Monthly Archives: July 2013

NBC Says It Won’t Let Russia Hide Antigay Laws During Olympics

The Human Rights Campaign had called on NBC Sports to ensure the opening ceremonies and other coverage doesn’t turn into a one-sided advertisement for Russia.

Check out this article from the advocate.com:

If Russia keeps its antigay laws, NBC Sports is now committed to covering them as part of broadcasts from the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.

Variety reports that NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus was ready for a swarm of questions today about the network’s coverage during the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles. The president of the Human Rights Campaign had earlier this week written a letter to NBC calling on it to decry the new laws amidst the typically glowing portrait of any host country.

“You no doubt agree that it wouldn’t be right to air the opening ceremonies, which is an hours-long advertisement for the host country, without acknowledging that a whole segment of the Russian population — not to mention foreign athletes and visitors — can be jailed for an immutable aspect of their identity,” wrote Chad Griffin on Wednesday.

According to Variety, Lazarus said, “If it is still their law and impacting any part of the Olympic games we will acknowledge it.”

“We don’t believe in the spirit of the law that they have passed,” he reportedly said, “and are hopeful that the Olympic spirit will win out.”

In Griffin’s letter, he pointed out that jail time could face anyone for public displays of affection, LGBT positive tweets, or even broadcasting positive news stories about LGBT people.

“Millions of LGBT Russians live in fear that their government will arrest them, simply because of who they are,” he wrote.

The International Olympic Committee claims it has received assurances from Russia’s government that its so-called “propaganda” law won’t be enforced during the Olympics against attendees or participants.

Most recently, four Dutch filmmakers were arrested in the country for attempting to shoot a documentary about the lives of LGBT Russians. And photos of a neo-Nazi group allegedly tormenting gay teens were spread online by the human rights group, Spectrum Human Rights Alliance.

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Check out these Photos that will make you proud to say I’m Gay

The advocate put together a slideshow of images that will make you proud of who you are. Check them out at http://www.advocate.com/pride/2013/07/29/photos-will-make-you-proud

Outfest 2013 details

10/7/2012

Don’t miss Philadelphia’s Outfest, a National Coming Out Day (NCOD) Festival that attracts over 20,000 people to the region. The annual block party embraces the GLBT lifestyle and freedom.

Philadelphia was one of the first cities to organize around NCOD on a large scale by creating a block party to showcase the many facets of the community. The event quickly grew into what the greater Philadelphia region uniquely celebrates as OutFest.

This years festival includes over 100 organizations, community groups, and vendors along with live music, dancing, food, shopping, mini-golf and much more!

Click here for more information.

11th Annual Gay Community Night at the Phillies

 
Join hundreds of LGBT baseball fans, non-baseball fans and our friends and family at:

11th Annual Gay Community Night at the Phillies

Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Phillies vs. Cubs

Tickets – $28 (sections 306-310) or $20 (sections 301-305)

To order tickets:

If you need handicap accessible seating, please order
your tickets by telephone.

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit
the Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Don’t wait.  
before the game.

The night of the game, be in your seats by 6:40 PM
to see someone from the LGBT community in Philly throw out 
the ceremonial first pitch.

10th Annual Boys of Summer is now a WEEKEND

Press Release from Philly Gay Calender:

PhillyGayCalendar.com is excited to release details for the 10th Annual Boys of Summer Party presented by Fiat of Maple Shade, NJ, now a full weekend of events, taking place on August 9 – 11. Boys of Summer will be the high point of a wild season for Philadelphia nightlife and will feature Natalia Kills headling at the main event. 

This year, 40 “lifeguards” will be on hand to watch over the crowd at the beach-themed party. The lifeguards, in sunglasses and Pistol Pete speedos, will hand out prizes and flavored shots, dance on stage, and whistle if partygoers get too raunchy. Plus 5 special Porn Star lifeguards many will recognize from Randy Blue,Men.comGayroom Studios, and Dark Alley Media and hot muscled go go boys from G Philly.

