NBCPhiladelphia.com - Byron Scott
One of the biggest LGBT street festivals happened today in Northern Liberties.
Hundreds stepped out on Sunday for one of the area's biggest LGBT street festivals in Northern Liberties. The event capped the week long Equality Forum 2011 summit.
The SundayOUT! event began at noon at the Piazza, at North 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue.
Music, food, and artisans were on hand for an afternoon-long celebration.
Pop/dance talent KID AKIMBO and D.C. singer/songwriter Jonathan Bascope performed.
While the event was mostly fun and games, the many people who attended had a serious message.
"It's totally discriminatory how gays are treated and not given the same rights as straight couples," said Malcolm Samar of Old City.
Famed firefighter and Mr. Philly Jack Slivinski was also on hand, working in one of the kitchens. Slivinski's decision to pose shirtless for a special firefighter's calendar caused plenty of controversy.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers wanted his picture pulled and reassigned Jack from Heavy Rescue 1 to Engine 54, a spot where firefighters are typically sent as punishment.
During the festival, a petition was passed around to help Jack get his old assignment back.
"We almost have about 1,000 signatures and they're counting and climbing," said Katherine Kostreva, a calendar publisher.
"They will go to the mayor's office and the city commissioners."
They plan to deliver the petition to the mayor's office tomorrow.