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10 Out & Proud Entertainers You Should Show Your Philly Pride Love To

Not only were each of the ten extraordinary Philly entertainers on this truly glowing list born this way, but they were born to entertain you…yas, you. 

So, if you see any one of them out tonight or at the Pride festivities tomorrow, show them a lil’ rainbow love…because that’s what it’s all about here. 

And of course, unicorns, glitter and what Pride means to each of them. Let’s sparkle it up, kids. 

DJ Robert Drake……You all know the name. Plus, he’s an absolute first class weatherman! 

“Once Upon A Time … there was the ‘gay community’. Soon it became known as the ‘lesbian and gay community’. Then, as the community grew and stepped out into the sun, folks realized the true diversity and we became the ‘lesbian, gay and bisexual community’, followed soon after by the continuing understanding of trans issues and the embrace of the transgender community; or LGBT. Then we realized that our community was made up of a slew of folks simply questioning their sexuality in some fashion – – LGBTQ.

The recent addition of colors to the city’s rainbow flag has caused some chatter and a little internal controversy. For me, adding colors to a rainbow flag is simply a continued growth of who we are as a larger community of sexual minorities in today’s culture. You don’t have to embrace a newly modified flag – or even fly it. 

To me pride is personal. Pride is something you have to nurture from within. So take pride in yourself and fly whatever colors you choose. Life is too short.”

Remember, EVERY day is Pride Day, as long as you’re proud of yourself.” 

Zsa Zsa St. James…….One seventh of the oh, so fucking foxy local drag troupe Franky’s Foxes and world known rice enthusiast. (Photo Credit..Garrett Matthew) 

“Pride has and always will be the representation of the struggle and progression we’ve made as a community. It represents those that helped paved the way for us to get to where we are at now. Being a drag queen enables me to tell the stories of the struggles in coming out. Suicide was one of these stories I wanted to depict because there are still gay youths out there that take this route due to their fear of coming out. I tell these stories to send the message that they are not alone and that we are here for each other because we are a united community. Pride is a symbol of how strong we are as a whole. The fight for equality and acceptance is still ongoing and I want to continue being at the forefront of it all.” 

Eric Jaffe….Executive Glitter director of the ukulele owned Eric Jaffe Show at Tavern on Camac and never, ever goes a day without wearing purple. 

“It’s not always easy to love yourself and let your true authenticity shine through. As a kid I often felt that I had to suppress who I was, and keep my queerness to myself. The LGBTQ community of Philadelphia has allowed me to throw on a dress, paint some glitter into my mustache and sing about butts, and honestly, that’s all I’ve ever wanted. I am PROUD of the person that I am, and the work that I put out. Most importantly, I am proud of the Wishbone staff for sometimes giving me a free cookie.” 

BEV…..First class comedy kween (get that title, gurl) and resident kray bey-otch of Bev’s Bitchfest at Tabu..  (photo credit Alexander John Photography) 

“Pride to me means….being in heels all goddamned weekend…just kidding. Pride now in current day to me means the courage and strength to fully be yourself in the face of so many obstacles. Pride is remembering those that came before us and gave us the power to be out, loud, and proud. Personally, I am proud to be part of such a diverse Philadelphia performance community, where we may not always see eye to eye, but we celebrate our talents and our differences.” 

DJ Carl Michaels…. Resident Gayborhood beat maestro…

“To me, pride is about our community raising its voice to make it clear that we are proud and HAPPY despite the constant pressure from an aging, impotent machine that is increasingly irrelevant. Their goal is to scare us into the shadows – Pride lets them know it won’t happen.

As segments of our community enjoy greater acceptance, we must make it clear that we do not just stand for ourselves as individuals but for every person who identifies with the LGBTQIA+. Trans people, people of color, and especially trans people of color face harassment and danger daily, just trying to live their lives.

Pride is our chance to celebrate our strength in living authentically in the face of archaic systems that would rather shut us up. As more of us enjoy acceptance, we need to focus our energy on lifting up our entire community.”

