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This wiki collects the histories of gay men and their allies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA between 1960 and the present. It is intended to document the organizations, bars, culture and social networks created by these men.

Please note that this site includes the stories of gay men and allies from Philadelphia who are both alive and dead, of all HIV serostatuses, sexual and gender identities, and cultures. No conclusions should be drawn about people listed on this site.

You are invited to become a participant in this site through adding your own stories and pictures about gay life in Philadephia. To see how you can participate, see below at Adding to the Gay History Wiki .

If you wish to add people to the site and are having trouble figuring it out, contact the site maintainer, Chris Bartlett, at bartlett.cd at gmail.com . He can also be reached @harveymilk on Twitter.

Wondering what to do first? Click on the "Person Index" to the left to see the hundreds of people who have been listed so far. You can also click on some of the featured Philadelphians below.

Featured Philadelphians (click on image to see their biography):

Joe Beam
Kurt Borusiewicz
Arnold Jackson
Antonio Gerena

Essex Hemphill
Kiyoshi Kuromiya

Tommi Avicolli Mecca




Saint Luke & [Epiphany ] Memorials

AIDS Quilt Pages

Members of [of Brotherly Love] [League]

Deaths 1995


[of Woody's]

Featured Cultural Artifacts:

Kiyoshi Kuromiya's card from the Folk Arts for Social Change exhibit (click on image)
Jim Burgess' Farewell Party at Studio 54 (click on image)

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#UsingWikiAdding to the Gay History Wiki:

For those who have never used a wiki, it is a webpage that is easily edited/changed by the viewer. This means that YOU have the authority and power to update this site and change it as you please. The site keeps track of every change made, so it is fine to make mistakes or experiment.

You are invited to add your own knowledge and stories about Gay Philadelphia to this site.

Please add new people, edit existing people, and generally help to create as lively a site as possible.

Things you can do to build up this site:

  1. You can add a page for yourself. (Click on New Page, and then (IMPORTANT) click the User Template).
  1. You can add people, organizations, and bars/clubs to the site (if you're adding a new person, please click the User Template.
  1. You can also edit existing entries (click on the page, and then click "Edit Page").