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

Seattle, Washington

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a popular gay-friendly place to live as well as to visit.  Approximately 4.8 % of the residents of Seattle identify as LGBT. Seattle also has one of the highest Human Rights Index scores in the U.S. It is known for its health care equality.

The Seattle LGBT Commission works with the city to ensure community policies and issues. There are also several LGBT organizations that help with health issues, mental health, civil rights, labor rights, and anti-discrimination laws. Seattle hosts its annual PrideFest: this is the largest Pride festival in the U.S.

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. has such a big LGBT community that it is not satisfied with just one Pride event. The list starts with the annual Capital Pride and is followed by others such as the Mid-Atlantic Weather Weekend, the Pacific Island Pride, the D.C. Black Pride, and the Youth Pride.

There are other LGBT-related events and organizations such as a film festival called Reel Affirmations and the Gaymers Meetup Chapter. The Cherry Blast dance party takes place in April during the cherry blossom season. There is also a Halloween event called the “High Heel Race.”

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Boston, MA

Still called a town by locals, this gay-friendly city has a ton of history to explore. Home to major universities, Boston has long had a liberal attitude, which extends to LGBT issues. Instead of a clear “gay district,” there are gay and lesbian friendly bars scattered around the town. The traditional LGBT neighborhoods are the Tremont Street area and South End.

To enjoy a full gay day in Boston, you could visit the historic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, check out an avant garde show at LGBT-run Theatre Offensive, get your dance on at Paradise, and then have an after-party bite at the South Street Diner.

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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.