. Each $10 contribution counts as a vote. Folks can vote more than once, until this poll closes at 3 p.m. on October 26.
“The winning costume will be annouced that afternoon,” says Sims. ”If I’m going to have to fundraise – I’m at least going to have some fun with it.”
You’ve seen them on television – and with the Dollstars at Voyeur. Now you will be able to see them during a celeb-filled cruise. “Drag Stars at Sea: Revenge of the Wench” departs dry land (Dec. 2) for some wet and wild fun just in time for the holiday travel season on the Carnival Glory (no hole jokes, please). Not only will the cruise host 40 of the most famous drag queens this side of Logo, but the cruise is guaranteed to be among the gayest yet.
Guests will be able to rub elbows with RuPaul’s Drag Race stars at many events throughout the cruise, as well as enjoy campy stage shows. Some of the familiar faces include:
Alexis Mateo, Alisa Summers, Bebe Zahara Benet, Carmen Carrera, Chad Michaels, Delta Work, Dida Ritz, India Ferrah, Jade Chicago, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Juju Bee, LaShauwn Beyond, Latrice Royale, Madame LaQueer, Manila Luzon, Mariah, Milan, Mimi Imfurst, Morgan McMichaels, Mystique Summers, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Phoenix, Raja Gemini, Rebecca Glasscock, Sahara Davenport, Shangela, Shannel, Sharon Needles, Sonique, Stacey Layne Matthews, Tatianna, The Princess, Tyra Sanchez, Venus D’Lite and Yara Sofia.
Michelle Visage will also be hosting many of the festivities, and welcoming guests to the newly refurbished ship - new carpeting (again, no jokes), tile work, lighting and entertainment facilities. While not exactly a maiden voyage, this cruise will be only the second time the ship welcomes guests into its new digs. The main stage even boasts 1,400 seats for what promises to be the drag event of the year.
The cruise itself departs from Miami to Nassau and makes stops in Paradise Island, St. John, St. Thomas, San Juan and the Grand Turks (yep, that’s Turks and Caicos to you). Prices start from $449 per person.
Target may have rattled LGBT consumers when it was revealed that the chain’s management donated money to a PAC that supported anti-gay candidates a few years ago, but the popular retailer has also been catering to LGBT shoppers in a big way (remember those t-shirts?). Most recently, Target introduced a line of gay greeting cards.
Since the middle of June, the cards have been hitting the racks under the headings “For two special women” and “For two special men.” Created by Carlton Cards, a division of American Greetings, the cards can be used for everything from anniversaries to big gay weddings.
“Target is focused on diversity and inclusivity,” Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder recently told the Star-Tribune. The retailer is also a major sponsor of the Pride festivities in its home base of Minneapolis, and regularly scores high on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
Turns out gay-themed cards can mean big business. There have been a few boutique companies that have been making cards for the LGBT community for years – even card giant Hallmark has been offering cards for same-sex couples since 2008.
And there’s a reason for this.
According to Witeck-Combs Communications, LGBT consumers have serious purchasing power – to the tune of $790 billion (or almost $50,000 per adult). It’s no wonder why so many companies like Target are courting the community, even if it means risking alienating outspoken conservatives. When Target released its line of pro-gay tees earlier this summer to raise money for groups working to defeat the marriage ban, opponents warned they would boycott the store.
But hey, it worked for J.C. Penney when they hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. The backlash against the backlash gave the retailer more news for its relaunch than they could have ever hoped from the run-of-the-mill ad campaign.
Wonder if there’s a card for that?