A forum brings Philly's LGBTQ leaders, community together

Andrew Kramer
June 04, 2019 - 4:00 am
Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's LGBTQ affairs.

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What's happening in Philadelphia's LGBTQ community? For the second year in a row, a State of the Union was held in Center City Monday night to answer that question. 

Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's LGBTQ affairs, put this event together. 

"It's an annual forum to bring the directors, the CEOs, the board leaders of our LGBTQ service organizations into the Kimmel Center to talk to hundreds of community members about what they've done in the past year, what their priorities are moving forward and how people can get involved," Hikes said. 

Loren Bernstein was one of the hundreds who showed up. 

"I would just like to know what's going on with all the different groups. You never really have one place you can Google online or really know what's happening for the community at a local, state or federal level. Everybody kind of does their own thing, but it doesn't really have a connection," Bernstein said. 

Bernstein has also lived in Boston and Portland and says Philadelphia is way more diverse than those cities and other places he's visited.

Philadelphia is the only major city in the country to host a forum like this.