November 13, 2012
On Friday morning, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Congressman Bob Brady, Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal and veteran queer activists Randy Wicker, Ada Bello, Jeff Fouratt and Michael Lavery for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future John C. Anderson LGBT Senior Housing Project. Located at 249 S. 13th Street in the Philly’s historic “gayborhood,” the center is being named after John C. Anderson, a member of Philadelphia’s City Council from 1979 to 1984 who was instrumental to the passage of civil-rghts legislation protecting sexual minorities. Anderson, who died of complications from AIDS in the 1980s, was a mentor to Mayor Nutter. The $19.5 million residence is intended to be a LGBT-friendly lower-income housing complex for seniors—the first urban project of its kind in the nation—and was funded through a mix of city, state and federal resources.