Omyra Lynn….The insatiable of sin at Sinful Sundays at Tabu (the longest running drag show in the Gayborhood, by the way) and like, one bad ass fucking bitch. (photo credit Jonathan Hernandez) 

“To me pride is more than a flag or rainbows. It’s more than an attitude or a confidence on stage. Its way more than taking a selfie, kissing your lover in front of so called Christians who have come to the parade to spread hate and self loathing. Pride to me means Freedom…and to quote Nina Simone… “Freedom to me is having no fear!” To live in love! To encourage not just yourself but your community and future generations.” #dontletthebastardsgetyoudown

Honeytree Evil Eye……Your co-hostess at this past Friday night’s Golden Tassel Jawns and Philly Burlesque Queen, honey… (photo credit Jonathan Hernandez) 

“When I was growing up, there weren’t any LGBT adults in my life… or at least that were open about it. I knew that I was bisexual, but I legitimately thought I was alone in feeling that way. It seemed like hiding who I was would be the only option. Finding bisexual women in movies and other media saved my life. Even though they were often portrayed in stereotypical ways, knowing that there were awesome, attractive, badass and feminine bisexual women empowered me to rise above the homophobia (and to be fully honest, basic-ness) of a culture that denied my existence.

In a world that has shown so much completely idiotic hatred towards lesbians and gays and erases bisexuals entirely, it’s an act of revolution to be proud of who you are as a queer person. I have so much gratitude to the role models who showed me that I could be out and not just live, but thrive. Thanks to their bravery, we are able to come from internalizing their nonsensical shame all the way to a sense of genuine pride at who we are: a beautiful, diverse community.”

Stro Kyle   Creative director/player of StroProductionz and killer beat enthusiast…plus, check this out ..you’ll be glad you did. (photo courtesy of Mr. Patrick Hagerty) 

“When it comes to pride and what it means to me. I think of it as a statement of rebellion. I have always viewed myself as out of the box, different and unique. I take so much pride in knowing that my uniqueness is felt in most scenes that I part take in the LGBTQ community. I fight conformity with my pride as much as possible. I encourage others to embrace their own quirks that make them stand out and to pass on that encouragement to others. That keeps our community rooted in my opinion. I am very excited to see what this new generation of queer black and brown youth have to offer when implementing LGBTQ culture and pride. They seem to be very in tune with taking pride in individuality.”

Connor Michalchuk… First class and furry as fuck Burlesque superstar and of course, “Ma” in the lounge running Golden Girls Live, which has pretty much taken over the entire tri-state area. Happy 14, 564 shows, girls!

“I am a proud disco-dancin’, Oscar Wilde readin’, Streisand ticket holdin’ friend of Dorothy who is celebrating his 10th year of being out. Over the last decade, Pride has always been a chance for me to be my outrageous self and celebrate with others, but we should remember that it is also a chance to take pride in our community. It is a chance to get active with organizations, volunteer for events, or simply go to community organizing meetings. So go out and kick up your heels, this is our month. Wear every rainbow and sparkle with pride. And remember that we celebrate Pride in the summer because the Bible tells us that Pride cometh before the Fall. XOXO”

And of course, long-lasting Philly Drag Mafia owner and resident Philly Mixtape Pride Tea table tosser, Mizz Brittany Lynn, is here to tell it ike it is, kiddies….

“You get out of bed, you go through your day with your held held high, and you do whatever you want to do without fear of what others think as you live and love your life-and you embrace who you are. That’s Pride.”

Let’s dance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pride Groove of the Weekend/Route 94/Jess Glynne/”My Love”

Just look up to the rainbow…it’s that simple. Happy Pride Weekend, kids….keep it classy, real and get over your fucking shit as this weekend’s glitterfest isn’t just a Gayborhood event, but one throughout the entire City of Brotherly Love. 

Represent, bish, represent. Now, dance…and love. 

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Philly Event Spotlight:Pride Weekend 2017

Remember…….

It’s not about ending friendships over colors on a flag…….it’s not about competing with your clique to be the biggest drunk mess and/or whore this weekend (and get the f#$k off those apps, guys..you can do it)……it’s not about plotting out which queen to throw shade at and it’s sure as fuck not about boycotting Pride as that’s the worst idea any of us can follow through with right now. 

It’s about unity, love, togetherness and having not just respect for ourselves, but for others. It’s that simple. 

So, let’s Pride and rainbow it the f#$k up…as it’s the only way to be. Let’s go, kween.

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr What’s your favorite karaoke slay? Perhaps a little Ms. Whitney “I Wanna Dance With Somebody?” Or, maybe a lil Deb Cox “Absolutely Not” always explodes your glitter bomb. Whatever your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all Pride weekend long and beyond at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve sissy-ed that “Staying Alive” walk to perfection, gurl, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre this weekend and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which also coincides with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, Now-July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.

DJ Jimmy DePre  And werk, and slay and serve and werk…and may you forever respect the DJ, especially Tavern on Camac’s resident gay groove supplier, Mr. DePre, as he’ll be spinning it out on both Friday & Saturday (10 pm) and Pride Sunday (630-9) for your yaaaaaaas Rainbow Kween pleasure. So, respect and then dance, bish….dance. Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac. St. 

