Are you and your significant other searching for a new home? Planning a short getaway to experience something new? It’s tough to be in a same-sex relationship in certain countries of the world. Here are the top 5 best LGBT friendly cities in the world where you would not feel like a second-class citizen based on your romantic preferences.
Number 5 – Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany is one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the world that has 87% of the people in support of homosexuality. As of this June 2017, gay couples in Germany are now able to wed each other legally. The German parliament passed the bill that legalized same-sex marriages as well as allows same-sex couples to adopt children. You and your loved one can visit the picturesque castle of The Ultimate Fairytale Castle Neuschwanstein (as shown in the picture.)
Number 4 – London, UK
Next up on our list would be London, UK which is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. With just a short ride in the London tube, you will be able to explore London’s Chinatown or drink at an Irish bar. If you are single and ready to mingle, London is very open with the LGBT culture. You can find things like a gay London Guide which has details about hotels, romantic spots and alternative ideas for a night out.
Number 3 – Toronto, Canada
Canada is considered to be one of the most LGBT-Friendly countries in the world. With 3 of the top 20 cities ranked as a top destination for the LGBT community. The top city in Canada would be Toronto which shares many similarities with London in that it contains a diverse set culture in an urban environment. Toronto is the safest large metropolitan area in all of North America, so you can be at ease walking down the streets at night.
There are a vast amount of LGBT communities in Toronto so you would definitely not feel left out during your stay. Be sure to visit Church and Wellesley Village as it is one of Toronto’s most vibrant alternative communities. This village is the headquarters for the LGBT community where many like-minded individuals can meet up and network. Queer West is an emerging LGBT neighborhood which boasts about 11 lesbian and gay-owned businesses, so support your local queers and head to one of the cafes or restaurants in Queer West.
If you do plan to visit Toronto, one of the best times to visit would be on Pride Month which happens on June of every year. On Pride month, the Toronto festival is renowned worldwide to contain one of the most extravagant, exciting and informative weeks of celebration from the community.
Number 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most conservative cities in the world with recreational drugs and prostitution is legal. It is not surprising to see that it is also home to one of the most supportive communities of LGBT culture. There is a rich history of homosexuality in this city since the act itself was decriminalized in 1811 and the first gay bar was opened around 1927. There is even a “Homomonument” created in 1987 which honored the lives of gays and lesbians who died in World War II. Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001 and since then countless couples were married in this country.
Since there is a rich history of the LGBT culture in this city, there are many businesses and communities that has established itself in the streets of Amsterdam. There is no need to search for LGBT special hotels since all establishments are ‘open-minded’. Key spots to visit in the city would include a drag queen cafe, De Lellbel, Reguliersdwarsstraat which is considered to be on elf the most important LGBT streets in Amsterdam for partying and dining.
Number 1 – Madrid, Spain
Finally, the number one city in the world to visit as a homosexual would be Madrid Spain. The country has an approval rate of 88% of the public in support of the LGBT movement. The city not only tolerates but accepts the LGBT community with open arms. There are few cities in the world that offer the same kind of welcome to the LGBT residents and visitors. Unlike most of the cities listed above, Madrid has one of the best weather conditions so you can march along the streets in comfortable clothes. The weather in Madrid is warm nearly all year and the city has sunshine throughout most of the year, unlike London.
When the sun sets, Madrid is a different beast since the nightlight is described as on Fire. Madrid is well known across Europe as a city with great nightlife along with the open culture towards gays and lesbians, this place is amazing for a single people looking for fun. The city offers everything from bars, clubs, saunas to keep you busy till around 6 am when the clubs start to close. With the advent of technology, you can use a gay dating app to get connected with gay people to find out what to do around the city. The LGBT population is HUGE in Madrid with an estimated 500,000 residents. With such a large LGBT community it is not surprising to see that Madrid’s pride is among the biggest and best in the world as shown in its annual gay pride march celebration.