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Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, presents a month-long celebration for June as Philadelphia Gay Pride Month. The Sofitel Philadelphia will raise a giant Philadelphia-version of the Gay Pride Flag to hang proudly outside the hotel on 17th Street. Inside, neighbors, guests and visitors are invited to visit the Hall of LGBTQ Flags Exhibition featuring six individual LGBTQ flags flying high above the lobby to celebrate the diversity of the local and hotel LGBTQ community. The raising of the flags coincides with a month-long benefit to support the William Way LGBT Community Center. On Saturdays, June 5th and 12th, Sofitel Philadelphia and Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia Present Sofitel’s Pride Drag Tea featuring the Sofitel famous tea-service with an entertaining and drag twist. A portion of proceeds from the Drag Tea will go to support the capital campaign and operations at William Way LGBT Community Center. Sofitel is located at 120 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. For information about events at Sofitel Philadelphia, visit Sofitel Philadelphia on Facebook. For booking a stay during Pride Month, call (215) 569-8300 or visit https://www.sofitel-philadelphia.com/.
“Sofitel Philadelphia is passionate about supporting our local community,” said Sofitel Philadelphia General Manager Angela Bauer. “We are prouder than ever to celebrate June as Philly Pride Month and fly a giant Philadelphia Pride rainbow flag outside the hotel to publicly show our commitment to inclusiveness. We are thrilled to bring back our pride line-up better and bigger than ever, with our Pride Drag Teas, an art reception, the return of Fête de La Musique, and a month-long benefit for the William Way LGBT Community Center. We invite you to stop by and join us during Pride Month – our doors are always open to all. We are thrilled to be back again and to welcome and celebrate with the entire community.”
DRAG TEA ADDS TWIST TO TRADITION
Sofitel Philadelphia kicks off Philly Pride Month on Saturday, June 5th, and again on Saturday, June 12th, look for a new spin on a time-honored tradition. Sofitel, famous for its classic afternoon tea service, will debut a new Drag Tea featuring Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia. Sip tea (or spill it) in the presence of fabulous Drag Queens as you enjoy delicious offerings from Sofitel’s award-winning culinary team. Drag Tea starts each week at 2:00pm and runs through 4:00pm inside Chez Colette Brasserie.
*UPDATE (6/10/21)- Two shows have been added. June 19th and 26th. Book tickets here.
Come ready to be entertained as you enjoy classics, like scones, tea sandwiches (smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, cucumber, pinwheel; ham, truffled egg salad, quinoa cup; fig jam, boursin, red onion, sesame pretzel; turkey, cranberry, orange, pumpernickel), pastries (orange and grand marnier cake, matcha mousse, chocolate profiterole, macaroons), and Palais Des Thes (selection of nine different teas for you to choose) – plus your choice of Champagne, Mimosa or Bellini.
Tickets are $55 per person – and add $10 for bottomless Champagne, Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Five dollars from each purchase will be donated to the William Way LGBT Community Center. Tickets are available at: https://www.sofitel-philadelphia.com/happenings/drag-tea/
DRAG TEA LINE-UP
For Saturday, June 5th, the line-up for the Sofitel’s Pride Drag Tea is as follows:
Brittany Lynn has been performing all over Philly and the tri-state area for 25 years. She is not only the “Don” of the Philly Drag Mafia, but she also founded the Miss Fancy Brigade (the only all LGBTQIA Mummers Brigade) that proudly marches every New Year’s Day in the parade. Brittany is known in mainstream circles for creating the Drag Queen Story Time program for the Philadelphia Library system, museums, and Philadelphia Parks and Rec.
Brittany’s drag troupe, the Philly Drag Mafia, is the most award winning drag troupe around-not only for their shows, but for their work with multiple charities on various platforms. Follow all their work on Phillydragmafia.com
Looking for that Classic Timeless Drag? Miss Asia Monroe is your Lady! She is one of Philadelphia’s fabulous entertainers. Ever since starting her Drag career little under 4 years ago, she has been performing all over the Tri-State and United States, being part of the new generation of drag she still carries the old school roots of drag. She is your dancing diva but she’ll give you that soulful performance while turning some fabulous looks. She’s your current reigning Miss Crimson Moon 2020-2021, Former Miss Lyrics Lounge Drag Queen 2018, and the first ever Miss Amateur Drag Attack 2018 If you’re ever questioning having her, just know “you’ll always get a Show with Miss Asia Monroe!”
Stefani Steel is a star slutted queen on the rise, she loves to give beauty and fashion all while doing a high energy number with kicks and splits and drops! All though she is one of the youngest drag mafia members, when she sweats she looks like the oldest! Give it up and get ready!
Miss Redd is a brassy, sassy Broadway showgirl. She just celebrated her 2 year dragiversary and one year in the Philly Drag Mafia. A real life Cinderella, she sings live, sews her own costumes, and runs away from men as quickly as possible. You can catch her stunting across the tri-state area with the Drag Mafia Family, co-producing and co-hosting “Red For Filth” with Connor Michalchuck, in the regular cast at Philly’s longest running drag show-Bob and Barbara’s, and more!
