The 30 Most Gay-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

New Orleans, Louisiana

What makes New Orleans such a great place for the LGBT community? It is one of the best party cities in the U.S. Plus, there is a strong arts community and a very tolerant and unconventional ambience in “The Crescent City” that makes it a great place to check out.

While most cities hold their LGBT pride celebrations and events typically in June, it’s February for New Orleans: Carnival! New Orleans also hosts its Southern Decadence Festival on Labor Day weekend. This festival is sometimes referred to as “The Gay Mardi Gras.” Either celebration is guaranteed to be a blast!

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New York, New York

New York is the largest city in the U.S. and is known for its long LGBT history. The riot at Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969 was a milestone in the long and difficult struggle for gay rights.

Because there is so much diversity in New York, the LGBT community might not be the first thing you notice when you visit the Big Apple, but it is definitely there! The West Village has long been New York’s most well-known gay neighborhood, but the community is partying a bit further uptown these days.

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Andrey Bayda /

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is an exciting city to visit in part because of its great LGBT nightlife scene. After taking a ride on the “Mad Tea Party” at Disney World, what better way to celebrate your gayness than by going out and partying all night!

About 4% of the population of Orlando identifies as LGBT. The city is known for its support groups including youth programs, professional groups, and the Metropolitan Business Association Orlando which is a chamber of commerce. The LGBT Community Center of Central Florida is located in Orlando: “The Center” provides some of the largest HIV testing in the state.

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American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.