Bring the Love
Step aside, men—the ladies are on deck and ready to break out some serious wood! The City of Brotherly Love Softball League hosts the 2011 Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s Softball World Series—basically the World Series for North American amateur lesbian softball teams. Don’t be misled by naive misconceptions—a lot of these girls can swing. The most highly skilled teams feature former Division I scholarship players. Even teams that are more recreational than competitive are fun to watch. In fact, the only thing these ladies do better than play softball is party—and there are plenty of social events during the tournament. Check out their website for complete competition and event schedules.
Aug. 23-27. Various locations. bringthelove2011.org
Bar AIDS Philly
You’ll never have a better reason to load up on caffeine or get a little tipsy than you will when Bar AIDS Philly returns for its second year. Twenty-five local coffee shops and bars have signed on to donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to fund four of Philly’s most impactful HIV/AIDS service organizations: ActionAIDS, the AIDS Law Project, the Mazzoni Center and Philadelphia Fight. The event is the local iteration of a growing national series that started in Chicago in 2005. Bar AIDS Philly is but one fish in the ocean of LGBT fundraisers, but it’s important. Not only does HIV/AIDS remain a pervasive problem in Philly, but Bar AIDS also represents an innovative philanthropic model. Events like it make ‘making a difference’ accessible to just about everyone. Gone are the days when nonprofits had to locate special funds just to cover the exorbitant costs of throwing a formal black-tie fundraising gala (note: you shouldn’t have to fundraise in order to throw a fundraising event). It’s also important because Bar AIDS Philly requires the beneficiaries to collaboratively promote the event. Check out their website for a complete list of participating establishments.
Thurs., Aug. 25. Various locations. 215.981.3328. facebook.com/BarAIDSPhiladelphia
Boys of Summer
It’s almost time to break out your Speedo and shake what your mama gave you. Next week, the team at Philly Gay Calendar host their annual bacchanal, Boys of Summer. This is one nighttime event in which the fewer clothes you wear, the less eye rolls you get. At its core, Boys of Summer is a big-ass dance party where guests are encouraged to don their sexiest swimsuit, and not much else. You’re technically allowed to wear more than two Dixie cups and a Band-Aid (and many will), but if you’re not shirtless in a legit swimsuit once inside the club, the cover is $20 instead of $15. In addition to all the man candy in attendance, Philly Gay Calendar recruited 40 “lifeguards” to greet attendees and pack the dance floor as DJ Carl Michaels spins. Be there around midnight when Manila Luzon (from RuPaul’s Drag Race ) lip-synchs her heart out to entertain the crowd.
Fri., Aug. 12, 9pm. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. phillygaycalendar.com/bos
Gay Community Night at the Phillies
Returning to sports, pro baseball fans are set for an evening of rainbow spectacularness during the ninth annual Gay Community Night when our fightin’ Phils host the Florida Marlins. Hundreds of LGBT leaders, business owners, community members, advocates, allies and baseball fans will descend on Citizen’s Bank Park for nine innings of exciting action and tight baseball pants. Advance tickets are available in two different sections reserved for the event. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s (DVLF) Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship, which helps fund openly gay students.
Fri., Aug. 26, 7pm. Citizen’s Bank Park, One Citizen’s Bank Way. 215.463.5000. phillygaydays.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9