Philly

A Gay Guide to Philadelphia: Celebrating Pride in the City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia has a big gay scene to explore

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is one of the best cities in America for LGBTQ+ travelers. Known for its history of activism and Pride parades, Philly offers a welcoming atmosphere, highlighted by its bustling Gayborhood and inclusive events and businesses.

It's especially fun to visit during Pride Month in June, with its iconic march and festival. October's OURfest inspired by National Coming Out Day is another highlight, along with April's Black Pride celebrating local community strength. These events not only offer fun but also support local LGBTQ+-owned businesses and artists.

The Gayborhood, at the heart of LGBTQ+ Philadelphia, is draped in rainbow flags and found in the Washington Square West section of Philadelphia’s downtown. Visitors can discover local history through the Beyond the Bell Tours’ historical walking tour, which illuminates key LGBTQ+ sites and stories. This area also boasts significant murals like 'Pride and Progress' by Ann Northrup and 'Finally on 13th' by Nile Livingston.