The world is full of colours, diversity and acceptance only if you are willing to merge. While many countries have already accepted gay community and legalized gay marriages, some are yet to progress. If you are looking for the most gay-friendly cities to visit on your next trip then here is a list of cities which not only welcome people of all colours with open arms but also host LGBTQ events.
Known as the former gay capital of Europe, Amsterdam is touted to be one of the most LGBTQ friendly destinations in the world. The city is located in the Netherlands which became the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001. As the city celebrates diversity, their Pride Week is all about partying. Many travellers have mentioned in their accounts about the friendly gay scenes at the pubs and clubs.
Another city that is perfect for gay travellers is Berlin. The colourful city is known for its open spirit which makes it gay-friendly. In fact, the city became a gay hotspot in the 1920s and is known to have made a unique contribution for LGBTQ people. The city hosts many queer parties and meetups and even the bars and pubs such as SilverFuture in Neukölln and Facciola in Kreuzberg provide friendly ambience for gays.
Touted to be the most gay-friendly city in the United Kingdom, Brighton offers hundreds of bars, restaurants, and accommodation options to choose from. The city is one of the best for gays as everyone feels accepted here. If you are looking for an option for your next gay-friendly staycation, then Brighton it is!
Known as one of the most progressive countries with LGBT rights, Argentina has many cities that welcome gay tourists with open arms. Argentina, in fact, was the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage in July 2010. In 2012, the country also introduced right to change legal gender and anti-discrimination laws are in full force. Buenos Aires is the most friendly city for gay tourists and August is the best time when BADiversa week is celebrated.
Next on the list is Auckland which hosts a week of Pride events every year. One of these events is called The Big Gay Out. Another popular event is TBGO, organised by New Zealand AIDS Foundation. It is a free event that takes place in Coyle Park and is full of music, art vendors, food and dancing.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)