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Feb 25 2010

10 Gay And Lesbian Events And Festivals Not To Miss In Philly

Warm-weather Season Means Equality Forum, Mr. Gay Philadelphia, Festival Fever & Pride Events Galore

When the warm weather finds its way to Philadelphia, so do 10 gay-friendly events celebrating pride, beauty, sports, theater and more. Long-running festivals such as Equality Forum and Pride Day mingle on the calendar with newer additions like Mr. Gay Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival to appeal to diverse interests in the gay and lesbian community. Here’s a look at what’s fab in Philly from April through August 2010:

April:

  1. Only the hottest man wins during Mr. Gay Philadelphia when celebrity judges size up the competition at Voyeur Nightclub. April 17, 2010. 1221 Saint James Street, (215) 833-4165, nightlifegay.com
  2. Contestants vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride during an evening of elegance, talent and entertainment that takes place as part of the week-long Philadelphia Black Gay Pride festival. April 18, 2010. Gershman Y, Broad & Pine Streets, (877) 497-7247, phillyblackpride.org
  3. The week-long Equality Forum celebrates international gay culture and politics with parties and educational events made possible by regional, national and international organizations. The festivities culminate with Sunday OUT!, a lively festival at the open-air Piazza at Schmidt’s in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. April 26-May 2, 2010. Piazza, N. 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue, (800) 990-3378, equalityforum.com

May:

  1. Every Saturday, Philly’s only gay running organization leads the Frontrunners Philly Fun Run, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row. After winding along Kelly Drive, runners enjoy brunch in the city’s beautiful Art Museum neighborhood. Ben Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, May 1, 2010. frontrunnersphila.org
  2. In New Hope, an LGBT-loving town in nearby Bucks County, New Hope Celebrates Pride weekend welcomes gays and lesbians for outdoor parties, performances by gay-friendly celebrities and a parade on the last day. May 13-16, 2010. newhopecelebrates.com
  3. The Liberty Bell Classic, Philadelphia’s largest LGBT sporting event, hosts a weekend of softball competitions at Stauffer and Metropolitan Fields in Deptford, New Jersey, along with a block party on Camac Street (between Locust and Spruce) and a closing celebration at lesbian nightclub Sisters. May 29-30, 2010. 1320 Chancellor Street, libertybellclassic.org

June:

  1. Philadelphia recognizes all shades of gay at the annual Pride Day, with live entertainment, food, drinks and vendors at Penn’s Landing. A parade kicks off the event and makes its way from the “Gayborhood” to the Delaware River waterfront. June 13, 2010. Market Street & Columbus Boulevard, (215) 875-9288, phillypride.org
  2. The Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival gives new and emerging artists a chance to explore the LGBT experience during original productions and revivals at popular theaters throughout the city. June 17-July 2, 2010. (215) 627-6483, pgltf.org

July-August:

  1. The Philadelphia Phillies welcome thousands of loyal gay and lesbian fans to Citizens Bank Park each year for the popular Gay Community Day. August 4, 2010. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-6000, phillygaydays.com
  2. Every year, gay and lesbian tennis players face off in Bucks County for the New Hope Open, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association. Tournaments take place at the Bucks County Racquet Club, Northampton Tennis & Fitness Center and Doylestown Tennis Club. August 29-31, 2010. Racquet Club, 1150 Lord Sterling Road, Washington Crossing, (215) 493-5666; Tennis & Fitness Center, 405 Newtown Richboro Road, Richboro, (215) 357-6300; Tennis Club, 10 Weldon Drive, Doylestown, (215) 345-7897, newhopeopen.com

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