Have a Queer Valentine's Day

This weekend party with boys who like boys, girls who like girls and everyone in between.

By LD Beghtol
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Whether you’re single or partnered, looking for a playmate or drowning in a pool of LGBT inertia, Valentine’s Day fun is yours for the taking this weekend. Stay home and be a Debbie Downer if you like, but don’t blame us.

Get a dose of homo history at Out of the Closets, the narrative behind the William Way Community Center’s “Into the Streets” exhibit about the birth of the American gay identity, presented by archivist Bob Skiba (Thurs., Feb. 11., 6:30–8:30pm. Free. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.com).

Gentlemen with a wad to blow can do so at Hearts Afire Bachelor Auction, a benefit for the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, featuring live bidding for your hunk of choice, dancing to the sounds of DJ Michael DeCero and a karaoke contest (Fri., Feb 12, 9pm–1am. $10-$15. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. pgmc.org).

Those who hanker for big, bearded guys should leave their knitting at home and head to New Hope for the Raven’s Bear Valentine’s Weekend. This getaway, sponsored by A Bear’s Life magazine, features ursine social and gustatory opportunities including a retro dance party and a “Bring a Bear Brunch” (Fri., Feb. 12– Sun., Feb. 14. 385 W. Bridge St., New Hope. 215.862.2081. theravennewhope.com). For five bucks you can hear local poets vent their amatory ire at Cupid Ain’t @#$%! An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement, starring Leslie McIntosh, J Mase III, Sam Terry and others (Sat., Feb. 13, 8-10pm. $5–$10. Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St. 215.564.4745. marathongrill.com). Those who’d rather switch than fight will find SisterSpace’s Valentine’s Party more to their liking: dancing, drink specials and Red Hot shots served by the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque folks (Sat., Feb. 13, 8pm-2am. $5. Stir, 1705 Chancellor St. 215.732.2700. stirphilly.com).

On the big day itself, climb aboard The Love Train—an El tour of the 50 love-themed rooftop murals that comprise Philly’s Love Letter public art project—then attend a champagne reception at SEPTA’s Grand Mezzanine (Sun., Feb. 14, 3-6pm. $40-$75. 215.685.0754. muralarts.org). Nature lovers should check out the Wissahickon Hike, a three-hour ramble through the woods near Chestnut Hill for “gay/lesbian/tg people who like fresh air and hidden exercise” (Sun., Feb. 14, 5pm. Free. 8708 Germantown Ave. 215.271.8822. fow.org). Or take a free introductory class at Queering Tango (Sun., Feb. 14, 3–5pm. $15. 126 Market St. queeringtango.word
press.com), then laugh your gay ass off at Helium Comedy Club with dreamy Iliza Shlesinger from NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Sun., Feb. 14, 8pm. $25. 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com). Later make the scene at Pozitive Encounters—a dance party for “Poz and Poz-friendly people” (Sun., Feb. 14, 11pm. $2. Albert’s Second Story, 3180 Grant Ave. 267.319.4262).

Or forego all temptations and visit one of the city’s 12-step meetings, such as Crystal Meth Anonymous at the William Way Community Center (Sun., Feb. 14, 7pm. Free. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220. waygay.com). Only the deeply cynical would dare mention the apocryphal thirteenth step.

And finally, to get a jump on next year—or ditch that trick who simply won’t go home—hit the Gay Roller Skating Party (Mon., Feb 15, 8:30–10:30pm. $10. Cherry Hill Skating Center, 664 Deer Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. philagayskating.com). Skate rentals available, but bring your own kneepads.

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