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Community Picks for Alternative Pride Events: Part 3

The rainbow flag has been synonymous with Pride since Gilbert Baker brought it to San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. His original design included 8 colors representing sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity/harmony, and spirit. It’s popularity as a symbol is now a global phenomenon.

A little over a year ago Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Executive Director Amanda Hikes unveiled an additional, alternative to the rainbow flag, the usual flag with two additional stripes; one black and one brown, representing people of color who have historically been, and still are, marginalized, discriminated against, or excluded within LGBTQIA community, (especially in Philadelphia)

Hikes was quoted in a post on the Curbed Philadelphia website saying this:

“We’re proud to host this celebration for the community to come together not just for Pride, but also to reinforce our strides towards combatting discrimination within our community, honor the lives of our black and brown LGBTQ siblings, and uplift our shared commitment to diversity and inclusion within our community.”

Even though the new design that was raised in front of City Hall last year was created by Philadelphians to highlight hyper local issues, namely racism in the gayborhood, it spawned a endless wealth of controversy all over the world. People were furious, confused, insulted, indignant, and everything in between.

I remember that when I saw the design I wasn’t too happy about it. Not because I thought it was “wrong” or “divisive”, like many responses I saw. My gut reaction was that this new flag was another empty gesture, a smidgeon of effort and action towards an incredibly important goal: fostering an inclusive queer community.

So here we are, a year later. I’ve grown to like the new design, and I’m proud that Philly will boldly fly a flag with such valuable intentions and symbolism. However, there is still room for growth in the LGBTQIA community here in Philly. Luckily we don’t need to rely on politicians do to all the work for us!

There are countless ways to support diversity in Philly’s queer scene, why not start by picking one or two of these rad events happening this week?

Here’s Part 3 of your weekly picks for Alternative Pride events:


Queer Discoveries Film Series | Ma Vie En Rose

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave

Monday, June 18th, 6pm to 9pm

FREE

“Join us for a screening of Ma Vie En Rose, a coming of age drama which is trans specific (and in French w/subtitles).

Seven-year-old Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) announces to his startled parents, Pierre (Jean-Philippe Écoffey) and Hanna (Michèle Laroque), that he is in fact a girl. His parents first view his newfound taste for girls’ clothes and toys as a harmless phase, but as other neighborhood parents grow concerned — particularly Albert (Daniel Hanssens), Pierre’s prudish boss and the father of Jerome (Julien Rivière), the boy Ludovic has decided he wants to marry — they take steps to “cure” him.”


Pop-up Pride Storytime

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street

Monday, June 18th, @ 6pm

FREE

“Join us at the goat statue in Rittenhouse Square for a pop-up Pride storytime with the Book Bike!”


Drag Queen Storytime

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Avenue

Tuesday, June 19th, @ 4pm

FREE

“What could be more fabulous than having some favorite stories read by an actual Queen?  A drag queen in this case. Join Ms. Brittany Lynn at this special story time for patrons of all ages.”


Crafts for Teens

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street

Tuesday, June 19th, @ 4pm

FREE

“Teens are invited to create colorful and inspirational crafts for Pride Month!”


Publik Private (SolowFest 2018)

Panorama Philly, 5213 Gray’s Ave

Tuesday, June 19th – Saturday, June 23rd, 6:30pm

Pay-what-you-can

“Some things have to be make public – in the way that our bodies become public when we go outside… This bilingual solo performance Created and performed by Eppchez explores the lives of two trans ancestors who made space for themselves in their own absurd eras. The Darb (a modern troll like/ clownish creature…Eppchez) bears witness to gender-non-conforming historical figures, La Monja Alferéz and The Publik Universal Friend. Puppetry and poetics lift up the lives of these trans ancestors in an exhilarating echoing conversation honoring their genders and refusing to look away from their transgressions.”


William Way Your Way Tour

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Tuesday, June 19th, 5:30-6:30

FREE

“Join Qunify at William Way LGBT Community Center for a 1-hour “Your Way” tour! William Way is a resource to our community. Come explore all that they have to offer. Learn about current programs, find out about future plans, hear stories from William Way’s users, and visit some of William Way’s unique spaces, including the library and archives. If you’ve ever been curious about what William Way does or the services they provide, now is the time to find out!”


