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Thanks to expansive city-mandated protections for its LGBTQ+ citizens, Philadelphia has positioned itself as one of the rainbow-friendliest cities on the planet. But that doesn’t mean all the work is done to ensure protections for all of our LGBTQ+ citizens.

There are still rampant inequalities in the workplace. LGBTQ+ people — and especially Black transgender women — are the victims of far too much crime. And young people still face the risk of being kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Want to do your part to further the movement? Start by supporting the local organizations that are uplifting our LGBTQ+ citizens and working to move the needle on civil rights and social justice. Here, more than 15 LGBTQ+ organizations in Philadelphia to support with time, money or maybe even a simple retweet or shoutout post on social media.

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Pride Eats

Where to nosh and drink to benefit LGBTQ+ causes this month

Local bars and restaurants are debuting food and drink specials during Pride month that benefit local and national LGBTQ organizations. Here are some things to add to your must-try list this month.

Bagels & Co. will donate $1 from every rainbow bagel sold in June to William Way LGBT Community Center.

The Mattachine 76 cocktail — a purple-hued riff on the French 76 — at Charlie was a sinner. pays tribute to The Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the country. $1 from every sale will be donated to William Way.

Try the limited-edition #loveislove strawberry blonde ale at Evil Genius Beer Company in June. Proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Throughout the month of June, five percent of all sales of The Love Shake — a strawberry shake with rainbow sprinkles and a rainbow straw — at HipCityVeg will be donated to local organizations directly supporting LGBTQ+ communities.

The Pride Month Flight at the vibrant Jet Wine Garden comprises six colorful wines inspired by the rainbow flag. For every flight sold — at $30 — Jet Wine Bar will donate $5 to the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Your Guide to Philly Pride 2022

Eat rainbow bagels, take a Philly queer trolley tour, check out Pride Night at the Franklin Institute and more fun ways to celebrate Pride in Philly this June

Your Guide to Philly Pride 2022

Eat rainbow bagels, take a Philly queer trolley tour, check out Pride Night at the Franklin Institute and more fun ways to celebrate Pride in Philly this June

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of major national profile on PHL Pride Collective, the group that performed a coup d’état of sorts to create a more welcoming and inclusive Pride experience in Philadelphia.

The group’s first-ever Philly Pride March and Festival was a roaring success, drawing thousands of people to the streets to demand more visibility for overlooked LGBTQ+ groups. PHL Pride Collective should be held up as a model on how to create a successful, inclusive Pride for cities across the globe that are struggling to carve out a new path.

The March and Festival happened the second weekend of June, but Philly Pride celebrations aren’t over yet. The fun continues in a variety of formats throughout June — from drag queen teas, story times and brunches to trivia nights, art exhibits and Pride Nights at local attractions like the Franklin Institute.

Keep scrolling for details on all those things and more — including local cafés, bars and restaurants that are hosting Pride month specials and benefits.

Philly Pride events to get into this month


Artist Alex Stadler curated “Gone and For Ever,” a new exhibit at William Way honoring those lost to AIDS in the 1980s.

Local artist Alex Stadler curated “Gone and For Ever,” a special exhibition at the William Way LGBT Community Center that honors those Philadelphians who lost their lives early in the AIDS pandemic — particularly those who were abandoned in their dying process and when family and funeral directors were too afraid to be in contact with the bodies of AIDS victims. The exhibit itself takes on the image of a funeral for those who never got a proper send off, with elegies, shrouds, music, costumes and urns reminiscent of the funereal process. The exhibition will be on view for five days, June 21 to 25, ending with an actual memorial ceremony and procession of the urns to The Church of Saint Luck & The Epiphany, where blessings will be cast over the memories of those we lost. That happens June 25 at 3pm. 1315 Spruce Street, free. 

Beyond the Bell is hosting three trolley queer history tours in June.

Beyond the Bell, a local tour outfit focusing on the history of underrepresented groups in Philly, is embarking on a sober version of its two-hour City of Pride Trolley Tours, which cart guests beyond the Gayborhood to show how queer history has shaped this city from way back. To make it extra gay, riders will be treated to live performances from local queer entertainers between stops. Friday, June 24, 5pm. Tour begins and ends at The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East, $39. 

