To celebrate Pride Month, The Independent Hotel is offering the Glisten Pride package throughout June. With this package 10% of your room rate will be donated to GLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ youth. In addition to this donation on your behalf, guests can enjoy an upgrade when available and complimentary parking.
Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, a plethora of independently owned and gay-friendly business are within walking distance of The Independent Hotel. Besides the quirky boutiques and art galleries, an abundance of bars and restaurants sprawl down 13th Street. Once you’ve done your rounds through Midtown Village, check out some of these other ways to celebrate Pride in Philly.
To get involved in Pride Month in Philly, all it takes is stepping outside the doors of the Independent Hotel. Philadelphia’s 20th annual LGBT PrideDay Pride Parade begins on the corner of the hotel (13th & Locust), and will march towards the Pride Festival at Penn’s Landing. A sea of rainbow flags and drag queens will wind through Midtown Village and Old City, paraders will stop and perform for audiences and judges. Down at the festival, guests will find dancing, family-friendly fun, vendors, and food and drinks.
WHEN: June 18th; parade begins at 11:30 a.m., festival opens at 12 p.m.
WHERE: Parade starts at 13th & Locust (right outside The Independent Hotel) and ends at Penn’s Landing, where the Pride Festival is held.
Giovanni’s Room Bookstore is the oldest gay bookstore in America and is the center of gay Philly. Founded in 1973, the store continued to grow as Philadelphia’s out community did. Troves of rare and unique books and an experienced and friendly staff make a trip to Giovanni’s Room memorable and welcoming. Over 7,00 titles on the shelves and more than 48,000 titles in a database, there is more gay and lesbian literature here than in any book superstore. Philly AIDS Thrift became the proprietor of Giovanni’s Room in 2014 and renamed the new venture Philly AIDS Thrift @Giovanni’s Room. But the same spirit and wares are available, with new and used books, clothing, bric a brac, housewares, and art.
WHERE: 345 S. 12th Street
This annual rally seeks to create an environment that celebrates the experiences of self-identified dykes and their allies. Since 1998 the Philly Dyke March has been a chance to focus on female voices in the often male-dominated LGBT community. It is an opportunity for the lesbian community to proclaim that they exist, they matter, and that they have a voice. Guests are encouraged to note that this is a march, not a parade, and that they are welcome to bring friends, children, signs, banners, or costumes. After the march, enjoy some water ice and musical performances in Kahn Park.
WHEN: June 10th; rally at 3 p.m. and march at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Kahn Park, 11th & Pine Streets
For 20 years, GayBINGO has delighted audiences with fabulous and campy fun. The infamous Bingo Verifying Divas, a group of wacky-humored drag queens, host the evening and provide entertainment. Musical numbers and the chances to win prizes round out an evening of outrageous bingo. This month’s theme will be, “Do You Believe In Life After Love” from the popular Cher song.
WHEN: June 10th; doors open at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Center City Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street