Mapping the Gayborhood
As the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, championing everything from the now-famous “Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” slogan – the largest gay tourism campaign in North America – to important historical markers at Independence Hall and Giovanni’s Room, the group revealed recently that both would be stops for bus tours by Philadelphia Trolley Works. The Gayborhood is also being added to maps distributed by the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The maps previously referred the area as Midtown Village – which became a controversial subject among LGBT-owned business that had long referred to the neighborhood as the “Gayborhood.” And while the Midtown Village name will remain to describe the area just south of Market on 13th Street, the Gayborhood will also be added to the maps, which are released twice a year at local attractions, hotels and the Independence Visitor Center.
To celebrate the anniversary and these new initiatives, the caucus is planning a special event on Nov. 7, (5:30 p.m.) with details to come.