The United Kingdom has achieved near equal status for LGBT people, and acceptance of gay people has evolved significantly in recent times, especially in the past 20 years. The country recognized Civil Partnerships, full adoption rights and has introduced gay marriage.
Today the UK has a calendar filled with gay events with most major towns hosting a gay pride festival between May and September. The most famous gay prides are those of Brighton and Manchester in August, and London in July. The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March is a very popular event showcasing the best new releases in queer cinema, however tickets do sell fast.
There are a number of large cities on this ninth largest island in the world that offer a varied and thriving gay nightlife including Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, and Edinburgh. Most of the action takes place in city centers often with a specific gay district the most famous of these being London’s Soho, Manchester’s Canal Street and Brighton’s Kemp Town.
There’s a wealth of history in the home of the British Empire with the Romans, Vikings, Medieval castles, country hamlets and modern architectural triumphs. A small country, the UK has a diverse landscape of Jurassic coastline, golden beaches, and snowy mountaintops in Scotland, the Lake District, Nottingham Forest of Robin Hood fame and Kent – the garden of England.