We know this Pride Month’s opening weekend is going to be out of control—in the best way possible—but get ready to paint the town every color of the rainbow. Here are five can’t-miss ways to get your celebration on.
PGMC Pride Drag Revue
Back by popular demand, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus is ushering in Pride Weekend with their usual song and splendor, with a little drag in between. The informal cabaret will feature a sampling of the group’s vast repertoire—classic rock, current Top 40, Broadway’s biggest numbers, etc.—guaranteeing to satisfy every musical palate in the audience. All of the event’s proceeds will go directly back to PGMC, helping their singing brothers cover the costs of membership dues, concert tuxedos and the group’s trip to a performance in Portland next year. With this year marking the 25th anniversary of Philly Pride, attendees are being asked to come dressed in their snazziest and/or sexiest silver attire, with pockets full of green for the various drink specials and raffle tickets. Thurs., June 6, 8pm. $10. iCandy, 254 S. 12th St. pgmc.org
William Way Homecoming
Showcasing and celebrating all the insanely talented individuals that make Philly’s LGBT community as vibrant as it is, William Way Community Center’s annual homecoming has become one of Pride Weekend’s premiere events. While guests feast on a Mediterranean buffet dinner and cocktails, a brilliantly diverse lineup of entertainers will take the stage: everyone from choreographer/dancer Meg Foley to the badass babes of the Philly Roller Girls—and perhaps the biggest star of the night: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three runner-up Manila Luzon. Emceeing the event is the dazzling duo Miss Mary Wanna and the Notorious OMG. Sat., June 8, 6pm. $50. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. waygay.org
Big Gay Wedding Weekend
You are cordially invited to join the staff of Sisters Nightclub for two back-to-back bashes benefiting the Marriage Equality March in Harrisburg slated for June 22. It kicks off Friday with the “Bachelor & Bachelorette Party,” featuring dancers and drink specials, all leading up to the “Wedding & Reception” on Saturday. Since Pennsylvania is one of 38 states where same sex couples can’t be legally united, guests can come and get “formally attached” for the night with keepsake rings and a certificate. Of course, what’s a wedding without complimentary champagne and delicious cake? Really, the only difference between this wedding and an actual wedding is that instead of ending with “I Dos,” it’ll end with one big collective “F-U.” Fri.-Sat., June 14-15, 9pm. $8. Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. sistersnightclub.com
HISphoria: TRANS and DYSPHORIC Documentary Screening
Making its Philly premiere, this unflinchingly candid documentary tells the story of Christian Axavier Lovehall, a Philadelphia man of trans experience who shares his daily struggles with gender dysphoria and his emotional turmoil about being pre-op. While one might not need to watch a film to understand the incredible courage it takes to endure day-to-day life suffering from such an all-consuming affliction, it’s important that people have a better understanding of the rarely documented and under-studied symptoms related to gender dysphoria and the misconceptions about trans-specific surgery. Open to all ages, the screening will serve as a fundraiser, helping Lovehall pay for his “top surgery.” Wed., June 19, 7pm. $10. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. waygay.org
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