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2023 Pride: 12 most LGBTIQ+ friendly destinations


Everybody say “love!” We’re headed around the world in pursuit of the very best cities welcoming the LGBTIQ+ community. These are the kinds of cities that understand that life’s meant for celebrating; whether it be rowdy drag shows that thrill with sass or thumping dance clubs that party on till sunrise.  

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WorldPride in Sydney is just around the corner and people from around the world are ready to celebrate the many facets of LGBTIQ+ love and life. Luckily, if you can’t make it to Australia, there’s a long list of upcoming pride events in the world’s most welcoming destinations. 

These are the most progressive, inclusive and accepting destinations around the world when you can go to really show your pride.

Sydney, Australia 

Sydney WorldPride 2023: This year, WorldPride, the global bi-yearly event that rotates between different cities, will be held in Sydney. Running from February 17 to March 5, the event will be an epic celebration. It will kick off with the iconic Sydney Opera House lit up with a Progress Pride Flag. WorldPride coincides with Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which is one of the largest LGBTIQ+ celebrations on the planet and takes place during February or March of each year. 

Must-visit LGBTIQ+ neighborhood: The heart of gay Sydney is the Darlinghurst neighborhood, which is conveniently located near Sydney’s central business district and is easily accessible by the city’s mass transit system.

Though Australia only legalized gay marriage in 2017, the country has long been a welcoming place for the queer community. Sydney is the LGBTIQ+ center of Australasia and the South Pacific and has developed a global reputation for its inclusivity. Not only does the city have excellent LGBTIQ+ nightlife, such as the expansive, three-story Stonewall Hotel, but it also has a deeply queer culture that celebrates LGBTIQ+ art and history. The Darlinghurst Bookshop has been selling queer books, magazines and films since the 80s and the city hosts the yearly Queer Screen film festival.

Lady Bunny, the toast of New York’s legendary drag scene, struts in front of The Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, New York City © Lottie Davies / Lonely Planet

New York, New York

2023 Pride dates: June 17-25. NYC Pride is one of the largest Pride celebrations on the planet. The main festivities, including the parade, will be held during…

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