DJ Carl Michaels Not that you’re not already planning to take over Voyeur all Pride Weekend long, rest, er, dance assured you’ll be in good hands as the best in the Gayborhood beat business, Mr. Carl Michaels, will be throwing it down on Friday and Sunday, with DJs Ghost, Tripp and Low Budget serving out for Voyeur’s Pride Carnival Festival on Saturday night, which you can check out right here. And then shut the f#$k up and dance. Voyeur after hours, all weekend, 1221 St. James Place 

DJ Chris Urban  Don’t you dare pull up that pre-nup because you already know the terms and conditions on how Mr. Urban is gonna give it to ya all Pride Weekend long…..L’Etage on Saturday night (10 pm, 624 S. 6th St.) and Positano Coast on Sunday (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.). 

Drag Me to Landmark:Cartoons in June Remember Saturday mornings when you were a little kween eating, like, a whole box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching cartoons until your eyes fell out? Those were certainly the daze, weren’t they? Well, lucky for us, we’re all going to be able to take a break from this adulting shit and join Astala Vista, Anita Manhatten, Ariel Versace, Mizz Vinchelle and many, many more incredible local queens right across the bridge at Landmark Americana this Friday night as they get ready to serve us with Saturday cartoon face, fierce, hip pads and lots and lots of werk. So, get ready to experience a stellar night of pulsating performances inspired by some of your favorite animated such as Spongebob, Little Mermaid, Harley Quinn, The Big Comfy Couch! And BYOC (Bring Your Own Cereal) because these queens ain’t sharin.’ Now, sissy that Saturday cartoon walk and…go. Tonight, 9 pm, Landmark Americana-Glassboro1 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

Philly LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party 2017 The time has come….for all of us to put aside the shade, resentments and stop fighting over the fucking flag and come together as one (emphasis on together) and kick off Philly Pride Weekend in true glittered up style. So, head on over to 12th and Locust Streets tonight (aka—the G Hood) where there will be Philly queens as far as the eye can werk, as well as drink specials (and please…respect ya damn selves) and lots of lots of gay grooves to put you on the floor like Ms. J.Lo. And you better werk for those $10 discounted Pride wristbands which you’ll be able to bag up at the Pride par-tay. Let’s do it. The Gayborhood, Tonight, 6 pm-10 pm

Friday Night Beats:Pride Edition Since you’re already planning to take over every Gayborhood bar after the Pride kickoff block party this Friday (and remember, kids….it’s not about being the biggest drunk mess/whore this weekend), why not one, two, step like CiCi over to Tabu where DJs Sharyn Stone, Jackie G and Brando Calrissian (who’s also this event’s beat maestro) will be armed and fabulously spinning out grooves in music genres ranging from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Ariana, slay, serve, werk and beyond. Now, walk over to Tabu this Friday and then…dance for your rainbow filled lives…because we must. Friday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St.

Writer’s Block Rehab Pride Kick off Party So, like, there’s cute little spot over at 1342 Cypress Street that has fun little words and letters on the walls along with a supa dupa fly upstairs area….and if you haven’t unwound at Writer’s Block Rehab yet…this weekend is the time as they’re kicking off the season in true rainbow style with a fundraiser for the always fabulous William Way Center, in which they’ll be lots of booze and beats to get you into the Pride Weekend mood. So, just like, go. Yas. Today, 12pm-7pm, 1342 Cypress Street 

Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Calling all Philly Pride kings, kweens, guys, gals, unicorns and glitter tossers…this year’s Pride Parade is fast approaching and we need to be ready to strut because quite frankly, we’ve fucking got it like that.  So, head over to the Gayborhood this Sunday at 11 am where the parade will kick off at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 a.m. From there, the parade (which will feature lots and lots of phine Philly fighters, performers and pretty much every drag queen from the tri-state area), the parade will march down Locust Street, turn on Seventh Street and continue down Market Street to the judging (ahem..none of that) area near the Liberty Bell. 

