PHOTOS: 300 Show Up to Attend Brian Sims’ Rally for Gay-Bashing Victims

LOVE Park was a veritable sea of supporters this afternoon, when more than 300 (!) local lawmakers, LGBT leaders and community members showed up in the rain to attend a rally for the two gay men attacked on September 11th in Center City.

The event was hosted by State Representative Brian Sims, who used the opportunity to draw attention HB 177 and SB 42, two pieces of legislation that would add sexual orientation to Pennsylvania’s current hate crime laws.

Photographer HughE Dillon was there to capture some snapshots, which you can seen below. Check some of the captions for remarks made by those who took part.


PHOTOS: Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat and Others Polish Their Plaques on Philly “Walk of Fame”

Tuesday volunteers from Philadelphia Music Alliance, Avenue of the Arts Inc., and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 8 polished all 121 bronze plaques along the Avenue of the Arts’ “Walk of Fame. Volunteers started at 8 a.m. and finished around noon. 

The plaques recognize the musical talent of those who were born in Philadelphia—from singers Patti LaBelle and Bessie Smith to legendary DJ Georgie Woods and songwriter Linda Creed. The volunteers got down on their hands and knees using steel wool, tooth brushes, cloths and polish to bring the plaques back to their original shine. (Most were laid over 20 years ago).

On hand to see their stars shine once again were radio personality Jerry Blavat, Chubby Checker, Earl Jones, Kenny Gamble, and Joseph Tarsia. Also spotted: Teddy Pendergrass II, who was on hand to polish his father’s plaque, and Philly-born musicians Jade Starling and Whey Cooler from Pretty Poison.

Check out the newly shining stars located between Walnut and Spruce Streets. You might want to bring sunglasses, they’re bright.

Man Crush Monday: Chris Pompilii

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: Drexel student Chris Pompilii. 

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

PHOTOS: Mount Airy Street Fare 2014

14 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Should See This Week: The Gayborhood’s Best Posers

This week we’re focusing on the those who bring a little something extra to our Instagram feeds—that cock of the hip, a hand on the waist, maybe even a booty tooch—you know the ones. It’s the Gayborhood’s fiercest posers.

Men of Rocky On Broadway Pose Nude For Out (NSFW)

Rocky On Broadway may be going black in just a few weeks, but some of the male cast members weren’t going to let the curtain close before showing off the chiseled physiques they earned from training for the show. Out magazine has an online exclusive slideshow of four Rocky actors—James Brown III, Adrian Aguilar, Okieriete Onoadowan, and Adam Perry—who volunteered to be photographed with little more than a boxing glove and a smile. Check out some of the NSFW photos below. I had to black out the naughtier ones, so head over to Out to see the real deal.

PHOTOS: Boys of Summer Pool Party at North Shore Beach Club

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.

18 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Need to See This Week: No “T” But a Whole Lotta Shades


PHOTOS: Crazy Costumes and Circus Antics at the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

East Passyunk Avenue (EPA) was more jammed-up with automobiles than usual this weekend when it hosted the ninth annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival. It was packed with people, too, all there to check out the 150 registered cars (including Frank Rizzo’s 1980 Fleetwood), and an army of circus acts performing in the street. HughE Dillon and the EPA share some photos below:

PHOTOS: Beach Party at Sand Blast Weekend in Atlantic City

This weekend, the gays took over Atlantic City with the annual circuit party Sand Blast. Attendance was high, primarily for the boys, with lots of muscle heads that hailed from all over the U.S. We were there for most of the weekend to catch all the action. Check out these snaps from the main event, a beach party on Saturday that brought out lots of hotties from near and far.


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