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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Over the past few decades, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love, has evolved into a place that lives up to its gay-friendly billing. Philadelphia has history on its side. It was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights pickets at Independence Hall a few years before the landmark 1969 Stonewall Riots, and in 1982 was one of the first cities in the country to pass an anti-gay discrimination law. In 2005, Pennsylvania became the first state to recognize GLBT history when it erected a historic marker at 6th and Chestnut Streets to commemorate those peaceful protests. Today, the city is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community.

Gay and lesbian travelers can find a room in one of Philadelphia’s many gay and gay-friendly hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and inns who are all members of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus. So you’re on a budget, splurging on that dream vacation or looking for something in between, Philadelphia has hundreds of gay and lesbian lodging options for the gay and lesbian traveler.

What makes Philadelphia so memorable is its unique blend of experiences it offers. By day, four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museums and endless shopping are waiting to be explored and enjoyed. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, candlelight tours, delectable dining and vibrant nightlife.

At the heart of gay Philadelphia is Center City’s Washington Square West, a neighborhood of handsome town homes and charming, narrow back streets where many gay businesses and much of the night life is located. What’s more, all of Center City is considered gay and lesbian friendly, although it’s wise to be safety-conscious if you step out in some of the other neighborhoods.

Areas like Independence Mall, one of America's most historic sites, and Society Hill welcome gay and lesbian travelers to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the history and architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make these neighborhoods so unique.
And when artists, boutique owners and restaurateurs landed in Old City, they added a funky energy to this former warehouse district.
Business people mingle with their more bohemian neighbors for lunch down the block from nearby Washington Square West and Society Hill, while visitors flock to the area to savor their first Philly Cheesesteak at Jim’s and residents stop by The Chef’s Market for some groceries. Mirroring this diverse mix of fun-to-watch pedestrians is a wonderfully eclectic lineup of over 300 shops and more than 60 eateries, cafes and bars.

The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market.
When you visit the market, you can enjoy eating virtually every type of cuisine, from sublime soul food and exquisite Asian and Middle Eastern dishes to authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fare, all available from largely family-run stands.

No visit to Philadelphia is complete without seeing the Liberty Bell, now in its new home. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.

Everyone agrees that the cheesesteak, the celebrated Philadelphia sandwich invented by Pat Olivieri in 1930, should be made with chopped beef and melted cheese. Exactly how much the beef should be chopped or what type of cheese should be used remains the subject of debate among cheesesteak aficionados. The good news is that wherever you decide to go while you're in town, you’ll definitely be experiencing an authentic Philly Cheesesteak.

So whether you’re planning to visit for a relaxed weekend or for a longer vacation

Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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