If you are an LGBTQ+ person in the Philadelphia area, this has been an exhausting week. From the William Way Center‘s magnificent Indigo Ball on Saturday to Outfest on Sunday, followed by National Coming Out Day (NCOD) celebrations this past Tuesday, this has been a non-stop week of pride, love, and celebration.
As an LGBT non-profit leader and the managing editor of OUTWORD.Today, there weren’t enough hours in the week to fit in all of the festivities and celebrations, then find time to write about them for publication.
However, the one event worthy of mention and applause was the Philly Pride Present’s annual October celebration, Philadelphia Outfest.
Philly Outfest is the largest LGBT event of the year in Philadelphia and the largest NCOD event in the country, according to the Philly Pride Present’s website.
Franny Pride, Chuck Volz and dozens of other Pride Presents volunteers worked their magic to pull off the 10-square-block event.
This year, the event hosted 180 vendors from all business categories and over twenty performers, including New Hope’s Carl Max as Whitney Houston.
Top sponsors included Pepsi, Spruce Street Video, and T-Mobile.
West Chester University‘s Aneesah Smith, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and organizer of the school’s LGBT student union, educated passerby’s about the upcoming Creating Change Conference, coming this January to Philadelphia.
In its 29th year, this unique national conference and learning community “is the pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement,”according to the Creating Change website.
Other suburban Outfest Participants included Wawa, based in Delaware County, and the Tri-State Health Foundation out of Hundington Valley, PA.
Members from Chester County’s LGBT Equality Alliance also networked with vendors promoting their upcoming LGBT Health Fair on Sunday, October 16th.
To learn more about Outfest, click here.