Philadelphia

In 2015, Philadelphia marks the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement with a year of commemorative exhibitions and events.  And, according to VisitPhilly.com, Philadelphia continues to be one of the best U.S. destinations for LGBT travelers.  Here are just 3 reasons why LGBT Travel, Philly style is well worth the visit.

Location

Philadelphia is truly the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, and  Loews Philadelphia is located just steps from the city’s “Gayborhood,” which is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community. This area starts in Midtown Village, a gay-friendly area of Center City that’s been growing by leaps and bounds for the past five years. Great shopping, dining and nightlife abound in this neighborhood.

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History

Beyond great shopping and dining, there is a st
rong tie to gay history in Philadelphia. Stroll over to 6th and Chestnut to Independence Hall.  In addition to being the site of our nation’s founding, Independence Hall was the site of the first gay and lesbian rights demonstration. On July 4, 1965, a group of activists from around the country — all in their Sunday best, as a dress code was enforced to make a good impression — marched around the Hall. After the Stonewall riots of 1969, the national march moved to New York.

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Photo courtesy of J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Across Chestnut Street is the Liberty Bell Center , which provides a more contemplative experience. The Liberty Bell’s new home is part of a dramatic $314 million transformation of Independence National Historical Park. After you’ve paid homage to the bell, walk up Independence Mall to the National Constitution Center , a museum celebrating the U.S. Constitution through interactive, multimedia exhibits. The Constitution Center’s inclusive content notes the document’s impact on the rights of gays and lesbians and other minorities.

Events

If sports are your passion, head to the ballpark. The Philadelphia Phillies’ Gay Day is August 5. The beloved home team welcomes thousands of gay and lesbian fans to Citizens Bank Park for a summer day of sports and LGBT celebration. This year, watch the home team take on the Astros.

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The hottest guys in the region descend upon Philadelphia for The Boys of Summer, Philly Gay Calendar’s annual swimsuit party and fundraiser. Highlights include a hot body contest, live performances and lifeguards galore. The Boys of Summer event runs August 7–9.

The fifth annual GayFest takes place August 7–22. The two-week festival puts LGBT lives center stage in Philadelphia’s only LGBT theater festival. Participants take in plays, music, dance, performance art and spoken word at Plays & Players and Theatre Exile.

Gay, lesbian, bi or straight, Philadelphia is truly the city that loves you back and Loews Philadelphia looks forward to welcoming you to town.

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