Most parts of the world have been welcoming and embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We’ve jotted down a list of top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations around the world for you. Go ahead, have a look.

1. New York City, US

New York City is one of the most populous cities in the United States and celebrates people for who they are.  The diversity, the culture and the style here is like no other place.

Here you can choose from endless variations of gay bars and clubs: from muscle Mary clubs to cabaret piano bars and local intimate bars to trendy gay lounges. The new gay hot spot is Hell’s Kitchen and its full of trendy gay bars, restaurants and clubs. Around 8th Avenue in Chelsea neighborhood offers a wide selection of gay venues as well.

2. Toronto, Canada

Well, with Justin Trudeau being the Prime Minister of Canada and with his unconditional support to the group, the LGBT scenes in Canada have only evolved.

*I am dreaming about that man*

Toronto is the largest city of Canada with a very interesting gay scene. Some of the best gay bars and pride parades. Here, the gay community offers a world of arts, culture and some vivacious nightlife.

Oh! And there is a vibrant gay village at the city’s core. Located in Church-Wellesley, it is the cultural hub of the city with bursting galleries, theaters and gay-friendly businesses.

3. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil’s economic hub and the largest city in South America, Sao Paulo is especially noteworthy for LGBT traveler and hosts the biggest gay pride celebration on Earth. The carnival-like Gay Pride Parade has around 4 million who crowd onto the main boulevard of Paulista Avenue and the streets surrounding it.

With plenty of bathhouses and sex clubs, Sao Paulo makes us want to live like there is no tomorrow with the vibe and energy.

Gay nightclubs here feature a variety of shows: the best DJs, male strip-tease, singers, performances etc.

4. London, UK

Capital city of England, London standing on the river Thames in the south east of Great Britain is a place where everybody is welcome.

Pride London is a major event and has a Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that happens. It also has the world’s best gay nightlife.

London’s gay epicentre, with gay bars and shops for every style and need is located in the Old Compton Street and its surrounding areas in SoHo. You will find the best gay-owned clubs, restaurants and stores here.

Oh! You can also check the Vauxhall Village which is such a delight.

5. Madrid, Spain

This city in Spain has the largest gay community in the whole of Europe, with an estimated 5,00,000 LGBT people living here. You will find the most number of gay bars and night clubs in Chueca, which starts at Gran Via and runs north for 1 Km and from east to west it is in between Calle Hortaleza and Paseo de Recoletos.

Madrid is largely influenced by the gay community and has the trendiest hotel, restaurants and shops. The gay pride here is called Orgullo and is the largest in Europe.

Oh! Gay marriage is legally allowed here. #JustSaying

6. Miami, USA

Looking to unwind, work on your tan and meet people – Miami is the the place were you should be! With the choicest and utterly beautiful restaurants all over, Miami has always been known as a popular and open destination for LGBT tourists.

It is very popular amongst the gay crowds. With nightclubs and venues, parties but there is a yearly Miami Beach Gay Pride that brings everyone together in this parade filled with colourful celebrations.

7. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is very popular with the LGBT community as for centuries ‘Amsterdammers’ have believed in the ‘Live and let live’ theory. The city is world famous for the Canal Parade that happens once annually.80 decorated boats sail along the Prinsengracht lined by over half a million spectators celebrating the diversity of Holland’s gay and lesbian community.

8. Barcelona, Spain

Barca is a place where everyone heads to live their lives to the fullest. Catalonia is the state where Barcelona is, has passed an anti-homophobia law thats aims to defend LGBT rights.

The city is always up to something; Gay Cinema festivals, LGBT literature festivals or the very famous Circuit Festival, biggest gay festival in Europe.

When in Barca, please don’t miss Gayxample, which is a gar neighbourhood with many gay and lesbian bars, clubs and restaurants.

9. San Francisco, USA

Well, San Francisco is probably the gay capital of America. 15% of the population is gay here which is one of the largest and most prominent LGBT communities in the world.

Castro which is one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the US remains one of the most prominent symbols of the LGBT activism in the world. It has a nightlife filled with fun and ecstasy.

If you’re gay, chances are you’ve either been to San Francisco or plan to sometime in your life. So you can say it’s Gay Mecca.

Oh! There’s Disneyland here too.

10. Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel, Yes. Tel Aviv, right in the heart of the Middle East is blessed with white sand beaches and sunshine. It is one of the most liberal cities in the world and also the most gay friendly city in the whole world.

Offering 24/7 non-stop activities throughout the year, great food, gay beaches and infinite gay bars and night clubs, Tel Aviv is just paradise. Every June, they celebrate the Gay Pride Week with Pride Expo, LGBT Theatre festival, LGBT Film Festival and the famous Pride Parade which is also the most colourful gay parades in the world.

So, what are you waiting for?

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