Gay Friendly Eastern Europe – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Friendly Eastern Europe - The Nomadic Boys

Europe has some of the most gay-friendly countries in the world with extremely progressive LGBTQ rights. However, these are largely confined to the North and West. The further East you head on the continent, the less gay-friendly it becomes.

East Europe is notorious for lagging behind the rest of the continent when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Thankfully, when most of them started joining the EU from 2004 onwards, membership requirements forced them to adopt more progressive LGBTQ laws, especially with regards to recognising civil unions for same-sex couples and introducing anti-discrimination legislation.

This is not to say that East Europe is completely void of any fabulousness! During our many trips as a gay couple around the region, we discovered several places that have a more liberal outlook, a thriving LGBTQ community and a vibrant gay scene. Based on our first-hand experiences, we’ve put together what we think are the 5 most gay-friendly cities – gay friendly Eastern Europe.

Disclosure: this was written as part of a paid collaboration with Moon Travel Guides.

What is East Europe?

A quick note about this. Whilst we appreciate that some countries fall into the “Central” rather than “East” Europe grey area, others would argue they are “Baltic” instead, or “Balkan”, there is no clear definition of which countries are strictly defined as “East Europe”.

We’ve therefore taken the UN breakdown of what is East Europe and included the countries that the travel industry also regards as being part of “East Europe”.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay Friendly Eastern Europe Travel Resources

Gay Friendly Latin American Cities – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Friendly Latin American Cities - The Nomadic Boys

We spent almost 2 years travelling in Latin America from Mexico all the way down to Patagonia.

Latin America is a fantastic destination to explore for gay travellers, with a range of beautiful natural sceneries, classic world wonders, some of the best gay parties in the world, and the hottest guys you’ll ever meet.

Although most countries in Latin America are very Catholic with a socially conservative outlook, we found that most are quickly evolving to embrace their LGBTQ communities. We particularly saw this in Uruguay, Argentina, the big cities of Colombia, parts of Mexico, south Brazil and Santiago in Chile.

These are our 10 favourite gay friendly Latin American cities where we felt the most welcome, have the best gay scene and most prominent pride festivals.

Santiago – Chile

We start this list with the capital city of Chile. Whilst Chile as a country is still very conservative, Santiago is definitely one of the most gay friendly places we visited. It has a huge gay scene in the “Bellavista” neighbourhood, with many bars, clubs and restaurants.

Our favourite place to start a gay night out in Santiago is at the large resto/bar called “Station”. Then we’d head to either “Bar 105” or one of the drag bars like “Burdel”. On weekends, there are a handful of large gay clubs to check out. Our favourite was “Barcelona at Bunker”, which always has a large crowd. Also worth nothing is that nearby to Santiago is one of the largest gay clubs in the South America called “Il Divino”, located in the nearby resort town of “Viña del Mar”. Read more in our gay guide to Santiago.

With regards to gay rights, Chile has certainly come a long way since the dark days of the oppressive Pinochet years. Today, marriage equality is still on the cards, and soon may become law. One of our favourite things about the city is that as a sign of solidarity towards the LGBTQ community, the Moneda Palace (the formal offices for the President) in Central Santiago is lit up with rainbow colours on 17 May for the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) – every year without fail. Read more in our interview with Ivan from Santiago about what it’s like growing up gay in Chile.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Los Angeles Area Gems – Globetrotter Girls

Long Beach - Globetrotter Girls

While Los Angeles itself has plenty to offer, the city can be quite overwhelming, especially for people who aren’t used to cities of this magnitude. During the month I spent in the West Coast metropole last year, I became increasingly frustrated about the long drives and traffic several times – can it really take 90 minutes to cover an eight mile distance?

I found myself wishing for small town conveniences on various occasions (usually while stuck in a traffic jam on the 405), and that’s when I realized it may be a good idea to check out some nearby cities of a more manageable size to see what they have to offer. Luckily I had enough time to check out several cities right in Los Angeles county, some along the coast, some just outside the L.A. city limits. Each one was special and unique in their own way, and worth a visit for things that the others didn’t have.

If you visit L.A. and want to escape the ‘Big Smog’ for a day, here are five nearby cities that you should visit:

1 LONG BEACH

Long Beach is LA’s big neighbor to the south, California’s 7th largest city and second busiest container port in the U.S. The massive port has led people to believe that Long Beach is nothing more than a big industrial city, but I found out that the city itself is actually a fine escape from L.A., offering a downtown area that is walkable and, as its name suggests, a pretty long beach.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Greater Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Cities That Want Our Gay Dollar

Atlanta
Atlanta

From coast to coast in the USA, cities both large and small are trying to hard to woo the LGBT Dollars.  They KNOW how much the LGBT community spends and how much we travel and they are learning quickly how to get our money.

Here is a partial list of over 30 cities around the country who have a special LGBT link on their City’s Official Website.

Atlanta:  http://www.atlanta.net
/explore/lgbt/

Austin, TC:   https://www.austintexas.org
/visit/discover/lgbt/

Baltimore: http://baltimore.org
/guides-interests/lgbt

Boston:  https://www.bostonusa.com
/lgbt/

Cincinnati
Cincinnati

Chicago:  http://www.choosechicago.com
/articles/view/lgbtq-chicago/949/

Cincinnati:  http://www.cincyusa.com/
media/press-releases/as-national-
recognition-for-cincinnatis-culture-
shift-continues-cvb-adds-inclusive-
programs-and-new-sales-manager-
for-lgbt-market

Cleveland:  http://www.thisiscleveland.com/
planning-tools/lgbt/

Columbus, OH: https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/
things-to-do/lgbt/

Denver:  https://www.denver.org/about-denver/
lgbt/

Denver
Denver

Ft. Lauderdale:  https://www.sunny.org/lgbt/

Houston:  http://www.mygayhouston.com/

Indianapolis:  https://www.visitindy.com/
indianapolis-lgbt-indy

Kansas City: http://www.visitseattle.org/
things-to-do/lgbtq/

Las Vegas: http://www.lasvegas.com/
planning-tools/lgbt-travel/
out-and-about/

Los Angeles: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/
gayla

Miami:  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com
/things-to-do/travel-guides/gay-miami

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Sacramento: https://www.visitsacramento.com/
visit/lgbt-site/lgbt-visitor-resources/

New Orleans: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/
articles/index.cfm?action=view&articleID
=10140&menuID=1603

New York City:  http://www.nycgo.com
/maps-guides/gay

Philadelphia: http://www.visitphilly.com
/lgbt/

Phoenix:  https://www.visitphoenix.com
/lgbt/

Pittsburgh, PA:  https://www.visitpittsburgh.com
/plan-your-trip/lgbtq-travel/

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Portland:    https://www.travelportland.com/
plan-your-trip/lgbt-portland/

Reno, NV: https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/
reno-tahoe/glbt

Salt Lake City: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/
visitors/about-salt-lake-diversity-glbt/

San Francisco:  http://www.sftravel.com/
lgbt

Seattle:  http://www.visitseattle.org/
things-to-do/Denverlgbtq/

St. Louis:  https://explorestlouis.com/
discover/st-louis-lgbt/

Tampa
Tampa

St. Petersburg,FL: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/
things-to-do/lgbt

Tampa:  https://www.visittampabay.com/
tampa-events/tampa-lgbt-pride/

Washington, DC: https://washington.org/
topics/lgbtq

Would this have happened 20 years ago or even 10 years ago? We think not, but we are sure glad that it is happening now. Go out and travel the USA in cities that WANT our GAY DOLLARS!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at [email protected] and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/