by: Karley Cohen
In honor of this past weekend being the start of Gay Pride Month, and kicking it off with a block party in the gayborhood, Dyke March on Saturday and then the Gay Pride Parade and festivities this past Sunday – I’m going to tell you all about 10 awesome spots in the gayborhood that you should check out! The Gayborhood is located between 11th Street and Juniper Street between Pine Street and Walnut Street and extremely easily accessible via public transportation of all kinds.
12th Street Gym – 204 South 12th Street
Home of over 35 quality personal trainers and about 60 group classes a week at various levels for all people. This gym doesn’t discriminate against body type or any sort of identity, so it is a safe space for everyone and anyone to join and go to.
13th Street Pizza (Homo Hut/Gay Pizza) – 209 South 13th Street
13th Street Pizza… also known as “Homo Hut” or “Gay Pizza” is everyones favorite late night snack after dancing the night away. They have tons of different kinds of pizza and are open until 3:30am so you can head there after you end the night at Voyeur.
Bike Stop – 205 South Quince Street
Typically, the Bike Stop is geared towards the leather community and has been for 28 years and going strong. But every first friday of the month, the party Cut N Paste comes in and uses the top two floors to have one of the most inclusive and fun LGBTQIAlphabet dance parties in the city.
Giovanni’s Room – 1145 Pine Street
Founded in 1973, Giovanni’s Room is the oldest LGBTQ bookstore in the country. It has tons of books and films that span the entire queer spectrum. Just in case they don’t have what you are looking for in the store, no worries the staff is so helpful and nice they will order it just for you! This historical store is a crucial part of the gayborhood and LGBTQ community within Philadelphia.
iCandy – 254 South 12th Street
This multi-floor club is newly renovated and has all kinds of different themes inside and specials all week long. Monday-Friday they have a happy house from 4-7. They are also known for their “Frat House Fridays” which is 18 to enter and 21 to drink until 2am.
Mazzoni Center – 21 South 12th Street
The Mazzoni Center is Philadelphia’s LGBT health and wellness center that was founded in 1979. They have become very well known nationally for their health care services, especially ones relating to trans* people who are seeking hormone replacement therapy making Philadelphia a destination location. The Mazzoni center is also hosting the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference that is coming June 12-14.
Tabu – 200 South 12th Street
Tabu is a lounge and sports bar – there are two sections, plus a lower level basement. They have weekly daily specials and also have “Sing For Your Life” Karaoke every Monday from 9pm-2am.
Voyeur – 1221 Saint James Street
Open 7 nights a week until 3am with tons of different DJ’s and events happening daily, this club is another multi-level with various themed rooms. They are often the host of the monthly lesbian party called Stimulus and where everyone goes after 2am when the rest of the bars close! This after house spoit is a must-go for you’re dancing adventures.
William Way Community Center – 1315 Spruce Street
In 1975 the space was founded (not in the same location as now), called the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia and it has been a crucial part of the queer community for over 35 years. Having an ultimate safe space for the LGBTQ community is a crucial part of feeling like you belong. The William Way Center hosts events for everyone of all ages and interests as well.
Woodys – 202 South 13th Street
Definitely a staple in the gayborhood, Woody’s is a two floor bar, with 3 different rooms! They have a daily happy hour from 5-7 and has an awesome Latin dance night called Caliente on thursday nights that has no cover!