Gay Philadelphia: The Rodin Museum

Author: , May 7th, 2016

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The Thinker - Rodin MuseumGay Philadelphia is home to some amazing museums. We visited one of them while we were there – the Rodin (pronounced “roh-daan”) museum.

Most of us are familiar with Rodin’s “The Thinker” – a seated man with his head on his fist, deep in thought. When we found out that “The Thinker” was there at the Philadelphia Rodin Museum, we were excited. How often do you get to see such an iconic piece of art first-hand?

Then we learned a little more about the casting process.

Rodin MuseumA sculptor like Rodin makes the original mold in his studio, and then creates or licenses a certain number of copies, or “casts”, that can be made with it. The Philadelphia museum opened in 1929, and many of the sculptures were cast around that date.

But Auguste Rodin died in 1917.

So most of the works we saw were actually made by others, using the molds Rodin created.

Rodin MuseumIt’s strange, thinking that the actual art in front of you was not created by the man whose name is on it. It’s also strange knowing it’s not the only copy.

“The Thinker”, for instance, comes in several sizes. The largest of these has 28 copies scattered around the world. And there are more of the smaller version.

Rodin MuseumWhen you go to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, you are seeing the one and only copy of DaVinci’s masterpiece. It’s a singular experience, by nature.

Still, seeing so many of Rodin’s casts in one place is an amazing thing – it’s the second largest collection of his work, outside of Paris.

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Gay Philadelphia: The Views!

Author: , May 6th, 2016

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Whenever we visit a new city, we like to find a great place to see the views.

Gay Philadelphia - City HallIn Philadelphia, surprisingly, this is the gorgeous, recently restored City Hall. Tickets to the Observation Deck were cheap – just $6 when we were there. You have to get a ticket in advance – they go up every 15 minutes – and you can either call the visitor center at City Hall at (215) 686-2840, or you can stop by.

It’s a bit tricky to find. City Hall is massive. We started at the entrance at the southeastern corner of the building, where you go through a security check – but that was the wrong place. To find the visitor center, start on the south side, where Broad Street runs into the building. Enter through the main walkway. The visitor center will be on your right in the tunnel just before you reach the courtyard.

We were waylaid a bit by a last-minute VIP who wanted to see the view (eliciting grumbles from the staff) but we did eventually make it to the top. It was well worth the cost.

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Gay Philadelphia: Public Art

Author: , May 4th, 2016

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One of the things we absolutely loved about our visit to gay Philadelphia in October was the amazing amount of public art – murals and statues and the like.

Of course, we had to get a photo of the famous “Love” sculpture – and did you know there’s one in Spanish too?

But there is so much more to see scattered throughout the downtown core. One plaza is covered in giant pieces from various board games we loved as children. And walls all over the city are plastered with gorgeous murals, including the LGBT one on the side of the Center.

Here are some of our favorites!

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Gay Philadelphia: Elfreth’s Alley

Author: , May 2nd, 2016

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Elfreth's AlleyLate last year, we visited gay Philadelphia. It was our first time in this amazing, diverse city, and we’re just finally getting around to sharing it with y’all.

One of our favorite things in the city was Elfreth’s Alley. It’s a tiny, one-block section of the city, tucked away om the east side close to the Delaware River. The whole city sits between the Delaware and the Schuylkill Rivers, one to the East and the other to the West.

Elfreth’s Alley is fascinating. It’s called the “nation’s oldest residential street.” The street was created in 1702, and the houses there date from 1728 to 1806. The houses on the south side of the street were built under British occupation, and are shorter than the others and fly British flags. The ones on the north side were built after the Revolution, and are taller, with American flags.

Elfreth's Alley panorama

If you look closely, you can see little metal emblems on many of the houses. At the time, you had to pay for fire protection, and the company you chose would put their emblem on your house. Just so they didn’t accidentally save a house that hadn’t been paid for.

Elfreth's Alley panorama

We took our tour of historic Philadelphia with an outfit called Urban Tours. The guide there was friendly and very knowledgeable, and actually lived in the neighborhood.

Elfreth’s Alley is a really cool place to see and take pictures the next time you’re in Philly.

