When traveling as an LGBTQ+ person, there are some things to consider such as safety and acceptance. If you’re planning a trip, you want to make sure you're going somewhere where you can have a good time and be free to express yourself and your identity. On top of that, if you’re planning a trip specifically for LGBTQ+ hotspots, you want to go somewhere that has bars, neighborhoods, landmarks, and more that are for LGBTQ+ people.
For your next trip, we’ve put together a list of some of the best destinations in the world for LGBTQ+ tourism, where you can travel with confidence!
10 MILAN, ITALY
Italy is a place that many tourists want to visit because of the beautiful sites, history, and amazing food. If you’re looking for a city to visit in Italy as an LGBTQ+ person, Milan is the place to be.
There are many bars and cultural events that are centered around LGBTQ+ communities. Overall, it’s a welcoming place to LGBTQ+ tourists and also a great place for fashion, history, and having a beautiful vacation. The Royal Hammam sauna is a beautiful Turkish bath house. Plus, there are multiple clubs including a dance club called Gate Party.
9 NEW YORK CITY
New York City is a great destination for anyone, but there are some specific places here that LGBTQ+ people will be interested in. Chelsea is a very lively neighborhood that has fun shops and places to eat. There are also walking Oscar Wilde Tours. You can also check out the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Overall, there are many places in the city that are very LGBTQ+-friendly. Plus, this year World Pride is being held in NYC so it’s the perfect time for a trip.
8 BANGKOK, THAILAND
Thailand is another popular tourist destination because it’s so stunning. The beaches in the area are absolutely beautiful and there is a lot of history. You might not know, however, that Bangkok has been a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ visitors. There are many bars and a lot of open people to be found in the Silom area. DJ Station is one of the best known bars in the area. You can also check out Chakran Sauna for a more casual hangout spot that includes a spa and restaurant. Plus, with so many beautiful locations to visit and a lively city to explore, it’s just a great vacation place to see.
7 TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
LGBTQ+ visitors have found that Tel Aviv is a really accepting place for them. This is a place that has many neighborhoods with art, great food, and good nightlife. There are many LGBTQ+ people here with a strong community. Plus, you can visit the beaches, with Hilton Beach being one of the most popular for LGBTQ+ people, and feel comfortable being yourself and open as an LGBTQ+ person. If you can, you can also check out their Pride event which often has over 100,000 people participating.
6 FIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK
This is another location in New York that’s on the list, so if you’re headed to NYC in the summer, you should definitely head here. Fire Island is known for being one of the most popular LGBTQ+ beaches in the world.
There are many hotels to stay at and an exciting nightlife here. Even nudity is allowed on the beach, and there are many pride-related events that are hosted here. One event worth looking into is Fire Island Black Out which is a more multicultural, intersectional event. If you’re looking for a beach getaway and want to have an LGBTQ+ focused vacation, this is the place to go.
5 GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
Guadalajara is known for being one of, if not the, most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the county. There are often people showing physical affection in public here, and there are also many bars, clubs, etc that you can enjoy.
Also, this city is host to a large Pride event every year that often has over 4,000 visitors. Plus, it’s not far from Puerto Vallarta which is another LGBTQ+ friendly location and beautiful beach which has a Bear Week each year. So, you can check out both at once.
4 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sydney is a pretty awesome city in Australia, and you’ll feel welcome here as a person under the sexual minority umbrella. There are actually six beaches near Sydney that are known for being LGBTQ+ friendly. These include North Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Plus, the city itself is full of cultural events, the arts, shopping, and restaurants. One unique event here is the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which is hosted on the first Saturday every March. is a great place to have a city meets beach vacation, so you can have it all.
3 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Argentina was the first country in Latin America to make equal marriage legal, and it’s a progressive place where LGBTQ+ rights are concerned. This city has a good LGBTQ+ scene that can be found in many places in the city. One of the best places to go, however, is Palermo. Plus, there are some places you can go to dance the tango. These milongas, tango dance places, are a perfect way to be around other LGBTQ+ people and dance with your partner.
2 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
San Francisco is known as one of the most LGBQT+ friendly cities in the world. It’s been a place where LGBTQ+ people have flocked to for many years. The Castro is the heart of the scene in the area with so many bars, restaurants, and LGBTQ+ shops around. There are rainbow flags flying everywhere here year round. This city is definitely one where you’ll feel comfortable being out and proud. Plus, there are so many iconic spots to visit here including the Golden Gate Bridge. If you’re interested in places that have historical significance in the LGBTQ+ community in the United States, you’ll definitely want to check out San Francisco. To make sure you learn about the history here, go to the LGBTQ+ Historical Society Museum
1 LISBON, PORTUGAL
Lisbon is another city on the list that you might not have heard of before when planning minority friendly travel, but it’s actually a great spot for LGBTQ+ tourism. There are a lot of bars, saunas, and more. There is also a beach close by called Beach 19 which is a beach specifically for LGBTQ+ people. Lisbon Beach also hosts LGBTQ+ tours which can teach what you want to know about the nightlife and history in the city. Plus, the area is beautiful and the city is full of many cultural and historical sights to see. If you’re looking to travel somewhere that’s a bit of a hidden gem, consider adding Lisbon to your list of places to see.