Ashley Coleman is a queer businesswoman, bartender, and events producer in the Gayborhood. The outspoken entrepreneur chats with us about being a woman of color in the performance scene, Gayborhood racism from the inside out, and how the community can really come together. Read more »
For its diverse lineup of entertainment and intersectional harmony, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Queer Performances of Color. This edition’s theme is “Empowering Women of Color Through Intersectional Feminism” as your favorite queer female performers “show unity and solidarity in our community.” Guests can expect performances fromSelene Rose, VinChelle, Jakeya, Isa Ardiente, Jaeda, Büm Büm Kapau, and many more. Special guests speakers at the event are Ashley Coleman and Shani Akilah of the Black & Brown Workers Collective. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th, at CiBo Ristorante Italiano 1227 Walnut Street. Everyone is welcomed and suggested donations are $5 to $20. Read more »
For its impeccable consistency in putting on one of the best gender-inclusive burlesque shows in the city, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Rasputin’s Room: The International Extravaganza. For the last four years, this spectacle has been giving patrons “sumptuous burlesque, riotous comedians and spellbinding chanteuses” every third Friday of the month. Now, the show’s producer and burlesque star Stephanie “Lil’ Steph” Aman is ready to show Philly what she’s learned from around the world. Read more »
Home-Coming Edition: eLLe Morgan Live at Tin Angel
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tin Angel, 20 South 2nd Street; over 21.
Last evening, State Representative Brian Sims hosted a group of his supporters at Tavern on Camac for a “Summer Cocktails with Brian Sims” happy hour to benefit his political campaign. There were plenty of familiar faces on hand, including the fabulous Dena Underwood, Chris Bartlett, Senator Larry Farnese, Jr., Paul Steinke, Jim Kenney, and more. We were there to capture the crowd at this Gayborhood hotspot.
If you ever wanted to sip a martini with the one and only Brian Sims, next week presents a perfect opportunity to do so. Read more »
This July isn’t cooling off at many of Philly’s gay bars and performance spaces. In fact, there’s plenty of shows, dance parties, and cabarets to keep your summer nights very warm. We rounded up fifteen of Gay Philly’s hottest nightlife events for the month, in chronological order.
Martha Graham Cracker with the Bearded Ladies: This two-for-one extravaganza is nearly sold out and features a preview of the latest show from the Beards, Bitter Homes and Gardens. Of course, Martha will be on hand to present her signature tunes. Thursday, July 9th, 8 pm, L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street
Philly Drag Wars Golden Girls Night: The popular competition takes on a unique theme: Contestants have to channel celebrities who died young as if they didn’t die and lived to be 80 or 90. Thursday, July 9th, 9 pm, $7 for VIP Table, Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James Street
Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour: Think of it like the Gayborhood version of The View, but without Rosie Perez. This month, yours truly is one of the guest panelists. Friday, July 10th, 8:30 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street Read more »
Sure, all of those pride celebrations may be done, but that doesn’t mean that there are aren’t tons of great activities, parties, lectures, and events in LGBTQ Philly for the rest of June. We rounded up a calendar that should keep you super busy until the start of July.
Through the End of the Month
- Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene: Award-winning photographer Gerard Gaskin gives visitors an inside peek of ballroom culture at this exciting exhibit. Through August 16th, various times, free after museum admission, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
- Speaking Out for Equality: This groundbreaking exhibit at the National Constitution Center profiles the Constitution, gay rights, and the Supreme Court. Through January 3rd, various times, free after museum admission, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney joined the Liberty City LGBT Democrats (LCLD) last night on a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. During the third stop, at piano bar Tavern on Camac, he stepped up to the stage to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the pianist.
The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1936, and later covered by everyone from Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington to Frank Sinatra. How do you think Kenney did? I’m told it took some convincing to get him up there, but he really picks it up during the chorus—encouraged, no doubt, by the crowd shouting things like, “You better work!”
Check out the video above, sent by LCLD’s Stephanie Haynes. And below, photos of other LCLD-endorsed candidates who joined the crawl, like openly gay City Council hopefuls Paul Steinke and Sherrie Cohen.