From there, the parade with continue down Market, turn at Front Street and end at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where the festival will be served out, Although the parade won’t chantay into Penn’s Landing until 1 p.m., festivalgoers can head in as early as noon to score spots near the stage where Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt will headline as “Nancy and Beth,” in which we can’t fucking wait because Will & Grace is coming back soon and we’re beyoooooond ready. You’ll also be able to grab your Philly Pride Wristbands, which are $15 (which you can get discounted at tonight’s block party) and are needed to enter the festival, but the parade is free to attend….for all. Meaning you, so go, because Pride and togetherness is what it’s all about this weekend…nothing else. Sunday, 11 am, you know where 

Pride Run Philly presented by DMHFund Although she won’t be running down the street in her wig and heels (although us gals can dream) join anti-exercise enthusiast and all around Kourtside Killer Drag Kween, Ms. Pissi Myles, this Sunday at UBar as she kicks off this year’s Pride Run Philly in fiercely padded style! And since she has the ability to hit high notes that only certain kind of dogs can hear, you betta believe that her rendition of our National Anthem is not to be missed. The run will take off around U Bar with a 1.5-mile stride down the historic Pride Parade Route, and since it’s supposed to be hot-and-sticky on Sunday, there’s bound to be maybe one-or-two shirtless boys for you to feast on. Ya know, if you’re into that sort-of-thing. But perhaps the best part of this werked out event is that proceeds will go towards funding key programs at the always on track William Way Center, which has made some truly incredible strides for our fellow LGBTQ members and their families. Registration is closed, but there’s no reason why you can’t…go. Ready, set, run for your lip synched life, kweens and kings. Sunday, 11 am, follow the queens 

Pride After Party at Valanni   Celebrate the end of Philly Pride Weekend in true sassy style and sissy that walk on over to Valanni where current RuPaul’s Drag Race slayer, Ms. Aja, will be stopping by to shantay…for your gay lives. This shimmering event is free and kicks off at 6 pm (with a special performance you do not want to miss at 7), but there are meet and greet tickets available, which you can snatch like a cheap wig right here. Now, walk over to Valanni on Sunday and Ms. Aja and the rest of the crew will see you there! Sunday, 4 pm, Valanni, 1229 Spruce St. 

#LastCallForPride w/ Willam Belli After Valanni, gather what’s left of your rainbow and your as everyone’s favorite fishy drag diva, Ariel Versace, and Philly Drag Mafia sorceress and resident Pride Month local drag tea table tosser, Ms. Brittany Lynn, will be on hand to help phierce Philly kween, Willam Belli, pop his Philly Pride cherry!  This is another fabulous no cover Pride event (as they ALL should be), but there are tickets for a special meet-and-greet starting at 10 pm (chantay right here..now) with….the rest of it…kicking off at the close of Philly Pride 2017, 11:59 pm. See you there, kids and kweenz!! And as always…get over it. Sunday, 10 pm, ICandy, 254 South 12th St. 

Bradley’s Bucks:A George Michael Tribute  Since you know you’re going to still be feeling all of that glitter on Monday, why not head over to Franky Bradley’s as the studly and talented gentlemen of FB’s all male, all woke dance troupe, Bradley’s Bucks, get ready to serve you what’s sure to be an electrifying tribute to the late, and oh so fucking great, Mr. George Michael. And while we know we’re going to have to brace ourselves for their danced up takes on “I Want Your Sex,” “Faith” and “Father Figure,” can we please get a little “Monkey” up in the place? Please? Well, lucky for us we’ll get to find out not once, but twice as the boys will be dominating with a pair of shows to trot you through straight into next weekend. And as usual, the always fucking hilarious Christa D’Agger will be there to calm your harmones, ladies. And for more Franky Bradley’s goings on during Philly Pride Weekend 2017, groove it on out right here.  Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St., Monday, Industry Special, 9 pm, Thursday, 830 pm 

Also on the decks for your Pride Friday.……   Gay grooves all weekend @ Woody’s & GLOBAR (202 S. 13th St.)…..FUN HOME @ Forrest Theatre (tonight-Sunday, various showtimes, 1114 Walnut St.)……… Sigur Rós @Mann Center for Performing Arts (8 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)…… Day Wave & Blonder @TheFoundry (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)…….. Golden Tassel Jawns 2017 @Ruba (go here for more tassels tea, 9 pm, 414 Green St.)……..Tera Melos and CHON @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….The Juan McLean @CodaPhilly (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………… Pride Saturday……  Deftones @Festival Pier (630 pm, Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.)……..   Michael Franti & Spearhead @Electric Factory (730 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……. Florida Georgia Line, Nelly @BB&T Pavilion…. Mutlu @Boot & Saddle (730 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…..Los Colognes @Milkboy Philly  (830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…… Pride Sunday….. Alvarez Kings @CodaPhilly (7 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) U2 @Lincoln Financial Field (6 pm, One NovaCare Way)…….. Lizzo @TheFoundry (8 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…… Blood Handsome @TheGrapeRoom (7pm, 105 Grape St.)