14 gay-friendly cities that LGBT travellers love

On the lookout for essentially the most gay-friendly cities to go to in your subsequent journey? We requested the highest LGBT journey bloggers from round to world to advocate the cities and locations they actually love. From Satisfaction festivals in Auckland to the golf equipment of Berlin, there’s a rainbow-coloured spectrum of inclusive locations ready to be found.

And with so many wonderful Satisfaction festivals going down this summer season, now could be the proper time to journey and join with like-minded adventurers. So get able to pack your baggage as our blogger associates handpick essentially the most LGBT-friendly cities and locations on the planet.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam, beneficial by Roxanne & Maartje from As soon as Upon A Journey.

Amsterdam has been our hometown for the previous 4 years and is the (former) homosexual capital of Europe! In 2001, the Netherlands turned the primary nation on the planet to legalise homosexual marriage and the nation is understood for its tolerance. Our tradition is about celebrating range and subsequently our Satisfaction Week is all about partying and fewer about protesting. In Amsterdam, the homosexual scene is generally concentrated across the many homosexual bars within the Reguliersdwarsstraat, and we’ve had many enjoyable events on the Amstel Fifty 4 on Wednesdays, the drinks evening of pupil affiliation A.S.V. Homosexual.

Amsterdam Satisfaction takes place each July/August.

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Berlin, Germany


Berlin, beneficial by Adam from Travels of Adam.

I like Berlin for the artistic and open spirit that this metropolis appears to nurture. It’s what made it a homosexual hotspot within the Nineteen Twenties (Cabaret!) and continues to make it so particular and distinctive for LGBTQ individuals at this time. There’s a lot room within the metropolis for thus many various kinds of pursuits as nicely, which makes it actually various for the various colours of the LGBT rainbow… with queer events and meetups for almost each curiosity! There are nice queer bars comparable to SilverFuture in Neukölln and Facciola in Kreuzberg, each with their flare and social atmospheres that make them nice locations for vacationers, while mega techno golf equipment and events (what information to homosexual Berlin couldn’t embody Berghain?!) nonetheless entice a mixture of LGBT locals and vacationers.

Berlin Satisfaction, often called Christopher Road Day (CSD), takes place each July.

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Brighton, United Kingdom

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Brighton, beneficial by Cora & Helen from The Mini Millionaire.

Brighton: is there anyplace extra gay-friendly within the UK? I feel not. It’s been a dream of mine for so long as I can bear in mind to take the lengthy drive south to see what all of the fuss is about. So, for my birthday final 12 months, my girlfriend Helen and I did simply that. And FINALLY, I understood. Brighton is gorgeous. The whole lot from the burnt-out outdated pier to The Lanes is simply perfection. With tons of of bars, eating places, and lodging choices to select from, you’re by no means going to battle for one thing to do, a great chew to eat and a spot to remain. You’re additionally by no means going to battle to really feel accepted as that is undoubtedly among the finest homosexual cities round. So, should you’re in search of the proper gay-friendly metropolis in your subsequent staycation, then Brighton it’s! I do know I’ll be again there once more very quickly.

Brighton Satisfaction takes place each August.

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Guadalajara, Mexico

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Guadalajara, beneficial by Sam and Zab from Indefinite Journey.

Guadalajara could also be Mexico’s most gay-friendly metropolis. In comparison with different locations in Mexico, it was town the place I noticed essentially the most indicators of affection in public between same-sex {couples}, and there are many homosexual bars, golf equipment and events for everybody. Among the finest identified is Voltio, which each Friday hosts the scandalous underwear celebration the place males of every kind strip right down to their pants and get to know one another on this grungy, former warehouse. Regardless of solely having began three years in the past, it’s dwelling to one of many largest Satisfaction occasions in Latin America, going down each June with over 4000 individuals. Lastly, it’s not removed from the well-known Pacific seaside cities in Banderas Bay, together with the tremendous homosexual Puerto Vallarta.

Guadalajara Satisfaction takes place each June.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires beneficial by Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys.

Argentina is extraordinarily progressive with LGBT rights. It was the primary nation in Latin America to legalise homosexual marriage in July 2010, which included full adoption rights. The suitable to alter authorized gender has been in place since 2012 and anti-discrimination legal guidelines are in full drive in Rosario and the large capital metropolis, Buenos Aires.

We love Buenos Aires as a result of it has among the finest homosexual scenes throughout Latin America, which is closely supported by the federal government, particularly in August when it has its BADiversa week each August. The homosexual scene of Buenos Aires is kind of unfold out, however the focus is within the massive, residential neighbourhood of Palermo, plus a number of locations dotted about in tremendous cool San Telmo and well-to-do Recoleta. A few of the greatest locations to go to embody Glam Membership in Recoleta, Sitges bar in Palermo, Contramano bear membership in Recoleta and Satisfaction Café in San Telmo.

