A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon to unveil street signs to define Philadelphia’s famed “gayborhood.”
Singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a group of about 100 gathered at the corner of 13th and Locust Streets, in the Washington West neighborhood, where one of 36 discreet rainbow signs were unveiled. The sign is the same size as the Locust Street sign and fastened directly beneath it.
Tami Sortman is president of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus:
“Philadelphia four years ago started a gay-friendly campaign here to bring gay travelers into the city, and we felt that it was really important for these gay travelers to know when they are in the ‘gayborhood’ area. I live right here, just a block away, and I get people asking, ‘Am I in the gayborhood yet?’ ”
The new signs are being erected between Broad and 11th, Chestnut to Pine Streets.