"GLUE" makes a nifty acronym, but please be aware we welcome ALL gender representations and ALL orientations. Humans are encouraged to join.
http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/3/8/9/c/event_79934492.jpeg We are a Philadelphia-based group of adventurous, queer and queer-friendly people who relish the rich details not duly appreciated in our metropolitan landscape. Urban exploring (Urbex or UE) is the sport and art of discovering and experiencing areas of the city that are often hidden in plain sight and normally considered off-limits. Typical sites include abandoned buildings, industrial areas and tunnels.
Most people are involved in Urbex because they like exploring, adventure, photography, architecture, history and meeting new people with common interests. This is NOT a group for suburban-oriented people who are looking for secret gardens, quaint center city tea shops, or typical "off-the-beaten-path city tours". Please read the Wikipedia article on Urban Exploration before you submit a join request (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_exploration) to make sure you understand what you are signing up for.
While most UE groups are LGBT friendly, this group is specifically for LGBT and straight allies who want to explore and socialize together.
PLEASE NOTE: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE LEADERSHIP TEAM TO ANTICIPATE EVERY HAZARD. EACH ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM THIS ONLINE FORUM IS ATTENDED "AT YOUR OWN RISK". PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS AND PERFORM YOUR OWN RESEARCH. BY JOINING THIS GROUP AND ATTENDING EVENTS YOU ULTIMATELY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. NO PERSON IN THIS GROUP, INCLUDING THE LEADERSHIP TEAM, SHALL BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR INJURY OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN NOR AFFILIATION WITH GLUE ACTIVITIES. KEEP YOUR PERSONAL COMFORT LEVEL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES IN MIND WITH RESPECT TO SAFETY DURING EACH ACTIVITY. ALL BOUNDARIES WILL BE RESPECTED; GROUPTHINK AND PEER PRESSURE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
IF YOU DO NOT WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THEN YOU ARE ALTOGETHER DISCOURAGED FROM PARTICIPATING IN OR JOINING THIS GROUP.
Please read the Wikipedia page on Urban Exploration before you submit a join request (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_exploration) to make sure you understand what you are signing up for. :-) All members must be at least 18 years old to participate in group activities unless guardian consent is verified. Applicants must submit a join request and fill out all of the profile questions. We need this information in order to determine your level of interest and the nature of your request. Vague or empty profile question responses may result in a denied application. Members who do not attend events, visit the Meetup group website or respond to inactive account warnings after 6 months will be removed. In the future, when your schedule permits, you are welcome to resubmit a join request.
The purpose of the application process is not to be exclusionary, but rather to weed out as many lurkers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurker) and Internet trolls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)) as possible. GLUE is about adventure, meeting face to face and being socially active. Please be patient. It might take us several days- perhaps even a week or two- to notice and approve your join request. This is our hobby and we respond appropriately (at our leisure).