Celebrating LGBT+ History Month in Philadelphia

Every October, Philadelphia celebrates and honors the history of LGBT+ people in the community. Philly prides itself on remembering the legacy of this important community and staying progressive in their initiatives for understanding and acceptance, especially relating to race. Just last June, rights groups in the city took a stand by adding a brown and black stripe to the official pride flag.


There’s plenty of activities planned to commemorate the month. You don’t have to identify as a member of the LGBT+ community to join in on the festivities. We thought this would be a good opportunity for Isle residents to explore diversity and honor a deserving cause, so we made a quick guide to everything that’s going on this month.


Outfest– Held on Sunday, October 8th, Outfest is the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world. See Philadelphia’s Gayborhood transform into a bustling festival with an important purpose. It’s fun, informative, and ever expanding, so come out and celebrate at the 23rd annual Outfest.


Annual AIDS Walk/Run Philly– On October 15th give back to the community by participating in the annual AIDS Walk/Run. It’s about 5k and kicks off at the Art Museum steps. This year’s awareness goal is “Getting to Zero – zero new HIV/AIDS infections, zero deaths and zero stigma”.
Fall Ball– Come out for a fun night of food, drinks, dancing, auctions, and unforgettable entertainment. Held annually by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Fall Ball 2017: American Bandstand won’t disappoint. All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to the chorus. Don’t miss it on October 7th.


2017 Out & Equal Workplace Summit– From October 9th through 12th a global three-day conference will take place in Philadelphia. This huge event will offer educational opportunities for individuals and businesses to create further inclusive workplaces for the LGBT+ community.