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Fall Arts A to Z: O is for Outfest

September 21, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Philadelphia WeeklySeptember 21, 2010

Philly Pride busts open closet doors and takes it to the streets to mark National Coming Out Day. Loud, politically-charged, and glitter-spangled, OutFest (Oct. 10, phillypride.org) is an irrepressible, “Here and Queer!” celebration of sexuality and Philly’s incandescent bright LGBTQ culture—a coming-out party on a citywide scale. It’s also a typical street festival with a little Gayboorhood twist. Here, drag races run on pancake makeup and high heels, eating-contest competitors gobble down penis-shaped bagels and the dogs are dyed DayGlo colors. Vendors will be hawking rainbow gear, the thumpa thumpa will be pounding, and the politicians will be schmoozing. Whether you’re part of the acronym or an ally, it’ll be a sparkling good time—and a very beautiful day in the Gayborhood. (Lauren Smith)

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