WEEKEND ROUNDUP: LGBT Health Fair, HEROES 2014, Philly’s First Queer
Latin Party, and More

A completely gratuitous shot of a random hot man who looks like he's about to get his PrideFit on.

A completely gratuitous photo of a hot man who may or may not be about to get his PrideFit on.

Get physical at this year’s LGBT Health Fair PrideFit. The free health summit promises to keep you in shape with TEDx-esque presentations, food and drink samples, vendors specializing (and sampling) everything from massage to acupuncture, and more. The long list of sponsors includes local LGBT-supportive organizations William Way, Optimal Sports 1315, the Mazzoni Center, MANNA, and Team Philadelphia.

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7 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Queer Media Activism Series, Songbird Returns, Shut Up and Dance, and More



6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Giovanni’s Room and Brittany Lynn
Turn 40, Sissy Hop Debuts at
Dolphin Tavern and More

 

LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Activist SharRon Cooks

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.

First up: SharRon Cooks. Ms. Cooks is an activist for the trans community. We chose her for the important volunteer work she does at the William Way Community Center. There she wears all kind of hats: peer counselor, trans support group facilitator, special events volunteer and even front-desk receptionist. That’s what you call dedication.

7 questions with SharRon Cooks after the jump

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Barbara Proud’s “First Comes Love” Opens at William Way

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

This Arctic weather insanity has left us just in time for the weekend. Thanks, Polar Vortex! Here’s our weekly roundup of what’s happening in gay Philly over the weekend, kicked off by a must-see exhibit at William Way:

Tonight, Philly’s LGBT community center is hosting the opening reception of “First Comes Love,” a collection of photos by UArts professor Barbara Proud that shines a light on long-lasting gay relationships. Proud says the images — all black-and-white — aim to avoid the typical rainbow-covered representations that are shown in mainstream media to show what being in a queer relationship is all about. The answer? It’s just as beautiful, pure and simple as any other amorous pairing in the world.

Proud was inspired to start the project after Prop 8 was passed. “I decided to use my voice, my art, and my photography to make a statement that would celebrate my [20-year] relationship and the others in the LGBTQ community who were already together for many years.” Proud says she has photographed over 70 couples, an experience she says has been touching and emotional. But the exhibit has already started to have  more far-reaching impacts, too. Proud shared this email she received from a supporter: “I’m from a really small town with absolutely no LGBTQ community whatsoever, and your show was my first real experience with anything related to that world, to my world. Words cannot express how amazing it was to me—in a way, it felt like coming home. I was reminded that there really is such a thing as love, and one day, maybe I’ll be as lucky as any of the folks in your photographs.”

More weekend events after the jump