Rainbow flag during the New Hope Celebrates’ Pride Festival

Explore LGBT Philadelphia

New Hope Celebrates’ Pride Festival —Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia — also known as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection — was founded on the principle of equality, and it remains a welcoming place for LGBT travelers.

Perhaps it's no surprise that Philadelphia — famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — was the location of the first major LGBT rights demonstration (held at Independence Hall) on July 4, 1965. Barbara Gittings, regarded as the mother of the LGBT rights movement, called Philadelphia her home.

Philadelphia was the first city in the United States to launch a major marketing campaign (“Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay”) to welcome LGBT tourism, and it represents a trove of cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic diversity. Annual pride celebrations, weekly parties, performing arts and nightlife create a constant draw for LGBT visitors.

Don’t miss a visit to the Gayborhood, a Center City neighborhood that sets itself apart with rainbow crosswalks and street signs as well as restaurants and bars owned by and catering to LGBT-identified clientele.

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