Gay Philadelphia – The Hornet

Author: , February 23rd, 2018

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Philadelphia, founded in 1682, played a significant role in shaping America. This city was where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. From there, Philadelphia became one of the leading industrial cities during the 19th century. Today, the City of Brotherly Love continues to thrive. There’s also quite a lot to explore in gay Philadelphia, as the city has one of the nation’s most vibrant LGBTQ neighborhoods known as the Gayborhood.

There are a total of 67 national landmarks in Philadelphia. You can spend a whole week just sightseeing! The Liberty Bell, the most iconic American symbol, is a great place to start your tour. Find it at the Liberty Bell Center (oddly enough) in Independence National Historical Park.

The Betsy Ross House, several blocks away from the Liberty Bell, is a tiny museum and a landmark where the seamstress and flagmaker Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American flag. Take a tour of the house and relive the days of how Ross lived.

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a must-visit place for fans of his work. This house, the only surviving residence of Poe, is in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. Check out different rooms while savoring Poe’s famous works like “The Raven” during the tour.

By Charles Thompson-Wang – Full Story at The Hornet

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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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How Philadelphia Went After the Gay Travel Market

Author: , July 14th, 2011

One winter afternoon in 2003, in a conference room overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge, six marketing strategists met to devise a slogan that would revolutionize the city’s tourism industry. The target audience represented fewer than 10 percent of Americans. But this minority had time and money, considerably more than the average citizen, and Philadelphia needed the business.

The city was missing out on its share of the $54 billion that gays and lesbians were spending yearly on travel. The slogan the marketers dreamed up that day – “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay” – was the city’s first come-on line in a $1 million, three-year courtship of LGBT tourists.

The campaign “was a calculated risk,” says Jeff Guaracino, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. Not only might straitlaced tourists be put off by the suggestion that “City of Brotherly Love” was meant to be taken literally, but conservative legislators also might be incited to take aim at the city.

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Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus Releases New Gayborhood Map

Author: , February 25th, 2010

The Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus unveiled the third installment of its Gayborhood map and merchant guide this week, with a fresh, new look that represents several local agencies’ commitment to heightening the city’s reputation as a top LGBT travel destination. The map was spearheaded by PGTC’s marketing committee, which began working on redeveloping the agency’s existing guide nearly a year ago.

The newly designed product, which was again sponsored by original partners Center City District and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, also garnered sponsorship from Philadelphia Magazine, which served as an editorial and production partner.

Tami Sortman, president of the PGTC, said the redesigned guide reflects the increase of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses throughout the city.

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