Truly “the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection”
Population: 1.5 million
Bona fides: Philly elected its first openly gay state legislator, Brian Sims, in 2012.
Philly has welcomed its LGBTQ peeps since the 1930s, when the scene consisted of private house parties and semisecret venues. In the 1960s, even before New York's Stonewall Riots, marchers came out for “Reminder Day” -- a parade to remind people that gays had civil rights, too.
In the 1960s, the neighborhood between Walnut and Pine Streets, around Juniper and 11th, became known for its gay community. Back then, it was kind of seedy. With the ensuing decades came trendy shops and restaurants, and “The Gayborhood” became its official moniker. In 2007, the city hoisted rainbow-colored street signs at intersections.