The entertainment for the main event will be Natlia Kills, known for her hit songs Mirror and Wonderland. Kills has opened for Kelis’ European All Hearts Tour, as well as supported Robyn Carlsson on her Body Talk Tour in November 2010 and early 2011. Kills supported Ke$ha on the UK leg of her Get Sleazy Tour alongside LMFAO. Natalia Kills will perform live at Voyeur Nightclub for the Main Event on Friday, August 10, 2013

Entertainment for the main event on August 10 will also include performances choreographed by Gunnar MontanaAlfi Sosa – National Pole Dance Champion, the Goddess Isis and much more all night long. 

Tickets and weekend passes can be purchased athttp://www.eventbrite.com/event/7101878911

Events are:

Welcome Garden Party – Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 6pm – 8pm
Morris Hotel Garden – 225 S 8th St  Philadelphia, PA 19106 
We team up with OurNightOut as our official welcome party at the beatiful Morris Hotel ourdoot garden. Free hor d’orves, music and friends.
https://www.facebook.com/events/475840629159926/

Boys of Summer Pool Party – Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 9pm – 2am
North Shore Beach Club – 1031 Germantown Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19123
Join hundreds of guys from around the area at our kick off pool party. Lounge by the pool, take a relaxing dip, some on some cateored snacks all while listeing to the music of DJ Carl Michaels
https://www.facebook.com/events/198022680359088/

Rise and Shine Brunch – Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 11am – 2pm 
Pennsylvania 6 – 114 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Start the morning off right with a delicious brunch at the newly opened Pennsylvania 6. Wear your best and enjoy this amazing new space in the gayborhood.
https://www.facebook.com/events/542098225856412/

Saturday Block Party – Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 2pm – 6pm
Camac Street between Locust and Spruce
It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, so enjoy the weather and spend the day at our block party, with drink specials, BBQ food, music and more, plus hang out with some of our gay sports teams.
https://www.facebook.com/events/490133421067778/

BOYS OF SUMMER MAIN EVENT – Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 9pm – 3:30am 
Voyeur Nightclub – 1221 St James Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The moment you have been waiting for – the Main Event! Join hundreds of guys, ALL in swimsuits, dancing all night long to nationally known DJ Drew G. Live entertainment by Gunner Montana dance troope, Alfi Sosa pole dancing, drag performances and headling – Natalia Kills
https://www.facebook.com/events/488184211250152/

Sunday Funday Roofdeck Picnic – Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12pm – 4pm
iCandy Nightclub – 254 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Finish off the weekend on the roofdeck of iCandy to enjoy the weather. They will be serving frozen drinks, and grilling up some burgers and hot dogs. Best way to end a weekend with the new friends you have made.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301183956683577/

PhillyGayCalendar.com is the Philadelphia area’s best source for information on gay nightlife, events, organizations, businesses, and locations. It offers the most comprehensive gay events calendar, organizations database, photos, videos, guest columnists, and more. It has been organizing Boys of Summer and other parties for nine years. 

For more information, please direct all to questions to Steve McCann at (215) 593-3000 or bos@phillygaycalendar.com 

Sponsored by: Fiat of Maple Shade, Pistol Pete’s Swimswear, SandBlast, Metro Men’s Wear, 12th Street Gym, G Philly

LA Times Study shows why bisexuals stay in the closet

Only 28% of bisexuals have come out because of stereotypes in the straight and gay communities that they’re sex-crazed or incapable of monogamy, a new study shows.

 Read the Full Story Here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bisexuality-20130715,0,6117839.story

Top Ten Most Booming Cities in America!

According to data from the census bureau, New residents are flocking to these 10 cities, which added the largest number of residents between July 2011 and July 2012.
1. New York

2. Houston

3. Los Angeles

4. San Antonio

5. Austin

6. Phoenix

7. Dallas

8. Charlotte

9. San Diego

10. Ft. Worth

Philly Boardwalk to be completed by 2014!

When it is complete, the 2,000-foot-long boardwalk will extend from the Schuylkill River Trail’s current dead end at Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. There a 460-foot, ADA-accessible ramp will bring pedestrians from the river up to the deck of the bridge. The boardwalk itself will be 15-feet-wide and will have four expanded lookout areas for people to pause or lounge mid boardwalk crossing.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Who_needs_the_beach_Phillys_own_boardwalk_.html#fosBHEV47hBy9d1R.99

Tips for your summer trip to PTown from Outtraveler.com

PACKING FOR PROVINCETOWN

If you’re visiting Ptown during the regular travel season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the weather could be glorious — or resemble Seattle in November. You can still have fun in the rain, as long as you prepare for it. You should bring:

Umbrella. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but in New England, the weather is never a given.

Light jacket or sweater. If it’s raining in Ptown, it’s likely chilly, too. Walking out of Monkey Bar on a cold night in a tank top is an unpleasant way to lose your buzz.

Nice shirt, jacket, or dress. There are plenty of beautiful restaurants in Ptown — Victor’s and The Red Inn, come to mind — where a t-shirt just won’t do. Or just buy a new one at Item, a clothing store on Commercial Street. Owner Mark Ferrari has assembled a tasteful collection of New England-inspired beach wear, with everything from polos festooned with tiny anchors to windbreakers that JFK might have worn.

Comfortable sneakers. You’ll be walking and biking a lot. Capetip Sportswear is a good spot to find a fresh pair.

Bathing suit. The ocean is right outside and even if it’s too chilly to dive in, you’ll probably get invited to a pool party. If you forget one, swing by BodyBody, another Commercial Street haberdashery.

GETTING TO PROVINCETOWN

By plane. The closest major airport to Provincetown is Logan International Airport in Boston, where direct flights are available from virtually all large American cities and most U.S. airlines. The city of Provincetown can also be reached directly by airplane via the Provincetown Municipal Airport, with flights from Logan for about under $300 roundtrip (we didn’t say it was cheap).

By ferry. Skip the traffic and take a ferry from downtown Boston. Boston Harbor Cruises, departing from Boston’s Long Wharf, offers three departures Thursdays through Sundays at the height of the season. Tickets cost $53 one/way and $85 roundtrip; the “fast ferry” gets you to the center of Provincetown in 90 minutes. The Bay State Cruise Company, departing from 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston, also offers fast ferry service for the same price at BHC, as well as a slower ferry service that costs about half as much but takes three hours.

By train/bus. The new CapeFLYER train will get you from Boston’s South Station to Hyannis for $20 one/way or $35 roundtrip, where a transfer to two buses via Cape Cod RTA is required to reach Ptown. The Flyer train also allows bikes, so you can cycle the 47 miles from Hyannis to Ptown if you’re feeling adventurous.

By car. Renting a car is always an option in Boston, but the traffic can be tricky. If the roads are clear, it will take about two hours to get to Provincetown via Route 6.

GETTING AROUND PROVINCETOWN

At only 17.5 square miles, Ptown is a place to ditch the car and work off all that lobster bisque by walking or cycling. But there are options if you can’t leave your wheels behind.

By foot. The cheapest way to explore Provincetown, walking is definitely a viable transportation option while in town.

By bike. The distance between the gallery district in the east end and the quiet, beautiful west end can be a bit of a stroll. Stop by Ptown Bikes and rent one of their hundreds of bikes to make it easier; owner Bill Meadows will hook you up with the perfect wheels. Provincetown also has a gorgeous bike trail that’s worth your time.

By taxi. Taxi service is available for those who need it: hit up P-town taxi service if you need a lift.

ENJOYING PROVINCETOWN

Bike the trail. “The recently renovated National Seashore Bike Trails, particularly the Province Lands Trail, provide unparalleled biking adventures,” according to Provincetown’s tourism site. “The spectacular views of dunes, forest, ponds, and the ocean along the way are a great bonus.”

Whale watching. A favorite activity of most Ptown visitors is seeing Moby Dick’s descendents flip around for your pleasure. Tickets are about $44 a head.

Kick up your heels. Meet some like-minded folks at good-time watering holes like Shipwreck Lounge and Monkey Bar. You can always have a quiet (or not-so-quiet) night in with your husband, wife, partner, or friends: stop by Perry’s Wine & Liquors, grab a few bottles, some cheese, and retire to your room.