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Phillesbian’s gay girl guide to Philadelphia

It’s the City of Brotherly Love but queer girls as well as boys will love discovering Philadelphia. Digital magazine Phillesbian shares top party tips and how to get a kiss from Walt Whitman’s ghost
There's only one way we want to go: To Philadephia's Gayborhood.
Photo by Bruce Anderson.

From people and politics to playing and partying, Philadelphia is a queer girl’s wet dream. With a neighborhood in Center City – designated the Gayborhood – and streets signs with rainbows on them, Philly is as gay as it gets.

No matter if you are a local Philadelphian or in town to experience the City of Brotherly Love, there is always something and someone new to experience.

Party

Calling all art fags, queers, misfits, dandies, dommes, twinks, goths, faeries, genderqueers, queens, occupiers, dykes, bears, ladyfags, breeders, maricones, freaks, hags and sluts to the new CUTN PASTE: A Monthly First Fridays Art Walk, a party located in Center City at The Bike Stop.

Spun by internationally reknown DJs Una Bruja and Precolumbian, these artists will have you shaking your tail feather for hours with incredible mixing and smooth transitions between genres and rhythms without missing a beat.

After enjoying the local art on First Friday in Old City, walk on over to 206 S. Quince St. to dance the night away in a safe, queer environment.

Over seven hundred women who love women will flood the dance floor for Stimulus’ 4th Annual Black and White Affair on 30 November from 10pm to 3.30 am. Philly’s finest females will be dancing to three talented DJs spinning house, hip-hop, salsa, reggae and old school until the wee hours of the morning.

Thrown at Voyeur Nightclub at 1221 Saint James Street, producers Amber Hikes and Morgan Levine host legendary parties that women never forget. Stop by in your freshest black and white threads to wish them a happy birthday!

Play

Ever been kissed by a ghost? Giovanni’s Room is the oldest lesbian and gay bookstore in the country where American author Walt Whitman used to browse the shelves. Legend has it, Whitman kissed an employee and that kiss has been passed down through the years from employee to employee. To receive Whitman’s kiss, ask owner Ed Hermance to point out who is The Chosen One or pop a mint and have fun kissing all the employees.

Located on 12th and Pine Street in the Gayborhood, Giovanni’s Room has over 7,000 titles on the shelves and serves as Philly’s unofficial gay tour guide center. If all the gayness in Philly is overwhelming and you don’t know where to start, Giovanni’s Room will gaily point you in the right direction.

Sexploratorium's name says it all. This queer women-owned tri-level store will give you the toys, health and knowledge to try anything. All products sold are guaranteed quality, made of body-safe materials that lifestyle-trained LGBT professionals will educate you about to ensure you walk away with a smile on your face.

Want to try something new? Sexploratorium sponsors Weekly Passion 101 classes on topics ranging from sexual technique to relationships, erotic art and extreme fantasy. Spice up your sex life and don’t be shy! 

Health 

Ladies, it’s important to take care of ourselves and no place is better than the Mazzoni Center. Founded in 1979, the Mazzoni Center strives to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment while improving the quality of life of the individuals in the community.

They focus on breaking down cultural insensitivity and institutional homophobia while providing medical care, behavioral health, cares services, education, prevention and legal services for anybody who needs them.

Shop

Stroll, shop and sort through vintage goodies for a great cause. Philly AIDS Thrift is a non-profit organization that sells donated clothes, movies, furniture and random collectibles.

They donate all proceeds to AIDS Fund who then distributes money to 30 different AIDS organizations in Philadelphia to provide direct services and AIDS prevention initiatives. After five years, Philly AIDS Thrift has donated over $200,000 (€157,000) in proceeds to AIDS Fund.

Over the years, co-founder and manager Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou has expanded efforts to support the art, music, theater and LGBT community-at-large. Stationed in the So-So District (south of South St.), Philly AIDS Thrift is staffed by passionate volunteers and genuinely compassionate souls who will help you find whatever your gay heart desires.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and wet your whistle at Black N Brew in South Philly. Voted Philly’s Hot List runner-up for Best Coffee, Black N Brew’s The Sticky Thriller, a blended smoothie with coffee, chocolate, peanut butter and banana, will drive you nuts.

Colleen and Jennifer DeCesare, couple and owners of Black and Brew for six years, pride themselves on having a safe neighborhood spot in South Philly that serves healthy, homemade food and gives back to community. Swing by now to get a taste of their limited time pumpkin latte that will have you falling for Black N Brew over and over again.

Christina Ferraz is a Texas ex-pat, living and loving gay life in South Philly. She’s a freelance contributor to Phillesbian.com.

Phillesbian.com is the only digital magazine catering exclusively to women who love women in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, offering lesbian/queer identified women in Philly a resource for arts & culture, news, events, fashion, health, and more. Email [email protected] to get in touch, Follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook!

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