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Philly Gayborhood and LGBTQ Tour provided by Beyond the Bell Tours

Philly Gayborhood and LGBTQ Tour

Philly Gayborhood and LGBTQ Tour
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Description: On this two-hour walking tour, we'll discuss the people and institutions that have put Philly on the map as one of the most queer-friendly cities in the country (and in the world)! Tour includes: Barbara Gittings, "Gay Pioneer" Alain Locke, Father of the Harlem Renaissance Gay Bookstore, Giovanni's Room Queer folks in politics and more! Wheel Chair Accessible upon request.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 115692P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Tour Guide
Duration
1–2 hours
Departure details
Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA We'll meet at the intersection of 13th Street and Locust St, by the sign that says "Barbara Gittings Way". Right outside the red neon sign for Bud & Marilyn's.
Walnut St & 13th St, Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Inclusions
Tour Guide
Departure details
Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA We'll meet at the intersection of 13th Street and Locust St, by the sign that says "Barbara Gittings Way". Right outside the red neon sign for Bud & Marilyn's.
Walnut St & 13th St, Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Duration
1–2 hours
Return details
Walnut St & 13th St, Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bud & Marilyn's
    1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    We'll meet at the intersection of 13th Street and Locust St, by the sign that says "Barbara Gittings Way". Right outside the red neon sign for Bud & Marilyn's.
    See address & details
  • 1
    William Way LGBT Community Center
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni's Room
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Walnut St & 13th St
    Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    See address & details
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nataliaspinelli
4 contributions
MUST DO!!!
Jul 2021
You will Learn so much! Totally worth your money & Time. Rebecca was an amazing tour guide. Our family had a wonderful time learning and touring Philly Gayborhood! My teen learned so much! If you are in the are do NOT skip this tour!!! I am so happy we did this tour!
Written July 29, 2021
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beyondthebelltours
WOW Thank you for coming on the tour & leaving your kind words! Hope to see you on another tour soon!
Written July 30, 2021
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Kendall S
1 contribution
Amazing Tour Experience
Jul 2021
I had the best time! I am a student in high school and I attended with my mom. It was so wonderful to get to discuss with Joey throughout the tour and ask questions as we went along. The whole tour was so engaging, it really flew by, and really opened my eyes to all that my history classes aren't teaching me...but should be!!
Written July 29, 2021
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you for coming on the tour, and sharing your kind words. We agree- women's history & LGBTQ history are just, history! & we are happy to hear the stories resonated with you.
Written July 30, 2021
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Danny
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
Queer Heritage in the City of Brotherly Love
Jun 2021
My husband and I have lived here in Philly for about five years and we spend a lot of time in the gayborhood. Inspired by Pride month, we booked this tour hoping to learn more about Philly's queer heritage and it did not disappoint. Rebecca led us through the gayborhood and explained the history of the area as well as its current state. She did a fantastic job describing the character of our beloved gayborhood while also featuring plenty of smaller details that I never would have noticed. Whether you're visiting or live in Philly and you have any interest knowing the city more intimately - come take this tour! It's more than worth the time and fee! Thank you for the fantastic tour, Rebecca, I'm sure you'll see us around! Danny & David
Written June 27, 2021
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you for leaving these kind words, Danny & David! Hope to see you around!
Written June 29, 2021
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Erin M
1 contribution
Phenomenal tour!
Jun 2021 • Friends
I joined Beyond the Bell’s Gayborhood tour and was so impressed by our tour guide Joey’s deep knowledge of Philly LGBTQ history. The tour covered a wide variety of historical figures and stories and offered really interesting reflections about social movements and historical evidence. The tour was welcoming and interactive. I’d recommend to anyone visiting Philly or who lives in Philly who wants to learn more about the diverse history of the city!!!
Written June 13, 2021
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you so much for your kind words, Erin! It was great to meet you. Happy pride!
Written June 15, 2021
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David Y
1 contribution
Informative, Engaging, and Awesome!
Oct 2020
This tour was really informative and engaging. I really appreciate Rebecca as our tour guide, who explained things in great detail. This tour is highly recommended to those who are interested in gaining more insight into the LGBT history of Philly.
Written October 18, 2020
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beyondthebelltours
Thanks David! Hope to see you on another tour soon!
Written October 19, 2020
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Eirini S.
1 contribution
Fantastic tour!
Nov 2019
Joey was a great guide! He was very friendly and so very well informed - all my questions were answered! The start location was easy to find and easily accessible through public transportation, and the tour started right on time. Joey did a great job in keeping a good pace, and made sure everyone was present to hear what he was saying. I would definitely recommend the LGBTQ History tour to friends, family, and others! I can't wait to take more tours with this company!
