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Philadelphia LGBT - Mission accomplished!

Where would you say is the cradle of protection of homosexual rights? Contrary to popular belief, it is Philadelphia. But it doesn't stop there! It now seems that the whole city has come together to offer the LGBT community a friendlier environment.

Let’s be clear, from the start: Philadelphia in and of itself is a remarkable city. Its architecture, history, museums and other attractions without a doubt make it worth a visit.

But if you add the numerous events and ingredients initiated and cooked up by the LGBT community for the local population and visitors, you're assured of a fiesta!

A long-weekend itinerary

For those of you who would like to tame Philadelphia in three days, here are a few attractions and activities that should be on your itinerary. We promise they will entice you to plan a longer visit:

  • City tour – Make sure you take a photo at the corner of 6th Street and Chestnut, where the first gay demonstrations started in the Sixties.

  • The Rodin Museum.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – Early in the morning to take part in the Rocky Run and have your photo taken besides his statue, or at the end of a Friday afternoon for Art After 5, with cocktails, petits fours and live music.

  • Dinner and dancing in the Gayborhood.

  • A visit to New Hope with its art galleries, theatres, bars and boutiques owned by the gay community.

  • A tour to take in some of the city’s 3,000 super-sized murals, including the famous Pride and Progress mural. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program offers an interesting guided tour.

  • A stroll along Antique Row to let yourself be seduced by jewellery, vintage furniture, contemporary art and antiques.

  • Shopping at the King of Prussia Mall or at Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, where you can find designers clothing with discounts of 25% to 60%.


A busy annual calendar

Here are the GBLT events planned for the second half of 2010:

  • June 6 to 14: LGBT Arts Festival

  • June 8 to 19: QFest, the largest annual LGBT film festival on the East Coast with more than 100 films

  • June 13: Gay Pride Parade

  • June 24: PECO Pops@The Mann, classical concert

  • October 10: OutFest 2010, the biggest coming-out event in the world

  • November 13: Mr. Gay Competition



Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge






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