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Welcoming Destinations for Pride

Unfortunately, there are still places in the world where LGBTQ+ is not welcome, so you have to be very careful about where you want to vacation. Fortunately, there are a lot of places that are becoming more inclusive and welcoming. Some places have been known as welcoming for decades now, and some offer conspicuous displays of support all over. Either way, the most gay- or trans-friendly places tend to also be some of the most fun in the whole world, where literally everyone and anyone can come to have a good time. Here are the places you can trust.

East Coast, USA

One of the oldest and most welcoming gay and trans-friendly cities to visit is New York City. More specifically, neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Williamsburg are the places to go to have some good times, and of course, Broadway is always calling.

Down in New Jersey, one of the most famous gay-friendly towns is Asbury Park, which has an annual LGBTQ+ Pride parade along with favorite gay bars and clubs. It's just a walk to the beach where tons of artists have come to decorate the boardwalk.

About an hour away is another long-time gay-friendly town, New Hope, Pennsylvania. When you drive down the main road, all you can see are pride flags, trendy shops, and some of the best restaurants.

West Coast, USA

Los Angeles is just as welcoming as New York City, but Palm Springs is also noteworthy. Along with tons of things to do like going to the beach and shopping, Palm Springs also has the largest number of male- and female-only places.

It's also worth pointing out that Portland, Oregon, is one of the country's trendiest places and therefore very welcoming to all.


If you want to travel overseas, Copenhagen, Denmark should be on the top of your list. It was the very first place in the world to recognize registered same-sex partnerships. Copenhagen specifically has its own gay history. It has the oldest gay bar in the world. Along with tons of gay-owned shops and bars, you'll definitely get the hint that this city has its Pride. Denmark is the happiest country on Earth, after all, and that includes friendliness and inclusivity.

Sitges, Spain is also very welcoming to the LGBTQ+ traveler. There is almost always a calendar event related to getting your Pride on.

Berlin, Germany should also appear at the top of your list because it caters to your every need as a gay or trans person. Schoneberg hosts Pride, but there are a couple of other districts that have tons of gay clubs, bars, and restaurants.

Places Far And Wide

On top of all the places mentioned, there are tons more that can offer so much to gay travelers from Toronto, Canada, New Zealand, Skiathos and Mykonos, Greece, Iceland, and Uruguay.

There's no shortage in the number of places that will welcome you with open arms and make you feel like you're family. If you'd like to know more about which places to go that will accommodate your needs, don't be afraid to ask your travel advisor.

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