Exactly how far we’ve come as a people when it comes to accepting the LGBTQ community and lobbying for their rights is evident in how the most gay-friendly cities in the world treat them. While complete acceptance and equality is still a long war to win, these gay-friendly cities across the world are leading the rest of us into creating a world that’s welcoming and comfortable for everyone of all gender preferences.
Ironically, there is no Chinese city on this list, despite China topping the list of the 10 countries with the biggest gay populations in the world.
But exactly what makes a city ‘gay-friendly’? Based on the data we have gathered for this list, gay-friendly cities are those that offer a welcoming environment for its gay residents and tourists alike. Factors like gay-friendly entertainment and social hubs, social acceptance, and lack of discrimination as well as legal protection have been counted in.
In coming up with this list, we have curated data from websites like The Lonely Planet, UCity Guide, and Wow Travel among others, assigning points for their rankings on the source websites.
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ looking for your next vacation destination, or searching for your next address, keep this list of the most gay-friendly cities in the world as possibilities.
11. Paris, France – 6 points
The French capital city is also the center of France’s LGBT movement with most French LGBT groups being headquartered in La Paris. Aside from its gay-friendly social life establishments like clubs, bars, and hotels, Paris is also home to the vibrant Le Marais, France’s most popular gayborhood. Oh and did we mention that Paris was the first to elect an openly gay Mayor? If that’s not accepting and gay-friendly, hardly anything else will be.