The Phillie Phanatic Will Come to Your Kid’s Birthday Party (If You Win This Auction)

If you have the cash, the Phillie Phanatic will come to your birthday party.

We are still a ways from baseball season, but that sounds like quite the deal. Baseball’s winter meetings are this week, with representatives from all 30 teams meeting in Baltimore for discussions, trade talks, and various award ceremonies. As part of this year’s meetings, MLB and the clubs are holding a charity auction in memory of Mets media relations exec Shannon Forde. Forde, well liked by reporters, fans, and players alike, died of cancer at 44 earlier this year.

Proceeds from the auction, which you can reach at, will go to fund the renovation of a youth field in Little Ferry, Bergen County, New Jersey. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend


3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Field House, 1150 Filbert Street; over 21.

The Field House hosts the 3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament helping to support the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the MS Society and Mazeppa Productions. Tickets can be purchased online and include a complimentary game, beer, snacks and the chance to give back in a fun way. Read more »

Sixers to Hold 76 Draft Parties Later This Month


Remember when the Sixers were so popular 76 couples would get married at halftime on Valentine’s Day? Well, after the miracle it was that the Sixers didn’t lose 76 games last season, the team has decided to celebrate with 76 draft parties on June 26th. It’s one for each draft pick the Sixers own!

(In reality, the Sixers only own seven draft slots: The 3rd and 10th overall, then five in the second round — numbers 32, 39, 47, 52 and 54.)

“We will have an unprecedented 76 Sixers Draft parties to match the size and scope of what this night means to our organization, and especially to our fans,” said Sixers Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer Tim McDermott “said” in a the press release. “Unprecedented” surely is the correct term, but who else would try this? The Sixers are the only team with 76 in their name. Maybe the Delaware 87ers could’ve tried having 87 parties for some event, but they’ve only been around a year.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, Oct. 26

Justin Bond plays the William Way on Friday (courtesy of the artist)

William Way hosts the Queer Fear Costume Closet (6:30 p.m.) with great garb from Philly AIDS Thrift.

ArtNUDE Philadelphia is presented by the James Oliver Gallery (7 p.m.) to benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The exhibit features 23 artists with performances by Katie Gould, DJ Mike Lowry and DJ Rich, among others.

The Queer Fear Cabaret features none other than Justin Vivien Bond (7:30 p.m.) with the Bearded Ladies. Check out Bond’s amazing new album here.

Play the Halloween Match Game (7:30 p.m.) at L’Etage with the Real Housewives of South Philly.

The eXtreme Masquerade takes over the Top of the Tower (8 p.m.) with Ballet X and DJ Captain Ridiculous.

Night of the Living Drag Queen comes to life at Rainbow Mountain Resort in East Stroudsburg (8 p.m.) with Scarlett Lettah and friends – and a dance party to follow.

Peter Sterling hosts his Halloween Ball (9 p.m.) at D’Ignazio’s Towne House Bar in Media to benefit the Special Olympics. Look for a special appearance from Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia – and a costume contest with oodles of prizes.

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Equality Forum Celebrates 20 Years

Equality Forum celebrates its 20th anniversary this year when events officially kick off May 3 – 6 in Philadelphia. Looking back on the last 20 years, the LGBT symposium has covered a wide array of topics. This year, the spotlight is on Israel.

“Our 20th anniversary celebrates the transformation from a groundbreaking regional LGBT conference into the premier and largest annual national and international LGBT summit,” says Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the organization. He says Israel was selected as a featured nation thanks to its LGBT-friendly culture in the not-so-LGBT-friendly Middle East.

A private reception for press, officials and LGBT leaders kicks off four full days of events at the Gershman Y on May 2, followed by panels, parties and important discussions about LGBT life around the world.

There are 25 panels in total, with featured guests from Israel and around the country, including a few highlights:

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