Notable Firsts

Philly Pride Presents has taken many first steps in the advancement of Philadelphia’s LGBT Community and have achieved many notable accomplishments:

  • 1990 - Outfest

    Philadelphia is the 1st City to have an annual National Coming Out Day event

  • June 1995 - “Friend of Pride” Grand Marshal

    Philly Pride becomes the first LGBT pride group to publicly acknowledge a straight friend of the gay community

  • October 1995 - “The Gayborhood”

    Philly Pride Presents is the first organization to use the term “The Gayborhood.” On 18 April 2007, the city of Philadelphia officially recognized the area by adding 36 gay pride rainbow flag symbols to street signs bordering the Gayborhood area. 32 additional signs were added in June 2010

  • June 1996 - “I am What I am”

    The Philly Pride Parade and Festival is the first Gay Pride event to have the tradition of singing the unofficial gay anthem

  • October 1996 - Rita Odessa Way

    Philadelphia permitted the official renaming of a street for the day

  • June 1996 - Youth Grand Marshal

    Philly Pride is the first gay pride parade in the U.S. to have youth grand marshals

  • October 1996 - P.C.H.A. now Mazzoni

    Philly Pride is the 1st gay pride group to have anonymous HIV testing

  • 1997 - TV Commercial

    Philly Pride has first commercial on cable TV in the Philadelphia area

  • 1997 - Gay Postmark

    Philadelphia has the first gay pride postmark issued by the post office

  • June 1997 - Rainbow Flag Over City Hall

    The rainbow flag flies over Philadelohia City Hall for the first time

  • October 1997 - Safeguards Demonstration

    Philly Pride is the first LGBT event to have live safe sex demonstration

  • June 2000 - PECO Crown Lights

    Philly Pride gets PECO to use the word “GAY” for the first time on its crown lights

  • October 2000 - Outfest Ferris Wheel

    For the first time in history a Ferris Wheel is used on a center city Philadelphia Street

  • October 2001 - Pet Adoptions

    Philly Pride is the first gay pride group to offer pet adoptions

  • June 2002 - Rainbow Circle — Linda Creed

    Philly Pride is first pride event to offer free mammogram testing

  • October 2003 - Mechanical Bull

    A mechanical bull is used on a Philadelphia center city street for the first time

  • October 2003 - Giant Rainbow Flag

    The largest rainbow flag ever is displayed in Philadelphia

  • June 2006 - Gay Pride Postage Stamp

    First gay pride postage stamp printed in the United States

  • June 2011 - Benjamin Franklin Bridge

    The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is illuminated in rainbow lights

  • December 2014 - Withdrawal from InterPride

    Philly Pride becomes the first pride group to withhold yearly dues from InterPride because of the anti-trans provisions in its bylaws

  • June 2015 - Trans Community Honors

    Philly Pride becomes the first pride group to honor the trans community by exclusively awarding its awards and honors to those working in or with the trans community.