Sean Verdi, who you may remember as one of PhillyGayCalendar’s annual Boys of Summer lifeguards, was pronounced dead this week, succumbing to an apparent drug overdose. He was only 23 years old. The New York Daily News has more:
Verdi is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology. | Photo from New York Daily News
He was found unconscious Wednesday morning in a bathtub in hotelier Ian Reisner’s penthouse apartment on Central Park South, police sources said.
Sean Verdi, of Bay Ridge, was rushed from 230 Central Park South to Saint Luke’s Hospital after Reisner called 911 about 8:20 a.m., police sources said. He died at 9:03 a.m.
The death appeared to be a drug overdose, a police source said, but the Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Thursday.
Investigators do not believe that any criminality was involved, police said. At least one friend who was with Verdi told cops that Verdi had taken cocaine and molly, but no drugs were found at the apartment, a police source said.
Verdi was graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in May. He majored in bioengineering and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
To read more of the piece, go here. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Friday night about 100 muscle-y souls braved the rain to enjoy PhillyGayCalendar’s Boys of Summer 2014 kickoff pool party at North Shore Beach Club. The affair was the first in a weekend long parade of parties that raised money for the long-running LGBT events calendar. The following day there was a car wash on Camac Street (a video soon to come), followed by the big party at Voyeur nightclub and, on Sunday, an afternoon BBQ to close out the annual event. I’ve got photos of the pool party below.
Steven Chang, Michael Incarnato, Leo Sweetwood, Thomas Westerfer, and Seann Gregory
Dash Sears and Luis Lopez
Brandon Williams, Luis Lopez, Michael Shelton, Dwayne Townsend
Dan Schwartz, Paul Blore, Marquise Lee, Tim Adams and Kevin Haines
Angela Devine, Greg Wallace, Grant Vale and Kevin Haines
Chad Schrader, Thomas Westerfer, PhillyGayCalendar founder Steve McCann and Grant Shea
Kevin Clark and Michael Ruk
Leo Berman, Kevin Sullivan and Geo Steven
Billy Cavallo and Chad Sapp
Geo Steven and Paul Grossman
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week we had the Boys of Summer Swimsuit Party give us their favorites.
To mark the return of Boys of Summer this weekend we've chosen a handful of our 2014 lifeguards. Keep in mind that these guys are more than just an army of hard chests and ripped abs. They are lawyers, doctors, volunteers—folks working to make the community better. And, hey, they just so happen to look amazing in a Speedo. For more information about our weekend-long itinerary of Boys of Summer events, go here. But first, ogle our picks for Man Crush Monday:
Marcous is a new lifeguard this year after having gone to Boys of Summer for the first time last year. He’s sweet, funny and has a chest you can’t miss. He’s planning on getting his PhD in social psychology in the hopes of one day becoming a professor.
Brandon has an amazing smile and incredible hair. He spends most of his time doing vegan advocacy with the Humane League of Philadelphia, and recently had Meatless Mondays approved in the Philadelphia school district
Steven is coming all the way from Ohio with his boyfriend for the party—now that is dedication. Originally from Hawaii, he’s now an attorney.
Good things come in small packages. Dash may be shorter than most of the lifeguards, but he’s solid muscle from his time on the Temple Men's Gymnastics Team. Dash dedicates much of his time to volunteering—always willing to give back to his community— and he works with City Year helping local students achieve success.
This is Jovany's first Boys of Summer, as he just turned 21 last Thursday. He stays in amazing shape with judo and he’s currently on the Dean's List while getting his BS/MS in psychology. He intends to pursue his clinical doctorate in the near future.
Submit your Man Crush Monday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you can believe it, Latin Night at Woody’s this evening is going to be a little sexier than usual, when GALAEI and PhillyGayCalendar team up to present the first annual Mr. SEXO competition. The pageant, GALAEI Executive Director — and our 2013 Hero honoree — Elicia Gonzales says, doubles “as a way to do a winter event comparable to Boys of Summer” and continue promoting SEXO, a 1992 sex-positive campaign that GALAEI revamped in April.
Men are asked to sign up for the event on-site, so Gonzales doesn’t know how many will participate. “I feel like we’ll have a good number, because there are a lot of guys in the community who like to show off their bodies and who are kind of hams anyway,” she laughs. But those who sign up shouldn’t rest on their muscles alone. “It’s a hot-body contest plus the [Q&A] round of Miss America.” She is hoping for a man who can embody what GALAEI represents, which, in a nutshell, is that everybody — gay, lesbian, trans, HIV-positive — deserves to have a healthy sex life.