Weekend Roundup

Are you ready for Outfest?

Friday, Oct. 7

The Third Annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference (10 a.m.) gets started at the Temple University Student Center at Broad and Cecil B. Moore Ave. with special guests, performances and workshops through the weekend.

DJs Robert Drake and John Stanley spin retro music (5 p.m.) during the “Bottoms Up” happy hour at The Bike Stop.

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., hosts “Out at Night” (6 p.m.) to benefit the Mazzoni Center, ASPCA, Imperial Court and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

The First Annual Red Affair (8 p.m.) takes over Voyeur to benefit the AIDS Fund. Look for live performances by Navaya Shay, Crystal Chethman, Oliver Chris, Tony Enos and Stefan Iman – a male illusionist with Mr. D.C. International.

Saturday, Oct. 8

It’s the day many of you have been eagerly waiting for: The first Philly Trans March sets off from Love Park (3 p.m.) to celebrate transgender, transexual and gender non-conforming people and allies in the region. Congratulations to everyone – including Spiral Q – who helped get this inaugural event off the ground.

Space is the Place on South Street hosts Philadelphia Revival (7:30 p.m.) with live music, poetry and special guests like E. Kairo Miles celebrating women in the arts.

Uh Huh Her plays the TLA (8 p.m.) with an official Stimulus after-party at Marathon Grill. This could be your chance to ask singer and L Word actress Leisha Haley what really happened on that Southwest Air flight we told you about recently.

Sisters hosts its annual pre-Outfest dance party will DJ Steven Singer and the Sisters Sirens (9 p.m.). You’ll want to make brunch reservations for the morning after this boozy late-night bash.

The Bike Stop also gets ready for Outfest with the Pre-Outfest Social (9 p.m.) on Quince Street sponsored by the Philadelphians MC.

Pick up a hunk during the bachelor auction and pajama party to benefit Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus at Voyeur (9 p.m.). Bachelors are auctioned off starting at 10:30 p.m. We heard that Brian Sims, a candidate for State Rep. and one of G Philly‘s “New Who’s Who,” will be one of the guys hitting the auction block – PJs and all.

Sansom Street Gym gets down and dirty with the Red Light Special (11 p.m.) featuring DJ Zathan Radix, food by Tommy D. from Woody’s and all the hot shot boys you can shake your – well, you know the rest – at.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Outfest kicks off in the Gayborhood at noon. Join thousands of revelers, vendors and local organizations for one of our favorite Philly fall celebrations in honor of National Coming Out Day. Please stop by G Philly‘s booth to pick up the latest copy of the magazine. You can even sign up for a free, limited-time subscription.

Giovanni's Room gets its historic marker (courtesy of Giovanni's Room)

Retailers and restaurants open their doors during the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival (11 a.m.).

The historic marker is officially dedicated at Giovanni’s Room (2 p.m.). It’s the second LGBT marker in the state.

Ladies 2000 hosts its Columbus Day Weekend Party (3 p.m.) at Top Dog in Cherry Hill, N.J. with a tea dance, power hour cocktails and the Eagles game on the big screens.

Q Comedy Fest kicks off with Sinful Sundays with Goddess Isis (9:30 p.m.) at Tabu. Click here for a full list of events through the week, including a special performance by Alec Mapa. Click here for our exclusive Q&A with the funny man.

Wanda Sykes plays the Keswick Theatre (7:30 p.m.) in Glenside.

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