Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community in PHL

Philadelphia's Gayborhood proudly opens its arms to all communities.

Explore Philadelphia’s thriving LGBT community

Philadelphia has a thriving gay community with a long history. 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, gays and lesbians came out in increasing numbers to claim their rightful place in the community.

The gay population is a highly visible and important part of Philadelphia. 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.

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.

October is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October at LGBTHistoryMonth.com, a new LGBT Icon will be featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.


Local LGBT Events: Stay up to date on the Philly LGBT events with PhillyGayCalendar.com.



Navigaytour travel guides are comprehensive visitor guides written and designed specifically for the gay and lesbian traveler. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway with friends or organizing a dream vacation for you and your partner, Navigaytour guides provide valuable insight into the must-see and hidden treasures of gay-friendly destinations.

Check out PHL Diversity’s spread in the latest Philadelphia edition of the Navigaytour.

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