I am back finally, after a week of training in Philadelphia. I have to say I kind of like the area, and I was surprised. I guess Atlanta left a bad taste in my mouth.
I know that Philadelphia is known as the city of “brotherly love”, but I wasn’t sure how well it would handle the LGBT crowd. Sadly I didn’t get to go to a lot of places. I stayed in old town, across the street from Independence Hall at the Monaco, so I did get to visit some historical things, but nothing LGBT orientated.
Training was pretty in-depth (it was a detailed stats class for auditing) so I didn’t have time to go to the Gayborhood. I am sorry about that too, especially since I evidently walked right up to the borders of it without knowing it.
You might ask why then would it deserve a post here, and not just in my normal blog. I did have a good LGBT experience anyways. While I was in Atlanta I got some serious, but subtle pushback for having a husband. Most of the people that had a problem were from the Southern and Central states (new employees going through the same training). It wasn’t the same here.
It was unusual I got sent to Philly, pretty much all my co-students were from Philidelphia, Baltimore and north of Philly such as New Jersey, New York and Buffalo. I didn’t get any of the same cold shoulder there, no subtle jabs or being cut out of things. I talked with several locals and when talking about family I told them I had a husband. I didn’t get the same double look, or the same change in attitude.
That was it for my LGBT experience there, but it was already 1000 x better than Atlanta. I think I would take the hubby here for a vacation and to check it out if we were considering moving out of the pacific northwest.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming