LGBTQ Destinations for Your Next Trip

Pride month is here and we’ve got the perfect LGBTQ destinations to celebrate all year long.

New York is the hosting World Pride this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. On June 28, 1969 the Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the gay rights movement and Pride across the world. Stonewall Inn stands proud in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Although not the original location, it is still a monument to Pride. 

Check out our list of LGBTQ destinations for your next trip.

1. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a modern and open-minded city. In fact, Spain was one of the first countries to legalize same sex marriage in 2005. The popular neighborhood Eixample in Barcelona has been nicknamed Gaixample due to its popularity among the LGTBQ tourists and locals. The neighborhood celebrates the city’s inclusive spirit and welcomes all. Visit barcelona to experience the diversity as well as art, culture and great food. 

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands is home to the world’s oldest LGTBI organization fighting for LGBT rights since 1946. Amsterdam’s Pride Parade is one of the largest events in the Netherlands with a party atmosphere celebrating diversity. While in Amsterdam, make sure you visit the Homomonument. The memorial in the center of the city recognizes those who were persecuted because of their sexuality. 

3. London, England

London is great for nightlife and culture. You can find Pride celebrations all year long, from parades to film festivals and everything in-between. The UK has a long history of fighting for LGBT rights and has been in the spotlight for many years. You may remember Prince William on the cover of Attitude magazine or be familiar with Alan Turig’s story, most recently depicted in The Imitation Game. Some view London as the LGBT capital of the UK, and it’s easy to see why.

4. Prague, Czech Republic

While Prague’s architecture is old, its view and attitude towards LGBT rights certainly isn’t. Prague has a contemporary culture and with a laid back attitude, welcoming those from all different backgrounds within the LGBTQ community. Visit Prague in November during the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival. For the past 19 years Mezipatra has celebrated films with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themes. 

5. Zurich, Switzerland

Have you heard of Corin Mauch? She’s been the mayor of Zurich since 2009 making her the first female and first openly gay person to be elected into office in Zurich. While you’re exploring Zurich, make a stop at Europe’s oldest gay bar. Now a bar and sushi spot, Barfusser Sushi Bar & Lounge is still a scene to be seen. Zurich’s lively nightlife has influenced LGBTQ bars and clubs all around the world.