Speaking Forward, Looking Back: An Intergenerational Pride Panel

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Tuesday, June 19th, 6pm

FREE

“Join us in the Skyline Room for a discussion of LGBTQIA+ history, identity, language, and what Pride means to folx from a multitude of generations at this moment. Panelists include Elizabeth Coffey Williams, Richard Moten, Ruth Thornton, and Kendall Stevens. “


Queer Discoveries Film Series | Paris is Burning

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA

Wednesday, June 20th, 6pm-9pm

FREE

“Chestnut Hill Library will be showing the historic documentary film, Paris is Burning, with conversation about the film to follow.”


L’amour: Painting With a Twist

GALAEI, 149 W. Susquehanna Ave

Wednesday, June 20th, 5pm-8pm

FREE

“L’amour is a support group and sisterhood for Trans women in Philadelphia. L’amour envisions a world where Trans women can live without fear of harassment and discrimination by uplifting the narratives, lived experiences and contributions of Trans women.

Group Activity: Painting With a Twist!

Bring whatever you got in your makeup box and let’s dive into a evening of fun and laughter.

This is a CLOSED SPACE for Trans women and Non Binary people of all ages, journeys, experiences and backgrounds!”


Empowerment Self-Defense Intro Class

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Thursday, June 21st, 3pm-5pm

FREE

“Learn safety strategies and skills for situations ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault!”


Pride Night Market

Gayborhood

Thursday, June 21, 6pm-11pm

FREE

“Celebrate Pride Month at the Pride Night Market with the Food Trust. A variety of food trucks will fill the Gayborhood during this always-popular event.”


Galaei 23rd Annual Alternative Prom

William Way Community Center

Friday, June 22, 2018

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

$10 suggested donation

Youth Pride Health and Wellness Fair

Outside of Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South St.

Saturday, June 23rd, 11am-3pm

FREE

“Join CHOP for a Youth Pride Health and Wellness Fair. Music, Pretzels, SWAG and community resources will be available to participants! Free behavioral health screenings and information will be supported by Holcomb BHS.”


Philly Queer Brunch: Supporting Girls Rock Philly

Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street

Sunday, June 24, noon – 3pm

Tickets are suggested donation, $5-20

“This is an open-to-the-public potluck brunch hosted at Asian Arts Initiative. Feel free to come late and/or leave early! Bring your friends!

This month we’re raising money for Girls Rock Philly. Check out their website here: http://www.girlsrockphilly.org.


InQueery presents: Sing-A-Long Jesus Christ Superstar

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 1542 Montgomery Ave

Sunday, June 24th, 6pm-9pm

Pay-what-you-can

“We’ll show the movie (the 2018 version with John Legend and Alice Cooper), we’ll have some refreshments for sale, you just show up and sing your heart out with a soundtrack that we all know and love (or love to hate). We’ll end the evening with our usual contemplative prayer service with special guest musician Sally Louise Polk! (a.k.a Thunder Thighs), so it’s sure to be a fabulous time.”


Low Fidelity: A queer poly hip hop dance party!

Dahlak, 4708 Baltimore Ave

Saturday, June 23rd, 10pm-2am

$5-12 donation for DJs requested

“A night celebrating radical love, Pride month, and the meeting of all bodies electric! Come solo, bring a sweetie, a triad, or more! Dress to transgress and get ready to sweat! West Philly weirdos and queerdos, it’s time to get low!”


Queer Sundays at the Saint

Saint Lazarus Bar, 102 W Girard Ave.

Sunday, June 24th, 10pm

FREE

#saintqueer sundays at Saint Lazarus Bar, a weekly LGBQTA+ function

safer space to move and mingle for those seeking an alternative queer option for dancing, drinks, djs, dinner.”


Check back in next week for the final roundup of events! Check out Part 1, where I talk about Stonewall and the revolutionary beginnings of the Pride movement, and Part 2, where I highlight some Philly Pride history.