See drag queens perform science experiments at The Franklin Institute’s after-hours Pride night on June 25.

Themed “Summer Ball,” this Month’s Science After Hours at the Franklin Institute is all about Pride, with drag performances, dancing, an exploration of ballroom culture with vogueing guru Kemar Jewel and bangers from DJ Electric Honey. The following day, the Franklin Institute a tamer Family Pride Day for LGBTQ+ parents and their little ones. Friday, June 24, 7:30 to 11pm. 222 N. 20th Street, $40–$45. 

Brittany Lynn grabs some tea and crumpets before her Saturday drag tea at Sofitel | Photo courtesy Sofitel Philadelphia

Philly drag legend Brittany Lynn hosts a not-so-proper drag tea at Sofitel this Saturday inside the hotel’s Chez Colette Brasserie. Proceeds from the events will benefit William Way LGBT Community Center. June 25, 2 to 4pm. 120 S. 17th Street, $75–$85.

South Philly’s Devil’s Den is hosting two of its popular monthly drag shows in June.

South Philly watering hole Devil’s Den is hosting its popular Drag Me to the Den drag show during Pride Month to benefit LGBTQ nonprofit True Colors United. Sunday, June 26, 2pm. 1148 S. 11th Street, $10–$60. 

Close out Pride month with an invigorating exercise class with City Fitness and William Way. | Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash

What’s better way to cap off a month of revelry than a good exercise class to close out Pride / get your ass back in shape for the rest of Fire Island / Rehoboth / Asbury Park season? City Fitness is teaming up with William Way on a pride party / fitness class featuring pumped-up jams by DJ Carl Michaels and a variety of workouts led by a host of City Fitness trainers. The class is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit William Way. Oh, and rainbow-clad workout gear is encouraged! Thursday, June 30, 6pm. City Fitness East Market, 11 S. 12th Street, free.

Ben Shahn’s We Fight for a Free World! poster wall is on view now at The Weitzman. | Photo by Jessi Melcer.

Out Jewish artist Jonathan Horowitz curated “The Future Will Follow the Past,” a new months-long exhibition at The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History that brings together artworks that speak to LGBTQ+ causes. Among the items on display is one of Horowitzes glittery rainbow flag paintings that deserves space on your IG feed pronto. While you’re there, take notice of the cool “OY/YO” sculpture out front. It was created by Brooklyn-based Jewish lesbian artist Deborah Kass. Through December 2022. 101 S. Independence Mall East, free. 

Philadelphia drag queen Brittany Lynn hosts drag queen story time with local youth.
Miss Brittany Lynn reads stories to roomfuls of little ones throughout Pride Month and beyond | Photo courtesy Brittany Lynn

Want to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride with the kiddos? Follow Brittany Lynn on Facebook to find out when her next Drag Queen Story Time is happening. She’s got a bunch lined up for Pride Month at Free Libraries all around town. Various dates and times. Various locations, always free.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK TO BENEFIT LGBTQ CAUSES

Bagels and Co. is among the local businesses donating proceeds from certain items to the William Way LGBT Community Center throughout June.

Local bars and restaurants are debuting food and drink specials during Pride month that benefit local and national LGBTQ organizations. Here are some things to add to your must-try list this month.

Bagels & Co. will donate $1 from every rainbow bagel sold in June to William Way LGBT Community Center.

The Mattachine 76 cocktail — a purple-hued riff on the French 76 — at Charlie was a sinner. pays tribute to The Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the country. $1 from every sale will be donated to William Way.

Try the limited-edition #loveislove strawberry blonde ale at Evil Genius Beer Company in June. Proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, a national nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Throughout the month of June, five percent of all sales of The Love Shake — a strawberry shake with rainbow sprinkles and a rainbow straw — at HipCityVeg will be donated to local organizations directly supporting LGBTQ+ communities.

The Pride Month Flight at the vibrant Jet Wine Garden comprises six colorful wines inspired by the rainbow flag. For every flight sold — at $30 — Jet Wine Bar will donate $5 to the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Header photo by Judge Dan Anders

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