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Pride Groove of the Day/Various Artists/”Hands”(A Song For Orlando)

Today just isn’t a sad day for the LGBTQ community, but for all of us as one year ago today we lost 49 of our brothers and sisters in the deadliest mass shooting in American history that occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, which also injured 58 others. 

If you’ll also remember, it was right around this time that nearly two-dozen entertainers including Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink and Britney Spears came together to record “Hands,” a powerful ballad in which funds from the charity project went directly to benefit the families affected during the shooting and also helped cover medical costs and counseling efforts for those in need. 

Written by incredible songwriter Justin Tranter (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), as well as Julia Michaels, BloodPop, with production by Mark Ronson, “Hands” not only sends all of our rainbow love and beyond to those we lost during that horrific night, but it also sends the message that hatred and resentment will never, ever, ever god dam win…and it’s up to us to make that happen. 

Of course, another goal in mind with “Hands” is that Tranter wanted to make sure that everyone wouldn’t forget that this wasn’t just an attack on the LGBTQ community, but one of color being that the massacre took place during Pulse’s popular Latin Night. “I’m not educated enough to speak on the political details,” Tranter spilled to Billboard last year (which you can read more of right here), ‘I’m a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color.”

With that being said, today also kicks off Philly’s Gay Pride week……so before you plot out who to throw shade at, block on social media, which bars you plan on getting wasted at this weekend and plan your truly meaningless headless torso photo shoot to update your gay “dating”apps, take a moment to please, please remember what it’s all about here….the fight to end the fucking hate that seems to be never-ending these days. 

So, respect ya damn life, others and the great ones we lost on June 12th, 2016...as it’s the only way we’re gonna get shit done around here.

Let’s rainbow. 

Cover photo courtesy of Miami Herald

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Jam of the Weekend/Donna Summer/”Stamp Your Feet”

Like the late and oh, so great Donna Summer once roared on this shining anthem off of her stunning 2008 album, Crayons.……

“S T A M P, stampin’ on the ground
S T A M P, stampin’ on the ground
S T A M P, stampin’ on the ground
S T A M P

I’ve been ’round so many times before
Broke my back, been split open so oft
Tried to make it to the finish line
Been knocked down, get up every single time

They’re up in your face, they don’t think you belong
Man, you got it, you got it goin’ on
What breaks the weak just makes you strong
You got game, baby, bring it on, bring it on

And I said stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud, make the biggest sound
You ain’t goin’
Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud
You ain’t going, you ain’t goin’ down

Rain comes in every player’s life
Gotta stay in the game, not on the sidelines
Gotta throw down, you gotta stand and fight
Keep your eye on the prize, don’t get caught up in strife
Go, go for the shot boy, make that play just right
Braggin’ about your swag won’t get you through the night

I said stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud, make the biggest sound
You ain’t goin’
Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud
You ain’t going, you ain’t goin’ down

Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud, make the biggest sound
You ain’t goin’
Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud
You ain’t goin’, you ain’t goin’ down

S T A M P, you got game
Stamp it on the ground
S T A M P, you got fame
Stamp it on the ground

S T A M P, you got name
Stamp it on the ground
S T A M P, do that thang
We ain’t going down, oh no
Make me proud, stand up and fight

You better stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud, make the biggest sound
You ain’t goin’
Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud
You ain’t going, you ain’t goin’ down

Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud, make the biggest sound
You ain’t goin’
Stamp your feet on the ground
Make it really loud
You ain’t goin’, you ain’t goin’ down

S T A M P
(No, no, no, we ain’t goin’ down)
S T A M P
(No, no, no, we ain’t goin’ down)
Right till the ending, we’ll make it through life
Better stamp your feet on the
Stamp your feet on the ground”

Happy Pride Weekend, everybody! And for the love of all things glitter and unicorns, keep the shade to a f#$king minimum this weekend….and most importantly…beyond it. 

Now, put your fabulous foot down. Go. 

 

 

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15 Philly Events Worth Your Pride Entertainment While This Weekend

Got Philly Pride weekend plans?

You most certainly do now, so don’t just stand there, get to it and plan out a fabulous rainbow filled weekend of your dreams! 

Happy Pride, kids! 

Pride Kick-Off Party/Friday Start the weekend off right by joining the many fabulous gurls and gays who will be taking over 12th and Locust Streets for the annual Pride Kick-Off party tomorrow beginning at 6 pm. This rainbow ready event is the only time you’ll be able to can purchase wristbands for Sunday’s Penn’s Landing festival at a special discounted rate, so you better strike a Pride pose and be there. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour Pride Edition/Friday Because what would Pride weekend be without a Salt-N-Pepa like sex truth session? Absolutely no fun at all, so head over to Franky Bradley’s tomorrow for a special Pride edition of Philly’s only sex talk/game show, while special guest co-host R. Eric Thomas and panelists David Norse and Bee Reed of Drag Official stop by to deliver the goods alongside the red-hot and ready, Ms. Timaree Leigh. 

