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Equality Forum

The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia for its 22nd anniversary

SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013

SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013 Credit: Courtesy of the Equality Forum


May 1-4, 2014


Featuring more than 20 programs, five panels, an art exhibit, a massive party and a street festival, the 22nd annual Equality Forum is a spirited festival celebrating Philadelphia’s international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights forum.

The annual event features panel discussions on the status of LGBT rights in the U.S. and around the world, special events, a festival, live music and more.


Throughout the week, the Equality Forum will feature national panels and collaborative programs. Some of the highlights include:

Featured nation: Canada: In 2014, Canada celebrates the 10th anniversary of legalizing same-sex marriage. Panelists from our northern neighbor will offer info about Canada’s path to marriage equality and what America could learn from Canada’s experience.

National Religious Colloquy: A panel of distinguished guests, including a defrocked Methodist minister, will speak about the evolving relationship between homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church, the Mormon Church and the United Methodist Church.

Aging in Place: This panel, examining the issues LGBT face as they age, will include info on the work being accomplished by the LGBT Elder Initiative, look into the impact of healthcare reform on the health of seniors and more.

Complete list of panels and discussions

International Equality Dinner

The NHL and the Burke Family are the recipients of the 19th annual International Role Model Award. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will receive the Distinguished Equality Award, and TD Bank is the recipient of the International Business Leadership Award.

The dinner and ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

SundayOUT! at the Piazza

Held at the Piazza at Schmidts, SundayOUT! is the region’s largest LGBT street festival at Philadelphia’s urban hot spot.

SundayOUT! includes a diverse international roster of performers with over 100 vendors, artisans, galleries, boutiques and cafés. Celebrate with six hours of music and dance, including performances/DJ sets from Fuego, DJ Cassidy, Jamai and DJ K.Ash.

15th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit

Photographer Lindsay Morris is the featured artist for the 15th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit. Her work here includes photos from an annual weekend summer camp for gender-nonconforming children and their families. Featured in a New York Times cover story, Morris’s photos have also been published in Europe and Australia.

In addition to the free exhibit, Morris will hold a lecture at the University of the Arts on Thursday, May 1 and a public reception at the Avenue Gallery at Gershman Hall later that day.

About the Equality Forum

Headquartered in the center of Philadelphia’s thriving gay community, this national non-profit civil rights organization has played an active role in advancing freedom and equality — two key principles upon which our country was founded — for the LGBT community for more than a decade.

The Equality Forum takes on many high impact initiatives, produces documentary films, highlights LGBT history and presents its annual LGBT civil rights forum during the first week of May.

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