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 tourists.
Philadelphia’s “Gayborhood” is located near Washington Square, from Chestnut to Pine Streets between 11th and Broad Street. Gay life and nightlife are centered in this area due to a large concentration of gay- and lesbian-friendly businesses, restaurants and bars. In 2007, the city of Philadelphia officially recognized the area, adding 36 gay pride rainbow flag symbols and street signs throughout the Gayborhood.
KYW’s Melony Roy sat down with Bruce Yelk, of Nightlife Gay blog and the creator of Mr. Gay Philadelphia and the Pink Pub Crawl, to discuss the history and the happenings of the Gayborhood.
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