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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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).


PHOTOS: A Very Gay Prom at Tabu

Over the weekend more than 200 Philly LGBTers pulled out their sparkliest threads for the first-annual “A Very Tabu Prom,” hosted by Gayborhood bartender Ashley Coleman and filmmaker Jordan Fraser. Like any prom, there was dancing — with music by DJ JavaScript — a little snacking (courtesy of Thomas Day catering), and the crowning of a king and queen: Lobstar Bisque and Cal Woodruff, respectively. But what set this apart from any other run-of-the-mill prom is that this one was gay, gay, gay. As you’ll see in the photos below, there were drag queens, gay couples, lesbian couples, straight couples, gender-bending couples, the whole damn gamut. It’s what every prom should look like. I think the prom queen summed up the evening best when, during the crowning ceremony, she proclaimed, “this wiped away all of my bad prom memories.” Amen to that, sister.

Check out some snaps from the evening, courtesy of  local photographers Lianne Dunsing and Brendan Coleman, below.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Runway of Love, Straight & Butch, Drag Kings, and A Very Tabu Prom

Patrick Kelly Crop

The work of a true fashion legend will be debuting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is a fashion exhibit with a slew of inspirations and influences. The late Patrick Kelly, who died of AIDS in January 1990, is an unforgettable African-American designer that challenged the norm and brought new, edgy flair to the fashion world.

His goal was simple: he once said, “I want my clothes to make you smile.” His early work gained the attention of French Elle which featured him in February 1985. He pulled inspiration from his African American and Southern roots, his knowledge of fashion and art history, and the club and gay scenes of New York and Paris.

This is world class art, and definitely the kind of see-and-be-seen event to close off the month. Speaking of world class, one of Philly’s fiercest queens, Brittany Lynn, will be on the red carpet, so try not to show up looking busted. If you want a sneak peek, check out the preview of the exhibit. Click here to get your (free) ticket. Friday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art



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