5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Philly

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Happy June! There’s no better way to celebrate Pride than by supporting the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community right here in Philadelphia. Not sure where to start? We’ve complied a list of the top 5 ways to celebrate Pride all month long, while also advocating for equality for all. Check out our list below—and happy Pride Month, Philly!

1. Learn about Pride’s History & LGBTQ+ Rights

Take an Interactive Tour of Stonewall Forever: Learn about the history of the Stonewall Forever monument, and watch the documentary that discusses the past, present, and future of Pride.

Learn more about the American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Learn more about LGBTQ+ rights here.

Check out The Library of Congress: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Explore the history and traditions of this month here.

Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement: Read this detailed timeline of LGBTQ+ milestones in the United States, compiled by PBS.

2. Celebrate Proudly at These Philly Events

There are so. many. events. taking place throughout the region this year to celebrate Philly Pride Month. We’ve listed just a few below, but you can find even more Pride events, including parades, parties, Pride Nights, and more, by our friends at Visit Philly!

Some of the events they’ve rounded up include…

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra Free Pride Concert at The Kimmel Center
  • Philadelphia Union Pride Night at Subaru Park
  • Philadelphia Pride March and Festival
  • Philly Pride Run at The Navy Yard
  • Trek Philadelphia Manayunk Pride Ride
  • Drag Brunches throughout Philadelphia
  • Food and drink deals, and so much more!

View Visit Philly’s complete list here (spoiler alert: it’s pretty awesome).

Photo credit: @cakelifebakeshop

3. Explore the Gayborhood

The Gayborhood is an iconic LGBTQ+ community set in the heart of Washington Square West! It’s a Philly hotspot complete with shopping, dining along 13th Street, and everything in between—making it the perfect neighborhood to hang out in this month and all year round.

The area is tucked in the Midtown Village neighborhood and spans Pine Street to Chestnut Street, as well as 11th Street to Broad Street! Map it here.

Restaurants & Dining

The restaurant scene is central to the Gayborhood. Check out the Mediterranean-style kitchen and bar Barbuzzo, along with the mid-century-inspired American eatery, Bud and Marilyn’s, owned and operated by local restauranteurs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran.

Highly acclaimed for its nightlife, the Gayborhood also features places like Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar—a staple sports bar—and Cockatoo, a vibrant safe space for Philly’s queer community and allies that serves cocktails, wine, beer, and delicious Latin street food.

Looking for something sweet? Check out Cake Life Bake Shop, an award-winning small-batch artisanal bakery that’s proudly woman- and trans- owned and operated.

Small Businesses

Full of small businesses to support, there’s no shortage of shopping in the Gayborhood! Check out our Reel covering all the best spots here.

A highlight of the neighborhood is Philly Aids Thrift at Giovanni’s Room. Originally offering LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction works, Philly Aids Thrift has expanded its selection to music, art, comics, books, and more! It is also the oldest LGBTQ and feminist bookstore in the country. The thrift store has donated over two and a half million dollars to 21 AIDS agencies in the Greater Philadelphia area. Do good while shopping small!

In the market for locally designed apparel? Naturally Queer has you covered! Owner Jourdan Porter designs apparel and merchandise for queer and trans people of color.

Photo credit: @southstreetartmart

Philly is full of creatives! Be sure to explore The South Street Art Mart, too. Only intended to be a holiday pop-up shop in November 2018, this artist-run retail shop received overwhelming support and was able to stay open permanently. The Art Mart features 100+ Philly-area artists and other creatives.

BONUS: Support even more queer-owned businesses in Philly with this list from Billy Penn!

4. Donate, Donate, Donate

  • Donate to the Pride Foundation: When you donate to the Pride Foundation, you join thousands of supporters building a better, safer, more equitable world for LGBTQ+ people and families. 
  • Give to the Morris Home: The Morris Home is the only residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for the transgender community.
  • Donate to GLAAD: GLAAD is a dynamic media force tackling tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

5. Support & Stay Engaged From Home

Whether you want to celebrate on the streets of Philadelphia or from the comfort of your home, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

BTW: Don’t forget to tag us in your photos—we can’t wait to repost you @campusphilly.

Campus Philly supports the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and will continue to advocate for equality for all now & always.
Happy Pride!

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