 

I’ve been doing some research to create list of people, places, and things that are inspirational, educational, or just fun, so that we can tap into the true meaning of pride; remembrance, celebration, and meaningful action. Let me know if there’s an event coming up that can’t be missed OR if you have educational resources to highlight in my growing list: anaia@indyhall.org

 

(The photo used in this post by Kelly A. Burkhardt Photography, found in this article in the New York Post)

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Community Picks for Alternative Pride Events: Part 2

Did you know that years before the first Pride Parades in Philadelphia there were several marches and rallies?

One of the organizers of the very first Pride March in Philly, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, was interviewed by the Inquirer earlier this month. When asked if he feels that Philadelphians have forgotten the activism that started pride, this was how Avicolli Mecca responded:

“When I’m out speaking, especially at colleges, people don’t realize how much we did. They might have some little sense of, ‘Oh yeah, those old folks got this whole thing started,’ but they don’t really understand that we were the ones who started Pride. There was no concept of Pride as a movement.”

This year the Pride Parade celebrated it’s 30th anniversary, but, like Tommi, I believe that the queer community in Philly has largely forgotten there was anything before the parades. In order to get deeper into the spirit of action, because there is certainly still work to be done, I have been collecting joyful, educational, and productive events to keep Pride going all month long. This is last week’s part one

Here is Part 2 of our Community Picks for Alternative Pride Events:


Author Talk | Heath Fogg Davis

Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue

Monday, June 11th @ 7:30pm

FREE

“Gender matters to many of us personally and socially. But, is gender something we should use in the policies that govern institutions such as government-issued ID documents, public restrooms, college admissions, and sports?  If so, why and how? In Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? Temple professor Davis explores these questions.”


Proud to Be You and Me! We Are Family!

Independence Library, 18 S. 7th Street

Tuesday, June 12th @ 10:30am

FREE

“Celebrate families and gender diversity with a “Rainbow” storytime filled with stories, songs, and a “make-and-take” unicorn craft!”


Buttons of Diversity

Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk Street

Tuesday, June 12th @ 2pm

FREE

“Discover the history of pride and celebrate diversity—yours and others’—by designing and making your own button that represents and celebrates you.”


Drag Queen Storytime

Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street

Tuesday, June 12th @ 4:30pm

FREE

“Hear Brittany Lynn read stories about tolerance and diversity.”


Imagining Justice

City Hall Courtyard, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Tuesday, June 12th, 4pm-7pm

FREE

“Join us from 4–7 p.m. for the exhibition, and listen to youth testimony about the juvenile justice system from 5–6:30 p.m. Imagining Justice looks to youth affected by the system as the experts that our city needs most, using art, storytelling, and dialogue to educate the public and to advocate for programs and policies to make our communities safe, whole, and just.”


Film Screening | The Watermelon Woman

Fumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street

Wednesday, June 13th @ 12:30pm

FREE

“A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy,” a character in a 1930s movie.”


Movie Matinees | How to Survive a Plague

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street

Wednesday, June 13th @ 2pm

FREE


Philly Trans March Planning Meeting

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Wednesday, June 13th, 5pm-8pm

FREE

“Philly Trans March is not simply an annual march, it is a revolutionary movement. Open to people of all gender identities, expressions, and experiences, Philly Trans March welcomes EVERYONE to join in the planning for the 8th annual Philly Trans March, a community organized march, demonstration and protest against the hate, social injustice, and inequity faced by trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals and communities.”


Queer Discoveries Film Series | Philadelphia

Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave

Wednesday, June 13th, 5:30pm-8:00pm

FREE

“Join us for a screening of Philadelphia, a drama based on a true story.  Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm.  But his secret is exposed when a colleague spots the illnesses telltale lesions. Fired shortly afterwards, Beckett resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming up with Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only lawyer willing to help.  In court, they face one of his ex-employer’s top litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen).

This is the 25th anniversary of this film, which was shot entirely in Philadelphia. A talk-back with members of Philly AIDS Law Project will follow the screening.”


LGBTQ+ Book Discussion Group

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 West Girard Avenue

Wednesday, June 13th @ 5:30pm

FREE

“The June meeting of the Rodriguez book discussion group for adults and teens will feature a title by an author from the LGBTQ+ community.

Contact the library to borrow a copy of each month’s selection. For more information, please call Library Manager Lisa Chianese-Lopez or email her at chianesel@freelibrary.org.”


