Posts Categorized: Pennsylvania

Who Will Fix Philadelphia Gayborhood’s Faded Crosswalks?

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The rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust Streets were once a gleaming landmark for the Gayborhood. That was 2015, when Instagram-happy visitors would traipse across the newly painted strip for photo after photo. Now the crosswalks look, well, less than cheerful. Years of construction and use have faded them considerably. But there is a solution:… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 8. Pittsburgh

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: No, Pittsburgh is not like it’s depicted in Showtime’s 2000s series Queer… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

A long, narrow neighborhood that curves alongside the Allegheny River north and east of downtown, Lawrenceville is a prime example of how numerous working-class neighborhoods in Rust Belt cities throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states have begun to blossom in recent years. Butler Street, lined with up-and-coming cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants bisects Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville… Read more »

The Perfect City for Millennials?

Millennials are seen as hyper-modern trendsetters – but when looking for a city to live in, some of their preferences are surprisingly conservative, new research reveals. New research by rentals portal Abodo reveals that the cliché of Generation Y seemingly doesn’t translate into what they’re looking for when moving to a new city. They asked… Read more »

Prices Surging for Philly Home Sales

Home values in a highly competitive Philadelphia Real Estate market – newly reclassified by the real estate search engine Zillow as “very hot” – finished the first quarter of 2016 higher than the peak the Philadelphia Real Estate market reached just before the housing bubble burst in 2007. “[This] implies that all of the losses… Read more »

Philadelphia Gets Rainbow Crosswalks

The City of Philadelphia and Philly Pride Presents worked together to paint the zebra crossings rainbow-coloured in the local ‘Gayborhood.’ By coincidence, the eight walkways- planned since March- were unveiled in Pennsylvania the same day that the US Supreme Court announced its ruling in favour of same-sex marriage. According to the Philadelphia Gay News, Philly… Read more »

Rainbow Crosswalks for Philadelphia Gayborhood?

A popular Philadelphia neighborhood could soon become a lot more colorful with plans to add rainbow crosswalks at two intersections, according to Philadelphia Gay News. Philly Pride Presents and the City of Philadelphia plan to paint eight rainbow crosswalks at 12th and Locust and 13th and Locusts sts. in the city’s Gayborhood this summer. “We… Read more »

Bookstore to Return to the Philadelphia Gayborhood

The nation’s oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it’s taking over the shop called Giovanni’s Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds… Read more »

Talk at March 28th’x TEDx Conference to Focus on Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

TEDx Philadelphia is one of the hottest tickets in town for city enthusiasts eager for fresh and creative ideas about how to return our urban home to its past glories. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and it started as a four-day conference in California nearly 30 years ago. TEDx is… Read more »

USA, Pennsylvania: Philly’s Gayborhood Gets Affordable Senior Housing

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the John C. Anderson Apartments, a pioneering LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing apartment complex. The apartments – named for John C. Anderson, a Philadelphia City Council member from 1979 until his death in 1983, instrumental in the passage of Philadelphia’s civil rights bill for sexual… Read more »

Is Gentrification in Pennsylvania’s Gayborhood Forcing Out Independent Businesses?

Uhuru, the used-furniture store at Spruce at Camac streets, is moving after nearly two decades in its spot. If you’ve just bought furniture there, you may remember it for how incredibly crammed it is with furniture, which is nearly always stacked up in Jenga towers almost to the ceiling. It’s different from many thrift stores… Read more »

The Advocate’s 15th Gayest City for 2014: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From Apple Maps[/caption]Pittsburgh’s women’s colleges, Chatham University and Carlow University, give the city a two-point boost, but it’s got queer history too: Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, and Willa Cather all called this place home. The arts scene is flourishing, with the Warhol Museum (, the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum (, and a vigorous theater… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Steve J Mole. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Thorough, professional, well promoted listings. Internet savvy, will do additional research to make housing searches easier. Up to date technically. See Steve’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here… Read more »

Philadelphia Gayborhood’s LGBT Bookstore May Close

THE NATION’S oldest LGBT bookstore may be facing its final chapter as its longtime owner plans to sell ahead of his retirement this winter. Giovanni’s Room has served the city’s gay community from the corner of 12th and Pine streets since moving there in 1976 from its original location on South Street, where it opened… Read more »

Guide to Philly’s Gayborhood

Philadelphia was founded on the principles of freedom and equality, and that is evidenced by the city’s rich gay culture. In fact, Philadelphia was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights protests in the 1960’s. The city even coined the phrase, “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay” to attract LGBT… Read more »

The Revival of a Philadelphia Gayborhood – Midtown Village

“We love 13th Street!” proclaim chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran on their website. It clearly shows: The pair, partners in business and in life, have branched out from a lone home goods boutique at 107 South 13th Street in 2002 to six thriving businesses at the epicenter of Midtown Village, including the nucleus of… Read more »

NerdWallet Names the 10 Most Gay-Friendly Cities in the US

And the top three are Palm Springs, San Francisco and Seattle. NerdWallet reports: Happy Pride Month! To celebrate, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to put together a list of the most gay-friendly cities based on municipal laws, community and peer support, and safety and tolerance. The cities listed fulfill the following three requirements: Do the laws… Read more »

New LGBT Senior Housing Development to Open in Philadelphia

With LGBT seniors facing increased risks of poverty and poor health as well as a higher likelihood of living alone, the need for housing designed to their needs is dire. Cities including Los Angeles and Chicago are responding by building developments specifically geared to LGBT seniors, and now Philadelphia is joining the party, reaching out… Read more »