LGBT Cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

By Marc Boisclair, June 29, 2016

Steeped in history and chock-full of arts and culture, Philadelphia—at once a big city and still user-friendly—satisfies a huge to-do list for LGBT sports groups in search of a play-and-play destination. “We’re a safe, comfortable and welcoming city for all diverse people,” says James Delmar, national accounts manager for the Philadelphia CVB. Moreover, Philly’s a surprisingly easy city to get to and around in, with its central Northeast Corridor location accessible via Interstate 95, plus ample air options through Philadelphia International Airport, about 20 minutes from downtown. SEPTA’s many mass transit arms, including an extensive subway system, make in-town (Center City) travel a breeze. That’s a good thing, as visiting athletes will want to experience as much as possible before and after the main event.

The best starting point: Reading Terminal Market, a few blocks from Pennsylvania Convention Center. Go west and relive Rocky’s run up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps; then head east to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the National Constitution Center. Just south, you’ll find Midtown Village, a popular LGBT neighborhood. Don’t miss South Street, a maze of entertainment, retro clothing stores and some of Philly’s best cheesesteak stands.

Venues

Wells Fargo Center; Pennsylvania Convention Center; Lincoln Financial Field; Citizens Bank Park; Franklin Field

Recent and Upcoming Events

TGLTA Philadelphia Open (2015)

North American Gay Volleyball Association Brotherly Love Classic (2015)

IGLFA Liberty Bell Classic (May)

AIDS Walk and Run Philly (October)

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