Rainbow Storytime

Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave

Wednesday, June 13th @ 6pm

FREE

Join us for Rainbow Storytime!  We’ll read, dance, sing, and play, all while exploring LGBTQ+ themes!”


Pride Month Book Discussion

Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Avenue

Wednesday, June 13th @ 6:30pm

FREE

“No book has been used to such controversial effect as the Bible. Are you or someone you care about confused about what the Bible does or does not have to say about being LGBTQ? Are you tired of people misquoting and misapplying Scripture just to support their own point of view? Have you often wondered what the authors of the Bible really had in mind when they wrote those often infamous passages?

Join us for this open exploration and discussion, led by Tacony Branch Librarian, Suzin Weber.”


Philly Poetry Workshop

A-space Community Center, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

Wednesday, June 13th, 7pm-9pm

FREE

“The Philly Poetry Workshop was started out of a need for a free poetry workshop in Philadelphia, accessible to all. Bring your poetry! Your feedback! But mostly yourself- we’re excited to meet you!”


Friday Night Pride Celebration

Germantown Jewish Center, 400 W Ellet St. 

Friday, June 15th, 6pm-9pm

FREE

“Join us for the kickoff event to GJC’s first Pride Shabbat, and celebrate the vibrant queer thread that runs through this beautiful tapestry of our community! Advance RSVP is greatly appreciated so we know what we need for the grill! Bring your blankets and chairs. We can’t wait to see you there!”


Disability Pride

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St

Saturday, June 16th, 10am-4pm

FREE

“The Office of People with Disabilities and Disability Pride have collaborated to include an LGBTQIA+ section in the Disability Pride Parade on June 16th. Come out and support our LGBTQIA+ siblings and neighbors with disabilities as they proudly march to City Hall and celebrate their intersecting identities!”


Pride Month Film Series | The Watermelon Woman

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 South 52nd Street

Saturday, June 16th @ 2pm

FREE

“A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker becomes obsessed with the “most beautiful mammy,” a character in a 1930s movie”


Queer Meet-Cute and Picnic!

Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave

Saturday, June 16th, 6pm-9:30pm

FREE

“Come meet queer cuties of all ages (18+) looking for dates and relationships. Lawn Games, Cute getting-to-know-you activities, + Chill hang times”


Raspberry Royale Presents: Church Burlesque and Brunch

2nd floor of the Front St. Dive, 10 S Front St.

Sunday, June 17th, 12pm-3:30pm

$9-$11

“Sunday is the Lord’s day, and with that we take a step away from our busy lives of sin to reconnect to our heavenly Father. Come commune and drink the blood and body of Christ as we celebrate our Holy Father in a praise dance called Burlesque. It’s time to do the Lord’s work. This Fathers day we praise the names of all the Holy Fathers. The Sugar Daddies, Daddy Doms, Femme Daddies, Leather Daddies, Daddy Dykes, and those dealing with Daddy issues. Catch the Holy Spirit, Drink a few Bloody Marys, and come get your knees to pray at Raspberry Royale Presents: CHURCH a Burlesque Brunch.”


Queer Sundays at the Saint

Saint Lazarus Bar, 102 W Girard Ave.

Sunday, June 17th @ 10pm

FREE

#saintqueer sundays at Saint Lazarus Bar, a weekly LGBQTA+ function

safer space to move and mingle for those seeking an alternative queer option for dancing, drinks, djs, dinner.”


There you have it! As promised I will continue posting weekly roundups of LGBTQ+ events for this month, so keep your eyes peeled next Monday for Part 3!

 

I’ve been doing some research to create list of people, places, and things that are inspirational, educational, or just fun, so that we can tap into the true meaning of pride; remembrance, celebration, and meaningful action. Let me know if there’s an event coming up that can’t be missed OR if you have educational resources to highlight in my growing list: anaia@indyhall.org

 

(The images on this page were found in this collection of pictures from the first Pride march and rally in Philadelphia in 1972)

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Community Picks for Alternative Pride Events: Part 1

Being queer, I look forward to this month every year.

