Top 10 Friendliest LGBTQ+ Destinations Around the World

Tags: #LGBTQ+ ,   #Travel ,   #MardiGras ,   #NewYork

Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-11-29 13:42:15

Declaring yourself as a part of the LGBTQ+ community is finally accepted in many countries and supported by Ariana Grande, Halsey, Demi Lovato and many other artists. Still, there is a high percentage of countries which are on the other end of the spectrum. So, the question is, where could you go to feel free and without facing strange looks and judgment? Luckily, many destinations welcome the LGBTQ+ community, and some of them made it on our list of the top 10. We've tried to mix it up from beach destination to the capitals, from far away destinations to the next door stop. There's something for everyone here!

10. Taipei, Taiwan

Streets of Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan was the first Asian state to legalize same-sex marriages. Taipei has an active LGBTQ+ scene, and it hosts the biggest LGBTQ+ pride parade in Asia every year in October. Generally, acceptance of the LGBTQ+ population is high, so it is not unusual to see same-sex couples walk freely hand in hand.

Taipei LGBTQ+ scene has a reputation for being among the most welcoming in Asia, along with Thailand. You'll find everything you need here, including bars, clubs, cafes, boutiques, etc., and lots more to explore.

9. Sydney, Australia

Streets of Sydney during the Mardi Gras Gay and Lesbian Festival

Let's go to Australia! Sydney is the most welcoming city in Australia for the LGBTQ+ crowd. How strong is the LGBTQ+ community in Sydney? Let's just say that the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is among the most visited tourist attractions. The event is held every March, and the festive atmosphere lasts for two weeks.

Visiting Sydney and being gay could be a winning combination; there are many shops, clubs, restaurants, etc., for LGBTQ+ crowd. Regarding the beaches, the most popular are Lady Jane Beach and Little Congwong Beach.

8. Madrid, Spain

View of Gran via street in Madrid, Spain

Spain is loved by LGBTQ+ travelers, so we had a tough choice to make. On the shortlist between Sitges, Barcelona, and Madrid, we have decided on Madrid! The Spanish capital is a lovely city - vibrant, full of life, and has a fantastic clubbing scene. Madrid is tolerant and friendly, so you will feel free everywhere! 

Nevertheless, if we must pick one place for LGBTQ+ travelers in Madrid, it will definitely be the Chueca neighborhood. This part of the city is totally LGBTQ+, as it has many cafes, clubs, restaurants, shops. This is such a beautiful part of the town.

7. New York City - Manhattan, New York, USA

Streets of New York during the Gay Pride Parade, New York

We have decided that the USA has to be represented by New York City and Manhattan. New York is a great city break and a place of liberation, so you can feel free to express yourself.

NYC has the largest population of LGBTQ+ people in the US, so it's no wonder that LGBTQ+ has a long history in NYC and a healthy community. The gayest part of Manhattan is West Village, and there are many gay bars and clubs all around the city.

6. Berlin, Germany

Impressive Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

One of the largest German cities is LGBTQ+ friendly. German people are, in general, open and free-minded. The main reason why Berlin is loved by gay people is that it has a lot to offer, including excellent restaurants, cafes, and historical buildings. Of course, this includes an active LGBTQ+ clubbing scene.

Berlin has a long history of the gay and lesbian scene. It all started back in 1920 with many cabarets, bars, and clubs open for homosexuals. The Second World War interrupted everything, but in 1970 it all started to blossom again. In 1979 first Christopher Street Day (CSD) – gay pride festival has been held. Today CSD is visited by 750.000 people, and it is a favorite festival among the LGBTQ+ population.

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carnival, sun, and lots of fun! Rio de Janeiro is a favorite spot for many people worldwide. It is also one of the friendliest places for the LGBTQ+ population. Rio is the gay capital of South America as it has a very high percentage of gay people. The Carnival and Pride are favorite among the LGBTQ+ community. 

On the beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, there are gay parts only where you can meet new and exciting people. Rio has an active gay clubbing scene, so you can party all night long. And just to be clear, tourist zones are safe, but make sure that you don't find yourself in Rio's favela areas controlled by gangs. Simply avoid them, no matter whether you are an LGBTQ+ member or not.

4. Los Cabos, Mexico

Beautiful beach of Los Cabos, Mexico

Oops! Now we are in trouble again! Hmm, Cancun, Los Cabos, or Puerto Vallarta?!? Ok, we will go with Los Cabos, because it has charming scenery. Los Cabos is spread between two coastline towns Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This is a lovely place, stylish, and very gay friendly.

Los Cabos provides many ways to spend your holidays, from relaxing by the beach to rock climbing, playing golf, or fishing. This place can really fulfill all your needs, from romantic candlelight dinner to all-night clubbing. So pack your bags, go to Los Cabos, as you won't be sorry!

3. Brighton, England

Brighton Pier, Brighton, UK

Brighton is a seaside town, no more than one hour ride from London. This charming place is the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK. Among the beautiful beaches, you can also find many lovely restaurants, bars, and pubs. Brighton welcomes all people, straight or gay, but it is wildly popular among the LGBTQ+ population as the town of liberation.

This location also hosts the LGBT Pride parade during the summer season, which is trendy, festive, and highly visited. Brighton is not only sun and fun, as you can also visit museums, go on guided tours and get to know the local history. 

2. Mykonos, Greece

Beautiful view of Mykonos, Greece

Now we are going to sunny Mykonos, the beautiful Greek island of parties and liberation. Here you can have a lot of fun and act as you wish. This island is famous among jet set and gay people and is a very LGBTQ+ friendly destination. There is an active gay clubbing scene, lots of bars and restaurants just for LGBTQ+ people. Also, some luxury hotels are gay only.

Regarding the beaches, Elia Beach and Jackie O is a place to be. So let's sum it up: nightlife, beach parties, sun, sand, sea, and excellent accommodation are the reason why Mykonos is a favorite gay destination in Europe.

1. Tel Aviv, Israel

Streets of Tel Aviv during the night, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the gayest place on the planet, making it a must-visit place for LGBTQ+ travelers. The city's pride parade is the most visited and most festive in Asia and the Middle East. Tel Aviv has worked hard to become one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities on Earth. It has an active clubbing scene, LGBTQ+ friendly gyms, and restaurants.

While in Tel Aviv, don't forget to experience the beaches, the sea, and sunny weather. The Hilton beach is the favorite among the LGBTQ+ community, but you'll feel safe everywhere you go.

Hope you have liked our top 10 best LGBTQ+ destinations worldwide, and perhaps you've chosen one for your next trip. If you are not an LGBTQ+ member, we are sure that you have someone close to you that is gay; otherwise, you probably wouldn't read this article till the end. This community are still fighting for equality, and it's nice to know that they could go somewhere they're genuinely accepted. After all, what is the vacation if you can't feel free? 

Have you ever traveled to any of these attractive destinations? Please write about your experiences in the comment section; we would be happy to hear your thoughts.

Photo: Sharon McCutheon/Unsplash

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