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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” is a gay-friendly city: about 4% of its population identifies as LGBT. Philadelphia has a very high Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score, one of the highest in the U.S.

The center of LGBT life is in an area nicknamed “The Gayborhood.” This area is decorated with many rainbow flags. There are several LGBT support organizations including the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, the Bread and Roses Community Fund, and several LGBT youth groups.  In 1965, Philadelphia hosted the first documented gay rights sit in. The city is also home to Giovanni’s Room, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the country.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Known in the past for its mining and manufacturing of metals, today’s Pittsburgh is a much more interesting place, with new dominant sectors including computer software development, health and medical research, and education. Much of the renaissance of Pittsburgh is due to its many cultural attractions. The 1800s buildings are well preserved and fans of architecture will enjoy these historic buildings.

There is no single central hub of gay life in Pittsburgh, but there are several neighborhoods that are known for their large LGBT populations: these include East Liberty, Lawrenceville, North Side, Oakland, Polish Hill, Shadyville, and South Side. The annual Gay Pride is sponsored by some of the biggest corporations in the city.

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Sean Pavone /

Portland, Oregon

Portland is an exciting place to live or visit for the LGBT community. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Portland counts about 5.4% of its population as identifying with an orientation under the LGBT umbrella.

There are several gay institutions in Portland such as the Equity Foundation which helps in the funding of equality programs for the LGBT community; the Q Center, which is a nonprofit organization that supports diversity; and the famous Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. The Portland Pride Festival is a parade that is held at the Waterfront Park every June, and the city also hosts the annual Portland Queer Film Festival.

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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.

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For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

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