Gay dance troupe the D.C. Cowboys, who will be in town this weekend to perform in the Fourth of July parade on Sunday, will stage a special performance the night before to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT.
The all-male troupe will perform their country line-dancing routines from 5-7 p.m. July 3 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., and also at a meet-and-greet after party at The Bike Stop from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Tickets to both events are $10, or $5 just for The Bike Stop event.
Tickets are on sale at the center, FIGHT, 1233 Locust St., and The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St.
Gayborhood celebrates history
The Gayborhood will host a two-week celebration later this month that pays tribute to the growth and progress of the area that has united the local LGBT community for several decades.
“There’s No Place Like Home” will feature an array of events and parties from July 10-24.
Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation noted the celebration “recognizes the efforts of the business owners, nonprofit organizations, public officials, residents and visitors who invested time, passion and resources to make the Gayborhood a dynamic, thriving city enclave.”
The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Nutter at 4 p.m. July 10 at 13th and Locust streets followed by a reception at Q Lounge & Kitchen. The following day, area vendors and organizations will participate in a street festival and block party from noon-6 p.m. in the Gayborhood.
Throughout the celebration, which will coincide with LGBT film festival QFest, community members can use the Rainbow Discount Card, which can be picked up at several area LGBT bars, for discounts and specials at local businesses.
For a full list of events, visit www.facebook.com/visitgayphilly.
— Jen Colletta