OutBeat, the Nation’s First Queer Jazz Festival, Heads to Town This Week

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Our sister blog, G Philly, has presented lots of coverage on OutBeat, the nation’s first ever LGBTQ jazz festival, that’s playing right here in Philly this upcoming week. However, this event isn’t just for those who fall in the LGBTQ spectrum: it’s a major musical fest for jazz lovers that is bringing some of the best musicians in the genre to our city. Read more »

Stolen Natalie Hope McDonald Painting Found at John C. Anderson Apartments

The painting in question, titled "We Only Had Silence," raised $600 for William Way Community Center.

The painting in question, titled “We Only Had Silence,” raised $600 for William Way Community Center.

Last week I told you about a big gay art heist in the Gayborhood. A painting artist Natalie Hope McDonald donated to the William Way Community Center’s annual Homecoming auction was hijacked. We’re happy to report today, however, that the painting has been found.

William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett confirms that the painting was indeed stolen, and recovered in good condition from the John C. Anderson Apartments. Apparently someone tipped him off to its whereabouts via social media. “Once we told them there would be no repercussions, they told us where it was located,” he tells me. The Center will not be pressing charges.

“We’re just thrilled that we were able to find the painting. Now we’ll be able to follow up with the buyer, and the sale will benefit the Center.”

He tells me the bidder offered $600 for the painting—no small chunk of change for our LGBT community center.

I reached out to Hope McDonald for a comment: “I’m glad the man who rightfully won the piece can have it. And that the Center can benefit.” 

Cue: sigh of relief. All is well again in our little gay art world.

SEXx Philly to Demystify The Stigma of Blowjobs, Hookup Culture, More

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Did you know May is National Masturbation Month? Although you won’t find any cards at Hallmark to commemorate the holiday, you can celebrate in a way that won’t leave a mess!

This evening, GALAEI, Sex With Timaree, and the William Way LGBT Community Center present the first annual SEXx Philly Conference from 6PM-9PM. It’s essentially a TEDx-style event that’s meant to break the stigma behind talking about sex in public places.

“We need to continue to have safe, accessible, and fun spaces to have honest conversations about sexuality,” said Elicia Gonzales, the event’s co-coordinator and Executive Director of GALAEI. “In a society that is plagued by sex-negativity, we wanted this event to bring communities together to have intentional sex-positive conversations.”  Gonzales and her co-coordinator, Timaree Schmit, aim to build that type of safe space at the event.

Attendees can expect to hear renowned speakers from across the nation chat about everything from senior citizen sexuality, blowjobs, webcam models, and the “power of bottoming.”

All attendees who want to take part in the event at the William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street) must be over the age of 18. Tickets, which are on a sliding scale of $5 to $10, benefit GALAEI and William Way; snacks and beverages will be available.

For more information, visit the SEXx website.

Philly to Host America’s First LGBT Jazz Festival

Drummer Bill Stewart is among the national acts playing at OutBeat, America's first queer jazz festival.

Drummer Bill Stewart is among the national acts playing at OutBeat, America’s first queer jazz festival.

Put your jazz hands up! Thanks to a grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, William Way Community Center is set to make history when it hosts America’s first queer jazz festival, OutBeat, this summer. A press release sent out this afternoon offers a hint at what to expect during the four-day festival, taking place September 18-21 in venues across town.

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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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