Today, Philly’s gay community is a highly visible and important part of the city, with several dozen clubs, bars, lounges, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants, and shops catering to it. Local politicians court the LGBT crowd for support and dollars, and the media gives wide coverage to various pride festivals and events, including Equality Forum in late April and early May, the Pride Parade in June, and OutFest in October.
Outside of Center City, the gay community is a little more circumspect, and unfortunately flashiness and PDA can draw unfriendly attention in some places. The Tourism Board website has a section geared towards gay visitors to the city, including gay-friendly hotel accommodations and special event packages. There are several hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in the Gayborhood, with plenty of others nearby. The William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce St., 215/732-2220) is the city’s largest gay and lesbian center, filled with resources and information, and the online calendar has the most comprehensive guide to gay-friendly events, venues, organizations, and clubs. The Philadelphia Gay News is a publication that offers a calendar of events and articles and is available in print or online.
Excerpted from the Third Edition of Moon Philadelphia .