Our favorite reminiscence from our travels in Buenos Aires is dancing the tango collectively as a same-sex couple at one of many queer milongas (a tango dance corridor). There’s nothing extra romantic than dancing this well-known Argentinian/Uruguayan dance collectively and it was the most effective place to satisfy like-minded individuals. The 2 major queer tango milongas within the metropolis are La Marshall (in San Telmo) and Tango Queer (in Recoleta).

Buenos Aires Homosexual Competition takes place each November.

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, beneficial by Robyn & Emily from Backpacking Babes.

New Zealand was the primary worldwide cease on our year-long journey overseas. We stayed with a buddy in Auckland earlier than transferring onto Waitara, additionally on the North Island. Right here we labored with famend NZ photographer and LGBTQ+ activist Fiona Clarke (you must look her up) after which spent a month tenting on the South Island. We knew Auckland could be one thing particular however we had no concept simply how distinctive our expertise of town, and with Fiona, would really be!

Annually Auckland hosts every week of Satisfaction occasions, one in every of which is named The Large Homosexual Out (as if New Zealand wasn’t already essentially the most epic spot). TBGO, organised by New Zealand AIDS Basis, is a free occasion that takes place in Coyle Park and is stuffed with music, artwork distributors, meals and dancing. We had been excited to attend in 2016, particularly when Emily (musician/songwriter Emily Kopp) was requested to play on the primary stage! We had an attractive time not solely in Auckland however in all of New Zealand: the nation is gorgeous and filled with type individuals. It’s a MUST SEE in our e-book.

Auckland Satisfaction takes place each February.

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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

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Gran Canaria, beneficial by Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys.

Gran Canaria is an especially well-known vacation spot all year long for European gays. This Spanish island is a part of the Canary Islands, which lies off the coast of Africa, subsequently assured nearly three hundred and sixty five days of nice climate. Spain usually is a really gay-friendly vacation spot, however Gran Canaria has at all times had a extra tolerant perspective. Through the harsh, repressive Franco years, the federal government turned a blind eye to homosexuality because the island was too distant from the mainland to trouble with. From the Nineteen Sixties, tourism actually began to take off, attracting increasingly more foreigners and subsequently much more tolerant attitudes.

We love Gran Canaria as a result of there’s a huge homosexual scene at Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles within the southern a part of the island. The Yumbo Centre is the focus for the realm: a big shopping center filled with homosexual bars, golf equipment, eating places and boutique outlets, making it a homosexual man’s paradise. Barely additional south of that is the massive homosexual seaside at Kiosk #7. Gran Canaria additionally has a number of homosexual satisfaction festivals taking place all year long such because the Maspalomas Fetish Week in October, Maspalomas Winter Satisfaction in November, Carnivals in February (each in Maspalomas and Las Palmas), Maspalomas Homosexual Satisfaction in Could and at last quite a few bear events in October and one other in March.

Considered one of our favorite experiences in Gran Canaria was taking a ship journey (run by Canarias Homosexual) with associates to the distant seaside referred to as Gui Gui. It is a clothing-optional seaside on the Western coast of the island, hidden away on the backside of a Grande ravine. This was the proper day journey and a extra enjoyable option to see a distinct aspect of this outstanding island.

Maspalomas Satisfaction takes place each Could.

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Milan, Italy

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Milan, beneficial by Luigi & Daniele from Gayly Planet.

We love Milan as a result of it has the most effective GLBT scene in Italy. There are many bars, events, cultural occasions and movie exhibitions that concentrate on the homosexual neighborhood. We additionally love Milan as a result of everyone seems to be welcome! A lot of the bars we prefer to drink at earlier than going out are round Porta Venezia and on the coronary heart of this space is By way of Lecco. Right here you’ll find quite a lot of bars the place you’ll be able to have an “Aperitivo Italiano”, keep out late and meet the locals. Throughout Satisfaction, this avenue turns into town’s Satisfaction Sq.. All of the homosexual occasions in Milan begin from right here and it’s additionally the most effective place to finish the evening on the most fashionable golf equipment.

Milan Satisfaction takes place each June.

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New York, USA

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New York, beneficial by Meg and Lindsay from Dopes On The Highway.

New York Metropolis is the final word LGBT journey vacation spot with a bit of little bit of one thing for everybody on the spectrum. There’s Hell’s Kitchen, the place a lot of homosexual guys hang around, or Henrietta Hudson within the Village, which is one in every of three remaining lesbian bars within the 5 boroughs. If the queer and transgender scene is extra your velocity, take a look at Wednesday nights at The Woods in Brooklyn. Not a drinker? No downside – head to Chelsea and have dinner at an LGBT-owned restaurant comparable to Elmo or Cafeteria. Don’t overlook to take a look at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Homosexual and Lesbian Artwork or be a part of an LGBT historical past strolling excursions with Oscar Wilde Excursions. And naturally, no journey to New York Metropolis could be full with paying respects at The Stonewall Inn.

New York Satisfaction takes place each June.

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Rome, Italy

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Rome, beneficial by Luigi & Daniele from Gayly Planet.

