The Philadelphia Gayborhood Guru

Stories of how Philadelphia's Gayborhood came to be, featuring photos, artifacts and documents from the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives.

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The Philadelphia LGBT Mapping Project Google Map

For all of you who are interested in Philadelphia’s LGBT history and culture in the Gayborhood and beyond, I’ve added a new Google map with over 700 locations for you to explore. They go from the 18th century to today and cover the greater Philadelphia area from Atlantic City in the east to Downingtown in the west, from Cape May in the south to Stroudsburg in the north.

Take a minute to read the instructions, then explore the map site in a new window by clicking on the this screen shot:

Mapping Project

• Zoom in and out using the + and – box and click, hold and drag anywhere on the map to move from one place to another.

•Click on the magnifying glass in the Map Legend on the left to search for particular places, events or people.

• Click any pink triange to open a window about that site in the Map Legend.

• Click again on the photo to see a slideshow of more photos.

• Click the down arrow in the Map Legend to get more information about my sources.

Have fun exploring the Philadelphia area’s amazing LGBT story!

The Philadelphia LGBT Mapping Project

I know I haven’t posted here in a while, but for the past few months I’ve been focusing my attention on a new Facebook page called the Philadelphia LGBT Mapping Project.

Phila LGBT Mapping Project

The Mapping Project was inspired by the recent National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative to identify places across the country that are important to American LGBT history. The broader scope of the project allows me to cover locales in the Philadelphia area that are both inside and outside of the Gayborhood.

You’ll see some of the places in the Gayborhood I’ve covered here, as well as some new spots in the city that you may not be aware had LGBT historical significance.

I’ll be adding new posts here from time to time, but meanwhile take a look at The Philadelphia LGBT Mapping Project on Facebook.

Also, check out the new Google Map version here:


Out in the Open


Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open

Tom_and_JamineFirst, I apologize for neglecting this Gayborhood history blog for most of May and June, but I was busy putting together an exhibit about the amazing LGBT Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center. (Without the support of the artifacts and extensive research materials at the Archives, this blog would not be possible.)

The exhibit, called “Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open,”  is at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent at 15 S. 7th Street near Market. This may be the first significant LGBT exhibit in a mainstream venue in Philadelphia, so it’s a milestone for the community. I was lucky to work on this project with the wonderful WWCC Director of Services, Candice Thompson; talented designer Zach Mosley; and the insanely creative Emmett Ramstad.

“Private Lives” will run until the end of October, 2013. Don’t miss it. There’s more information on the WWCC website here.