Mayor’s Office introduces more inclusive Pride celebration

Mayor’s Office introduces more inclusive Pride celebration

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The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs is hosting a month-long series of events with more-inclusive spaces for the 30th anniversary of Philadelphia Pride.

“We’re creating spaces for people who don’t necessarily thrive in large-scale festival-styled places,” said Evan Thornburg, the deputy director of the Office of LGBT Affairs. “We’re providing options of intimate spaces that [everyone] can freely move in and out of.”

This year’s celebration includes events for LGBTQ families, disabled community members, sober people and LGBTQ artists. The celebration will include a Disability Pride hosted by the Office of People with Disabilities on June 16. The Mayor’s Office also partnered with Philadelphia Family Pride and the Mount Airy Arts Garage to host the first Philadelphia Family Pride and Arts Festival.

“Philadelphia Family Pride usually does a picnic every year, and I believed that it should be something bigger,” said Thornburg. “I grew up with two dads. There weren’t many spaces to go and see queer families. I thought I was the only one. People can come and bring their children and see the celebration of this kind of family structure — queer people creating communities, homes and families.” 

Pride Month Events

• Pride and Chill

Saturday, June 2 3-5 pm


• My Queer Body Story Workshop

Sunday, June 3, Time TBD

BahdeeBahdu Gallery

RSVP required, limited space available.

Pride in the Plaza

Thursday, June 7, 5-8 pm

City Hall Courtyard

All Light Ups

Friday, June 8 - Sunday June 10

Confirmed Locations: Ben Franklin Bridge, Boathouse Row, CHOP, PECO

“What Does Pride Mean to You?” Exhibit Opening

Friday, June 8

City Hall, Bahdeebahdu Galley, Imperfect Gallery

Pridefest at Penns Landing for 30-Year Anniversary

Sunday, June 10 

The Philadelphia Free Library Pride Series: Screening of “Philadelphia”

Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 pm

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.

Opening Event for InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor

Thursday, June 14, 6-9 pm

Spring Garden and 10th

For more information visit

Disability Pride

Saturday, June 16, 10 am-4 pm

Starts at National Constitution Center

Art for the Cash Poor

Saturday, June 16, noon-6 pm

Behind Union Transfer

For more information visit

Boathouse Row lit up again

June 15-17

The Philadelphia Free Library Pride Series: Screening of Ma Vie En Rose

Monday, June 18, 6:00 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave

Intergenerational Panel

Tuesday, June 19, Evening

Skyline Room, Main Branch of Free Library

The Philadelphia Free Library Pride Series: Screening of “Paris Is Burning”

Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 pm

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.

Pride Night Market

Thursday, June 21, 6-11 pm

Gayborhood, in front of William Way Center


The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Food Trust to provide food trucks and help raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ community resources.


• Philadelphia Family Pride and Arts Festival

Saturday, June 23, 11 am-5 pm

Lovett Library Park


• The Philadelphia Free Library Pride Series: The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love

Monday, June 25, 6:00 pm

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N 12th St.


• The Philadelphia Free Library Pride Series: Screening of Tongues Untied

Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 pm

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave.


Final Art Exhibit Opening/My Queer Bodies Story Event

June 29 and/or 30

(Location and further information currently unavailable.)

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