LGBT Travel in the United States
Tolerance and acceptance in the USA are still split and varied, though the recent Supreme Court ruling now allows same sex-marriage across all states. The country has a chequered history with gay rights. The birthplace of LGBT equality with the Stonewall riots, New York recognised same-sex marriage in June 2011.
In states where same-sex civil unions have been previously recognised, there is a vibrant gay scene including Rhode Island, New Jersey, Illinois, and California. Popular gay destinations are found more on the east and west coasts for Fort Lauderdale, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Key West and Los Angeles – certainly a few to consider all appealing to a different type of vacation escape. If you’re looking for the ultimate gay getaway then Province Town becomes gay in its own right in the midst of summer. However head outside the metropolis and into the centre of the USA and it is likely you will still discover a fair level of homophobia.
The USA has a busy gay calendar, especially for gay pride festivals between April and September, New York is a colourful and international affair in June. An array of specialist interest events also glitter the diary with Southeast Leatherfest, Seattle Black Pride, Orlando Bear Bash, and Atlantic Stampede Rodeo.
Whether you have the city in your heart to run wild in the concrete jungles for The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square, The Whitehouse, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Temple Square, or Disney World, or an adventurers sprit to explore the vast countryside with Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Appalachian Mountains, Yellowstone National Park or Cape Cod – the USA becomes the country where dreams are made.
The USA can be visited all year round, but check the weather warnings to avoid frost, hurricanes and tornados.
Atlanta is the south's most metropolitan city with a local gay scene that can match any for energy, representation, and serious partying.
Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, a visible and energetic gay population calls Boston home. The capital of America's first state to legalize same-sex marriage, this city has long been one of the most politically progressive and socially liberal in the country, as evidenced by its highly visible LGBT community.
Well known for its wind, the Blues Brothers and Al Capone, Chicago is slowly emerging as one of the nation's most gay-friendly cities.
Mention Houston, Texas comes to mind and the red-neck Republican south, however Houston is a growing metropolitan city with a thriving gay scene, in fact it is becoming so successful it is challenging New York and California for events, bars, clubs and all round gay entertainment.
Whether you're coming to catch a show, gamble or just lounge by the pool at one of the world-class hotels, 'Sin City' is the perfect LGBT getaway. A flashy, glitzy, decadent mirage in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
With its gorgeous beaches lined with palm trees swaying in the gentle sea breezes, its throngs of gay and lesbian bars, clubs, shops and restaurants, Los Angeles is not so much a great gay travel destination, as a gay paradise.
Miami is all about pleasure! South Beach is the heart of the party scene in a city that takes its hedonism, and extravagance very seriously.
With its 24-hour bar culture, great restaurants and relaxed pace, New Orleans is guaranteed to keep you entertained. Music on practically every corner, its easy to get swept away in this oasis of calm and enjoy a few days in the Gulf Coast’s Big Easy.
As a Gay destination New York is beyond compare. The East coast birthplace of ‘gaydom’, New York offers the hustle bustle of a 24-hour metropolitan city, plus numerous places of historical interest concerning our community’s fight for recognition and equality. In June 2011 New York became the 6th US state to legalise gay marriage.
Orlando is the home of Disney World for make-believe and where dreams come true and it’s certainly not just for kids. The city is packed full of gay events and they’re as varied as they come, the annual Tidal Wave Party in June is an exclusive party for bears, cubs and admirers at Wet ‘n Wild theme park.
What other city can boast a welcome to gay and lesbian travelers with a six popular annual Pride festivities, a vibrant mix of festivals and events and an out, proud and very loud gay and lesbian community.
San Francisco prides itself on being ‘like a home away from home, only better. The residents are fiercely proud of this diverse city and assure you of the warmest of welcomes.
Once listed as the US ‘5th Gayest city, Seattle is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, great cuisine and a funky bar scene. Where ever you go in the city you can see snow capped mountains, sparkling blue waters and lush green forests.
Washington's gay think-tank is one of the most committed and savvy LGBT communities and is home to some of the most powerful and visible gay men and lesbians in the country. The city's lively gay nightlife is centered within a couple of neighborhoods, easily accessible by public transportation.