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The Welcoming Committee: Philly


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee: Philly


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee is a movement of LGBTQ people who want to experience the whole world, and not just gay bars, in outrageous comfort.

How do we do it? Easy. First, we build a huge community of LGBTQ folks. And then we simply bring hundreds of our members to concerts, theaters, sports games, nightclubs, and travel destinations in and around the city. Scroll down to watch our video and see the kinds of places that we take over.

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Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

Upcoming Takeovers:

GUERRILLA QUEER BAR
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | 9PM

On the first Friday of each month, join hundreds of gays as we descend on a straight bar and make it ours for one night. Click here to find out where!

Get Together
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 | 7PM

New to TWC? Want to learn more about the movement? Just want to hang out with awesome people? Join your Community Managers and the Corps at a Newbie Party! RSVP for free!

 

TWC TAKES VEGAS
October 15-18, 2015

Tickets on sale now! Imagine Vegas dyed a new hue of LGBTQ. With unparalleled access to shows, pool parties, day trips and clubs. Join us on our trip to Sin City this fall. Earlybird prices end July 8! Viva, Las Vegas. 

 

Suggest a takeover:

Previous Takeovers:

Ski Trip Takeover
January 10-12, 2014

TWC went north for it's second annual Ski Trip takeover where busloads of gays claimed an entire ski mountain for one full weekend. Click here to check out the photos!

The Opera Takeover
Feb. 7, 2014

It's time to make the opera as fun and welcoming as GQB. 70 new friends from TWC and experienced this"mesmerizing" new opera.

 

The 76ers Takeover
Mar. 8, 2014

Whether you're a dribbling pro or just like yelling with your friends, TWC sports takeovers are totally different. We watched the 76ers take on the Utah Jazz in true TWC style.

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The Derby Takeover
Apr. 12, 2014

TWC's takeover on wheels: two bouts, swag, and an after-party with Philadelphia's Roller Girls.

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Phillies Takeover
May 28, 2014 

The Phillies took on the Colorado Rockies as we took over Citizens Bank Park, with discounted tickets and free beer to boot.

Rafting Takeover
June 20-22, 2014

Busloads of LGBTQs from Philly and DC took over a campground in the Poconos for a weekend!

Xanadu Takeover
July 17, 2014

Take a musical comedy, add roller skates, leg warmers, and '80s music, and top it off with an open bar and pictures with the cast. 

ESP Terror TAKEOVER
Oct. 29, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, we're taking over the Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls.

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IndiGoGo
July 26, 2014

TWC is joining up with Philly LGBTQ organizations to support the William Way LGBT Community Center, with 10 DJs on 4 dance floors in an unforgettable funhouse!

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FOXWOODS Takeover
Nov. 1 - 2, 2014

For the past two years, we've stormed a casino with busloads of LGBTQs, took over 3 bars, and showed Shrine what a nightclub dance party should really look like. Time for round three.

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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
DEC. 10 | 8PM

Make the Yuletide gay! We're taking over Philadelphia's biggest holiday tradition: the Pops' Christmas Spectacular.

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SKI TRIP TAKEOVER
JAN. 9 - 11, 2015

Our third annual TWC Ski Trip is coming up. We're taking over Mount Snow in Vermont for a snow-tastic weekend with TWCers from Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. 

Opera Takeover: Oscar
Feb. 13 | 8pm

Still don’t have a Valentine? TWC has your back. We’ll help you find one the night before V Day—while the two of you gush over one of history’s most famous (and gayest) love stories.

SPRING BREAK TAKEOVER
MARch 25-29, 2015

Let's cut to the chase. We're taking over an entire island. Puerto Rico is known for colorful tree frogs and rum, so naturally there's no place we'd rather be for the first beach days of the year.

Phillies Takeover
May 13, 2015 | 6PM

We scored tickets to the most iconic Philadelphia tradition. Oh and of course we're hosting a preparty. Nothing too rough and tumble because we look great in diamonds. Score tickets for you team.

CENTER CITY CRAWL
JUNE 20, 2015 | 2PM

Join us as we spread cheer and cheers with a whole lotta queers at this takeover on wheels . We're traveling across Center City with all of Philly's LGBTQs in tow. Get your pass here!

Paint and Sip
JUly 16, 2015 | 7PM

Mix bougie and boozy as we take on all the drink specials at this big LGBTQ painting night. Painting for the whole spectrum! Get your ticket here

THE ARIANA GRANDE TAKEOVER
JULY 29, 2015 | 7:30PM

We scored discounted tickets to the Ariana Grande concert when she plays at the Wells Fargo Center. Join here to sit in our section of LGBTQs and come to our Venti pre-party. 

