In 1681, William Penn came to the Americas and founded what we now know as Pennsylvania. As a Quaker he had experienced plenty of religious persecution back home in England. Which is why, for his own colony, he envisioned establishing a city where everyone could live peacefully and worship freely. That city, of course, was Philadelphia, the soon-to-be birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.
As a city founded on the very ideals of freedom and equality, it makes sense that Philadelphia continues to live up to them today by being incredibly welcoming to LGBTQ visitors. And, since fall is an especially good time to go, we came up with a list of queer-friendly things to explore after you’ve toured the obvious must-sees like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall: