Gay Philly


Philly Pride Style

Happy Gay Pride Philly


As someone who’s attended nearly 30 years of Philly Gay Pride Parades, this year was the best year. I remember in the beginning the parade consisted of gathering in Washington Square Park, to walking around City Hall to nearly what it is today which is a grand parade starting in the Gayborhood, walking past Independence Hall and a festival to cap the day off.

Sunday felt different, it felt like what we had, what our the gay brothers and sisters fought for all these years. A community that comes together to celebrate our visibility, our diversity, the thread of connection which empowers us to be brave, be out and make a difference.
Thank you to Frannie Price and her team bringing us together for the 31st time, in the historic 50th year since the riots of Stonewall.

I’m not gonna let anyone tell me any different!!
Thank you allies for helping us with our visibiliy

It’s very simple why we have parades, festivals, and why we shout it from the rooftops. Being invisible allows other people, society to define you. Being visible we define ourselves, and what is best for our community, working towards that living, breathing goal.


What Happened After You Left OutFest, People Dancing in the Streets to the bitter end #GayPhilly

I missed 99% of Outfest yesterday as I was on a client shoot shooting the Old City Festival (photos to be everywhere today, and btw it was awesome. The melting pot of people were stylish, and friendly.)

 12th and Walnut Streets dance party

 periscope of the dance party – I Love It!! See who you spot. Turn the volume down, it’s loud https://www.periscope.tv/w/1zqKVyzMzkmxB

 Miss you Gloria. Amazing art work from Mural Arts
 Chuck, Annie & Roy

 12th and Spruce
 Spruce and Camac
 Serious dance party happening here
 13th near Locust

 Killin’ it

Woody’s 13th and Walnut

Party Pixs: Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution

Opening last week in time to coincide with Gay Pride Month in June and the 50th Anniversary of the gay rights movement in Philadelphia, Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution  explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality opened at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106). On Wednesday I attended the press preview, and Thursday night I swung by by the opening gala which was attended by over 600 people. (BTW Some of these photos may appear in my party photo column in the August issue of Philly Mag, so pick it up.)
Daniel Bernstein, Visit Philly, Meryl Levitz,  president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, Emily Golomb, National Constitution Center and Michael Newmuis, Visit Philly.
Geno Vento, Geno’s steaks and Antoine Johnson I caught them on their way out to see the new Dave & Buster’s Dockside Bar , which features a gorgeous mural by Philly’s own, Alloyius McIlwaine.

Gunnar Montana,Visual/Physical Artist , Mike DelBene, Vice President of Development at The Mann Music Center (The Mann welcomes a Philadelphia favorite, Tchaikovsky with Fireworks to start the residency of The Philadelphia Orchestra on June 23) , Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine, Daniel Briones, ACE Conference Center and Nonnie Cyd, artist.
Gunnar Montana’s video is #Everything (If you’re following me on twitter you know I’m over using this word but it pretty much sums up well, everything.)
Mesopotamia, AIDS law Project and Judge Dan Anders. The AIDS Law Project is celebrating their Summer Movie Party’s Sweet Sixteen, with the showing of “Hot Rods to Hell,”  on Friday, July 31st at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 6PM $20.
Robert Drake, WXPN, Alan Chelak, Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou, ‎Co-Founder/Manager at Philly AIDS Thrift, and John Stanley
Jen Smith, Amber Hikes, Dileimys Franco, Stacey Salter Moore,  Angela D. Giampolo, Esq., Tracy Buchholz and Katie Hinchey.
The Speaking Out For Equality Opening Party, included
food, cocktails and live performances by the Philadelphia Voices of
Pride and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Above John Jarboe performed the first drag show at the Convention Center. 
Thanks to Josh Middleton who captured the moment on video.
Renee Gilinger  Director, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, Bill Wood, Knock, Fergus Carey, Fegie’s Pub and Rue Landau, Esquire is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Fair Housing Commission (FHC).
Rudy Flesher (went to the inaugural fetish contest, Philadelphia Fetish and Bootblack 2015! on Saturday returning to his showgirl days for charity.) and Mark Aufdemberge, Assistant Director, Management Reports & Analysis at University of Pennsylvania, Development & Alumni Relations
Jamie Larkin and his dad Ward “Ben Franklin” Larkin.
Diane Snipas, Chris Tadeo and Wayne Marquargt. Chris and Wayne participated in some of the early gay rights protests and are featured in the exhibit.
Louie Alvarado, Accenture and Scott Barnes, who recently took a position with the Philadelphia Film Society. They’re so lucky.
Congrats Alyssa Mutryn and Shay Selden on their recent wedding.
Allison Cassidy and B Proud, photographer of First Comes Love, the book on GLBT couples together. Recently B Proud sent a few books to the Supreme Court inviting them to check out the exhibit. (See A.D. Amorosi’s column in the Metro Wednesday to see what happened.)
Tameka Johnson and E. Darlene Rogers.
Chris Helker, Director, Clinical Data Management at University of Pennsylvania and Sharif Pendleton,  Multimedia Developer at Capital One
John James points to his 20 something self at one of the first gay rights march in Philadelphia in a photographed displayed at the  “Speaking Out for Equality” exhibit at the National Constitution Center.
Kathy Simon, Rick Lombardo, Franni Price, John Brady and Sharon Corrado.

Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder, celebrated their 25th year together by getting married 2 years ago.
Chris Bartlett,  ‎Executive Director at William Way Community Center, Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Philadelphia, Bill Heinzen, Hudson River Park Trust.