For Saturday, June 12th, the line-up for the Sofitel’s Pride Drag Tea includes Miss Redd and Stefani Steel (see above), plus:
AIRA is a futuristic bitch with a twitch. All she wants to do is blow everyone….. away of course! From high energy to soul, Aira captivates the audience with her uniquely animated movement and hi fashion. Making people feel free, even if just for a night is what keeps this ho going. You won’t forget her.. she’s not just a moment, she’s an Aira!
Connor Michalchuk is the host and co creator of Bearlesque, a body positive burlesque and drag show. Connor began performing after not winning a male beauty pageant in 2013, and he’s totally not bitter about it. Now he’s traveling the country and taking his clothes off for tens of people to lukewarm applause!
PRIDE FLAG AND LGBTQ HALL OF FLAGS
Sofitel Philadelphia invites the community to celebrate Philadelphia’s Pride rainbow flag on the outside of the building in June. An oversize rainbow flag, with Philly’s addition of the brown and black stripes to honor diversity in the community, greets visitors as they enter to the left of the front doors. Inside look for the lobby to be renamed Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Hall of Flags. Look for Philadelphia’s locally designed and newsmaking rainbow flag to also have a center spot in the lobby, showcasing the diversity of our local community. The Philadelphia rainbow flag will be joined by host of LGBTQ flags flying high inside the lobby to celebrate the different facets of the local gay community, including, Lesbian Pride Flag, Gender Fluid Pride Flag, Binary Pride Flag, Pan Sexual Pride Flag, Transgender Pride Flag and the Bisexual Pride Flag.
WILLIAM WAY LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
During the entire month of June, and through the rest of 2021, Sofitel Philadelphia will donate one dollar per each banquet menu item designated with the WWCC’s logo on the menu. Designated items range from breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets to beverages and snack breaks for groups of 10 or more people hosting a meeting or event at Sofitel Philadelphia. View the full banquet menu here.
Sofitel Philadelphia will also donate one dollar from every Liberté cocktail sold in the Liberté Lounge to WWCC during Pride Month. The resources raised through the partnership will support the William Way Community Center’s programs for seniors, as well as its Trans Resource Center. Funds will also support the WWCC’s capital campaign. The Liberté Cocktail is available in Liberté Lounge and features pear infused Vodka, lemon, St. Germain and Sparkling Wine.
“As part of our commitment to philanthropy, we started this program in 2017 and donated more than $40,000 to Broad Street Ministry and Attic Youth Center,” said Bauer. “We are proud to expand our commitment to the community, which is why we are bringing back this program and celebrating our latest charity partner. Raise a glass to Pride during June with one dollar from each Liberté cocktail going to the Attic. Also, one dollar from select items on our banquet menu will be donated to the William Way LGBT Community Center – starting in June and through the rest of 2021.”
“We’re grateful for our partnership with Sofitel, who have been our home for many of our annual Indigo Balls and other community events,” said William Way LGBT Community Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett. “After a year of COVID isolation, we’re thrilled to work with Sofitel to celebrate LGBT communities and Pride together.”
ABOUT WILLIAM WAY
The Place Where Every LGBTQIA+ Person Belongs
The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBTQIA+ communities throughout Greater Philadelphia.
ABOUT BANQUETS AT SOFITEL
Blending French elegance with American style Sofitel Philadelphia provides a refined environment for upscale business and leisure meetings, events and celebrations. Sofitel’s gorgeous ballroom and distinctive dining options make it the ideal Center City location for chic, sophisticated gatherings.
Choose from a variety of spectacular venues including the brasserie Chez Colette and urban chic Liberté Lounge. Sofitel has the ability to accommodate small intimate family gatherings up to large corporate parties from 10 to 300 people. The hotel boasts 16,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space over two floors with 16 meeting rooms, including the Paris Ballroom. Executive Chef Edward Hancock and the award-winning culinary team skillfully creates event menus showcasing exquisite French-inspired cuisine featuring the freshest ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden and bee hives.
ABOUT SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA
Sofitel Philadelphia blends French elegance with American style providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel in center city. The sophisticated downtown hotel is conveniently situated near historic attractions, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Aesthetic highlights of the hotel include a geometric lobby floor design inspired by Shaker quilts crafted from seven types of stone and French-inspired works of art adorning the walls. Sofitel Philadelphia offers 306 elegant rooms on 14 floors, including 67 luxurious suites all featuring Sofitel’s signature feathertop and duvet sleep system— SoBed. The luxury experience is accentuated by the delicious cuisine of Liberté Lounge, a stylish restaurant and bar that brings back a bygone era with contemporary French-inspired food served in one of the city’s loveliest settings. Sofitel Philadelphia ranked number nine on Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Hotels in NY State & the Mid-Atlantic: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, and is a Best Hotel in Philadelphia on the 2016 and 2017 Best Hotel Rankings from U.S. News & World Report.