Reading Pride Celebration and Pennsylvania’s Americana Region (formerly known as the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau} wish to take this opportunity to welcome our LGBTQ+ visitors, conventioneers and/or potential residents to explore the various wonders of Greater Reading.
If your interests are in shopping the many shops and boutiques, the factory outlets and the antique, flea or farmer’s markets will enchant you. If history fascinates you then Daniel Boone’s Homestead, Johanna Furnace and Hopewell Village, not to mention finding out who was Conrad Weiser while exploring his Homestead are among many other points of interest. If architecture is your forte take advantage of the many house and garden tours in the area, many in designated historic districts, one of which has proclaimed itself Reading’s Gayborhood, Centre Park. The arts abound here with a first class Museum, numerous galleries, the GoogleWorks which is a working artistic/cultural studio center, a film festival, the renowned Berks Jazz Fest and a number of long standing theater groups. We have sports, a great minor league baseball team with a top notch stadium, a professional hockey team with a great arena, biking/walking/jogging trails galore, canoeing/kayaking sojourns, boating and many other opportunities. Not to mention the many restaurants, award winning wineries and micro-breweries. What we are trying to say is that no matter what your interests, Greater Reading is the place to come, explore and find an adventure that suits your taste.
Reading Pride Celebration and Pennsylvania’s Americana Region have formed a partnership in furthering each other’s mission and vision in the hope to present a warm and welcoming experience to the LGBTQA+ visitor, conventioneer and/or potential resident. To plan your Greater Reading experience, find out what is happening here, or have questions, check out the Region’s website, go to www.VisitPaAmericana.com.
he City of Reading was one of the first of several municipalities in Pennsylvania to pass an ordinance protecting equality in housing and employment to all of its LGBT citizens. Reading also maintains a Human Relations Commission to protect all of its citizens from unfair practices and discrimination. Reading in 2014 for the first time applied the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Municipality Index and had a total score of 88 (ranked 3rd in Pennsylvania) and will continue to strive for 100. The City of Reading and Reading Pride Celebration maintain a good working partnership. For more information on the City of Reading go to their website at www.readingpa.gov.
Greater Reading is located between all the major metropolitan centers such as New York City and Baltimore/Washington DC, and Philadelphia and Harrisburg all within a two and a half hour travel time. The population of the Greater Reading is nearly a half million and growing with 76% considered urban and 24% rural. The area is known for a program to protect its farmland from development and has one of the highest acreage under protection from developers in Pennsylvania. The area is also dedicated to preserve its Pennsylvania German (Dutch) Heritage through museums, festivals and oh, the food. And we would be remised if we did not tell you of our Pagoda, our number one landmark high atop Mt. Penn, proudly overlooking the city below, with an expansive view which you can almost see forever on a clear day. Welcome, welcome to Greater Reading, a great place to visit, live, work and play!
Check out our Resources page to find the businesses and organizations that have pledged their service to LGBTQA+ consumers and workplace equality to their employees.