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The City’s annual OutFest, a celebration of just about everything LGBTQ, rocked the Gayborhood almost all day Sunday. Besides from the vendors and plenty of music (and drink), there were a few sobering moments to the festivities: A new Philadelphia rainbow flag was unveiled at a ceremony at City Hall (see our coverage of that event here) and a special mural was dedicated to the late Gloria Casarez at 12th Street Gym.
However, the day was mostly uninhibited fun, and Instagram was the perfect place to get a taste of all of those who celebrated. We rounded up some of our favorite shots from yesterday’s festivities.
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This Sunday is a big gay celebration for Philadelphia: Besides the notorious OutFest in the Gayborhood, the City’s annual LGBT Flag Raising Ceremony will take place, and a special new rainbow flag will be unveiled.
We got a sneak peek of the specially designed banner which the City’s Director of LGBT Affairs, Nellie Fitzpatrick, posted on Facebook. It’s being billed as “a true representation of the City and LGBT community being one,” since the flag features the seal of the City of Philadelphia.
The flag will have its official unveiling this Sunday, October 11 at 11:30 am at Philadelphia City Hall. The ceremony will hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, the City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
In addition to OutFest and the flag raising, a mural in honor of Gloria Casarez, the late LGBT civil rights leader, will be dedicated on Sunday starting at 1 pm at the 12th Street Gym.
For more information, check out our guide to LGBT History Month events in Philadelphia.
So much for all of that righteous talk from Philly Jesus (PJ): We’ve tracked down a picture of PJ performing at last year’s OutFest, one of the largest LGBTQ parties in the city, and he doesn’t seem to have any problems whatsoever with the gays, unlike his recent suggestion on Facebook that “GAY PRiDE iS WHY SODOM GOT FRiED!”
The photo, which was taken by G Philly contributor Freedom G Photography, shows PJ looking pretty loud and proud with a mic about to hop on the performance stage at the annual event:
In case you’re wondering why we’re sharing this, it comes after PJ went on a social media “anti-gay marriage” rant last week, and his subsequent remarks to one of our writers. I also suggested we quit taking pictures with him after his “true colors” were exposed.
But this is one last shot that we can’t help but share.
G Philly teammates were out taking in OutFest during three parts of the day. Contributor Bryan Buttler went early, as local organizations were setting up their tents and photographers were wiping off their lenses for a full day of picture-snapping. It was a gorgeous day for a Gayborhood block party.
HIGHLIGHT: We’re all waiting on pins and needles for this weekend’s 24th annual OutFest celebration. The event is one of gay Philly’s best, a reliable afternoon of good times, high spirits and A-plus entertainment from drag queens and LGBT arts groups across the city. The formula has stayed pretty much the same over the years, and it’s worked, but this year we have a little something extra to celebrate: marriage!
Thanks to Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling in May, this year’s OutFest will see more married and affianced couples than ever before. And I bet we’ll see a few engagements, too. With that in mind, local wedding expo organizer Bouche Productions is teaming with Wired 96.5 for a complementary Same-Sex Wedding Showcase happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the nearby Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel. They’re inviting lovebirds to stop by before, after or during OutFest to get to know some of the local vendors who are biting at the chomp to help put together a gay wedding.
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This Sunday marks the 24th annual OutFest block party in the Gayborhood. Besides all the fabulous out-and proud-celebrating and gay kiki-ing , there will be plenty of killer performances set to add even more color to an already rainbow-filled afternoon. One of those performers is Philly-bred singer-songwriter J Carson, who is returning to town from Los Angeles, where he is currently working to make a name for himself in the mainstream music business.
I caught up with Mr. Carson this week, and he couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to perform for his Philly brethren. You can catch him on the OutFest mainstage on Sunday at 1:20 p.m., followed by an evening performance at Icandy. Until then, you can catch up with him in our fun little Q&A. Keep reading to hear what he’s been up to since moving to L.A., how being gay in the music industry has been a challenge for him, and why he calls Britney the “S” word. (Gasp!)
THEATER TROUPE: Mauckingbird Theatre Company
There’s a lot of queer theater happening in Philly these days, but no company devotes itself to the art of gayness quite like Mauckingbird. Each production comes with a gay slant, most recently a gender-bending take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In January, the company will take on Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony-nominated The Little Dog Laughed. Mauckingbird.org.
COMEDIAN: Alejandro Morales
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Stan. Stan who? Standup comedian Alejandro Morales is one funny son of a bitch. (Ba-dum-bum.) Catch the “comedian at large” in shows around the Gayborhood and beyond.
NEW DRAG QUEEN: Maddy Milan
Part Kitty Wells, part Joan Collins on too much bubbly, you never know if this ditzy queen is going to dazzle you with a ditty or smack you upside the head with a pair of the lowest hanging titties this side of Shady Pines. If you’re extra lucky, she just might do both.
ANNUAL EVENT: OutFest
As gay Philadelphians, we’re blessed with an array of LGBT goings-on, but only one takes place right in the Gayborhood. This autumn block party continues to grow, this year bringing in more than 20,000 homos to rage in the name of being out and damn fabulous. Phillypride.org/outfest.
WEB SERIES: One of the Guys
Out of the handful of Philly-based LGBT web series that popped up this year, nothing makes us smile as consistently as Michael Busza’s Emmy-nominated (!) One of the Guys. Shot on Temple’s campus, the show concerns three gay men and their straight roomie, tackling all kinds of millennial-focused shenanigans and doling out LOLs by the minute. The last two episodes of the series will air between now and next spring, with the finale promising to find the guys splashing around in … Rehoboth!
ART GALLERY: Bridgette Mayer
Housed in an airy 1799 Old City brownstone, the contemporary collections never get dull, thanks to the glamorous blonde curator, whose drive to showcase quixotic, under-the-radar artists is both passionate and laser sharp. And she’s the gallerist who truly gives back: A recent show turned over 20 percent of proceeds to BalletX, the city’s edgy ballet company. Now that’s creative inspiration. 709 Walnut St., 215-413-8893, bridgettemayergallery.com.