A little more than a year ago I first shared publicly my experience of dealing with racial insensitivity in the Gayborhood. After that, I took the conversation national, telling the rest of the world that diversity issues do exist within our LGBTQ scene and that it’s time to address it. I soon realized that I wasn’t alone — other prominent members of the community also had notable thoughts on the issue.
At one point, things looked promising. There was a town hall last fall — spearheaded by Philly Black Pride after a summer of heated discussions and a petition I started calling for the Gayborhood to diversify — that included members and leaders of the community sharing their own uncomfortable experiences at Gayborhood bars. Unfortunately, no bar owners actually attended the event to hear what some patrons had to say about their alleged institutionalized racist practices, but they later pledged to event organizers to improve their efforts. Read more »