MONDAY EVENTS National Legal Panel
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)
101 South Independence Mall East (5th and Market streets)
The Equality Forum hosts a conversation around LGBTQ laws and policies with a panel of legal experts and activists fighting for equal rights. SCOTUS marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell will be in the room to sign copies of his book, Love Wins. This event is free and open to the public. Read more »
John Street photo by Coke Whitworth/AP, Martha Graham Cracker photo from Facebook
Martha Graham Cracker at DNC @ Top of the Tower
On Tuesday, Equality PA is hosting Equality in the Sky, a Get Out the Vote fundraiser with Top of the Tower’s sweeping city views and a performance from Philly’s favorite — and seemingly busiest — drag queen, Martha Graham Cracker. Enjoy the show while rubbing shoulders with the political elite, including former governor/current chair of the DNC host committee Ed Rendell and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. Read more »
Philly4Pulse is Thursday, July 21, 2016 in the Gayborhood.
Philadelphia’s Gayborhood unites with public figures to support the victims of the Orlando Pulse shootings.
Since June 14th, owners and representatives from the Gayborhood’s most popular bars have joined forces to help host an event to support the victims of the tragic Orlando shootings at Pulse Nightclub. Called “Philly4Pulse,” these bar owners (including Tabu, ICandy, Knock, Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, and more) are putting on a huge one-night-only fundraiser with funds going directly to Equality Florida. “With 14 established bars coming together and pooling our contacts, resources, and energy, we have seen an unprecedented response from vendors, suppliers, volunteers,” said Tabu owner Jeffrey Sotland. “We have come together to support the community in ways we never imagined.” The July 21st event is slated to have participating bars feature over 30 local celebrity/public figure guest bartenders including Mayor Jim Kenney, Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley of Fox29, Rue Landau, and District Attorney Seth Williams. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith, who helped organized the 1993 March on Washington, will also be at the event in support. In addition to the bar crawls, participating nightclubs will hold Latino-themed evenings as a way of recognizing the majority of the victims of the shooting. “This event is more about just raising money and bringing customers into the bars, Sotland said. “This event is about engagement and the bar owners are bringing Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida, to Philadelphia to meet and engage with our community…she was 100% on board, when asked.” For more information on this upcoming event, check out the official Facebook event page. Read more »
“Exactly,” he replied. “There’s a Leonard Bernstein quote about this.”
I believe I found the quote after a little searching: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Ironically enough, that’s exactly what van Reigersberg will be doing during his new show playing the Kimmel Center’s SEI Studio in December. Read more »
Here’s where things will get fun: Shoot us an email with a square-shaped photo that you want us to gay up. We’ll pick our favorites and feature them in all of their fabulous queerness in a post on Friday, August 14th.
The delightful, insightful, and totally amazing Martha Graham Cracker turns 10 this month, and she’s not slowing down. She’ll be playing a packed show at New York City’s famed Joe’s Pub, and will return to her home town to celebrate her birthday at L’Etage next week. There’s no doubt that Martha is a different breed of Queen: She’s talented, got a full band to accompany her, and holds her audience captive through her daredevil musical routines. I was lucky enough to steal a few minutes from the high-in-demand lady to pick her brain about what makes her cabaret act so universal (and so darn fun).
When you first started the cabaret, did you ever imagine you’d make it to 10 years? Not at all. I took it one day at a time, or at least one show at a time, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to Jimmy and David, owners of L’Etage (and now the gorgeous Tavern on the Green in NYC!), who took a risk on me ten years ago and gave me the beautiful home-base/experimental-lab/launch-pad in the form of a monthly forum to find and refine Martha. The character, the interactive nature of the show, the astoundingly tight and responsive band….all those elements got better and more specific over that substantial period of time. And my styling has definitely improved. Martha was kind of disastrous aesthetically at first. Thanks to my wonderful style maven Max Brown, I can hold my head high whenever I hit the stage. Also Victor F. has been quite the shepherd and producer as well as pianist and first conceiver of many reimagined arrangements for pop tunes. I really couldn’t have done it without him. Read more »
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.