After years of struggle, the LGBT community has been getting their well-deserved rights, including many enjoyment opportunities. Today, cities all over the world are buzzing with LGBT people who feel safe, protected, and heard. There are either dedicated councils or specific areas exclusively held for LGBTQ people.
Similarly, many cities in the United States are hosts to large and ever-growing LGBTQ communities. These cities hold festivals, parades and even have exclusive LGBTQ spots for unparalleled relaxation and enjoyment. Some cities will make you dance to the rhythm of the waves, others are the epitome of metropolitan dreams.
Let’s have a look at the top ten LGBT-friendly U.S. cities on our list.
1. New York City, NYC
The concrete jungle, the city of dreams… NYC!
It comes as no surprise that the biggest city in the world is among the top ten LGBT cities in the United States. New Yorkers have been protesting for LGBT rights ever since 1969, how cool is that? We owe the Greenwich Village Stonewall Riots to the massive worldwide LGBT rights movements we have today. So whenever you hear about an LGBT movement around the world, think of New York, the city of dreams, because this is where it all started!
2. Portland, Oregon
Do you love films? Portland has its very own LGBT film festival!
Who doesn’t love entertainment? And the cross-over of LGBT themes and films is one of the most refreshing forms of liberation. Being one of the most liberal and LGBT-friendly cities in the U.S., Portland is home to not just film festivals, but many bars and parades dedicated exclusively to the LGBT community.
The city also holds a 3-day Pride Festival, which is a must-attend event for amphitheater lovers. If you want to attend the Film Festival, it features the works of LGBTQ filmmakers every October!
3. Boston, Massachusetts
How can we miss out on one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage?
Boston is the spotlight city for LGBTQ celebrations in Massachusetts. The Boston Gay Pride Festival is not just the ultimate show of the city, but celebrations take place for the entire week before the festival itself. So you can build up your excitement and enjoy the smaller events before the mega event itself!
4. Washington DC, Columbia District
It’s impossible for the United States capital to not be on the list of LGBTQ-friendly cities!
Have you heard of Capital Pride? It’s the city’s ultimate larger-than-life pride festival! Every June, you will find Washington DC buzzing with so many as 200 colorful rainbow-themed parade floats! And you’ll find people from all careers and backgrounds joining in the celebration, even many politicians too! So if you want to experience diversity in its truest sense, Washington DC is your best bet!
5. West Palm Beach, Florida
The best city for LGBT people to resort to after retirement!
What’s better than retiring to one of the sandy beaches of Florida? If you’ve crossed the 60-year mark, West Palm Beach will welcome you with open arms. The city is home to a small yet colorful gay nightlife. Not just that, but it also hosts a Gay Polo Tournament every April, a unique event for LGBT sports lovers. If you love to play or watch Polo, you definitely shouldn’t miss going to the West Palm Beach.
6. Miami Beach, Florida
Another LGBTQ-friendly beach in Florida!
A parade beside the sparkling blue waters of the Miami beach? Yes, please! It is one of the biggest LGBT parades in the United States, with approximately 150,000 participants marching for 2 days straight in April.
7. San Francisco, California
We have saved the best LGBT city for the last – San Francisco!
San Francisco is also known as the ‘gay capital of the world’ and for all the right reasons! The city of the Golden Gate Bridge also hosts the largest LGBT community in the United States. Not only does this city have LGBTQ celebrations and parades, but it also has spots and places exclusively for LGBTQ people to hang out at!
8. San Jose, California
Another gay-friendly Californian city? You bet!
San Jose has an exclusive area dedicated to the LGBTQ community. If you’ve ever heard about Post Street, that’s the place! Last year, the area between the First streets and the Market was declared as ‘QMunity District’. This was a huge win for the city of San Jose, making it a part of the LGBT-friendly cities in the United States.
9. Omaha, Nebraska
An LGBT -friendly life living beside the Missouri river – what else does one need?
Omaha has always vouched for LGBT rights. The city has been on the run for almost a decade for coming up with protection policies for the LGBT community, along with successful implementation! The city even has an LGBT advisory board that makes sure nobody’s voice goes unheard. The board oversees the policies of the city and if you’re looking for any additional support, you should feel free to get in touch with them!
10. Palm Springs, California
Another gorgeous city in the state of California!
The city of Palm Springs is particularly a delight for the lesbian community! Not just that, but it also boasts the country’s very first LGBT-only city council! White Party and the Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend are two of the most outstanding LGBT events you’ll ever get to experience in the United States. And what more to add to the thrill than the lush beachy views and swaying palm trees of Palm Springs?
It’s no wonder that every year, cities not only in the United States but all over the world have been reshaping LGBT rights. The LGBTQ community is now safer than ever but there’s still a long way to go and the journey is surely an ongoing one if you want to explore every LGBT-friendly U.S. city!
Have you ever visited any of the above cities in the United States? If yes, let us know about your LGBT experiences, we’d love to hear from you!