 

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The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

Meet Erica, Jaclyn, and Sebastian, TWC Philly's Community Managers. And then meet Christian, TWC Philly's Volunteer Alumni Manager. They help the city's LGBTQs meet each other and paint the town red (and orange and yellow and green, blue, and purple). Want to get in touch? Shoot them an email and demand them to let you know the secrets to growing gold pineapples.

Christian Myers

Meet Christian: He enjoys spreading his bountiful blessings with amazing hugs and glitter bombs. #Blessed

Meet Christian: He graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Tyra Banks School of Posing and Other Fierce Things.

Meet Christian: He is a proud member of #TeamSwoop (that hair tho), and founding partner of the He-man Blazer Lovers Club.

Erica Jill

Meet Erica: Her amazing style and hair swoop will make any #GQBae swoon. She's been involved in #TWCPhilly since day one and truly cares about this community.

Meet Erica: Usually with a pineapple in hand, this Glady is the human embodiment of a golden retriever: cute, energetic, and, well, golden!

Meet Erica: Self proclaimed #GLady. Brunch, JCrew, ShowtunesSunday and cheesy jokes make me happy. Do you wanna hear a pizza joke? (=)

Jacyln Jennings

Meet Jac: One of the sharpest dressers out there, you'll spot her immediately in a slick vest or snazzy bowtie. Or for those curly locks and radiant smile.

Meet Jac: Lover of all things lion with a kickass mane of her own...Philly get ready to hear The Lion Kween roar!

Meet Jac: Fierce, Fierce, Fierce, Fierce, Fierce, Fierce, 
Fierce, and also she's Fierce.

Sebastian Ramirez

Meet Sebastian: He'll greet you at the door with the most genuine smile/hug, then challenge you to a friendly dance off when his jam comes on. #lesBOYan 

Meet Sebastian: Not only is he a total sweetheart but he gives the best hugs. His shoulders are #onfleek and he's got the bendiest knees around. You can almost always catch him on stage gracing the audience with his sweet moves.

Meet Sebastian: He's never met a cardigan he didn't like and wears the key to your heart around his neck. Allegedly.


THE CORPS, Philly

What is the Corps? And why are you already so obsessed with them? 

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC events. Shake hands as people walk through the door. Take selfies with their phones. And post them on Twitter. And that’s just the beginning. You can see/hug/love the current Corps team below.

If you're new to Philly, tired of your current friends, wondering where to find the best late night food, or just need to learn how to tie a bow tie, then you've arrived in the right place. Each Corps member has gone through extensive training on all of these fronts. Use them. Abuse them. And ask them hard questions. "I'm new to Philly HELP AHHHHHH" is perfectly appropriate.


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Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC takeovers and act as insta-friends for TWC newbies. They give hugs to strangers. Take selfies with their phones. And post them to Insta-Twitter-Tumblr-gram. Follow here!

Meet the current Corps team here. And if you're interested in applying, keep scrolling or simply click here.

Austin 
Saiz

TWC Member #22961
Hey there! I’m Austin, psychologist in training, adventurer, nature lover, beach goer, coffee addict, frequent meditator, and terribly witty.

Dah-ve
Bell

TWC Member #15591
I'm Dah-ve. I'm a science nerd who loves sports, legos, baby animals and good music. I may also have a slight cheeseburger addiction.

Charles
Gassaway

TWC Member #7908
I'm Charles, I tend to be the life of the party. I love dancing, singing and acting a crazy fool. I LOVE socializing, so come talk to me!

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Jake
Sheckler

TWC Member #26688
Drexel Nursing. Happy hour enthusiast. Philadelphia lover. "My hobbies include cuticle care and the E! network." - Pitch Perfect

Sam
RusH

TWC Member #23225
I'm Sam. I'm a bit silly, a lot smart (mb it's the other way?) & 57% water. If a pic is worth a thousand words, a laugh is worth a milli.

Marvin
Rocha

TWC Member #9509
I'm a fan of string cheese, red wine, to-do lists and I'm fascinated by octopi. I'm also highly susceptible to FOMO--it's a real affliction.

