There are many places around the world that embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Those cities have improved and grown economically by attracting one of the most powerful social groups of the 21st century. So get ready to pack your bags as we handpick the most LGBT friendly cities and destinations globally.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Being the former gay capital of Europe, Amsterdam is one of the most attractive cities for LGBT visitors, with the Netherlands being the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage. Their culture is all about celebrating diversity, with “live and let live” being one of their favourite sayings. Amsterdam is famous for its annual Canal Parade, seeing over half a million spectators, which demonstrates and celebrates the diversity of Holland’s gay and lesbian community.
2. Toronto, Canada
Toronto continues to be a beacon for the LGBT traveller in North America, and is the most progressive and advanced nation in the region for the gay community. Toronto’s gay community offers a world of culture and vivacious nightlife, with a vibrant gay village at the city’s core, located in Church-Wellesley. It’s also home to events such as Pride March and Pride Week Celebrations.
3. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo is not only the largest city in South America, but also the third-largest city in the world, and it hosts the biggest gay pride celebration on the planet. In 1997, Sao Paulo’s first Gay Pride attracted just 2000 attendees, but it now draws in nearly 4 million people! The gay nightclubs feature a great variety of shows, with performances, drag shows, and some of the best DJs anywhere.
4. Brighton, UK
Is there anywhere more gay-friendly in the UK? We think not. Brighton is a beautiful city with hundreds of bars, restaurants and accommodation options to choose from, and it is a city bursting with gay pride. If you’re looking for the perfect gay-friendly city for your next staycation, then head here!
5. Miami, USA
For a long time, Miami has been a place known to welcome LGBT tourists looking to unwind, meet people and dine at the chicest restaurants. All year round there are beaches popular with the gay crowd, nightclubs and parties, and much more, but it’s the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival that brings everyone together in a colourful celebration.
6. Berlin, Germany
In the 1920s, Berlin was seen as the city with the most lively and advanced gay culture in Europe, which is what continues to make it so special and unique for LGBT people today. It’s pretty much a non-stop party, with bars, clubs, cafes, balls, festivals and carnivals – being so diverse and innovative. The Lesbian and Gay City Festival is Europe’s largest street party of its kind, being held in the traditional gay area around Nollendorfplatz.
7. Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand was the first nation to adopt the label of “Gay/Lesbian Friendly” when referring to businesses and accommodation – an initiative now globally recognised. Each year Auckland hosts a week of Pride events, one of which is called The Big Gay Out. TBGO is a free event full of music, food, art and dancing. Auckland is a stunning place full of kind people.
8. Tel Aviv, Israel
Right at the heart of the Middle East lays a bubble of sanity in an otherwise difficult and tense area. This city is thriving with trendy neighbourhoods full of nightlife, art, cuisine and of course, a proud and large LDBT presence. It offers non-stop activities all year round with great weather, gay beaches and infinite gay bars and clubs. Every June Tel Aviv celebrates Gay Pride Week, one of the most colourful gay parades in the world.
9. New York City, USA
Fashion, theatre and arts have perpetuated New York into one of the gay friendliest cities in the world. Gay life is everywhere in New York City. New gay hot spots include Hell’s Kitchen and also Chelsea neighbourhood, which offers a wide selection of gay venues concentrated around 8th avenue. Don’t forget to join an LGBT history walking tour or check out the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina is very progressive with LGBT rights, being the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage, including full adoption rights. The gay scene in Buenos Aires is quite spread out, but the main part is in the large neighbourhood of Palermo, as well as San Telmo. The colourful Buenos Aires Gay Festival takes place every November.
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