A queer woman’s guide to Philadelphia: A city with LGBT history and modern fun

Philadelphia Skyline

The City of Sisterly Affection is one hell of a mecca for queer women. From the site of the first queer sit-in in America in 1965 to the home of the oldest gay bookstore in America, Philly is arguably the only city in America where the center of the city (a.k.a. “Center City”) is also theGayborhood. And, unlike other cities where the gayborhoods are dominated by gay men, in Philly’s Gayborhood you’ll find a ton of queer women of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender expressions. Although the lesbian bar Sisters closed over two years ago, queer women are very welcome at bars like Woody’s and ICandy, and, for the kinky queens and kings into the leather scene, The Bike Stop. For the requisite bump-and-grind, check out Stimulus, one of the largest and most diverse queer women’s dance parties in the country, held monthly at various locations in the city.

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