Written December 14, 2019
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Joey! Hope to see you on another tour soon!!
Written December 16, 2019
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Aneisa B
1 contribution
Informational
Aug 2019
I learned a lot. I felt comfortable enough to ask questions since I was the only one. Joey knows his stuff. The tour started right on time. I really enjoyed my time. Especially learning about Giovani’s Room bookstore.
Written August 11, 2019
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beyondthebelltours
Thanks so much for coming Aneisa! We love Giovanni's Room and are glad it stuck with you : )
Written August 27, 2019
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Branden G.
1 contribution
Awesome experience!
Jul 2019 • Solo
Joey was an excellent guide. He was very personable and extremely knowledgable! Living in the suburbs, I've visited Philly and the Gayborhood many times, but I was surprised to learn just how significant Philadelphia was in LGBT history. It was a hot day, and Joey was very considerate of my comfort on the tour- staying in the shade when possible, stopping for water/bathroom breaks. I would highly recommend this tour! I'm looking forward to taking another tour with Beyond the Bell- especially the Badass Women of Philadelphia!
Written July 30, 2019
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you so much Branden! It was great to meet you, share a slice of my Philadelphia with you, & hear about your relationship to the city. I hope to see you again soon!! -Joey
Written August 5, 2019
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Elizabeth M
1 contribution
A perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Jul 2019 • Solo
What a fantastic experience! I booked my tour just a couple hours before the starting time, and Joey was so gracious about doing it despite my being his only guidee that day. The starting location was easy to access via public transportation (I took the 7 bus) and he was right on time to get the tour going. He was so knowledgeable and personable, and I feel like I really got a sense of how LGBT history is intertwined with the larger history of Philadelphia-- it was worth every penny, and I would have been happy to spend another two hours picking his brain about the city's past. I'm just sad that I don't have time to do more tours with this company before my departure!
Written July 8, 2019
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you so much Elizabeth! It was a pleasure meeting you and spending a couple of hours talking about Philly's queer spaces and queer faces! Enjoy the rest of your time in Philly, and please keep in touch!
Written July 9, 2019
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hangryspice
1 contribution
Fresh and interesting!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Joey and Rebecca are great guides, both personable and excited to mingle with everyone on the tour! I really appreciated the personal touches on the trolley tour and the community atmosphere of the tour itself. Got to learn about different parts of Philly history and experience the spaces themselves along the trolley route. A great date, especially perfect in time for Pride Month!
Written June 30, 2019
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beyondthebelltours
Thank you for coming! Hope you had a happy pride and hope to see you again soon!
Written July 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Engaging & Dynamic Storytellers
This was our second tour with Joey (previously did the Bad Ass Women Tour). Joey is a fantastic, dynamic, engaging
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Great tour even for Philly natives!
Awesome tour for both those visiting from out of town and also for people who know Philly and it's history. We love
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History, Loved and Cared For
With his learned, easy-going and interactive style, Joey moved us way beyond our US Civics course for citizenship!
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History and ...
Had a fantastic time on the Beyond the Bell tour with Joey. Insightful perceptions, flexible to sharing more facts
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Fun while Learning
We went on the Badass Women’s History Tour as part of a bachelorette party. We had so much fun with Joey as our tou
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Fantastic!
Rebecca is an excellent tour leader. She’s patient and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour to anyon
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Great tour
Unique tour. Awesome guide. Very highly recommended. We had young kids and everything went well. Got to see a l
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History is Full of Men: a Refreshing Change to Learn About Women in History
When I was searching tour options for our trip, I specifically wanted something different than the standard blah bl
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Beyond Inspired
I came to Philadelphia not knowing much about the city or even its place in US history (I’m not American). In just
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A truly unique out of the box tour
I loved this tour - Rebecca was amazing. This tour as stated takes you beyond the bell. I learned so much in my sol
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Fantastic Private Tour
Just completed a private tour of the old city AND beyond with Joey. He is an incredible guide. He gave us the histo
Mike C
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Old City on a budget, with kids!
Rebecca and Joey were awesome! They are great with kids and very knowledgeable about Philly and Philly history. I
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Engaging and Illuminating!
Joey was a kind, extremely knowledgeable tour guide who highlighted so many important parts of the city that often
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What you haven't seen, even if you've been there all along
I did the Philly Classic tour, but I would recommend anything that they offer. Joey is armed with an abundance of a
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Excellent!
Joey was super easy to talk to, knowledgeable about everything that came up (he clearly hadn't just memorized a scr