For LGBTQ+ individuals, finding a place to call home can be a challenge, with discrimination and prejudice still a reality in many parts of the country. However, there are also many cities in the US that are known for their inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. From vibrant Pride events to strong legal protections, these cities offer a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ residents and visitors. Here are the top 10 LGBTQ-friendly cities in the US:
- #1 San Francisco, California
San Francisco has been called the “gay capital of the world”. It has one of the largest gay communities in the country and hosts several prominent LGBTQ+ events and festivals.
- #2 Provincetown, Massachusetts
Though it’s not the largest or most famous city in the US, don’t let this small town fool you. Its host to the oldest gay bar in the country and some of the most extravagant LGBTQ+ events.
- #3 Palm Spring, California
Palm Springs is an oasis for the gay community, known for having America’s first all-LGBTQ government.
- #4 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale has gay beaches, some of the best gay bars, and one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the world!
- #5 New York, New York
New York is full of queer districts. They have some of the most famous gay bars, like the Stonewall Inn and Julius.
- #6 Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles has a huge LGBTQ+ scene, with West Hollywood having nearly 40% of its residents in the LGBTQ# community. LA pride hosts nearly 400,000 guests each year in June.
- #7 Portland, Oregon
This vibrant, artistic city has an active queer community. This city hosts queer pride events all year long. Portland has all the advantages of city life, with a more laid-back feel.
- #8 Austin, Texas
Austin is a liberal paradise within a more conservative state. A laid-back city with great nightlife, great weather, and affordable housing. Also, they have an amazing pride celebration every August!
- #9 New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known for its incredible celebrations, and its pride events are always amazing and over-the-top. They have numerous gay bars and a vibrant gay scene.
- #10 Denver, Colorado
Denver is a laid-back and up-and-coming gay destination. It’s home to endless outdoor activities, some of the best breweries, and several gay bars, including one of the country’s last lesbians bars, Blush & Blu.