To celebrate Pride 2019, we’ve compiled a selection of sensational destinations from around the world which offer LGBTQ-friendly attitudes and hotels, from the flamboyant Mardi Gras celebrations in Sydney to the bright lights of dazzling Las Vegas. Recognised for their strong spirit of inclusiveness, vibrant festivals and gay-friendly bars and restaurants, get ready to jet off on an exceptional escape to one of these dazzling destinations.
LGBTQ travellers can expect progressive attitudes and a range of gay-friendly attractions in Chicago. Home to colourful Boystown, recognised as the ‘Best Gay Neighborhood in the World’ by Out Traveler magazine, visitors can soak up the electric atmosphere at the annual Pride Celebrations, enjoy a drag show with dinner at the Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club or dance the night away at the iconic local night clubs of Sidetrack and Roscoe’s.
The proud home of one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the world, The Big Apple strives to enable the self-expression and individuality of its inhabitants. In addition to the famous annual Pride parade, the city boasts an array of LGBTQ restaurants and nightlife, acclaimed gay art exhibitions and some of the world’s best drag shows. There’s also plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the summer sun, with a number of gay bars and beaches on nearby Fire Island.
Visit the colourful city of New Orleans, hosting some of the most LGBTQ-friendly festivals worldwide. Visitors can don quirky costumes and flamboyant head wear for the renowned Mardi Gras Carnival, when the streets of this Southern centre become a swirl of parades and performances infused with a party atmosphere. Meanwhile, The Southern Decadence celebration over Labor Day Weekend is fast becoming recognised as the largest gay event in New Orleans, with an annual theme, entertainment and procession.
Bright lights, late nights and a range of decadent delights await in Las Vegas, where everyone can expect a dazzling welcome. A popular destination for saying ‘I do’, same sex marriage has been legal in the state of Nevada since 2014, making it a fantastic choice as a wedding location for gay or lesbian couples. Whether you’re walking down the aisle, placing a bet at the glamorous casinos or bopping till you drop at one of the show-stopping performances, you can expect a laid back vibe and inclusive atmosphere throughout Sin City.
As one of Asia’s most tolerant destinations for transgender individuals and same sex couples, Thailand is a great option for members of the LGBTQ community seeking a far-flung beach retreat. Bangkok owns its reputation as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, with gay and lesbian couples welcomed warmly at most tourist resorts throughout the country. Thailand is also the host of Miss International Queen, one of the planet’s leading transgender beauty pageants.
Why limit your holiday to one destination? See more of the world with an exotic multicentre escape, incorporating destinations which are known for their laid-back attitudes and support for the LGBTQ community. Start your trip in Los Angeles and visit West Hollywood, the city’s recognised gay centre, before continuing on to sun-kissed Sydney. Why not time your trip tp coincide with the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, embracing the city’s thriving LGBTQ scene. Visitors can round off their escape in San Francisco, soaking up the city’s LGBTQ history as the home of the world’s first gay bar and gay rights parade.
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