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The Top “GayCities” in the World

Interested in gay travel but don’t know where to go? If you’re looking for “gaycities” to travel to, that have great gay social events, superb gay beaches, a size-able gay population, excellent gay nightlife, and are located in gay friendly countries, then look at my list!

So what are the top “gaycities?” I wanted to compile a list of the premiere “gaycities” not only in the US but in the world and I wanted to use a specific method for selecting these top “gaycities.” Click on the “See my methods!” to understand where I got the list from.

So how did I make the decision?

So how did I make the decision?

  • I looked at 20 – 25 gay travel articles and read some of the best travel “gaycities.” Each time a city name came up, with what I thought was a good reason to put on my list, I gave 1 point on a spreadsheet.
  • I looked at websites like gaycities.com and looked at their polls adding 1 point every time a city was mentioned. They took of some of the best gay cities to travel under categories like
    • Best Overrall Gay City
    • Best Pride City
    • Best Food City
    • Best Resort Town
    • Best Nightlife
    • Best Dressed City
  • I took my own traveling into account and gave 1 point to gaycities that I’ve traveled to. I also took in second-hand accounts from friends who have traveled to some of these cities.
  • Finally I looked at Google using keywords that gay people would look up. Using the Keyword Planner and a calculator to add 1 point to cities that:
    • Used the Keyword Planner and typed in “gay porn” (changed the language depending on the city) and then narrowed down the search to only one city. In Keyword Planner you can take a searched phrase and narrow it down to a specific city throughout the world. I then got a general idea of how many gay people are in this specific city (its not exact but general)
    • I crossed the phrase “gay club” with all the cities on the list (65 cities) to see which cities had people wanting to go to gay clubs. I had a few surprises with this one!
    • I then just used the phrase “gay” and then all the cities on the list (i.e. “gay” Tel Aviv) to see who is looking up about gay things to these cities.
  • Most importantly, you don’t have to agree with me but I guarantee you that these are some excellent gay cities!

 

 

GayCities from 25 – 1

 

25) Montréal, Canada

Montréal is one of the top gaycities in Canada and deserves a spot on this list! It’s in one of the most gay friendly countries, has a vibrant gay nightlife, and has repeatedly been voted one of the best gaycities to travel.

montreal gay pride The Top GayCities in the World

24) Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich has steadily climbed the ranks of being a top gay destination. Zurich has one of the best pride parades, a healthy gay nightlife, and has been shown in several articles as a premiere gay city.

23) New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a fantastic party destination deep in the south which is why it is on this gaycities list. New Orleans has a bunch of gay bars, one of the best pride parades in the US, has great food and is constantly voted a favorite among gays.

22) Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown is so little but is among the gayest cities in the world and deserves a spot on this list. Provincetown is a favorite with gay travelers, has great gay bars, has a popular gay beach, voted a tourist destination and apparently likes a lot of gay porn when I Google searched!

21) Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale is also a beach city that is very popular among gays because of its proximity to gay bars and gay nightlife. Fort Lauderdale scored high on articles and polling, as a great settle down city for couples, and has a large gay population by sheer volume.

20) Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the top gaycities in Europe and takes the lead for Eastern Europe. Czech Republic is a gay friendly country, has some of the top gay bars in the world, and has polled great among gay travelers.

19) São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is one of the premiere Brazilian gaycities and known especially for its annual pride parade. Gay percentage wise, São Paulo scores very high, has premiere gay bars, constantly is featured as a gay destination, great gay nightlife, and a favorite among gay travelers.

sao paulo gay parade The Top GayCities in the World

18) Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is the city of sin, so it should be no surprise that it’s also a favorite among gay travelers. It has a good-sized pride parade, many gay social events, obviously some of the best gay bars, and ranks high in my Google searches.

17) Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is actually not a very big city but is a very gay city. It has a high gay resident percentage, has a good-sized pride parade for its size, polls very well among gay travelers, is a great place to settle down, and shows up on many of my Google searches.

16) Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is another great gaycities South American contender. Buenos Aires has some of the best gay bars in the world, makes the list of being in one of the most gay friendly countries, is regularly polled very high with gay travelers, and has one of the best gay nightlifes.

15) Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is such a liberal city and so it should really be no surprise it is one of the best gaycities to travel. If you’re looking for gay bars there are about 60 of them in Boystown and Andersonville (even has a village for gay people). Chicago also had high polls for one of the best gay beaches, best eating, high on Google searches like “gay clubs”, and has a large pride parade.

chiago gay beach The Top GayCities in the World

14) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is Brazils premiere gay city and should be no surprise with around 14% of the population being gay. In particular Rio de Janeiro has one of the best gay beaches around, has one of the best pride parades, has one of the best nightlife, and scores high among gay travelers.

13) Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is pretty gay and it shows especially among gay travelers and on Google searches. Los Angeles is a huge city so there should be no surprise with the sheer amount of gay people. Los Angeles also held high in having one of the best beaches, from travel polling, and high for its bars.

12) Toronto, Canada

Toronto has scored high because of the amount of gay travelers who love this city and constantly being premiered as a top gay travel destination. Toronto has some of the best gay bars in Canada, is in a gay friendly country, and has a huge turn out for its pride parade.

11) Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is the only Middle Eastern city on this list which is amazing in itself. Tel Aviv has shown great strides in becoming one of the top gaycities because this city is so liberal and open-minded. Among gay travelers it scores so high because of the beautiful people, gay beaches, gay bars, gay nightlife, and a unique gay city being that it’s in the Middle East.

10) Miami, Florida

Miami made the top 10 because of its party atmosphere, its extreme nightlife, it’s premiere gay bars, and its beautiful people. Miami is constantly on travel musts because of it’s fun attitude. Personally I can say that Miami does bring the goods in terms of having a good time and will not let you down vacation wise. Miami also scored high in its gay beach lifestyle and the fact that there is a large percentage of gay people living in Miami.

gay miami beach The Top GayCities in the World

9) Madrid, Spain

Madrid is one the top gaycities because the country of Spain is so liberal and open-minded. Madrid scores particularly high because of the acceptance of gays and scores particularly high on travel websites. Madrid has one of the best European pride parades that draws hundreds of thousands of gays, a legendary Spanish party nightlife, and is generally a great country to be gay in. I can personally attest to the fact that Madrid has a great gay nightlife.

gay madrid pride The Top GayCities in the World

8) Berlin, Germany

Berlin is one of those surprising gaycities but scores very high in many categories. First off Berlin is in Germany, a great country to be gay in! Berlin has one of the biggest pride parades, is a major cosmopolitan city, and is a favorite among gay travelers. On polls, Berlin was usually rated high because it’s gay bars, and gay lifestyle. Berlin also scored high in google searches, and in travel websites.

gay berlin parade The Top GayCities in the World

7) Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most liberal countries in the world and a country that has led the way for gay rights. Gay bars and nightlife started in the famous Red Light district and that’s where much of the gay nightlife still is. But on top of that Amsterdam has one of the most unusual pride parades (it’s on water), comes up high on Google searches, and is constantly ranked high on travel websites.

gay amsterdam The Top GayCities in the World

6) Paris, France

Paris is one of the premiere world cities and gaycities. What is there to hate about the gay life in Paris? First, Paris is a major cosmopolitan city and in a gay friendly country. Having traveled to Paris I can personally vouch for the gay landscape there and the level of attractiveness of both men and women is high! Paris does have an awesome pride parade but scored very high in terms of food, how people dress, amount of gay bars, and for being so gay friendly.

gay paris pride The Top GayCities in the World

5) Sydney, Australia

Sydney is so high on this list because of the amount of gays that live in Sydney and because the Australian people are so open-minded about gays. Sydney is well-known for its gay beaches and for having one of the best pride parades. Globally, gay travelers seem very open to Sydney and really respond to its relaxed attitude, gay bars, and gay nightlife. It has been listed on multiple travel websites as a city that won’t disappoint and an excellent gay city.

gay sydney mardi gras The Top GayCities in the World

4) Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the premiere Spanish city on this list because it has everything you want from a European city and more. Barcelona itself is beautiful but so are the people. Spain is in one of the most gay friendly countries and has a massive gay population. Barcelona also scores high with its gay beaches and is listed having some gay resorts around the area. Barcelona also scores high in terms of food, gay nightlife, Google searches and gay bars. Having traveled to Barcelona, I massively approve for gays to travel here.

gay beach barcelona The Top GayCities in the World

3) San Francisco, California

San Francisco is in fact very gay. Many people have felt that San Francisco has lost its touch with being a top gay city but if you just look at the numbers, San Francisco is in fact very gay in terms of the percentage of gays living in the city. Although one of the older gaycities, San Francisco hasn’t lost its touched, scoring high with gay pollers, high with gay bars and general gay nightlife. It is still considered one of the best gay destinations and scores high with its pride parade, and for being a food city.

gay flag san francisco The Top GayCities in the World

2) London, UK

London is constantly ranked high in just about every class I looked up and it was really no surprise that it scored 2nd among gaycities in the world. I have personally traveled to London, twice, and can attest to the fact that people are well dressed and there is something for everyone. London scored particular high for its pride parade, and among gay travelers who constantly felt like it belonged as one of the premiere gaycities. I agree!

gay pride london The Top GayCities in the World

1) New York, New York

And finally New York scored the highest of any of the gaycities because it has everything they have and a bit more. I didn’t say it was any gayer than cities on this list but New York certainly has what any gay traveler is looking for… and then more. New York has one of the premiere gay beaches (Fire Island), has the most gay people in the US, one of the most unique and gay friendly nightlifes, some of the coolest gay bars in the world, arguably the best pride parade in the US, one of the best dressed gay population, constantly polls high among gay travelers and was almost always featured in travel gay websites. I have personally traveled to New York and there is not much I can say to refute any of it!

gay flag new york The Top GayCities in the World

 

 

So there you have it! These Gaycities will not disappoint and I can assure a great travel experience with my methods!

Honorable mentions were:

  • Vancouver
  • Dallas
  • Seattle
  • Melbourne
  • Cape Town
  • Tokyo
  • Bangkok
  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Helsinki
  • Austin
  • Hong Kong
  • Puerto Vallarta

 

 

References

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About Shawn

Shawn is a native Texan now living in Chicago. His passions include traveling the world, planes, foreign languages, history, mimosas, documentaries, eating healthy, boots, good style, staying fit and being openly gay. He has been to 39 countries including 6 months in France to learn French. Above all he enjoys traveling the world and motivating others to travel as well.

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