Not just for the joyful celebration, but also the commemoration of the Stone Wall Riots and the radical activism of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. The anniversary serves as reminder to be grateful for how far we have come, to celebrate those fearless TWOC who started it all, and to show our respect by continuing their work in the fight for justice for LGBTQIA peoples around the world.

Unfortunately, the Philly Pride Parade, arguably the main attraction of the month, has many people feeling dissatisfied, pissed, or even disgusted. (Personally, I’m in the “disgusted” boat).

One of my favorite local journalists, Ernst Owens, summed up my feelings in an op-ed he wrote for Philly Mag last year:

“I cannot continue to waste my time forcing myself to attend an event that clearly isn’t striving to include me. Instead, I will connect with other like-minded individuals who are interested in taking Pride back. The movement for LGBTQ rights was championed by intersectional pioneers who were of color, transgender, non-binary, poor, and in-between. Now more than ever, these most vulnerable marginalized voices should be centered in Pride.”

(Owens also wrote a statement on facebook this week addressing his 2nd annual boycott of pride this year)

The parade has evolved from a just your average gross capitalist display, to a gross capitalist display that disrespects the spirit and purpose of its own revolutionary birth. It’s disappointing, to say the least.

But Philly never lets me down! There are countless events happening citywide all month long that are refreshingly inclusive and conscientious in their versions of Pride celebrations. From protests to art shows to comedy workshops to happy hour, organizations big and small are pulling out all the stops for this wonderful time of year.

Here are here are some exciting events I found that are happening this week (that don’t have a Trump supporter as a senior advisor):


L’amour: Trans Immigrant Lives Matter

The Trans Equity Project, GALAEI, 149 W. Susquehanna Ave

Wednesday, June 6th @ 5pm-8pm

FREE

“Roxana Hernandez died Friday May 25th in ICE custody due to medical negligence by immigration officials. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for Black and Brown Trans, Non-binary and Gender non-conforming immigrants. Join us as we take a look at the struggles faced by Trans Immigrants and ways we can support as community.”


PDM Karaoke Happy Hour Fundraiser PRIDE Edition

Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor Street

Wednesday, June 6th @ 7pm

$5-$7

“Come SING 👄🎤your heart out with your favorite PDM organizers and supporters to celebrate PRIDE! 🌈We are doing it big this year at Stir Lounge located off of 17th and Chancellor St. No other than🎧 DJ Leo Gonzales will be playing all of your favorites. If you want it…he’s got it. There will be a 🎟️ 50/50 Raffel announced at 930pm and free give aways to some brave enough to rock the mic. We get started at 7pm and the cover is $7 or $5 with PDM T-shirt. See you there!!! Happy Pride!!!”


Bi+ Viz Burlesque

Tabu, 200 S 12th Street

Wednesday, June 6th @ 9pm

$5

Catch @Allie Ilagan as Hattie Harlowe in Philly Pride’s only bi-centric event! “What’s it like being the B in LGBT? Find out at this visibility-raising variety show, featuring burlesque, drag and more from performers within the Bi+ community.”


LGBTQ+ Jeopardy for Children and Teens!

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 West Girard Avenue

Thursday, June 7th @ 4pm

FREE

“Join our after school staff for a lively round of Jeopardy focused on LGBTQ+ trivia.”


Producers’ Forum – Chavela

Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street

Thursday, June 7th @ 7pm

$9

Scribe is thrilled to present Chavela directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi (USA, 2017, 93 min) DARESHA KYI IN PERSON

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Although she didn’t officially identify as a lesbian until she was 81 years old, Chavela carefully crafted a public persona as a powerful, rebellious, free spirited outsider who blazed her own unique trail. Centered around exclusive interview and performance footage of Chavela Vargas shot in 1991 and guided by her unique voice, Chavela weaves a compelling and moving portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.”


Sarah McBride | Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Thursday, June 7th @ 7:30

FREE

“Tomorrow Will Be Different takes a deep dive into her tale of love, loss, and accomplishment as a doorway to a larger discussion of identity and LGBTQ rights. See author Sarah McBride in conversation with with State Representative Brian K. Sims”


“What Does Pride Mean to You?” Exhibit Opening

Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

Friday, June 8th, All day

FREE

“See the phenomenal works of local LGBTQIA+ artists answer the question “What Does Pride Mean to You?” in a dynamic art exhibit at multiple locations throughout the city including the 1st floor of City Hall, the Bahdeebahdu Gallery, and the Imperfect Gallery starting on June 8th!”