Guide to Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Author: , April 23rd, 2016

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As someone who’s lived in Philadelphia for over a decade now, there’s one thing I can tell you with no hesitation: it’s a city of neighborhoods. While of course this applies to just about any city, it’s particularly marked in Philadelphia, where a few minutes’ stroll can bring you to a totally different atmosphere. Of course, there are things that united the city into a cohesive whole, including its combination of history and modernity, the gay-friendly quality that consistently lands it at the top of rankings by LGBT groups, and the immensely walkable nature of the “Center City” area, which is where we’ll spend most of our time. Set between two rivers, and only thirty blocks wide and about ten blocks long, with numbered streets going north/south and (mostly) tree-named streets east/west, the Philadelphia’s center city is a paradise for walkers. So let’s go on a tour of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love, neighborhood by neighborhood. I think you’ll like the things we discover. I’m just sayin’.

The Gayborhood: At the Heart of Things

PhiladelphiaWe’ll start, of course, in the Gayborhood (aka Midtown Village), which is geographically as well as thematically a great place to begin, as it’s pretty much in the heart of Center City. For our purposes, we’ll call the Gayborhood the district from 10th to Broad Streets (Broad is the equivalent of 14th), and Market down to Pine. It’s here that you’ll find almost all the LGBT nightlife, and one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the city.

Good news: you can stay right in the Gayborhood. For convenience and appeal, I love Alexander Inn, a boutique hotel at Spruce and 12th that couldn’t be more perfectly located. Add to that Alexander’s nice rooms, super-helpful staff, and great breakfast buffet in their cozy living room, and what we have here is a winner. On the edge of the neighborhood, Loews Hotel, built in America’s first skyscraper, offers the style and friendliness we’ve come to associate with Loews.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast, New Holland, Pennsylvania

Author: , November 18th, 2015

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Harvest Moon specializes in culinary exploration and a healthy relaxing environment. Along with all that you expect at a B&B, we offer massage services and a unique approach to the world of culinary here in Lancaster County.

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LGBT Philadelphia Events

Author: , October 9th, 2015
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Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

A welcoming and diverse destination that celebrates its LGBT pride every day, Philadelphia offers a range of cultural and social events perfect for gay and lesbian travelers this fall. Highlights: OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival; The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater, a series featuring renowned cabaret talent; and Opera on the Mall’s presentation of La Traviata. As the temperatures cool down, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the storied Mummers Parade usher in the holiday season and the New Year.

LGBT Festivals & Celebrations:

  • Philadelphia’s official LGBT community center, the William Way LGBT Community Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a retrospective art exhibition spotlighting the work of eight local LGBT artists. Through October 30. 1315 Spruce Street, (215) 732-2220, waygay.org
  • At the National Constitution Center, Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality. Supreme Court cases, public discourse and even clips from movies and TV shows reflect the national mood at various points along the journey. Through January 3. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org
  • Philadelphia marks 25 years of OutFest,a block party–a 10-block party, actually–in the heart of the Gayborhood. Drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping make it the largest National Coming Out Day street festival in the world. The weekend also includes the Indigo Ball, a benefit for the William Way LGBT Community Center at the National Constitution Center. October 10-11. (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org

Gay Philadelphia Like a Local

Author: , April 30th, 2015

Jim WernerFagabond.com founder Jim Werner gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America.

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

My favorite queer bar has to be… Bob & Barbara’s. It’s actually not a gay bar. It’s more of a bar with gay tendencies. Technically, it’s a dive bar with a racially diverse, gay and straight crowd. And I love it. As a bonus they have amateur drag – plus the City Special, $3 PBR and a shot of whiskey – every Thursday night. What’s not to love?

For date night, I head to… depends of the mood. Low-key? I take my man to Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, located just a few blocks from where I grew up. You go for three reasons: pizza (that’s all they do), charm (the servers embody the unmistakable but harmless neighborhood attitude) and booze (you bring your own!). This dining tradition is quintessentially Philadelphian.

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Gables Bed & Breakfast, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Author: , April 3rd, 2015

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Gables Bed & Breakfast is nestled in the middle of Philadelphia in a section known as University City. This is a residential community developed around the turn of the last century. It boasts an eclectic grouping of Victorian homes and Edwardian townhouses. The University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and Drexel University are all nearby as are the University Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Scheie Eye Institute and the Civic Center.

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Featured Lesbian-Owned Accommodations: Battlefield Bed and Breakfast, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Author: , March 7th, 2015

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Daily History Programs: A perfect recipe for your Gettysburg vacation. Ingredients: 1. Beautiful 30 acre country garden setting 2. Daily hands-on history demonstrations 3. Delicious hot full breakfasts served by costumed staff 4. 1809 Civil War home on the Gettysburg Battlefield 5. Personalized service with hosts who know the area 6. Seclusion and convenience five minutes from downtown.

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