House Of Soul & Boxers PHL Presents:Born This Way/Friday Because fabulous drink specials plus lots (and lots) of hot boys plus the sassy stylings of “Video Vixen” Omyra Lynn equals yaaaaaas, kween. And is that a vogue contest also on the horizon? It most certainly is, gurl. 

Green Velvet/Friday The house music mastermind who brought us a little dance ditty called “It’s Time for the Percolator” is about to take over Coda tomorrow night. Get ready to dance your ass right the fuck off. 

BDSM/Saturday It’s the S&M Reunion you’ve been waiting for. Join the eager Satine Harlow and the voluptuous Brooklyn Ford at ICandy this Saturday night as they welcome back the insatiable Misty Maven back to Philly where she belongs! All while Drootrax provides those beats that will give you the Pride entertainment spanking of your lyfe. 

All Ages Drag Queen Brunch/Saturday Join local drag divas Mimi Imfurst, Ariel Versace, Iris Spectre and many, many more at CiBo this Saturday as they kick off round one of a new wig snatching all ages drag brunch! Yes, you read that right…all ages means for fun for the whole entire fabulous family, so go right here for all of the local drag and mimosa-ed up brunch truth you can handle. 

Hooked/Saturday Since we’re all going to be living that rainbow music life this weekend, a little disco fever is also in order, so join talented and soulful singers Michael the Lion, Amy Douglas, Shawn Ryan and Del as they take the center stage at Franky Bradley‘s this weekend for a special shimmering Pride edition of their funked up monthly spectacle.

Proud AF:The B2B Pride Party and Philly Dyke March Afterparty/Saturday Hey, ladies…if you’re taking the streets with the Philly Dyke March during the day on Saturday, then the official afterparty served up by Back 2 Basics at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar is the only place you’ll want to be at night. Get ready for music, music and of course, more music provided by Djs Niilo and Ka$h and be ready to dance your life away. 

What Makes Me Pissi Birthday Bash!/Saturday This weekend is not just Pride weekend, but we’ll also be celebrating the coveted day that the delightfully ratchet Ms. Pissi Myles was brought into this world! Join the East Coast owning diva as she takes over L’Etage once again and welcomes this month’s special guests, Ariel Versace and Marti Gould Cummings to stand by her doesn’t-look-a-day-over-Botox padded sides! Of course, DJ Chris Urban will also be bringing the music pain before, during and after the show, so be sure to be there this weekend for all the shenanigans that are about to be unleashed by Ms. Myles and her esteemed company. 

Haus of Ham Second Annual Pride Brunch/Sunday The Haus of of Ham are back for another round of their Pride extravaganza at The Victoria Freehouse, so before you hit up the festivities, stop by (it’s right across the street, kids!) to join Mistor Fahrenheit, Lili St Queer, and Eric Jaffe for lots of fabulous drink specials and a hilarious show that you will most likely never forget…ever. 

Philadelphia Pride Day 2016/Sunday With more than 25,000 brightly hued participants expected to take over the City of Brotherly Love this Sunday, you can bet that this year’s Pride weekend will be one for the rainbow record books. Kicking things off will the LGBT Pride Parade, which will begin at 13th and Locust and ends at Penn’s Landing, just in time for the part-ay at Festival Pier, which will feature dozens of vendors, special events, drinks, grub and standout performances by Jade Starling, Betty, and your fabulous headliner, the Broadway owning diva herself, Ms. Deborah Cox. 

For much more info on this year’s parade, party and so much more, fabulous Philadelphia writer Josh Middleton served up this piece for UWISHUNU that has all of this year’s up-to-date Pride info that’s sure to make your glitter bomb explode. 

Lucky Charms Pride After Party/Sunday Before you head back to the gayborhood to get your Pride after party freak on and stuff, you must take a few steps over to O’Neals Pub and revel in the talents of their very own Lucky Charms drag gals with special guests Lady Geisha, Alana X Treme and Regina Gorj along with many, many more slaying surprises. 

Voyeur/All Weekend Long No explanation needed since everyone and their drag mother will be descending upon Philly’s top after hours spot all Pride weekend long. Lucky for us, DJs Dozia, Price and Blackstreet will be more than ready to musically serve it all up. 

Philly Pride 2016 House Party/Sunday Just when you thought your glitter bomb couldn’t take anymore, Franky’s Foxes and Bradley’s Bucks are throwing a huge house party with DJ Chris Urban! So, the second the festivities start winding down at Penn’s Landing, gather your Pride squad and sashay your fine asses over to Franky Bradley‘s on Sunday because this is one Pride afterparty that you do not want to miss. 

Be Kind/All the Time While we’ll all be in the rainbow spirit together this weekend, let’s try to keep those vibes going past Sunday because these days there certainly seems like there’s a lot of lemonade being spilled and not enough towels to clean it up. So, just slay on like it’s nobody’s fucking business….and mind your own.

Now, dance.