Rome is an unimaginable metropolis with tonnes of wonderful locations to take pictures and historic websites that may take your breath away. Inclusive and worldwide, the homosexual life in Rome is enjoyable and easy-going. Each throughout worldwide occasions or smaller native festivals, you’ll meet loads of good-hearted individuals that may provide to point out you round. The guts of homosexual life in Rome is Homosexual Road, proper behind the Colosseum. That is the place locals want for a drink to begin the evening. You’ll end up speaking to everybody and, with the evening coming, you’ll need to uncover some of the well-liked Italian golf equipment: Muccassassina in winter and Homosexual Village in Summer time.

Rome Satisfaction takes place each June.

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon, beneficial by Gian Luca from Viaggia e Scopri.

Probably the most amazingly gay-friendly cities I can advocate for LGBT travellers in Lisbon. Because the capital metropolis of Portugal, Lisbon is stuffed with tradition and good spots to see and go to. The nightlife in Bairro Alto is basically enjoyable, and there are a number of gay-friendly pubs, discos and a sauna. However Lisbon’s homosexual life is just not solely restricted to town centre. Prolonged alongside the southern coast is the Costa da Caparica, a shocking place to benefit from the sea, with lovely, lengthy seashores and areas outfitted for vacationers. This area is served by a gradual practice that begins from Lisbon and travels alongside the coast. Seashore 19 is a well known homosexual seaside and an amazing place to satisfy new individuals and have enjoyable. Final however not least, the Portuguese persons are very open-minded and LGBT persons are free to be themselves.

Lisbon Satisfaction takes place each June.

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Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo, beneficial by Roxanne & Maartje from As soon as Upon A Journey.

Throughout our present world journey, we fell in love with Japan and particularly with Tokyo. Beforehand, we’d heard about Japan’s loopy tradition with its cosplay, maid and cat cafes and way more. However that’s not the most effective a part of Japanese tradition: it’s the individuals. Japanese persons are the kindest and most well mannered individuals we now have ever met. Culturally, they contemplate saying ‘no’ as rude, however it’s additionally of their tradition to be a bit of distant due to private house. Due to this fact, public shows of affection (PDAs) and subjects like intercourse and sexuality are issues Japanese don’t discuss, although gender norms are extra fluid in Japan than elsewhere on the planet.

Most LGBT individuals in Japan are simply ‘homosexual for the weekend’ and infrequently also have a ‘regular’ household throughout the remainder of the week. Nonetheless, it’s additionally of their tradition to not brazenly choose individuals who do present PDAs or discuss their sexuality. Particularly whereas ingesting, Japanese individuals open up about this stuff and that could be the rationale that Tokyo has extra homosexual bars than London! These homosexual bars may be present in Tokyo’s homosexual space Shinjuku-nichōme, the proper place to both discover your particular somebody or to have fun your love along with your particular somebody. And in between all of the homosexual bars we discovered the proper place for us: bar Goldfinger, internet hosting women-only events each Saturday evening!

Tokyo Satisfaction takes place each Could.

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Washington DC, USA

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Washington DC, beneficial by Auston & David from Two Dangerous Vacationers.

Washington DC is an thrilling place to go to and there’s an engaged native LGBT neighborhood. Past the historical past, you’ll discover loads of leisure, buying, eating and different leisure alternatives. Washington DC can also be dwelling to a lot of nice festivals and occasions like Chinese language New Yr, the Nationwide Cherry Blossom Competition and the Smithsonian Folklife Competition. For LGBT-specific occasions, take a look at the Better of Homosexual DC Awards within the fall or Capital Satisfaction’s Vacation Heatwave in December. Go to DC in the summertime to attend the Capital Satisfaction Celebration or DC Black Satisfaction.
DC additionally has nice neighborhoods like the stylish Shaw district or Logan Circle, with an upscale and chic really feel, together with stylish boutiques and wine bars. Or head to Columbia Heights to expertise a robust Latino and hipster crowd with a mixture of ethnic eating places and funky taverns. To search out the most effective homosexual hangouts, the highest neighborhoods embody the U Road Hall, Dupont Circle or Logan Circle with LGBT favourite spots like Cobalt, 30 Levels, Inexperienced Lantern or DIK Bar.

Washington DC’s Capital Satisfaction takes place each June.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, beneficial by Craig Crowther from My Homosexual Globe

Bangkok is an Asian megacity, bursting with vitality and color. Usually ignored by guests keen to succeed in the wonderful seashores of Southern Thailand, this capital metropolis has life pulsating from its core. The normal backpacker space is centred round Koh San Highway however the actual coronary heart of genuine Bangkok beats from Silom. The town’s premier monetary district by day, as soon as the solar goes down the realm is dwelling to delectable avenue meals, rooftop bars and Thailand’s affluent and full of life homosexual village. Bangkok is frantic but non secular; a spot the place you are feeling alive from the second you arrive. Boredom isn’t an possibility in right here: with its cavernous maze of sois (stuffed with extra eateries than you might ever pattern), the wealthy heritage of its royal previous and thirst for modernisation, Bangkok is exclusive, loopy and totally unforgettable.

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Bangkok celebrates Satisfaction in June.

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