Kemar Jewel Wins First-Ever Mr. Everything Competition

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The 10-week Mr. Everything pageant came to a close last night at Tabu, and the Attic Youth Center‘s Kemar Jewel was crowned winner.

The competition, helmed by Josh Schonewolf, sought to find Philly’s best male-identified performer. Fifteen contestants competed, performing everything from pole-dancing to comedy to testosterone-forward drag in the hopes of becoming the winner. In the end, though, it was Jewel who woo’d judges with his energetic performances and gravity-defying ballroom-dancing skills.

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PHOTOS: A Gay Old Time at the Pink Pub Crawl 2014

As if Thanksgiving Eve doesn’t produce enough madness, Nightlife Gay went and booked *NSYNC legend and kinda-sorta gay icon Lance Bass for its annual Pink Pub Crawl. And sure, Lance wasn’t around for much more than an eye-lash bat and a “Hi…Bye,” but it was more than enough to throw a sea of gays (and a few blood-pressure-heightened groupies) into full-on Swoon Mode.

Oh, and Brittany Lynn showed up with inflatable breasts.

See the night in photos below:

Your Big Gay Guide to Thanksgiving Week in Philly

Thanksgiving Week

If you’re a vegetarian, like me, you don’t really look forward to the centerpiece on the big ole’ Turkey Day meal (but, I’d be willing to bet that you do overload on mashed potatoes and that green bean casserole thingie). Instead, you’re plotting out your Thanksgiving week, which is notorious for parties, events, and festivities that you simply can’t pass up (just like that cranberry sauce in a can). We here at G Philly came up with our best bets of everything going on in gay Philly during the week of Thanksgiving, broken up in a day-by-day, easy to follow guide. Consider it your recipe for a holiday well-done. Read more »

PHOTOS: Ladies Loving Ladies All Over the Place at Back 2 Basics

Stimulus, Best of Philly’s winner for Best Gay Girls’ Night Out, packed the second floor of Tabu Saturday night with its monthly Back 2 Basics party. The rowdy, amorous crowd danced to the tunes of DJs ShyE and Sparkles, and enjoyed some select drink specials. Stimulus co-founder Amber Hikes gave me some photos to share, which you can see in the slideshow below.

Pull out your calendars: The next Stimulus bash is the sixth annual Black and White Party at Voyeur, which Hikes calls “our biggest bash of the year.” It takes place just before Thanksgiving, on November 21st. The next Back 2 Basics is December 13th at Tabu.

PHOTOS: “When I Was Young” LGBT Variety Hour at Tabu

Last night The Spruce Foundation gathered LGBT youth at Tabu Sports Bar and Lounge for a variety show filled with drag, a mentalist, spoken word and even some musical numbers. The evening was done in conjunction with the Kimmel Center’s weeklong It Gets Better Project residency.

Though the event was short, it was jam-packed with dynamic, commanding performances. Aida BummCake stole the evening with her burlesque performance of “Let it Go,” equating it to her own experiences growing up gay. Other performers included Yashi McGowen, delivering an emotional and uplifting poem, and Justin Relkin, who guessed the color of women’s underwear. All in all an enjoyable night at Tabu for a good cause. Check out some photos I snapped below:

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Weekend Roundup: Cutie Pie Comedy, Wedding Expo, Back 2 Basics, More

Don't miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

Don’t miss the Out in the Park Rainbow Picnic in New Jersey.

It may be the start of Fall, but it’s a hot weekend of great gay happenings in Philly. Check out our picks for some of the must-do weekend events!

PHOTOS: Paper Dresses Work the Runway at Tabu

Last night Tabu played host to the Paper Dress Competition, a contest (that was not presented by Josh Schonewolf, oddly enough) that benefitted locally based cancer- and HIV-fighting organization City of Hope.

The event was similar to one of those unconventional challenges on Project Runway. Contestants were tasked to create two looks—formal wear and “fun wear”— out of any kind of paper material. Then they paraded the looks up and down a makeshift runway in front of a panel of judges that included HughE Dillon. Of course HughE wouldn’t be HughE if his camera wasn’t in tow, so he whipped it out and took some photos of the evening. Check them out in the slideshow below.


Weekend Roundup: Freak Boutique Says Ta-Ta For Now, Pulse’s Lesbian Bar Fundraiser, Big Gay Boat Party, and More

Freak Boutique masterminds DJ evil v, Icon Ebony Fierce, and DJ Tay Tay.

Freak Boutique masterminds DJ evil v, Icon Ebony Fierce, and DJ Tay Tay.

We’ve seen a lot of long-running parties and performers take a final bow lately. Rudy Flesher recently announced that he’d be hanging up Notorious OMG’s corset, no longer performing with The Goddess Isis in Thank Goddess It’s OMG, or with the Liberty City Kings. (He is keeping those nails, though). And in May, Mimi Imfurst announced that her long-running drag show Dollhouse Revue would go black after five years.

Now, as summer comes to a slow close, Icon Ebony-Fierce is gearing up to host her last Freak Boutique at Tabu. The event, which was created by local DJs Evelyn Manlove (evil v) and Lars Kallich (Tay Tay) a little over three years ago, claims to be the city’s only no-cover benefit show. The concept is that it takes proceeds from money made at the bar and donates it to local LGBT charities, like the William Way, The Attic Youth Center, and Mazzoni.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Gay July 4th BBQ, GI Jane Sleepover Party, Tennis Fundraiser, and Red, White, and OOOOH!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Help raise funds for The Philadelphia Open, a LGBT tennis event, on Sunday!

Is there any better (gay) way to celebrate America this weekend than with a classic burlesque? Red, White, and OOOOH is the July 5th show by the Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque, and it’s serving everything classic about America. Think apple pie, baseball, and Marilyn Monroe… with a little bit of kink.

What makes this show even more special is that this is one of the last chances to see the incomparable Notorious OMG before he sashays out of the spotlight. Once the show is over, you can dance the night away with the award-winning cast. Bonus: If you come dressed in kink, you get a small discount for entry. Hey: it’s hard out there!  Every dollar counts! If you’re not looking for fireworks this weekend, head to this kinky show at Tabu instead. July 5-6, 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., $10 (in drag/kink/costume) or $12 (regular admission), Tabu.


  • U Bar will be hosting The Big, Gay 4th of July BBQ with delicious food, and specialty cocktails that will make this holiday one to remember.
  • It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for another Venture Inn Sleepover Party. The theme for this one is G.I. Jane. Think military wear (or PJs if you want), push ups, and arm wrestling contests.
  • Tabu’s 4th of July celebration is a bit hairier than the others. Don’t miss Red, White, and Bear, the dance party with the fuzziest boys around.


  • Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret is just in time with Red, White, & OOOOH (see above for more information).


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