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Jenna
Myers

TWC Member #19265
Hi, I'm Jenna (aka tiny dancer). Originally from Chicago. Love of dogs, owls, coffee, hiking, rocks (geomajor), and beer. #nerd

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John
COyle

TWC Member #7930
Hi. I'm John. I'm great at making breakfast and even better at eating it. New people, boxed wine, and Netflix are my favorite things.

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Katelyn
Repash

TWC Member #13818
I'm Katelyn. Urban farmer and cheese enthusiast. I appreciate bourbon and quiet evenings with my cat and junior sous-chef Sylvester.

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Joel
Serrano

TWC Member #10450
If I were in a pageant I'd win Ms Congeniality. Let's talk and I'll prove it. I like life like my drink, Old Fashion. BTdub the name's Joel.

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Marta
Mack

TWC Member #9004
You, yea YOU! Alone in the corner on your phone! I love talking to strangers so I'm coming over and we're gonna be BFFs. You've been warned.


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Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

If you're eager to hug strangers, help give LGBTQs access to new spaces and places in your city, and welcome people into the national TWC community, then today's your day. Applications for the September-December, 2015 session of The Corps are now being accepted (until August 9 at noon).

Apply!


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Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are the Corps alums

Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are the Corps alums

JENNIE
PENNYPACKER

TWC Member #16394
I'm Jennie!  I'm a lover of bacon, hockey and whiskey.  Professional haunter living the dream in the land of baristas and haunted prisons.

MIKE
DISTANISLOA

TWC Member #11137
I'm Mike. I'm overly obsessed with music, television, and puppies. Fun-loving and witty guy who is also fluent in sarcasm.

JACLYN
JENNINGS

TWC Member #19764
I'm Jaclyn but you can call me Jac! I enjoy food, beer, the gym and traveling. I love making people laugh so we should probably just meet!

JEVON
HATCHER

TWC Member #14922
I'm JeVon! I live to show love, act intentionally, & enjoy a purposeful life. I hope to leave the world better than I found it. ;-)

SUSIE
BRIGGS

TWC Member #15179
Hi, I’m Susie! I love fancy cheese, overusing exclamation points, and dance parties everywhere. I live for absurdity and making new friends.

MICHAEL
ROCCHI

TWC Member #20778
I'm Michael and I just moved back to Philly after 5 years in NC. I was a biology major and have no idea what I want to do so I'm hitting the reset button.

JILLIAN
LENSON

TWC Member #13544
I'm Jill! Just moved from Boston for my first job as a #babylawyer. Passionate about social justice, chipotle, sports, and saying #gimmedat.

SEBASTIAN
RAMIREZ

TWC Member #15666
Hey there! I'm Sebastian. I love good food, good music, and good people. Bring yours and it'll be good times for all. YUP.

TANWAPORN
OHL

TWC Member #19189
I’m Tanwaporn! Occasionally my MN accent comes out when I talk passionately about Harry Potter, cats, and my main passion: food. 

Brandon
Williams

TWC Member #11087
Hi Hi I'm Brandon. I'm an optimistic dreamer with compassion for all beings. I enjoy dancing like no one's watching and walnuts #Hugs

Sara
Graham

TWC Member #8965
I'm Sara. I love brunch and beer. I don't like sweet things because i'm sweet enough already. Let's queer some space.

Charles
Rumford

TWC Member #7925
I'm Charles. I like bells and bikes, knitting and sewing, cooking and sleeping. Dancing up a storm, and a hug or two or million. #tbc

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Christian
Myers

TWC Member #10036
Like all gay icons, I practice reinvention. Chris is a bro. Xtian is dirty. CWMIV is @ #GQB. Biggest pet peeve: the humble brag #blessed

Savannah
Knell

TWC Member #7696
OH HI. I'm Savannah. I live for Beyonce, cheese, playing the same album on repeat until it hurts, French bulldogs, and dropping it low.

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Josh
Kessler

TWC Member #12874
I'm Josh. I like to eat and drink. I might seem quiet initially, but I have a wicked and inappropriate sense of humor.

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Sherri
Nicole

TWC Member #10545
My name is Sherri, I'm a singer, writer and percussionist. I really love soups and I think the revolution we're seeking is one of thought ;)

Joshua
Durando

TWC Member #10474
Oh hey, I'm Josh. I enjoy making up words and Netflix binges. Chinese food and Beyonce are amaze. Bananas are not amaze. K love you, bye.

Tammarah
Sklarz

TWC Member #7862
Hi I'm Tammarah! *waves enthusiastically* I'm a lover of running and biking, beers and cheese, dance parties of all forms, and Philly, duh.