2011 Philly Dyke March
Decades before gay people were lobbying the government for equal rights, advocates had simpler goals—visibility and recognition. Fast-forward to 2011, and the progress we’ve made is pretty remarkable. But in getting here, some feel we’ve sacrificed too much, compromised too many times and lost our passion for authentic activism. In pursuit of uniting every color of the LGBT rainbow, organizers of the Philly Dyke March are using public gatherings and social media to encourage acceptance within the gay community. Theirs is a commitment to removing barriers, such as gender, race, age, faith and size, which often subdivide gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The parade kicks off this Saturday at Kahn Park and navigates the streets of the Gayborhood. Burlesque group the Liberty City Drag Kings and Mr. Philly Drag King, Rasta Boi Punany, will be there to help get the party started.
Sat., June 11, 3pm. Kahn Park, 1119 Pine St. phillydykemarch.com
As the city where America’s first gay-rights demonstration took place in 1965 (that’s four years before the Stonewall riots in N.Y.C.), Philadelphia has a deep history to honor during this week’s annual gay pride celebration. A weekend full of events will culminate with the LGBT pride parade and festival on June 12. After soaking up the sun at Penn’s Landing for the festival, Triumphant Pride at Mad River provides enough cold drinks, shade and air conditioning to keep the party going well into the night. The event has been the place to be the past four years with over 700 attendees last year. This year’s party features performances by Pretty Poison’s Jade Starling, as well as openly gay pop singer Oh My Josh and several Dragapalooza Divas. Starling will shoot scenes for her new music video so dress to impress. Local DJ Reenie Kane will work the turntables and Smirnoff drink specials will be served all night.
Sun., June 12, 3pm. Mad River, 126 Chestnut St. 215.833.4165. nightlifegay.com
To alleviate your gay pride hangover, check out the fabulously devious Freaky Fridays at Q Lounge. Described by the cast as a “total shit show,” two of Philly’s most creative drag personalities, Diana Dharling and Mrs. Pinklewinkle, promote and host the show every Friday night. Each can be pretty outrageous and hysterical alone, but the whole is far edgier than the sum of its parts. The night combines standup, choreographed drag, audience participation and sketch-style comedy interludes that don’t just cross the line—they completely erase it. Absolutely no subject is off limits. Freaky Fridays also features several of Philly’s most promising up-and-coming drag queens. There’s no cover charge, but if you want to get a seat close to the stage, make sure to arrive early.
Fridays, 9-11pm. Q Kitchen & Lounge, 1234 Locust St. 215.732.1800. qphilly.com
Mmm Bop: Best of the Boy Bands
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus are taking the guilty pleasure of boy band music and bringing it to Philly this month. In celebration of pop music’s most popular male bands, the men will perform individual songs and medleys from more than 60 groups. From the Beatles and the Beach Boys, to the Four Seasons and the Eagles, the PGMC will bring down the house with nonstop energy and harmony. In addition to the music, the chorus’s elite dance troupe will perform alongside the chorus. Sure to be a toe tapping, finger-snapping good time.
Sat., June 18, 2-4pm and 8–10pm. $20-$30. Temple University, 1837 N. Broad St. 215.731.9230. pgmc.org
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2