Guided tour

Philadelphia: Gayborhood LGBTQ History Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Beyond the Bell Tour

Philadelphia: Gayborhood LGBTQ History Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Beyond the Bell Tour
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Explore Philadelphia's Gayborhood on a guided walking tour. Learn about the city's LGBTQ spaces and the LGBTQ icons that have shaped the city of Philadelphia.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Connect with famous LGBTQ pioneers from Philadelphia's iconic Gayborhood
  • Explore Giovanni's Room, America's oldest continuously running LGBTQ Bookstore
  • Hear about the legacy of prominent queer leaders throughout American history
  • See murals of LGBTQ leaders, including Gloria Casarez, director of LGBT Affairs
  • Learn about the evolution of Pride, from its origins as a protest for rights
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Discover queer Philly with a local guide on a walking tour. Stroll through Midtown Village, Philadelphia's Gayborhood, and hear about the many historical figures from Philly who have helped make the country a safer space for the LGBTQ community.

Begin your tour with a historical journey through the evolution of Pride and how it has changed over the years from a protest to a parade. Continue walking through the Gayborhood and hear about Kyoshi Kuromiya, a famous inventor, architect, and activist.

Visit Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room, the nation's longest continuously-operating LGBT-focused bookstore. Learn about its fascinating history and many owners. As you continue through the neighborhood, hear about Barbara Gittings, an LGBTQ pioneer from Philadelphia. Finish your tour with a discussion about the history of racism in the Gayborhood and a tribute to Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia's first director of LGBT Affairs.

  • 90-minute walking tour

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    Meeting point

    Meet on the corner outside of Bud & Marilyn's.

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    • Comfortable shoes

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