Philadelphia

THE GAYBORHOOD COMES OUT

Last weekend the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporations (GPTMC) hosted a LGBT press trip to show off the city’s Gayborhood and LGBT events for 2010. On Saturday night, at the Sofitel Hotel, GPTMC held a reception with Philly’s LGBT event producers to hear what is big in 2010.
A few of the LGBT scribers included Jim Colluci, Advocate writer and Frank Decaro jetted down to Philly

Photographers Natalie McDonald and Patrick Hagarty
Radio Show Personality Frank Decaro and Brittany Lynn. Mike and I were introduced to Frank’s radio show about 10 years ago on a trip thru the National Parks of Utah & Arizona, it was one of the few that came thru loud and queer, er I mean clear.
Michael Musto and Mickey Boardman. Michael just celebrated his 25th Anniversary at the Village Voice. As is his usual fashion statement he was sporting sandal with hideous dark socks. Mickey Boardman has a great column for Paper Magazine covering the nightly going on’s of NYC fashionable and outrageous.
Where have these two been, Jimmy Contreras and Matthew Vlahos. Jimmy has been running his cute shop on East Passyunk, JimmyStyle and Matt’s been killing it scooping up a client here and there and getting them the press that is needed. BTW it’s Steak Month at Union Trust and 7 other steak houses in the City. $50 a complete meal. Yum. Love Steak.
President Chris Alston and Secretary Ruby Augustus, Black Gay Pride which will occur the week of 4/18 – 4/24. It includes a week of workshops, parties and honorary dinner.
On July 10, 2010, The Gayborhood is coming out. Along the Spruce Street corridor, all the business owners, neighbors and friends from the Gayborhood will gather and declare the neighborhood open for business and pose for a photo op.
Sofitel Marketing Director and Malcom Lazin, Equality Forum. Each spring, Equality Forum presents its Global GLBT Summit. The annual Equality Forum comprises seven days of substantive programs, parties and special events — including an international focus; the International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center; an annual art exhibit; SundayOUT!, Pennsylvania’s largest annual GLBT street festival; and more — in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. (Unfortunately for me it coincides with the Tribeca Film Festival and MET Gala, so I never get to enjoy the whole weeks worth of events.)
Jeff Guaracino for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation greets the guests. Jeff wanted the visiting guests to know that there were 10 great reasons for visitors to visit Philly in 2010. Then proceeded to introduce local folks in the know to talk about their upcoming events.
Laura Burkhardt, Publisher of not only Where Magazine, but a quarterly magazine co-produced by the Center City District, a bi-weekly newsletter and “The Where Guest Book” which is on every table of every hotel in this City. Speaking of hotel’s, Where Magazine just got the exclusive right to be the only magazine in the new Palamor Hotel at 17th & Sansom Sts.

Chuck Volz (Senior Advisor) and Fran Price (Executive Director), of the Philly Pride Parade and OutFest. Two movers and shakers who years ago saw a need for Philadelphia to have an organized productive Gay Pride Parade and went out and did it. A few years later Frannie had the brilliant idea to celebrate Coming Out Day with a Block Party, it’s grown in popularity and size ever since. Kudo’s to you both.
Bruce Yelk, NightLifeGay and Iconic Mark Segal. When I was growing up gay, I was reading about this guy from Philly participating in all kinds of civil disobedience in order to achieve equality. His contribution helped pave the way for the GLBT Community to move forward into the 21st Century. Plus he has the only gay newspaper, PGN, in town that is as indestructible as Cher & roaches.