It exists in current times as a dynamic and diverse culture with establishments and events held to promote LGBT culture and rights in Philadelphia and beyond. Early gay networks would meet privately at underground house parties and other private venues within Center City , West Philadelphia, and Germantown. By the s, a jazz, espresso, and beatnik culture was stirring things up around Rittenhouse Square and in coffee houses on Sansom Street, creating a niche for the city's gay community. The LGBT culture developing in Philadelphia eventually inspired the first article published in America that recognized a city's gay community and political scene, which was titled "The Furtive Fraternity" , by Gaeton Fonzi and published in Greater Philadelphia. The article describes political limitations the emerging gay community faced. In the Janus Society was founded in Philadelphia;  it is notable as the publisher of Drum magazine, one of the earliest LGBT-interest publications in the United States and most widely circulated in the s,  and for its role in organizing many of the nation's earliest LGBT rights demonstrations.
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As early as the s, because of their proximity to the hotels and theaters that lined Broad Street, Locust Street just to the east and the warren of tiny streets and alleys that surrounded it became a fashionable entertainment district. By the middle of the s, however, many of these clubs were replacing expensive first rate entertainment with cheaper and flashier rows of chorus girls. By the s, organized crime took over many of the bars and the chorus lines morphed into cheap strip shows. Savvy bar owners with mob connections knew how to pay off police to turn a blind eye to this fringe clientele. Police raids on gay bars in Philadelphia were common through the early s.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton. The reception was no less enthusiastic at the second stop at Sisters, a lesbian bar, where excited women grinding to Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" barely allowed Chelsea to speak because they kept interrupting her with applause and cheers. Andrea Myers, 26, said she was undecided between Clinton and Barack Obama in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary until she heard Chelsea was going to be at the bar. Out on the streets, Chelsea was like a pied piper, leading her dates for the night - Gov. With the Tuesday's primary days away, the gay bar tour shows how much the campaigns are courting the gap vote, which by some estimates represents as much as 5 percent of the city's vote.
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