On the Gaydar: November LGBT Events

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Like it or not: R. Eric Thomas' one-man show injects humor into heartbreak.

U.S. Mr. Gay Competition Weekend

Our fair city will be packed to the gills with star power this month as the annual U.S. Mr. Gay Competition rolls into town. Several openly gay and allied celebrities are confirmed to participate. Scott Nevins (TruTV and TV Land) and Robear Chinosi (NY Ink) host the opening night party at Woody’s with Philly’s drag superstar Brittany Lynn. Contestants will be introduced to the audience and participate in the first round of preliminary competition. The final night of the competition moves to Voyeuer Nightclub, where contestants will be judged on evening and swim wear. The top 5 will each answer one final question to determine the winner. Judges for the main competition include bonafide beauty queens, Miss Pennsylvania 2010 Courtney Thomas and Miss New York 2010 Claire Buffie. In addition to naming the overall U.S. Mr. Gay, titles for Mr. Fitness, Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Philanthropy will also be awarded. If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, several vocal, dance and drag performances will delight the audience between competitive rounds. (Brian Goldthrope)

Nov. 19, 9pm. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.833.4165. nightlifegay.com

Philadelphia Leather Pride Weekend

This weekend brings together a seemingly disparate group: men and women, gay and straight, young and old. What binds these kinksters together is their shared love of leather, a passion that goes far beyond merely wearing animal skin to embrace discipline and hierarchy, as well as good old-fashioned sexy fun. The annual get-together, now in its third year, offers a variety of activities, all of them either free or modestly priced, a deliberate choice to encourage both the hardcore and the curious to check things out. The offerings include everything from Friday evening’s Kinky Karnival at the Bike Stop to an educational dinner with Mistress Liza and her slave, Jody, at iCandy on Saturday night. Throughout the weekend, more than 14,000 pieces from the Carter/Johnson Leather Library will be on display in the William Way Community Center’s ballroom. This private collection includes bodice-ripping paperbacks, how-to manuals and ephemera from leather scenes around the country. There is also an art exhibit, “Graphic Accord,” displaying work by members of the leather community and work from Judy Tallwing McCarthy, whose work is in the Smithsonian. Sara Vibes holds a class on being young and kinky, a topic she knows well, having been crowned International Ms. Leather 2011. There is also a serious charitable component, with money raised going to various good causes, including the Mazzoni Center’s Food Bank and Hearing from the Heart. Check it out. Respectfully. (Raymond Simon)

Nov. 4-6. Various locations. plpn.org

“Will You Accept this Friend Request?”

First Person Arts was founded in 2000 in response to a demand for memoir and documentary expression in the area. Their 10th Anniversary Story Slam is their largest and most popular annual event, celebrating a diverse array of storytelling forms. One of the not-to-miss offerings this year is R. Eric Thomas’s “Will You Accept This Friend Request?” The one-man, 60-minute performance focuses on his unpopularity on the Internet, exploring the complex intersections between race and sexuality. Thomas is one of the most talented queer storytellers in Philly because of his ability to inject humor into heartbreak, using pithy observations and pop-culture references to generate side-splitting laughter. Whether you’re looking to find laughter or reflection, Thomas will offer it; just don’t forget to accept his friend request. (Kyle Bella)

Nov. 14-15. 7pm. $15. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. khyberpasspub.com

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