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Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell, Rosie's longtime partner, announced a partnership between the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and her R Family Vacations company on Wednesday. The "R Family Philly Weekend," slated for March 10-11, will be a family and queer-friendly excursion to the city of brotherly love.
"This Philly weekend is a great way for everyone to experience a getaway in the winter with friends and family and enjoy some R Family fun in gay-friendly Philadelphia," said Gregg Kaminsky, R Family Vacation's cofounder.
Philadelphia has stepped up efforts to court LGBT tourists in recent years, most notably with GPTMC's award-winning 2003 commercial campaign "Philadelphia: Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay." The city's strategy has become the most comprehensive LGBT-specific marketing program in the country.
R Family Vacations's unique focus on gay family vacations was profiled in the 2003 HBO documentary All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise. Packages for the "Family Philly Weekend" are available by calling (866) 732-6822 or visiting www.rfamilyvacations.com. (The Advocate)