Philadelphia is home to many vibrant people, places and communities, one of the most celebrated being the LGBTQ community. Ten years ago, to honor the history and diversity of the “Gayborhood”, the city dedicated 36 rainbow street signs in the area of 11th and Broad streets and Pine and Walnut streets, making it the heart of the LGBTQ community.
For years, there has been a thriving bar scene with legendary stops such as Woody’s Bar but more recently there has been a shock to the system with more new and innovative stores and restaurants popping up and creating a bigger and more inclusive home for many.
Look for stores such as Open House, where you can find just about any unusually unique home item. Doggie Style, which keeps your pooch as decked out as you are; and Nutz & Boltz, a fun and fabulous shop catered towards men’s undergarments.
If you are looking to make an impact while you shop, Philly AIDS Thrift is a staple of the LGBTQ Philly community that directs all proceeds to organizations helping to fight HIV/AIDS in the city.
Looking for something more culturated than just shopping? The Mauckingbird Theatre puts on wonderful gay oriented theatre with new shows every season. Pamper yourself at Andre Richard Salon, with new educators and stylists innovating every day they will make sure your hair makes a statement worth bragging about. Plus, tons of great food options—don’t miss out on a scoop of “Salty Pimp” at Big Gay Ice Cream.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore the vibrant and friendly community Philadelphians call home.