Homecoming 2018

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.

Friday, June 8th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

$25-$75

Kick off Pride weekend at the William Way LGBT Community Center. This Friday, June 8th from 5:30 – 7:30, is the Center’s annual Homecoming event. The event will be cocktail reception featuring light fare, an open bar, live performances from V. Shayne Frederick and John Jarboe, and a silent auction. You will also be able to enjoy the recently installed gallery exhibition and archival exhibit. The Center is open every day of the year, and if you’ve never visited, this is the perfect chance to do so!


GLOW: A Qunify Pride Party

Ulana’s, 205 Bainbridge Street

Friday, June 8th @ 10pm-2am

Pay What You Can

“Step out of them dim vibes you’ve been messin’ with and step into your summer GLOW! Walk in, show up, Friday, GLOW up. After the Philly Pride Kick-off Block Party, we are taking our QTPOC centered party outside of the Gayborhood with just as much Pride and even more GLOW! Showstopper outfits are encouraged. It’s time to GLOW up!”


NOH8 Open Photo Shoot

Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Saturday, June 9th @ Noon

Cost varies

“Join the #NOH8Worldwide movement in Philadelphia, PA and add your face to the fight for equal human rights!”


Film Screening | Beach Rats

Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Road

Saturday, June 9th @ 1pm

FREE

“A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet. (Rated R)”


WORKSHOP: GET REAL: QUIT TRYING TO PRETEND

Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street

Saturday, June 9th, 1pm-3pm

$40

“This is intended for theater actors, stand up comics, improvisers, sketch performers, speakers, teachers et al. Utilizing physical comedy exercises, work shop attendees will home their inner joy and get real on stage. Playing with the concept of ‘acknowledge everything’ attendees will break the 4th wall, connect and engage and listen… then they will find the joy! You can’t follow the fun until you uncover it!

PS : This is a great workshop for stand-ups wanting to strengthen their crowd work!”


20th Annual Philly Dyke March

Kahn Park, 11th and Pine Streets

Saturday, June 9th @ 3pm-6pm

Free

“CALLING ALL DYKES AND ALLIES!! ALL femmes, butches, queers, studs, AGs, lesbians, tops, bottoms, tomboys, womxn of color, bi-dykes, boi-dykes, UHaul-ers, Potluck-ers, bulldaggers, transgender and gender non-conforming folx of all flavors, and all of those who love and support us…you get the idea: we mean YOU!”


WORKSHOP: RADICAL JOY: FINDING FREEDOM IN MOVEMENT

Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street

Saturday, June 9th @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm

$25

“Have you wanted to be able to get free on the dance floor? Understand how your body moves? This workshop seeks to help individuals access their body and enjoy the rhythms of their own movement. I will be centering the workshop on the identities/perspectives of Queer/Trans People of Color and Black folk. We will use exercises of play, group improvisation, and contact improv (only if comfortable). Our time together will be filled with laughter, discussion about the joys we experience despite our trauma, and collective healing through dance/movement.”


Over The Rainbow: A Queer Comedy Jawn

Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street

Saturday, June 9th

Various times and events

$10-$12

“In celebration of Pride Month, PHIT will be hosting a day-long comedy jawn on Saturday, June 9th! The day will be filled with workshops and performances, all featuring LGBTQIA comedians and performance artists.”


Juice: A Summer Fest for Queer and Trans Womxn of Color

Life Do Grow Farm, 2315 N. 11th St.

Saturday, June 9th @ 6pm-11pm

$8

“JUICE, curated by her philly moves, is a vision of a more inclusive and more intersectional Philadelphia Pride Festival. Featuring an all-queer and trans womxn of color lineup of performers, photographers, vendors, artists, and (new for 2018) filmmakers, JUICE is a safer space that elevates and celebrates the diverse voices of womxn in Philadelphia.”


PROUD AF: The B2B Pre-Pride Party and Drag King Show!

