LGBT Friendly Hotel in Philadelphia
Located in the heart of the Gayborhood in Midtown Village, a stay at The Independent Hotel puts you within steps of the best LGBT activities in Philadelphia. The beloved Gayborhood has been the hub of gay residential life and culture since the 1940s and continues to be an epicenter for culture, food, shopping and nightlife in Philadelphia. Studded with rainbow street signs and the famous rainbow crosswalk at 13th and Locust Streets, the neighborhood surrounding the hotel boast some of the most LGBT-friendly stores, restaurants, cafes and bars in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is rich in colonial history and also has some noteworthy LGBT history, which is worth checking out while in town.
Here are a few historic LGBT highlights:
1965 – The first major LGBT rights demonstration occurred on July 4th at Independence Hall
1973 – The country’s longest-running LGBT bookstore opens on South Street. It now serves as the Philly AIDS Thrift, a nonprofit secondhand shop whose proceeds go to supporting those living with HIV and AIDS
1976 – William Way Community Center opens as Philadelphia’s first LGBT community center. The center continues to be open 365 days a year and offers life services, community meetings as well as a number of art shows and celebrations for the LGBT community
1987 – Keith Haring, a native Pennsylvania artist and LBGT advocate, creates the mural We The Youth as part of the Mural Arts Philadelphia program
2012 – Philadelphia honors Barbara Gittings, a Philadelphia resident and ‘the Rosa Parks of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement,’ by dedicating a section of Locust Street as ‘Barbara Gittings Way’
For ideas on where to eat, shop, do and party visit in the Gayborhood check out Visit Philly