Beginning of June kicks off LGBTQ Pride Month

Cherri Gregg
May 31, 2018 - 10:24 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As we enter the beginning of June, the calendar also marks the first day of Pride Month in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the LGBTQ community, the city has planned a number of events.

The annual celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. on June 7 with the raising of the LGBT flag at City Hall.

"It's really an opportunity to say the community is welcome here at City Hall," said Amber Hikes, executive director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs. "We'll have live performances, a band, some singers, some poetry."

From June 8 to 10, PECO, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Boathouse Row and CHOP will be lit in the iconic rainbow colors to celebrate pride just in time for pride weekend. Then, a Pride Night Market on June 21 in the Gayborhood and a Family Pride and Arts Festival on June 23 in Germantown will follow, plus additional workshops and exhibits like "an intergenerational panel where people talk about what pride means to them."

For a full list of pride events this month, visit phila.gov/lgbt-pride-month.