For its solidarity with the local trans community, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall. Enjoy an afternoon that plans to honor transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through music, live entertainment, and more. Hosted by the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, this community-wide event features performances and appearances by Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, Janis Stacy, Kim Watson, Naiymah Sanchez, and Kaleia Brown. Special guest Gavin Grimm will speak to the crowd. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th, outside Philadelphia City Hall. Free admission. Read more »
As summer party vibes turn up, the LGBTQ events scene is ready to take flight. In recent months, our city’s LGBTQ night life has been hit with more original and out-of-the-box events that are diversifying and revamping our typical schedules. Here are four event producers who are creating the most unique and inventive LGBTQ parties, collaborations and themes in the city. Read more »
As summer begins to heat up, it’s time to hit the streets and venture out. In recent months, our city’s LGBTQ night life has definitely gotten a well-needed revamp with new spots elevating the inclusivity and creativity of the community. Here’s four venues with the most unique LGBTQ events, drinks, and vibes. Read more »
For its immense popularity and girl’s night out vibes, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly HER Summer Party. After its previous social gathering quickly sold out, the HER app team now plans to “take over one of Philly’s hottest venues that’s sure to create the best vibes!” Guests can expect a dance party, art visuals, prize giveaways, ice breakers, and an LGBTQ-inclusive space full of queer women to mingle with. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd, at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Tickets. Read more »
For its “boylesque” flair and body-positivity, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Daddy & Friends. Get ready to see lion cubs, furry tigers, and hairy bears — male queer performers in all shapes, sizes, and talents. This popular monthly series, produced by Josh Schonewolf, feature musical acts, dance numbers, and other surprises we can’t describe here. The opening act is Moses Cyrus, and you can expert tristate-area performers such as Matt Knife, Vic Sin, Baron Atomy, and more. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, at L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street. Cover at the door. Read more »
For its popular notoriety and five-star entertainment, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision. This time around, veteran showstopper Miss Richfield plans to entertain “with comedic songs, videos, and her unique take on audience participation [that] will help calm any post-election panic, and provide tools to prevent the apocalypse!” Guests can expect to a part of this highly interactive performance that’s filled with surprises. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street. Tickets Read more »
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
If you’re a vegetarian, like me, you don’t really look forward to the centerpiece on the big ole’ Turkey Day meal (but, I’d be willing to bet that you do overload on mashed potatoes and that green bean casserole thingie). Instead, you’re plotting out your Thanksgiving week, which is notorious for parties, events, and festivities that you simply can’t pass up (just like that cranberry sauce in a can). We here at G Philly came up with our best bets of everything going on in gay Philly during the week of Thanksgiving, broken up in a day-by-day, easy to follow guide. Consider it your recipe for a holiday well-done. Read more »
Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and the notion of marriage in an age and state where gay people can actually get married now. Delving into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL.
Josh Schonewolf presents … racism?!
That’s what a pair of local bloggers are claiming after marketing materials for his upcoming event “Once You Go Black” recall images from the American minstrel show era, and include a few questionable choice of words. (We obtained the original promotional poster—since removed due to the public’s reaction—pictured left.)
Besides the obvious artistic styling of the poster, what seems to have caught the attention of critics are the phrases “Feat. some of Philly’s most innovative sparkly black performers,” and “You know, the girl you see on the street corner talking about, ‘Yo man, I saw one them thangs walking down the street.'” The title of the event alone, “Once You Go Black,” is a direct reference to the hyper-sexualization of men and women of color.