We spotted a handful of tech folks in the new Philly season of 'Queer Eye' - Technical.ly Philly


We spotted a handful of tech folks in the new Philly season of ‘Queer Eye’

Plus, a bunch of Philly spots our socially distant selves are yearning to frequent.

Cory Donovan (left) and Yasmine Mustafa appear in an episode of season 5 of "Queer Eye."

(Screenshot via Netflix)

After what felt like the summer of celebs for Philly in 2019 (hello “Queer Eye” cast, Jason Segel, Sally Field, Andre 3000 and Idris Elba), the much-anticipated fifth season of the hit Netflix makeover show premiered Friday.

This season features a whole lot of sweeping city views, shots of favorite neighborhood joints, and oh yeah — a handful of tech community members smattered throughout.

We spotted at least three Philly tech folks — Yasmine Mustafa, Jon Geeting and Cory Donovan — throughout the season’s 10-episode run, but we’re sure there could be more.

We spotted Geeting, the engagement director for Philadelphia 3.0, about 44 minutes into the first episode, “Preaching out Loud,” sitting in the pews of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement with his son, Frank.

The episode centers around Pastor Noah, the head pastor at the Fishtown church for the last five years. During the episode, he talks about growing up in a christian household, and now leading the church as an openly gay man.

Geeting told Technical.ly in an email that Pastor Noah had invited his block’s Google Group to the “unveiling” ceremony, which was a service at the church. He didn’t get to see the Fab Five in person, but the reason you’re seeing a bunch of fans in the crowd during the episode? Geeting said filming was on a 106-degree day last year.


(And yeah, that’s Pastor Noah out protesting in Fishtown last week.)

Throughout the season, we see a handful of heartwarming transformations that happen all across the city (and the Jersey Shore and Wyomissing … :eyeroll:). Peep some iconic Philly spots like the Elfreth’s Alley and the Art Museum, and some shoutouts to some local nonprofits, like Mighty Writers.

In the last episode, the Fab Five visit 44-year-old Nate, owner of Body Rocks gym and West Philly resident. The crew transform his gym and living spaces, his wardrobe and his hair, and at a reopening party for his gym, we spotted Mustafa, the CEO of ROAR for Good and Donovan, executive director at ImpactPHL.

If you haven’t binged the season yet or are planning a rewatch, take a look at this drinking game created by Billy Penn. And brace yourself for maybe the only good thing to happen in 2020 (??) — Tan France attempts a Philly accent.

Happy watching!

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