♪ It’s a beautiful day in this gayborhood ♪

From the “City of Brotherly Love” comes this news item:

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. source

Where’s Mr. Rogers so that we can all sing along?

♪ It’s a beautiful day in this gayborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine? ♪

If some skinhead suggested delineating gay areas of the city with street markers we would hear endless chants of ‘hate speech’ and comparisons to Hitlers’ Germany. Instead, the outrage will be replaced by the silence of families deserting the area, or changing their travel or tourism plans. But that’s my .02 cents and I’m stickin’ to it.

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