Sure, all of those pride celebrations may be done, but that doesn’t mean that there are aren’t tons of great activities, parties, lectures, and events in LGBTQ Philly for the rest of June. We rounded up a calendar that should keep you super busy until the start of July.
Through the End of the Month
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene: Award-winning photographer Gerard Gaskin gives visitors an inside peek of ballroom culture at this exciting exhibit. Through August 16th, various times, free after museum admission, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Speaking Out for Equality: This groundbreaking exhibit at the National Constitution Center profiles the Constitution, gay rights, and the Supreme Court. Through January 3rd, various times, free after museum admission, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
A motley crew of Philly “artists, potheads, activists and other degenerates” are coming together this week to announce their endorsement for Jim Kenney for mayor (take that Inquirer!). Local comedian/writer/web producer/pot activist N.A. Poe has organized an event at Franky Bradley’s to raise funds for Kenney’s campaign and encourage folks that he’s the man for the job as Mayor of Philadelphia.
“My colleagues in activism aren’t necessarily fans of politicians, but we really took a shine to Jim,” Poe says. His work on the marijuana decriminalization bill solidified his commitment to making Philadelphia a progressive, world-class city, and his longtime support of the LGBT community—before it became a political trend—speaks volumes. These factors in particular inspired the counter-culture community in Philly to re-engage the political process and throw an affordable, off-beat fundraiser to support a candidate that understands the needs of [people like us]. We want to break the mold of the stuffy, boring suit-and-tie fundraiser. Although this event is being thrown by undesirables, we encourage anyone that wants to attend to come out and see how the other half lives.”
The set, which took place in the space formerly known as Sisters, comprised a whole range of well-known pop tunes—from a couple Beatles numbers to Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” The real showstoppers, though, were ambitious renditions of Aretha Fraklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” She nailed ‘em both. Her voice was in perfect form that night—soulful, strong and unwavering, even after two-and-a-half hours of hard singing. Her diva status continues to rise.
Celebrate the Golden Globes with the Bingo-Verifying Divas at AIDS Fund’s GayBingo on Saturday night.
This week at Tabu drag queen Ariel Versace hosts Chaos in Wonderland, which, as the name suggests, is an evening of twisted, cross-dressing performances inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The cast includes Satine Harlow, Sutton Fearce and Ladie Geisha.
At William Way, Martha Graham Cracker hosts an LGBT-themed Quizzo Cabaret to benefit Philly’s Friend Select School’s LGBT scholarship and the Attic Youth Center’s efforts to provide safe-space and community-building opportunities for LGBT youth. More info here.
Philly Improv Theater is hosting DTF Darryl and Timaree Fun House, a hilarious sex ed/comedy/game show all rolled up in an hour of laughs and education from Dr. Timaree (sex educator) and comedian Darryl Charles, and guest appearances by R. Eric Thomas and Alex Gross. This is a new spin on getting DTF.
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 delves 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. The event is a double-hearder with cabaret drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, who will take the stage when Thomas closes his set. A not-to-be-missed evening of funnies and song. Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30 p.m. (Thomas), 10 p.m. (Martha), L'Etage, 624 South Sixth Street. —Aubrey Nagle
ACLU-PA will honor some of the biggest LGBT movers and shakers of 2014 at its annual dinner—everyone from plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit, and the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer (pictured above with Brian Sims), who will be honored by the ACLU as an "outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser." The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, Ben Wizner. Wednesday, October 8th, 6 p.m., $100, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Drag stalwart Brittany Lynn is rolling out a new weekly event at Tabu that aims to prove "smart is sexy." This evening of gay Quizzo features five rounds of questions covering everything from entertainment and sports to music and science. There will be free shots given out during speed rounds, and first-place winners get a $75 (!) bar tab. Stick around afterward for an American Horror Story: Freak Show viewing party (more to come.) Wednesday, October 8th, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
We've been waiting so long to see what we'll be wearing on Wednesdays this fall. To celebrate the return of the gay-loved television series American Horror Story: Freak Show, two Gayborhood watering holes are kicking off weekly viewing parties so fans can come watch at the bar with family and all the drinks they can muster.
Following Quizzo at Tabu, Circus of the Stars winner Rev. Makensie Moltov will host an AHS viewing party, with the show being presented on the high-def TVs on the first level of the bar. Tabu's drink specials veer more toward the brown-liquor variety: $5 Jameson drinks and $5 Jack Daniels cocktails. Wednesday, October 8th, 10 p.m., free, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
The little brother to Josh Schonewolf's Miss Everything pageant, Mr. Everything is a new weekly contest looking for the most talented male-identified performer in Philadelphia. There are 15 contestants vying for the prize, including some well-known local performers like Sebastian, Icon Ebony-Fierce, and Kemar Jewel. The winner will get $1,000, a crown, and bragging rights, because who are you in the Gayborhood if you don't have something to brag about? R. Eric Thomas will host the 10-week event, with judges Dr. Timaree, Mistor Fahrenheit, and Amber Hikes eyeing up the competition to figure out who deserves the prize. Wednesday, October 8th, 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street.
Grab a blanket and lawn chair and get cozy in Dilworth Park's new front yard. Weekly family-friendly al fresco screenings will give you the chance to enjoy those perfect autumn nights under the stars. This week, Kinky Boots is on the big screen. Pictures in the Park is free of charge. Thursday, October 9th, 7 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets (West Side of City Hall). —Marquesa Rotuski
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.