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Its Happening – Gender Reel Film & Performance Art Festival at The Rotunda – Oct 4-5

Information taken from the Gender Reel fb page:

Come on out and catch some films


Program Booklet:

Tickets are $10 per day. However, no one will be turned away, we aim to be accessible.

Please ask about our student & senior discounts.

Films will be screened from 2 PM-10 PM on Saturday & Sunday.


ACLU – Love Wins!

I’m a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania; may I encourage you to do the same. This is the email they sent me recently.


Dear Susana,I have been blessed to be a part of some pretty historic cases, whether it’s intelligent design creationism, Hazleton’s immigration fiasco, or, most recently, knocking out voter ID. But our marriage case on behalf of 25 Pennsylvanians holds a special place for me.

We won the freedom to marry for ALL Pennsylvanians!

I was at the Pittsburgh celebration on the night of the decision with several of our clients and their children when the magnitude of what we had achieved began to hit home. People I didn’t know were hugging me, wetting my suit with their tears as they thanked me for transforming their lives. I don’t ever recall seeing so much unabashed joy, open affection, and excitement created by one of our victories.

All ACLU cases involve vital rights, but it hit me just how life-defining this case is for so many people. It is everyday existence. This decision affirms people for who they are and establishes gay men and lesbians as equal citizens. Those who fall in love with a person of the same-sex now have the same rights.

Who would have thought that in less than a year we would make Pennsylvania number 19 for freedom-to-marry states? It’s amazing and just plain beautiful!

The ACLU of Pennsylvania could not have achieved this win, or any of our other victories, without the help of our ACLU members like you. Your support provides the funds needed to address important issues such as this one.

Please consider making contribution today to the ACLU to help us address the new and frequently unpredicted challenges that may be waiting for us just ahead. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

And thank you for your unwavering faith in the ACLU! Let there be more love in the world. And let wedding bells ring!


headshot Witold ‘Vic’ Walczak, Esq.
Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
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Exhibit – That’s So Gay: Outing Early America – The Library Company of Philadelphia

The following information has been taken from the Library Company of Philadelphia events and home page. I shall admit while getting lost in the abyss of the Internet I found this institution. I have lived in Philadelphia for a decade and had never heard of the Library Company. Join me June 30th for the reception of the exhibit, That’s So Gay: Outing Early America.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Reception at the Library Company with an opportunity to view the exhibition “That’s So Gay,” followed by a concert by Philadelphia Voices of Pride at the William Way LGBT Community Center.  Philadelphia Voices of Pride is a vocal ensemble devoted to promoting a positive image of the LGBT community. The concert will draw inspiration from the Library Company’s sheet music collection. In addition, the tap dancing group Men on Tap will perform their hit number “Light in the Loafers.”


(February 10 – October 17, 2014)

The exhibition That’s So Gay: Outing Early America will show that – like African Americana and women’s history – the abundance of resources documenting homosexuality at the Library Company merely needs to be revealed. To paraphrase the late gay activist Harry Hay (1912-2002), history knows more about gay people than it knows it knows.

How can we know whether someone was gay? There are many answers to that question, but ultimately we cannot know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.

That does not mean that we cannot study gay history. Individuals took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. Gayness can also be considered a shared cultural experience based on an intrinsically gay outlook on the world.

“That’s So Gay” Exhibition Open in the Evening, June 9-13, 2014

To celebrate Gay Pride Month, the Library Company will extend the hours for its exhibition gallery until 8 p.m. the week of June 9th.  Come see “That’s So Gay: Outing Early America.” No reservations required.

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.  Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America’s oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800.  The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War.

The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials in our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and internationally, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.



Dear Sir or Madam – Martha Graham Cracker (the alter ego of Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg)

I saw the following presentation last night as part of the Thinkfest conference. The host and a few of the Drag Queens were different, but Dito Van Reigersberg remains, he is one of the best actors in Philadelphia. Do tell him you heard about this in the Erotic Literary Salon blog, I want him to know how much I support his work.

Dear Sir or Madam

First Person Arts

DATE Wednesday, November 13
TIME 9PM – 10:30 PM
LOCATION Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American St., Philadelphia)
TICKETS $20, $16 for First Person Arts members
This event is part of a ticket package. Click here to find out how you can see more and save.

The incomparable Martha Graham Cracker (the alter ego of Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dito Van Reigersberg) hosts an intimate evening of revealing interviews and live performances with some of Philly’s top drag performers. Channeling her inner James Lipton, Martha probes these fabulous gender benders about the meaning behind the music and the makeup. The drag stars each perform a song that exemplifies their story best, accompanied by Martha’s cabaret partner-in-crime, Victor Fiorillo. DitoMartha gets into the act, too, performing and answering questions, including a few from the audience!

Featuring two of Philly’s favorite drag queens- Icon Ebony Fierce and Ian Morrison (a.k.a. Brittany Lynn). Plus, drag king extraordinaire Jenn Kidwell (a.k.a. Stan)!

Pictured above: Martha Graham Cracker. Photo by Amy Hartranft.

All sales are final. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges. All tickets are E-tickets and will be emailed to you. For non-FPA members, there is an added $2 charge per ticket/enrollment for all events and workshops paid for with credit card. Late seating is not guaranteed. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount on tickets.

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