Monthly Archives: October 2018

Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

Posted on October 27, 2018 in Buying a Home

A number of large cities across the U.S. and even the world, have gay villages or gayborhoods. These neighborhoods typically have a very high percentage of LGBTQ residents and are often home to community centers and other LGBTQ-owned businesses. Many have names such as Boystown and Lavender Heights, names that suggest that the area is a gay neighborhood without directly stating so.

That’s not the case in Philadelphia. Instead of giving their gay neighborhood a name that could be considered a little misleading, they simply call it the Gayborhood. This area is a part of Washington Square West and is home to many different LGBTQ businesses, restaurants, and bars.

 

The History of the Gayborhood

Philadelphia’s GayborhoodThe Gayborhood began as the center of the city’s bathhouse culture back in the late 70s and early 80s. While it may have had this somewhat negative association for years, it changed during the 1990s as the bathhouses gave way to more restaurants, boutiques, and other businesses.

In 2007, city officials recognized the Gayborhood as its own unique area by adding rainbow flag symbols to the street signs between Chestnut and Pine and Juniper and 11th Street. Later, in 2010, more signs were added, expanding the area. Finally, in 2015, the crosswalks at 13th Street and Locust were painted rainbow colors.

 

An Attempt at Rebranding

In 2002, a developer came into the area and attempted to rebrand it as the Blocks Below Broad. While this “B3” launch failed, a local merchants association came into the area in 2006 and tried again. While their attempt to call the area Midtown Village was, on paper at least, somewhat successful, many people still call the area the Gayborhood.

 

The Gayborhood Today

Today, the Gayborhood is home to OutFest, Philadelphia’s annual National Coming Out Day event. Philly Pride also takes place in the area. There are a number of other events that take place in and around the Gayborhood all year round. Many are LGBTQ-related, while some are arts events and markets.

 

Want to Move to the Gayborhood?

If you’re considering a move to Philadelphia, the Gayborhood may be the perfect location. As a part of Washington Square West, it’s conveniently located next to the downtown area of Philadelphia. This gives you quick and easy access to everything there and is perfect for someone who will be working downtown. There are many gay and lesbian real estate agents in Philadelphia who can help you find the perfect home.

The Benefits of Living Near an LGBTQ Community Center

Posted on October 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

As a member of the LGBTQ community center, you may want to move into an area with other LGBTQ families or near the city’s gay district. One advantage of living near this area is that you’re close to the LGBTQ community center. This center offers a number of different benefits to those who live nearby or who are able to visit the center on a regular basis. Here are a few of the reasons why you might want to live near an LGBTQ community center or at least visit one from time to time.

Connect with Others

The Benefits of Living Near a LGBTQ Community CenterIf you’re new to a city, the only other LGBTQ person you may know is your gay or lesbian real estate agent. Chances are, you’re not going to hang out with them on a regular basis—most people don’t even see their agent once they have closed on their house. By visiting the local LGBTQ community center, you can meet other people, make new friends, and if you’re single, you could even meet your future spouse.

Attend Fun Events

Many LGBTQ community centers host different events throughout the year. Concerts, theater performances, art exhibits, cultural exhibits, and sporting events are just a few of the different things your local community center might host. Many also play a large part in their city’s local pride festival.

Volunteer

Many community centers are looking for volunteers to help with their programs. If you want to give back to your new community, you can volunteer to help with these activities or simply do some light cleaning or other work around the community center itself. Many young people who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation go to their local community center for information. You might volunteer to talk to them about your own experiences and listen to their stories.

Learn More about Medical Issues Affecting the LGBTQ Community

Some community centers also serve as healthcare centers for those who are unable to afford healthcare insurance or who want to talk to a LGBTQ doctor. While many centers focus on sexually-transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, many do offer basic healthcare as well.

Be a Part of the Community

Overall, these centers are designed to be the center of the local LGBTQ community. Whether you simply want to make new friends, have something fun to do, or want to give back, your local LGBTQ community center is the place to go. Even if you decide not to live nearby, it’s worth visiting the center on a regular basis.