Tabu, 200 s 12th Street

Saturday, June 9th @ 9pm-2am

$5-$10

“Before the party, don’t miss “Out Staged- A Comedy & Drag Show,” featuring Atlanta’s Kia Comedy, and some of Philly’s dopest Drag Kings, including Molasses Jones, Mo’ Betta, Manny T. Lovett, Dutch Carpenter, Gavin Danger, and Rough RydeHer!”


Sunday TEA: The Pride Edition

CiBo Ristorante Italiano, 1227 Walnut Street

Sunday, June 10th @ 4pm

$9.45 on eventbrite or $10 at the door

“Your PRIDE plans have arrived. Introducing THE Sunday Funday party you can’t miss. Philly’s HOTTEST Day party for LGBTQ folx and those who love us is back for a special PRIDE edition of Sunday Tea!”


Drakaoke: 2018 Pride After Party

The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

June 10th, 10pm-2am

FREE

“Join us after Pride 2018 for a very special edition of DRAGAOKE featuring Regina Gorj and Sakura Allure !!!
+ Performances from Mercury Parris
+ Viva La Shea
Karaoke all night before, after, and inbetween drag performances !!!”


That’s all for now folks! 

Stay tuned for weekly updates on excellent events happening in Philly this month.

(Thanks to @Neil Bardhan @Embry Owen @Allie Ilagan @Kati Sipp and @J. Rudy Flesher for some recommendations!)

I’ve been doing some research to create list of people, places, and things that are inspirational, educational, or just fun, so that we can tap into the true meaning of pride; remembrance, celebration, and meaningful action. Let me know if there’s an event coming up that can’t be missed OR if you have educational resources to highlight in my growing list: anaia@indyhall.org

Some further reading on #problematicpride:

Single-Identity Social Justice Is No Justice at All

Taking Back Pride: Philly Report Back

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🎭 A Coworking Sonnet

A few months ago I saw our talented teammate Sam Abrams perform with her Improvised Shakespeare Group at Philly Improv Theater.

The day after the show, I joked with Sam, “from now on, you have to give all Indy Hall tours in the style of Shakespeare.”

Then on her last day before heading off to grad school, she handed me a print out. It was a Shakespearean sonnet she wrote based on the Indy Hall tour, published below.

Sam, we will miss you! 🎭


Hullo good gentles, I bid thee welcome
to fair Indy Hall, our coworking home!
I ask thee now, wherefore didst thou here come?
Mine ears hear muchly, to not work alone.

To work alone is meadow without grass
Our community is garden in bloom
The caring therein will not be surpass’d,
Therefore together we stave off our gloom.

Feast thine eyes upon yon desks, black and tan
Alight on black desks a full timer’s home,
Light desks, by window, or even to stand
Preferring flexibility, may roam.

If needst thou conference, to close a door
Reserve yonder room, of that to be sure.

See now the lunchroom, to feast and gather
Knowst thou how midday meal, all man must eat
Connect over eating, that we’d rather
Lively tit-a-tat here cannot be beat

And whenst thou hast a desire or need
In work or life for us to contribute
Three hundred members, ready to take heed
Not all of them here, some do distribute

Throughout our time here we live by a code
Take care of thyself, each other, this place
With such intention this be your abode

And in caring grant one another grace
People be the core of Indy Hall
Like tower without foundation, we’d fall.

Speak now of logistics, essential
Yon password for net be coworking
Staff present till 6, inconsequential
For keyholders stay, their work not shirking

Whilst keyholders stay, thou canst be here
Ev’ry Tuesday be Night Owls, evening hours
A time someone is here, work without fear
Who’ll let you in with keyholding powers

How often shall we see thee? Good to know
For membership be how oft thy attend
We be flexible for plans decrease, grow
For attendance tell us how much time spent

Let us talk of online tools, Groupbuzz, Slack
Once finding connection thou canst go back.


If you’ve never been to a show at Philly Improv Theater, check out their calendar. Most of their shows are under $10, and it’s easily some of the best value entertainment in the entire city.

And if you’ve never been to Indy Hall for a tour, you can reserve a tour time for free! It might even be given in iambic pentameter (but probably not).

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