Stand at the intersection of 13th and Locust in Center City Philadelphia. All four crosswalks are painted rainbow, signifying that this is the heart of the Gayborhood. From Pine up through Chestnut in between Broad and 11th, the street signs have rainbows on them. Many businesses display rainbow flags outside, or have proudly stuck a rainbow sticker on their door. Woody’s and iCandy, two of the city’s biggest gay bars, hang several rainbow and American flags along their fronts. The Gayborhood branch of the Mazzoni Center has a rhinestoned sign in the window that says “HIV TEST” in front of a faded rainbow flag. The bright red doors of the William Way LGBT Community Center swing open.
This is the Gayborhood today.