On the Gaydar: April LGBT Events

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The Temperamentals

Few people are aware of gay pioneer Harry Hay. The exploits of Hay and his lover, Rudi Gernreich, are at the center of Jon Marans’ acclaimed 2009 play The Temperamentals, which makes its Philly debut in a production from the city’s best GLBT troupe, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, this month. Set in the early 1950s during the height of McCarthyism, Hay initially lived a covert life as both a gay man and a communist, a dangerous combination in a nation that vilified both. Hay and Gernreich likewise kept their romance secret for a time, but eventually joined with other “temperamentals” (a code word Hay created to refer to gay men) to form the Mattachine Society, the nation’s first viable gay-rights organization. In his important and informative play, Marans reveals the story behind the Society’s members who, years before Stonewall and Harvey Milk, walked out of the closet and began the battle for equality. (J. Cooper Robb)

April 11-29. $15-$25. Skybox at The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 215.923.8909. mauckingbird.org

Buck Angel

Articulate, handsome and well-built, Buck Angel exudes the kind of self-confidence that signals a man comfortable in his own skin. And yet he was born female. Puberty wreaked havoc on this former tomboy, who struggled with depression and drugs until his late 20s, when he met a sympathetic therapist. Today, Buck is a successful porn star who won Transsexual Performer of the Year at the Adult Video News Awards in 2007. He’s also become an increasingly visible sex-positive public-health advocate, speaking at feminist sex-toy shops and college campuses. Buck shares his hard-earned wisdom in two upcoming workshops at the Sexploratorium this month. “Sexing the Trans Man” covers a variety of topics, including cruising for hot transmen, how to make their toes curl and the “The Buck Angel Effect,” which focuses on embracing your body and staying healthy. Buck’s experience may appear unique, but his message of acceptance, comfort and pleasure applies to everyone. As an added bonus, Buck’s missus, Elayne Angel, will conduct a kinky play piercing workshop the same week. Pre-registration is encouraged. (Raymond Simon)

Fri/13 and Sat/14, 7pm. $20-$30. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. passion101classes.com

Mr. Philadelphia Drag King

Produced by Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque, this popular annual benefit for the Philly Dyke March guarantees a night of raunchy good fun with live performances from LiCK, Mr. PDK 2011, Rasta Boi Punany and more. Like other pageants, contestants will have to strut their stuff and prove themselves worthy during four competitive rounds: Runway, Performance, Q&A and Fantasy/Formal Wear. In addition to relinquishing the reigning king’s crown and toolbelt, the winner will go home with a bag of goodies from the event’s sponsors, performance opportunities with LiCK, the Dyke March and Outfest and, of course, the chance to wave from a sweet-ass ride during the Pride Day Parade in June. (Nicole Finkbiner)

Sat/14, 7:30pm. $5-$15. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.org

The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History

The Pop-Up Museum is a grassroots organization that works with communities around the country to create and promote installations, gallery shows, public art and memorials that bring to light the rich, long and largely unknown histories of queer people. The traveling show stops in Philly this month, featuring nearly 20 exhibits employing an array of divergent media including fiber arts and video montage. Some of the individual exhibits include a documentation of the use of drag in Mummers parades dating back to the 1880s; a sculptural memorial for queer communities in Uganda threatened by a proposed law that makes queerness punishable by death; and a video history project about the lives of black lesbian elders. William Way also hosts a number of events in conjunction with the show during its month-long run. (N.F)

April 21-May 19. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.org

Black Gay Pride Week

During the last week in April, Philadelphia celebrates Black Gay Pride Week. The week-long festival features workshops, discussion panels, poetry and plenty of parties. The annual Mr. and Miss Black Gay Philadelphia Pride Pageant kicks off the festivities on April 22 at Gershman Hall with as much muscle as sex appeal. If you’re too young to drink, check out the Youth Fashion Show on Tuesday at the William Way Center. If you’re the romantic type and looking for your future ex-boyfriend, make a first good impression during speed dating events on Wednesday and Friday. For the less superficial and more sophisticated, compete in a game of bowling on Wednesday and a classy spoken-word event at the Art Garage on Thursday. The week closes Saturday at the Crowne Plaza hotel with Pride workshops during the day and a Carribean Heat party later that night. (Matt Petrillo)

April 22-28. Various locations. phillyblackpride.org

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1. Liberty City Kings Fan said... on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:38PM

“While I love that there's a media write-up for the Mr. Philly Drag King pageant, I feel like readers might be confused as to the nature of the event. Drag KINGS are different from Drag QUEENS. A King generally won't wear fishnets or shave his legs or wear a feminine wig. Drag Kings are to masculinity what Drag Queens are to femininity. We dress as men, though most of us are female-identified or female-bodied. If you're interested in Drag Kings, dear readers, I'd suggest you check out the Liberty City Kings at www.libertycitykings.com (and a few of their members will be competing at PDK as well!)”

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2. Philadelphia Weekly said... on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:15AM

“Thanks—fixed!”

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