The rainbow flag is currently flying proudly in countries all across the world. The most recent place to legalize gay marriage and embrace the LGBTQ community was Australia, which voted for gay marriage by some majority; their first same-sex couple is set to wed on December 21st. Although the gay community still faces plenty of challenges in certain countries and regions, acceptance and equality in relation to LGBTQ people is certainly more globally widespread as we end 2017, which can only be a good thing.
Of course, some cities have been ahead of that particular curve for some time. If you’re planning a bucket list trip to a gay capital and are stuck for some ideas, fear not; we’re here to help. These days most capital cities have a pretty comprehensive gay scene that is never too hard to track down, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile, there are some cities that do it better than others. Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to keep up with your fellow travelers and get inspired by their own jaunts across the world, then keep that rainbow-colored BUCKiTDREAM planner handy as we take you through the top five gay cities in the world!
Berlin, Germany Berlin is famous for its anything-goes nightlife, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most gay-friendly cities on the planet. It’s been that way for quite a while too; even back in the 1920s, Berlin was seen as a progressive city on the gay front, and has been proven to be way ahead of the curve, despite an upsetting dip during the late 1930s to early 40s. Berlin’s copious party community is ever-changing and ever-colorful, which has reinforced its gay scene, ultimately leading it to become the ultimate European gay capital.
San Francisco, California San Fran is traditionally the gayest city in the world, and the cliché didn’t come out of nowhere. The LGBTQ community that calls the city home is one of the largest in America. San Francisco has long since been a focal point for all things gay-related, and has lead the charge on many fronts, such as nightlife, culture, and politics. The Castro region is the undisputed gay Mecca of the city, but the fun doesn’t stop there; you’re likely to find representatives of the gay community everywhere in the City by the Bay, proudly flying the rainbow flag.
Madrid, Spain Half a million gay people call Madrid home, which means it’s hot on the heels of Berlin, challenging the long-standing champion for the title of Europe’s gay capital. The Spanish city recently topped a comprehensive poll of the “100 Best LGBTQ Cities in the World,” and with good reason: the gay scene is absolutely hopping in Madrid. Gay HQ can be found in the flamboyant Chueca district, which might just have the honored distinction of being the gayest neighborhood in the world. Beyond that, the gay community has infused the city with its culture, seen in the swathe of trendy shops, hotels, and bars that line Madrid’s streets.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands The residents of Amsterdam have a long and robust history of tolerating, accepting, and even encouraging many different flavors of lifestyle. So it should come as no big surprise that the gay community has been embraced wholeheartedly, making the bicycle capital of the world a very popular destination for LGBTQ vacationers. Amsterdam can boast the first legalization of same-sex marriage in the world, laying the foundations for the rest of the world to follow. Its famous annual Canal Parade lines up close to one hundred decorated boats along the expansive Prinsengracht, and celebrates the diversity of the city’s expansive gay scene.
Tel Aviv, Israel Possibly a surprising entry on the list for some people, but Tel Aviv’s gay scene has been absolutely burgeoning in recent times, leading it to be christened one of the most progressive cities in the world in terms of its LGBTQ community. Tel Aviv has always been a bit of an outlier in Israel. It’s a coastal city that retains a sense of fun and a relaxed atmosphere in an otherwise tense and volatile country. Tel Aviv doesn’t really go to sleep; the lights stay on all night, and the party keeps jumping until the dawn. Its coasts are lined with gay bars and gay beaches, making it the number one gay capital in the Middle East (not exactly a hard-won title, but still).
Whether you’re gay, straight, or anything in between, hanging out in the gay community is certainly a lot of fun. Get immersed in the LGBTQ community on BUCKiTDREAM for a sense of the good times ahead, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner by your side as you plot your adventures in one of the ultimate gay cities of the world!