Philadelphia is one of the country’s most LGBT-friendly cities with a long history of tolerance. In 1965, four years before the Stonewall Riots in New York ignited the worldwide modern gay rights movement, a group of protesters began an annual July 4th pride march in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Since then, Philadelphia has been a seat of progress and activism for the LGBT community.
The gay population in Philadelphia is a highly visible and important part of the city. There are many clubs, bars, lounges, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants and shops catering to the gay community. Stroll through the “Gayborhood,” a section of Center City’s Washington Square District, and you’ll see rainbow flags adorning the street signs as well as incredible architecture and a charming community feel. Eat at an LGBT-owned restaurant in the Gayborhood and snap a photo by one of Philadelphia’s LGBT murals.
Philadelphia is home to gay pride events, including OutFest, the largest National Coming Out Day festival in the world, history and significant sites including:
Each year the city is host to many highly visible and important events, such as Equality Forum, Blue Ball, Pride Parade and OutFest, the largest National Coming Out Day festival in the world. Annual Philadelphia LGBT events include:
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally.
Updated February 21, 2018