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Tour of the Gayborhood

history walk

Tour of the Gayborhood

30 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
history walk

Tour of the Gayborhood

history walk

Tour of the Gayborhood

30 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

On this two-hour walking tour, we'll discuss the people and institutions that have put Philly on the map as one of the most queer-friendly cities in the country (and the world)! Hear how the 13th street corridor developed from a red light district to one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city! Discover the controversies, paradoxes, and hidden histories of the only formalized "Gayborhood" in the country! We'll visit the oldest continuously operating gay bookstore in America whose profits go to HIV/Aids orgs, sneak into the back of the restaurant and cocktail lounge that keeps a secret mural hidden in its stairwell, and more. Along the way, I’ll highlight the queer activists I love and admire and suss out the many reasons I am hopeful for the future of the LGBT movement!

Your host

Learn more about Joey

Joey

I'm the co-founder of Beyond the Bell Tours, an inclusive historical walking tour company that aims to highlight marginalized communities and put the people back into people's history. I have lived in Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, and Maine, but always return to Philadelphia- the city I love and can't wait to share with you!

What's included

Drinks
Water

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Where you'll be

Walk with me through the Gayborhood! We’ll see colonial era alleyways and new developments! The tour will include stories such as: -Barbara Gittings, Gay Pioneer -Giovanni's Room (one of the oldest Gay and Feminist Bookstores in the world) -Stacey Blahnik, Mother of the Philadelphia Ball Community -Kiyoshi Kuromiya: Architect, Activist, and Scrabble Player -A Tribute to Gloria Casarez, first director of LGBT Affairs at City Hall and more!

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

If you have any questions or would like to request a private tour - feel free to reach out! I accommodate time requests, content requests and private parties with special pricing.

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Joey
Tour of the Gayborhood
30 reviews
From £39/person
30 reviews
From £39/person